Pick Up These Four Summer Brews at Our Readers’ Favorite Bottle Shops

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The owners and brewers at our best bottle shops share their top picks for summer sippin’

readers' favorite bottle shops - The Glass Jug Beer Lab
Sophia Duong, Kimberly Vuong, Michael Amoabeng and Kim’s dog, Rocket, enjoy a few brews on the patio at The Glass Jug Beer Lab’s new downtown location. Photo by John Michael Simpson

The Glass Jug Beer Lab

“Research Triangle Pilsner (5.4% ABV) is a light, crisp and refreshing Czech-style Pilsner that is light-bodied but full-flavored. It is perfectly suited for a session of beers by the pool or at the beach, as well as for enjoying the subtle complexities of a well-made craft lager. The light bready malt character and crisp herbal hop notes were made for summer sipping while giving a nod to our home and our community in the Research Triangle Park.” – Chris Creech, co-owner

readers' favorite bottle shops – The Oak House at Durham

The Oak House at Durham

“This crisp, clean, beer-flavored Lager (5.6% ABV ) is the perfect companion to any summertime scenario. Beach trips, mountain weekends, hanging out poolside, hiking and kayaking, grilling out or even just thinking about going outside in the infernal heat are all acceptable reasons to crack open our summer go-to from Durham’s own Durty Bull Brewing Company!” – Tyler Vet, general manager

readers' favorite bottle shops – Beer Study

Beer Study

“Bilwis Hefeweizen (4.8% ABV) by Starpoint Brewing includes aromas and flavors of banana bread and oranges with a little bit of clove and pepper. The fruit flavors and lower ABV make this a refreshing summer beer.” – Tim Harper, owner of Starpoint Brewing, Beer Study’s in-house brewery

readers' favorite bottle shops – Sam's Bottle Shop

Sam’s Bottle Shop

“Mille Fleur Rustic Saison (5.8% ABV) by Haw River Farmhouse Ales is one of my favorites. It’s everything I want in a nice summer beer. It’s light, easy-drinking, barnyardy, farmhousey. Exactly what I want in something to drink when the sun is setting by a fire. It’s a little bit on the sweeter side of saisons, too.” – Tyler Peterson, assistant manager

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Hannah Lee

Hannah Lee is the assistant editor at Durham Magazine. Born and raised in Winston-Salem, she attended UNC-Chapel Hill and double majored in broadcast journalism and German.

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