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Cool Off With the Best Summer Beers and Hard Ciders

By Tricia Kucinski

June 24, 2024

A good summer beer, cider or seltzer should meet all the important qualifications: be tasty, refreshing, and cool you off. Plus, if you’re out doing activities in the heat, it’s important to dedicate stomach-space to worthy refreshments. Check out our guide on delicious summer cocktails and mocktails, and some great recommendations on summer beers below! 

Want to level up these summer drink recommendations even further? Download Fetch and turn your summer beer and cider purchases into free gift cards!

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How to Save on the Best Summer Beers With Fetch!

Fetch is a rewards app designed to help you earn free gift cards for your usual food and drink purchases. Simply snap a picture of your receipt after checking out to start collecting reward points, or shop online using Fetch Shop to earn points per dollar on your purchases. What’s more, Fetch is here for tips on budget shopping, easy recipes, and how to make the best grocery store selections. Use the app to earn rewards on your beer and cider purchases and put them towards your summer celebrations.

Best Summer-y Beers

The best summer beers are flavorful, not too rich, and enjoyed cold. Check out some of the top Fetch-recommended beers you can find in your local store!

Blue Moon Beer

This subtly-sweet beer is a Belgian White Wheat Ale, pretty well known for its citrusy and slightly tropical profile. Specially-brewed with Valencia orange peel, this is a creative option for those seeking a more unique beer. 

Leinenkugel’s

When you think of a summer beer, Leinenkugel’s is probably high on the list. Combining traditional German brewing with new-age Wisconsin methods, Leinenkugel’s offers a range of beers from IPLs to the classic summer shandy.

The Miller Family

It wouldn’t be a summer beer list without mentioning Miller. A backyard BBQ (and highly accessible and widely-enjoyed) staple, Miller offers a range of their original cold-filtered draft beer, with light, extra light, and pilsner options. 

Best Summer Ciders

Summer ciders offer a variety of options to taste, so you can choose from dry, sweet, or mixed-fruit options. Keep up with Fetch’s featured brands for details on the best summer ciders.

Cider vs. Beer: What’s the Difference?

The difference between cider vs. beer comes down to what they are made from. Cider is made from pressed apple juice containing natural sugars. That makes it the ideal choice for people avoiding grain-based drinks, as beer is made from starch-based malted cereals. 

Besides the grain aspect, some people enjoy a classic hoppy or malty flavor, while others enjoy the sweet or tart nature of a cider.

Redd’s Hard Apple or Wicked Cider

Whether you opt for the 8% ABV Redd’s Wicked or the 5% ABV Redd’s Hard Apple, both are refreshingly sweet ciders that will help you beat the heat this summer. Redd’s Wicked also comes in a variety of flavors, including Wicked Apple, Wicked Black Cherry, Wicked Lemonade, and Wicked Sour Apple.

Best Hard Seltzers to Enjoy in the Summertime

Hard seltzers are the perfect options for those in search of a refreshing drink with the fizzy twist. The benefit of hard seltzers is that they are typically lower in calories, sugar, and carbs than traditional beers. Check out some top brands recommended by the Fetch fam:

Lone River Hard Seltzer

You might think of hard seltzers as bougie, but we’re not here to make judgements. Lone River Hard Seltzer wants you to know they are crafted from tradition, and proudly hail from the Far West. They boast a range of flavors and come in at just 80 calories!

Topo Chico Hard Seltzer

Born from the love of Topo Chico Mineral Water, their seltzer range offers some really exciting summer flavors, such as Lemon Lime (with a hint of Tamarind), Strawberry Pineapple, Pineapple Twist, and Tropical Mango. Call us fanatics, and check out our Topo Chico Hard Seltzer mixed drink ideas!

Vizzy Hard Seltzer

Meant to offer something new to the hard seltzer range, Vizzy boasts a 100 calorie offering made with real cane sugar and certified gluten free. At 5% ALC/VOL, they are a front-runner for a summer seltzer with natural ingredients.

Maximize Your Enjoyment this Summer with the Fetch App

You’re sure to have a lot of fun celebrations this summer (after all, it’s surely Thirsty Thursday somewhere), so plan ahead with the Fetch app. Build your grocery list, earn reward points, and redeem for free gift cards by downloading the app today!

Topics: Food and Drink, Shopping Lists


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Tricia Kucinski

Tricia Kucinski is an author of literary fiction, and bops around the digital marketing sphere. She has written everything from the great Native American novel, to recipe blogs, under the discerning eye of her Sphynx cat, Peach.


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