2nd Shift Brewing’s Hibiscus Wit
STYLE: Belgian Wit (5% abv)
AVAILABLE AT: Baileys’ Range, 920 Olive St., Downtown, baileysrange.com; $7 (16-oz draught)
PAIRINGS: Chicken salad sandwich • Range’s Morocco burger
Well-known for its distinctly delicious IPAs, 2nd Shift came out of left field when it introduced its take on a Belgian-style wheat beer. Hibiscus flowers provide a slight amount of tartness and give this beer its distinctive pink hue. While this is a year-round beer, it’s especially effective in beating back the oppressive August heat.
Nectar Ales’ Nectar IPA
STYLE: American IPA (6.7% abv)
AVAILABLE AT: 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar, 1913 Park Ave., Lafayette Square, 33wine.com; $9.99 (six-pack, 12-oz bottles)
PAIRINGS: Tacos al pastor • Manchego
I can never quite decide how I like my IPAs. I tell everyone I like them bone-dry, but then I come across something like Nectar IPA and it makes me question everything I thought I knew. This beer has a sultry sweetness that only seems to accentuate its fruity hop bitterness.
Bell’s Brewery’s Oarsman Ale
STYLE: Berliner Weissbier (4% abv)
AVAILABLE AT: The Wine & Cheese Place, multiple locations, wineandcheeseplace.com; $9.99 (six-pack, 12-oz bottles)
PAIRINGS: Sauerkraut • Emmentaler
While I try not to let the seasons dictate my beer choices, the weather can certainly play a role in what I drink. When the heat and humidity seem to almost overwhelm, I quickly reach for a Bell’s Oarsman. This low-alcohol wheat beer is light and refreshing with a snappy amount of acidity, making it quite quaffable.
The creator of STLHops.com and founder of St. Louis Craft Beer Week, Michael Sweeney is also the craft beer manager at Lohr Distributing.