This script is from the second season of Beer Notes, which you can listen to at beernotes.org.

Summer is a great time to try one of the relatively new, only slightly sour local craft beers by brewers looking for a lower-calorie, thirst-quenching beer. This week on Beer Notes, we’re exploring popular beers here on the Eastern Shore of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

Dogfish Head started the trend with their SeaQuench Ale, now representing almost 1/4 of their total beer sales. They went to the makers of Gatorade to create a beer to slake your thirst and came up with SeaQuench Ale, a slightly sour, slightly salty flavorful beer with only 140 calories. For comparison, their 60 Minute IPA has 209 calories and their 120 Minute IPA has 450 calories.

Evolution Craft Brewing in Salisbury, Maryland responded to the SeaQuench with their Day Crush Session Sour. It’s a sessionable, refreshing, thirst-quenchingly tart and easy-drinking beer coming in at 4.7% ABV and weighing in at about 160 calories.

There are berry sours like the Liquid Denial Wildberry by Tall Tales Brewing in Parsonsburg, Maryland. This is an extremely popular choice at local festivals.

Burley Oak Brewing Company in Berlin, Maryland offers many sour choices, many low in alcohol content and varying in degree of tartness.

Other breweries across the country offer similar concoctions to please the palate, quench your thirst and inspire your summer barbecue plans. So, try a local summer beer. When you buy a local beer, 67% of your dollar stays local.

For Beer Notes, this is Anne Neely.

Kristin Helf
Author: Kristin Helf

Kristin is a writer and picture-taker in Ocean City, Maryland. She likes puppies, pumpkin ales and watching movies for the Ocean City Film Festival in her spare time.

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