While beer is delicious year-round, there’s something about a cold brew on a hot summer day that hits the spot. With local breweries busy producing crisp lagers, fruity ales and refreshing shandies, it’s clear they delight in seasonal flavors, too. Since we can’t visit favorite local taprooms, we’re sharing where to find the best summer brews to help you keep cool and discover your inner cicerone. Bottoms up!
Traditional blonde ale flavored with honey and jalapeños
$12.99 for a four-pack of 16-ounce cans
Some like it hot! Big Top Brewing Company’s Hotter Blonde is a summertime refresher perfect for those who like it a little spicy. This smooth, golden-colored ale is brimming with hand-cut jalapeño peppers boiled into the brew to get your mouth buzzing. Balancing out the heat is a sweet dose of locally sourced honey from My Sweetest Honey. Packed with flavor and finishing with a kick, this sizzling sensation is not to be missed.
Good Food Pairings
Fried seafood, chicken dishes or a charcuterie plate with mild cheeses.
Where to Buy
Since Big Top's taproom includes a restaurant, you can currently enjoy a pint on draft or grab a four-pack of cans. For easy pick-up, use the brewery's online ordering form. Big Top is located at 975 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota.