Alcohol by volume: 5.4%
This Seattle brew may not be as big and brash as the Univox guitar pedal that helped give Seattle its sound or the late-'80s Mudhoney album Superfuzz Bigmuff that helped usher in grunge, but they don't have to be. Summer in Seattle is a near 180 from the rest of the year. The clouds part for weeks at a time, the mountains are out and brewpub and dive-bar nesting is replaced with outdoor drinking. Elysian's summer seasonal gets into that spirit by blending local Cascade hops with just enough blood orange to let you know it's there. Northwest beers drifts toward the citrusy anyway, so why not go full-tilt and add some sweet citrus to the mix? Refreshing like an orange soda, but with enough hop bite to hold up as a beer.