9 Beers to take on a hike

9 Beers To Take On Your Summer Hike

Summer is in full force and the trails are calling! With all of the outdoor activities to chose from, we also need beverage options. Insert our list of top 9 beers to take on a hike this summer. Thanks to the help of Molly’s Beer Manager, we gathered 9 beers that won’t bog you down during your favorite summer activities. Quite a few of these are seasonal releases so get them while you can! And after you partake in one of these refreshing brews, please remember to dispose of your waste properly – pack it in, pack it out!

1) Upslope Brewing Craft Lager

Boulder, Colorado
Available year round
4.8% ABV

Upslope Craft Lager

Why we love it…
It’s the perfect beer for when you reach the apex of your hike. It’s crisp, refreshing, and at 4.8% ABV won’t blur your vision for the road back. And 1% of every Upslope Craft Lager sold goes to Trout Unlimited.

From the brewery…
Our Craft Lager is a premium American lager brewed entirely of malted barley. Snowmelt-infused and river-ready, this Colorado-style session beer stands side-by-side with our family of premium ales to bring you a clean, easy, light-bodied lager for the ages. – Upslope Brewing Company

 

2) 14er Brewing Mt Massive IPA

Denver, Colorado
Available year round
6.5% ABV

14er brewing mt. massive ipa

Why we love it…
It’s a hoppy yet crushable IPA for your hike. Plus 14er Brewing donates 1% of sales to the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. Plus with a name like 14er Brewing, it’d be a shame not to include in this list! #HowWeClimb

From the brewery…
The Mt Massive IPA is hop forward, tropical fruit, grapefruit, and juicy hops on the nose. The taste is hoppy with bright drinkable citrus, grapefruit, and guava, rounded by a solid but not overwhelming bitterness. Incredibly smooth, bright, and drinkable. – 14er Brewing

 

3) Montucky Cold Snacks

Bozeman, Montana
Available year round
4.1% ABV

Montucky Cold Snacks

Why we love it…
It’s a thirst-quenching, light, sessionable beer and money goes to good causes – Montucky Cold Snacks has pledged to give 8% of their profits back to local charities and non-profits that support the lands, people, wildlife, art, and ways of life we’ve all come to love.

From the brewery…
…our beer has been specifically formulated to refresh after skiing, fishing, hiking, boating, watching the big game, or just about anything else that happens to be awesome, when you drink MCS you get the best of both worlds… giving back to the communities in your area while getting the satisfaction obtained from cold, light, refreshing beer. – Montucky Cold Snacks

 

4) Wibby Brewing Lightshine Radler

Longmont, Colorado
Seasonal release
4.5% ABV

Wibby Brewing Lightshine Radler

Why we love it…
The Lightshine Radler is quite the easy sipper with a nice sweet/tart combo yet still light and refreshing for that active lifestyle.

From the brewery…
Enjoy this refreshing beverage all Summer long! This is our Lightshine Helles with a splash of raspberry lemonade. The perfect combination of sweet and tart. – Wibby Brewing

 

5) Denver Beer Co. Maui Express Coconut IPA

Denver, Colorado
Seasonal release
6.6% ABV

Denver Beer Co Maui Express

Why we love it…
If you’re not already in that summertime state of mind, this will take you there. The coconut, tropical flavors, and that bright aqua can will add some major beach vibes to your hike.

From the brewery…
Maui Express features a distinct blend of hops and coconut to create a delightful tropical flavor explosion! Citra and Mosaic hops form a juicy fruit hop character that is enhanced by shredded coconut for a truly unique flavor combination. Easy drinking and refreshing, this IPA will transport your mind to memories of the beach, sunny days, and laughs among friends. – Denver Beer Co.

 

6) Station 26 Brewing Lemon Drop Wheat

Denver, Colorado
Seasonal release
4.5% ABV

station 26 lemon drop wheat

Why we love it…
Lemondrop Wheat is Station 26’s first seasonal can and actually crafted to reduced gluten! Lemon zest aromas and flavors make this a refreshing hoppy wheat you can take anywhere this summer.

From the brewery…
A bright and summery American wheat beer brewed with Lemondrop hops and lemon. Refreshing with crisp citrus and bready wheat character. – Station 26 Brewing

 

7) Crystal Springs Brewing Summertime Anytime

Boulder, Colorado
Seasonal release
4.9% ABV

Summertime Anytime Kolsch

Why we love it…
The name says it all. This is a light, crisp, easy drinking Kölsch style beer. Thirst quenching with mild bitterness and subtle dry finish.

From the brewery…
Summertime Anytime Ale is a Kölsch-style ale, light, crisp and refreshing – perfect during the hot summer, yet great on a brisk fall afternoon or a sunny winter’s day – Summertime all the time! With a subtle fruit aroma, a hint of hops, a soft malt character and a slight dryness with a delicate pucker in the finish, this beer brings hints of summer all year around. – Crystal Springs Brewing Company

 

8) Liquid Mechanics Brewing Hop Nectar American Ale

Lafayette, Colorado
Available year round
5.3% ABV

Liquid Mechanics Hop Nectar

Why we love it…
Bright, juicy, sweet-citrusy hop notes. American style pale that is medium body with mild haziness.

From the brewery…
Loads of juicy hops play with a dose of flaked malt to push the envelope for this deliciously fresh new take on an IPA. – Liquid Mechanics Brewing

9) Molly’s Tarts & Crafts Sour Series by Big Choice Brewing

Brighton, Colorado
Limited release series

Mollys Tarts and Crafts

Why we love it…
This one is for your for your sour fix. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Big Choice Brewing to bring a new rotating sour beer series! Volume One of our series was a Sour Brown Ale with vanilla, oranges, and cranberries. It is complex, balanced tartness, and quite approachable. Subtle chocolate malt notes complimented with a light vanilla finish which blends seamlessly with a balanced sour profile that is accented by tart cranberry notes. Volume Two (pictured here) was a dry hopped session Sour Ale with strawberries. Unfortunately, both Volume One and Volume Two are sold out, but be on the lookout for Volume Three later this summer! This limited release series is brewed and canned exclusively for Molly’s.

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