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Aluminum Beauties

Five craft beers, newly available by the can and begging for the beach.

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Brooklyn Brewery Summer Ale at Good Beer, 422 E. 9th St., nr. Avenue A; 212-677-4836. 21.99 for 12. This month-old rendition of a British-style light dinner ale—so-called because it is both appetizing and refreshing and won’t weigh down your stomach—tastes of fresh bread, with a slightly citric and floral scent.
Avery Joe’s Premium American Pilsner at American Beer Distributing, 256 Court St., nr. Kane St., Cobble Hill; 718-875-0226. $8.99 for 6. Unlike mainstream pilsners such as Miller Lite, this Boulder brewery’s pale-gold beer drinks prickly and crisp and, thanks to the German hop Hersbrucker, has a nice, herbaceous nose.
Sixpoint the Crisp at Whole Foods, 95 E. Houston St., nr. Chrystie St.; 212-420-1320. $9.99 for 4. The Red Hook brewery’s first pilsner—unveiled in cans in May—pairs a Moravian malt with German and American hops; the result is a briskly refreshing all-day drinker.
21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer at Good Beer, 422 E. 9th St., nr. Ave. A; 212-677-4836. $12.99 for 6. The San Francisco brewery ferments its dry, crisp brew with ripe chunks of watermelon, lending a strawberry-blond hue and a restrained fruity bouquet.
Narragansett Summer Ale at Bierkraft, 191 Fifth Ave., nr. Berkeley Pl., Park Slope; 718-230-7600. $12.25 for 6. The Rhode Island brewery turned to a novel new hop called Citra, which imparts aromas of passion fruit and citrus, creating a lightly tropical sipper.

Photographs by Danny Kim.


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