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12 beers to crush this summer

Stay hydrated with 902 Brewcast’s round-up of the ultimate summer beers from local breweries.

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Spindrift Killick, session lager (4.7%, 16 IBU)
The BrewCast-proclaimed "Beer of the Summer" is crisp and clean, but packs in tons of flavour. Look for notes of grain, lemon and honey on this as you reach for the next one. 21 Frazee Avenue, Dartmouth, private liquor stores and NSLC

902 BrewCast x 2 Crows In Theory, Dry-hopped kettle sour (5.1%, 18 IBU)
We may be biased on this one, but—this beer fucking rules. Big punches of lemon at first, with a lingering tartness. Bright and tropical tastes from the dry-hopping make this a crushable beer for the summer.
1932 Brunswick Street

2 Crows Fantacity, Dry-hopped witbier (5.1% ABV 13 IBU)
Originally a brewery-only offering, fans of the Fantacity will be happy to see it in cans for a little longer! Aromas of spice, grain and citrus are supported by a weighty mouthfeel, finishing crisp with hints of citrus and wheat. This brew is a perfect fit for a patio beer!
1932 Brunswick Street and private liquor stores

Brightwood McNab's Pure, rye IPA (6.3%, 49 IBU)
Loaded with citrus aromas, and a spicy bite from the rye grains used in the brewing process, the McNab's Pure is sure to be a hit with anyone who wants to try something a little different. Hit the Alderney Farmers' Market on Saturdays to get a slick growler. Alderney Landing Farmers' Market 2 Octherloney Street

Tatamagouche Cellar Slammer, India session ale (4.4%, 27 IBU)
This collaboration with the crew from Bishop's Cellar is brewed with a healthy dose of Mosaic and Hallertau Blanc hops for loads of citrus flavours but a surprisingly light body and supremely crushable ABV.
235 Main Street, Tatamagouche and Bishop's Cellar

Uncle Leo's Vohs Weizenbier, wheat (5%, 14 IBU)
Gold Medal Winner at the 2017 Canadian Brewing Awards for German-style wheat beer, this Hefeweizen is an excellent take on the style, with notes of bread, clove, banana and bubblegum on a cloudy orange body. 2623 Highway 376, Lyon's Brook, private liquor stores and NSLC

Unfiltered Daytimer, Berliner weisse (3.4%, 0 IBU)
At only 3.4 percent ABV you can drink this one all day long. Go ahead, give it a try. Lots of dry hopping gives a fruity character on top of the tart and refreshing sour wheat body. So fresh and so clean. 6041 North Street

Big Spruce Silver Tart, sour raspberry wheat (4.5%, 27 IBU)
Bright, tart and packed with raspberries, Silver Tart is a perennial summer favourite in Nova Scotia. Make sure to grab it when you see it, as it rarely lasts long. Expect to see it in cans soon! 64 Yankee Line Road, Nyanza and private liquor stores

North Gus' 65m Ale, Belgian blonde (4.8%, 20 IBU)
Named after the distance between the doors of North Brewing and Gus' Pub, the Gus' 65m packs classic Belgian-style flavours and aromas of lemon, spice, banana, and bready notes, into a smooth profile. No surprise that it was a gold medal winner at the 2017 Canadian Brewing Awards! 2576 Agricola Street, 62 Ochterloney Street, private liquor stores and NSLC

Good Robot Koji Kondo, saki (5.2%, 9 IBU)
The Good Robot squad brewed this beer using flaked rice and sorachi ace hops, then fermented it with saki yeast. The resulting beer is refreshing, showcasing notes of lemon and a light spice character, making this beer an easy pick at the Gastroturf. 2736 Robie Street

Lunn's Mill Purple Grain, IPA (5.5%, 80 IBU)
Purple grain, purple grain—one of our favorites from Nova Scotia Craft Week's Full House event. This gold-coloured brew from Lawrencetown (the one in the valley) features citra, casacde and centennial hops with a balanced malt body. 515 Carleton Road, Lawrencetown for Thursday and Friday growler fills

Garrison Juicy!, Vermont-style double IPA (8%, 65 IBU)
Exactly what you'd expect from this style, Juicy! is dank and tropical thanks to Vermont yeast and late hop additions of citra, mosaic and ekuanot. Dangerously crushable at 8% and doesn't have the expected bitterness. 1149 Marginal Road, private liquor stores and NSLC

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