When the summer heat is holding in the high 90s to 100s, immensely hopped and high gravity beers may not be your best choice for those afternoon cookouts. Lucky for us, there are some summer-friendly beverages that let us enjoy our favorite brews without the dangerous mix of high temps and high alcohol contents: beer cocktails. We played around with some popular and some lesser-known mixed drinks to find our favorite summertime beer mixes that won’t leave you hurting the next morning.

Beer Sangria

We took a typical Sangria recipe and replaced the liquor with a nice white ale. We used red wine, but you could use white if it suits you.

  • 12 oz. white ale
  • 1 cup red wine (blend)
  • 1/2 cup OJ

Mix and chill with sliced orange, blackberries or any fruit of your choice for 1 hour before serving.


This may not be a drink of complex mixology, but it does pack a lot of flavor. Equal parts crisp, sweet cider and a velvety bittersweet stout come together for a great summertime drink even for those of us who tend to go for something a little higher gravity. Fill half a pint glass with the cider first. Pour the stout over the bottom of a spoon to get a nice separation.



Replace the typical Sunday brunch mimosa with this quick fix drink, because you do have beer in the fridge already don’t you? Mix equal parts wheat ale and OJ.

Lemon Cherry Brew Shandy

Nothing is more perfect than a cold shandy on a hot day. If you want to add a little carbonation, try a San Pellegrino in place of the lemonade.

  • 6 oz. White Ale 8
  • 4 oz. Lemonade
  • 2 oz. Tart cherry juice


I was introduced to the Michelada by a pair of good friends who treated me to an excellent Mexican dinner. It’s limey, spicey, salty and delicious, and in my case, it’s always paired with shots of tequila.

  • 12 oz. Landshark or similar beer
  • 12 oz. Clamato
  • 1 Fresh squeezed lime
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire
  • 1/2 tsp. Tobasco
  • Salt and chili powder garnish

Black Velvet

Bust out the champagne for this one. It’s made just like the Snakebite above but with a little more class, so keep your pinky out while you enjoy. Layer equal parts champagne and Guinness Draught.




What are your favorite beer cocktails?

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