Summer has arrived! Summer activities like sunbathing, surfing, volleyball, biking, barbecuing, and gardening work up a sweat and parched throat. Here are five local beers for summer that can help you reinvigorate after being outdoors. They are all lower in alcohol but huge in flavor.

About the author: Firkin Ron is a craft beer enthusiast and explorer who lives in San Clemente, California. For more than 35 years he has traveled the world in search of great brews and fascinating stories about beer, people, places and brewing history. Read about his adventures at

Artifexican Lager (4.7% ABV) – Artifex Brewing’s award-winning tribute to Mexican lagers. This clear pale yellow and light-bodied lager delivers clean, crisp and crushable grain and floral flavors and drinks with an effervescent carbonation.

Double Nickels Pale Ale (5.5% ABV) – This 2018 World Beer Cup Silver Medal winner from Docent Brewing. This golden pale ale bursts with flavors of grapefruit, oranges and light honey and ends with a zesty, bitter finish. 

Blonde Marvel (4.5% ABV) – Left Coast Brewing’s American blonde ale is crisp and light with citrus flavor, providing a great alternative to hoppy beers. 

Single pHin Series Sour with Blueberry (5.9% ABV) – Pucker up for this ruby colored kettle sour by Lost Winds Brewing. After the initial pucker, you’ll discover a fruity and tart treat that instantly refreshes your palate. 

Marathon Sesh Session IPA (5.5% ABV) – Made with Mosaic hops, Pizza Port Brewing San Clemente’s Marathon Sesh delivers all of the hop flavors you seek in an IPA but with less alcohol.  One sip will engulf your palate with flavors of mango, lemon, pine and tropical fruit with some herbal and stone fruit notes.