Craft Beer Bucket List: 7 Unique Beers You Absolutely Must Try This Summer

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Summer is still here despite seeing posts about pumpkin spice and leggings, and what better way to enjoy the heat than with an iced cold brew?! Below are 7 low-key breweries that produce some of the best craft beers on this side of the Atlantic.

Based out of a town on the most eastern tip of Long Island, NY, Montauk Brewing Co. has slowly made a name for itself in the New York metro area. Founded by three high school pals – Vaughn Cutillo, Eric Moss, and Joseph Sullivan – the brewery has produced a number of tasty selections that range from hoppy IPAs to light and crisp ales. What is perhaps the most exciting thing about Montauk’s brews is their seasonal selection. The Watermelon Session Ale is definitely one of the seasonal craft beers to keep your eye on. While the flavor is tangy in taste, you’ll notice the slight Watermelon and fruity notes make the ale a refreshing drink for any day.

Greenpoint Harbor, another brewing company with roots in Long Island, continues to thrive, having reached a solid 11 years in the business this month. With a variety of ales, lagers, pilsners, and IPAs, Greenpoint stands out mostly for its Duck Porters. While the name alone turns the head of any craft beer connoisseur, the flavor is the true selling point for consumers. With hints of chocolate and coffee, the Black Duck Porter and the Limited Release Double Duck Porter are some of the more popular flavors sold by Greenpoint. If you’re searching for a relaxing and refreshing drink, a sip of the Other Side IPA or the Harbor Ale would be ideal. Oh, and let’s not get started on the Chocolate Covered Cherry Pie stout!

When you think of Coney Island, you think of Nathan’s Hotdogs, the Boardwalk, and even the Wonder Wheel. However, you may not think of craft beer – and that’s okay because Coney Island Brewing Company has become a Brooklyn hotspot for brews and bites – but mostly the brew. Sticking to the traditional beer taste and feel, Coney Island Brewing Co.’s selection include Mermaid Pilsner, Merman NY IPA, and the Dreamland Session Sour. All three beers range from 4.6 to 5.8% alcohol, which is easier on the body. If you’re looking for a gulp that’s easy on the tongue, try the seasonal Beach Beer, which provides a summer twist to a citrusy ale.

For more than two decades, Bluepoint Brewing Co. has been stationed in Patchogue, NY, and has developed quite an impressive craft beer selection. The Toasted Lager, one of the founding members of Bluepoint’s artillery, is now accompanied by over 20 different drinks that vary in flavor and alcohol content. If you aren’t a fan of beer, no fear! You can try their latest additions to the group, including flavored hard seltzers and canned cocktails. Bluepoint continues to satisfy its customers year-round with their favorites such as the malty and hoppy Hoptical Illusion IPA and their fruity and crisp Blueberry Ale. But one can still catch a vibe with their seasonal Rastafarye or Mother Pumpkin Ale.

Now, this brewery is a bit north of the NYC area, but it’s still a noteworthy mention. Located right alongside the Hudson River in the city of Newburgh, NY, this brewery is a newcomer to the pack having only been in operation for two years. What makes Hudson North Cider Co. a standout from others in the area is that they specialize in just ciders. You can grab a Standard Cider which gives off apple aromatics and flavors with a crisp, full-bodied taste. Or, you can sip on the Ginger Citrus Cider, which features notes of your favorite citrus fruits: orange, grapefruit, and lemon, in a tart yet hazy drink. The company even boasts a few seasonal flavors, including Strawberry Rhubarb, Toasted Pumpkin, and Wild Berry.

Originally founded in Red Hook, Brooklyn, back in 2004, Sixpoint Brewery has continuously progressed from a local brewery to a producer of quality drinks. One of the few companies in the area to create raw and unfiltered ales, the taste is apparent in their many drinks, including the Bengali IPA, Super Jammer French 75, and the Very Fine Italian Pilsner. The most stand-out aspect of Sixpoint Brewery may be the creative and colorful packaging that the cans come in. For example, the Coquito Cowboy – an imperial stout with notes of coconut, nutmeg, and vanilla – is perfectly packaged in a brown can with a cowboy riding the outer part of a rum barrel. We’re sold!

Another resident of the Hudson Valley is Sloop Brewing Company, a brewery that began business at a farmers’ market ten years ago. Today, they are the home to nearly 20 types of craft beers that range from lagers and sours to stouts and IPAs. From the packaging down to the taste, Sloop Brewing Co. has everything under control. Don’t believe us? Try the Super Soft IPA, a beer that is true to the name and smooth as ever. Did we mention that there is a teddy bear and a rainbow on the can?