A guide to the best beer for summer

As much as we love a thick 11% Imperial Stout, we don't necessarily want those roasted notes of coffee and chocolate (combined with the high alcohol percentage) in the summer months. When the sun is shining bright, we want to be enjoying the fruity, the light and the refreshing pints at home. We are looking forward to drinking bitter IPA, lagers, fruity white beer, German wheats, and of course easy drinking non-alcoholic beer.

Below you will find a whole bunch of warm-weather brews just waiting to accompany lunches, dinners, afternoons in the garden and BBQs. A curated selection of lighter beers that are just crying out to be enjoyed this summer.

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Summer food pairings fit for kings and queens

We all know that food is a big part of summer, and often a big part of enjoying beer too. Don't worry we haven't forgotten. We have a number of summery suggestions to make it feel a little closer to that beach holiday by the Mediterranean or that sunny city break. We've got suggestions for burgers and veggie for an unforgettable BBQ but also lighter bites and nibbles for when you're snacking in the sunshine.