The waning days of summer bring on some of the hottest weather of the year, with fierce sun, high humidity and unpredictable thunderstorms.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of what’s sometimes called the “dog days.” Mostly, I’m looking for beers to keep me cool as a cat. That means relatively light in body, and low in alcohol, but with enough flavor to be interesting.
With that in mind, here’s a mixed five-pack to try out during the sultry weeks ahead.
Creature Comforts Automatic Pale Ale — Returning in August on draft and in six-pack cans with a spiffy new design, Automatic is one of my favorite seasonal beers from Athens' Creature Comforts. Dubbed a modern pale ale, at 5.2 percent, the alcohol content is perfect for the style. And the flavors and aromas from a mix of Mosaic and Crystal hops are both balanced and complex with classic citrus, herbal and pine notes. Refreshing and drinkable, as I've said before, it's my nomination to go year-round, because I'd like to be enjoying it during college football season, too.
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