10 Patriotic Beers to Crack Open this 4th of July

July 03, 2018

By October Staff, July 03, 2018

Produced by October for Blue Point Brewing Company, Elysian Brewing Company, Virtue Cider and 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

It’s 4th of July and that means fireworks, hot dogs and plenty of beer. What else is one to do with an odd, middle-of-the-week day-off other than crack open a few cold ones? To help with that, we’ve rounded up some particularly patriotic brews, featuring American malts and hops or benefitting veterans. So, drink up.

Anchor Brewing’s Liberty Ale

Brewed to celebrate the bicentennial of Paul Revere’s famous ride, this historic ale—from an equally lauded brewery—is brewed according to traditional craft brewing methods and uses only natural ingredients. First brewed in 1975, the effervescent beer is perfect for summertime celebrations.

The Booth Brewing’s EurekaSeoul: Independence Day Edition

The special edition of the Korea-turned-California brewery’s double dry hopped Citra ale puts on its 4th of July best. The New England IPA comes in a 16-oz can adorned in a cartoonish Lady Liberty that is being scaled by Booth Brewing’s alien-like mascot.

Blue Point Brewing Company’s Blueberry Ale

St. Patrick’s Day has green beer, why can’t 4th of July boast some red, white and blue beer? Or, at least some blueberry beer from Blue Point. Blueberry Ale is a golden ale with just the right about of blueberry flavor, which means a hint of sweetness, without tasting like a glass of blueberry pie.

Budweiser Freedom Reserve Red Lager

It’s a little-known fact that George Washington dabbled in brewing. Back in 1757, he scribbled down his beer recipe and 261 years later Budweiser brewed its Freedom Reserve Red Lager using that recipe. A portion of proceeds form beers sold this summer benefiting Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization providing scholarships to military families.

Elysian Brewing Company’s Men’s Room Red

The men's room sign-shaped figure donning devil horns and a tail might not appear like the mascot for a particularly patriotic beer, but Elysian’s Men’s Room Red supports veterans by donating proceeds to VA Puget Sound Fisher House and JBLM Fisher Houses.

Illuminated Brew Work’s If You’re Not Into Yoga

We have our blue beer and, now, it’s time for a white one—a white stout, to be exact. Illuminated Brew Work’s If You’re Not Into Yoga is a Piña Colada-inspired white stout brewed with pineapple and coconut.

Surly Brewing Company’s #Merica!

This an old-school pre-Prohibition American lager is Surly’s tribute to all things punk-rock, corn-fed and made-in-American. First brewed in 2015 for the annual D4th of July party put on by the Minneapolis-based punk band Dillinger Four, #Merica! is now an American flag-covered tradition brewed annually during the most pantropic time of the year.

Virtue Cider's Michigan Apple

It might not be as American as apple pie, but it’s the next-best thing if you want to channel the summertime staple in your glass. Virtue Cider’s Michigan Apple uses locally grown apples in its semi-dry cider aged in French oak barrels. It’s not nearly as sweet as a slice of pie, but you don’t want it to be.

10 Barrel Brewing Co.’s Raspberry Crush

Continuing our quest for red, white and blue beers, we arrive at 10 Barrel Brewing’s vibrant Raspberry Crush. This kettle sour not only captures the tart flavor of raspberries but also the color, by using multiple forms of raspberries to bring out a deep fruit flavor and pink-red color.

21st Amendment Brewery’s Brew Free! or Die IPA

With an image of Abraham Lincoln grabbing a fistful of hops, the can for 21st Amendment Brewery’s Brew Free! or Die IPA wants you to know this beer is not messing around. According to the beer’s description, it’s made with three different hop varieties and a healthy dose of “West Coast attitude.”

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