5 Great Beers for Independence Day

Independence Day means many things to many people, but we can all agree that it’s best enjoyed with smoky cookouts, fresh-cut lawns, fireworks, patriotic bikinis and beer. Lots of beer. Cold beer. American beer. Start here. —Greg Barbera

Pabst Blue Ribbon Drinkin’ tallboys of PBR always makes us think of summer. This red-white-and-blue-canned classic will not only have you reminiscing about Fourths past, but it’s also pretty easy on the wallet.

Yards Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale TJ may be best known for authoring the Declaration of Independence, but he was a home brewer, too. Rumor has it this beer is based on one of his original recipes—an 8 percenter with honey and rye.

Anchor Brewing Co. Liberty Ale Fritz Maytag bought an ailing and almost dead Anchor Brewing in 1965. Today he is seen as the man who pioneered the American craft beer movement. And Liberty Ale was the first American IPA brewed after Prohibition. What else do you need to know?

Weyerbacher Fireside Ale You’ve been manning the Weber all day and smell like a campfire. So why not drink a beer that smells like you? This roasted malt smoked beer pairs well with just about anything you’ll pull off the grill, and at 7.5 percent ABV it will get you were you want to go… fast.

21st Amendment Brewery Hell or High Watermelon When you think of the Fourth of July, do you not think of watermelon? We do. This wheat beer smells like a Jolly Rancher but tastes as refreshing as a fat slice of melon on a hot summer day. And it’s a sessionable brew (4.9 ABV) for the long haul. God Bless America.