PW's Year of Beer: Sierra Nevada Summerfest

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note.

These days, most summer seasonals tend to be lemon-tinged or fruit-forward beers. That’s not a bad thing, but it can be off-putting to folks who like their beer to taste like, well, beer. The legendary Sierra Nevada doesn’t go that route, instead playing things a little more traditional with a crisp, easy drinking pilsner that manages to be highly refreshing without sacrificing taste. Summerfest is a fairly traditional German-style beer, the lagering process (aging at cold temperatures) giving it the smoothness that makes lagers so easy to drink, but this being Sierra Nevada, they go a little more aggressive on the hops than you’d find in a German lager. It’s not over the top, but there is a zesty, fruity aroma and a nice bitter snap in the finish that makes this a tasty take on an often boring style. Summerfest is widely available, including at Fox and Hound, Isaac Newton’s and Tattooed Mom.

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