1 Half Acre Stacks of Wheat (above)
What:A golden wheat ale brewed to celebrate the Art Institute’s Monet and Chicago show
Why:Don’t want to go to the museum? Sip this in your own backyard Giverny.
2 Moody Tongue Juiced Lychee IPA
What:An IPA … with lychee juice. Try and keep up.
Why:Brewmaster Jared Rouben says it’s a perfect pairing for tacos al pastor, so that’s tonight’s dinner sorted.
Where:Moody Tongue, Bronzeville
3 Pollyanna Lite Thinking
What:A crushable lager from one of the area’s most underrated breweries
Why:You only drink the best — this won a gold at the Great American Beer Festival.
4 Illuminated Black Fang
What:A Dark Matter coffee–infused imperial stout made for Kuma’s Corner
Why:Illuminated zags where others zig, and sipping this monster in the heat is the biggest zag of all.
5 Mikerphone La Cucalaga
What:A tart Mexican-style lager infused with lime
Why:If you gravitate toward light beers with a lime wedge jammed into them, this saves you a step.
Where:Mikerphone, Elk Grove Village
6 Maplewood Tiger Mountain
What:A refreshing helles lager with hints of lemon
Why:Maplewood often brews pastry ales, but they’re no one-trick pony — they nailed this traditional Munich-style beer.
7 Begyle Sunny Afternoon
What:An American pale ale with slight heft from oats
Why:With grapefruit and tropical notes, this is the perfect pick while lazin’ on a — well, you get the idea.
Where:Begyle, North Center
8 Revolution Rosa
What:A floral, tart hibiscus ale
Why:Revolution almost retired Rosa this year, but you can drink this summer classic for one more season.
Where:Revolution Taproom, Avondale, and Brewpub, Logan Square
9 Solemn Oath Lü Radler
What:An award-winning Kölsch mixed with grapefruit soda
Why:It’s become a key part of the summer drinking rotation for a reason (a thirst-quenching reason).
Where:Solemn Oath, Naperville
10 Goose Island So-Lo
What:A low-alcohol, low-cal IPA that’s crisp and well balanced, so you can quaff it all afternoon
Why:Unlike other light styles, it actually has, you know, flavor.