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This weekend is the official start of summer fun. A beer is definitely in order...but make sure you kick off your summer right -- with good warm-weather beer. Spending Memorial Day with a six-pack of Guinness would be like pairing a fine cut of beef with a wineglass full of cat piss.
You want something light, refreshing and drinkable, that can go with grilling burgers and throwing horseshoes. Canned beers are great if you're going to the beach or pool. And we're talking three days of drinking here, so aim for something with low enough alcohol that you'll actually remember how much you enjoyed your holiday weekend.
With those criteria in mind, here are our 11 best bets for kicking off summer 2013...and backup brews, just in case you can't find the main picks.
1. Bell's Oberon
Larry Bell has been brewing Oberon for nearly three decades, yet demand for this easy-drinking summer wheat from Michigan is as strong as ever. Maybe because it's only available six months out of the year and in just 18 states. Bring a few to your Memorial Day barbecue and you're sure to be a hero -- more so the farther you are from Kalamazoo.
Backup Brew: Can't score Bell's? Swim across Lake Michigan and grab some cans of the less subtle, but equally quaffable Stevens Point Nude Beach Summer Wheat.