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Quench Your Thirst with a Local Summer Brew

Finally, our sweet NEPA summer has arrived. Whether you kill your time cutting the grass, catching a ball game or becoming the neighborhood BBQ boss, you’ll need to beat that summer heat. And here in NEPA, with over 40 unique craft breweries, the easiest way to do that is with fresh, local beer. We recently popped into 10 favorites to see what refreshing brews you might find on the tap lists this summer. Check em’ out.

Local Summer Beers
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1. Old Fort Brewing Company

It Was All A Dream

Hazy IPA / ABV: 6%

“We double dry hop this Hazy with New Zealand hops that showcase their citrus and stone fruit aroma and flavor. This easy drinker is well balanced and crushable at 6% ABV.”

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2. Susquehanna Brewing Company

Bomb Pop

Shandy / ABV: 4.2%

“A patriotic shandy that’s sure to delight! Crisp, refreshing and bursting with raspberry and lemon, it will leave your taste buds tingling and have you reaching for just one more!”

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3. Bright Path Brewing


Hefeweizen / ABV: 4.3%

“This is a classic Bavarian style wheat beer, brewed with 50% wheat malt and decocted. It’s perfect for hot summer days with its refreshing taste and citrus notes.”

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4. Wallenpaupack Brewing Company

Home Half

Hazy Pale Ale / ABV: 5.5%

“Brewed in collaboration with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, this Hazy Pale Ale uses oats and wheat to create a soft, pillowy mouthfeel. Citra and Mosaic hops impart bright flavors of peach, orange, and melon.”

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5. Voodoo Brewing Company

I’m a loner, Dottie, a rebel

Imperial IPA / ABV: 8.9%

“Brewed with Colomus, Citra and Simcoe hops. Name inspired by Pee-Wee Herman’s Big Adventure.”

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6. Back Mountain Brewing Company

Back Mountain Sunset

Blood Orange Witbier / ABV: 4.4%

“Like the color of a sunset over Harvey’s Lake, this summer special will help you beat the heat while you enjoy the beauty and splendor of the Back Mountain. A Wheat Beer base brewed with fruits and spices, then finished with Natural Blood Orange. Come get it Fruit Beer Fans.”

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7. Curran Brewing Co.

Maggie’s Tail English Ale

English Ale / ABV: 7.1 %

“Maggie’s Tail is an English-Style ale that is full-bodied and full of flavor. It sports a deep caramel color and thick head. Its malty notes are accentuated by Wilamette and Fuggle hops. Every sip brings you back to an olde English pub.”

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8. Revere Brewery

Peach Haze Wheat

Wheat Ale / ABV: 4.8%

“A perfectly juicy, slightly sweet unfiltered summer brew.”

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9. Hairy Guys Brewing

Hazy IPA

Hazy IPA / ABV: 7.3%

“Bright and juicy hop flavor and aroma from Citra, Mosaic, and Chinook hops. Soft, pillowy malt presence from heavy use of flaked oats. Notes of grapefruit, melon, and citrus.”

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10. Back Road Brewing Co.

Summer Shade

Shandy / ABV: 5%

“A shandy that provides the same cool relief as the towering oak trees that are found all over the Poconos. One sip of this Lemon infused shandy will take you back to rope swings over Sawkill creek. Refreshing, zesty, and perfect for those sunny days ahead. Be sure to bring a towel!”

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10 Summer Beers
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Tara Kavanaugh
Brian Johnson