Here in Michigan we are more than ready for the summer! Drinking crushable beers goes hand-in-hand with the longer days, warm temps, and vacations to northern Michigan.

Crushable beers are easy drinking beers no matter what activities you are up to this summer.

The following freakin’ flight has a little something for everyone. Each of the Michigan beers are between 4-5% and a small amount of IBUs.

Bean Flicker Blonde – 4.5%

Odd Side Ales – Grand Haven

Coffee and beer?!

When I first ordered a Bean Flicker, I was shocked when they brought out a lager-looking beer, but I was proven very, very wrong. This blonde ale is deliciously light and sweet with tons of coffee throughout each sip. Don’t let the look of this one fool you! Drink it as a little pick me up heading into those fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July or whatever reason you’re lighting them off!

P.S. According to Odd Side’s Instagram, variants of Bean Flicker will be available soon.

Photo: Odd Side Ales

Soft Parade Shandy – 4.2%

Short’s Brewing Company – Bellaire

When Short’s came out with Soft Parade Shandy, I was pumped. Soft Parade, in it’s original form, is crushable in it’s own way, but it packs a potent punch at 7.5% ABV. The shandy cousin still has the refreshing berry tastes, but with the ever-so-popular shandy spin. Per the picture on the label, this beer is best crushed in a beach chair on a nice summer afternoon.

Photo: Stache International / Short’s Brewing Co.

Need help locating any of these breweries?

Check out mibeermap for an interactive map of ALL Michigan breweries.

The Fluffler: Session IPA – 4.5%

Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. – Warren

Session IPAs are the best way for hop heads to get their fix, but also be able to crush a few throughout the day. Kuhnhenn Brewing Co’s The Fluffer is exactly what you need if you’re looking for the bright citrus taste and dry finish of their popular DRIPA with just about half of the ABV.

Photo: Kuhnhenn Brewing Co

Blackberry IPA – 5%

Perrin Brewing Co. – Comstock Park

Perrin’s Blackberry IPA pairs blackberries and hops together for a one-two punch to your taste buds. It’s crushable and easy drinking and a solid fruit beer-IPA mix. Throw this one in your cooler to provide your friends something new when out camping or tailgating before a baseball game.

Photo: Perrin Brewing Company

Nectar of the Goddess – 4.8%

Latitude 42 Brewing Company – Portage

There’s a pale wheat ale that’s all the rage in Michigan during the summer months, and it’s time for it to move over. Diversify your palate and give Latitude 42’s brew a shot. Paying homage to another otherwordly being is still in the cards with the Nectar of the Goddess. Instead of a decades old yeast, Latitude 42 threw in blood orange, honey, and passion fruit. Need I say more?

Photo: Latitude 42 Brewing Company

What are your go-to summer crushables? Let us know so we can try it out!


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By Ed Norton

Edwin "Ed" Norton was first introduced to craft beer when his designated fraternity Big Brother Vince asked him if he knew anything about the topic. Ed admitted his ignorance and the rest is history as Ed and Vince would split six-packs of craft beers each week during Ed's probationary status. Ed is now a craft beer enthusiast who is always on the lookout for a beer he has not tried when bottle shopping or drinking at breweries and bars. In addition to drinking beer, this livelong Michigan resident enjoys a bunch of hobbies that he doubts you really care about, other than drinking beer and sounding off about it.

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