Cartoonist Em Sauter, a Connecticut native who is an author, Advanced Cicerone® and beer educator, shares her top “summer beer” picks.

Summertime, and the sippin’ is easy. But when “summer beer” covers such a wide range of flavors and styles, choosing the right beer can be a mystifying experience. Cartoonist Em Sauter, a Connecticut native who is an author, Advanced Cicerone® and beer educator through her site Pints & Panels, shares her top “summer beer” picks.

Two Roads (Stratford, CT) Road Jam Raspberry Wheat Ale

Road Jam shines when temps rise above 70F – and it finishes dry, not sweet.

Allagash (Portland, ME) White Witbier

The ultimate American interpretation of a Belgian witbier, White Witbier is spicy and refreshing.

Fox Farm (Salem, CT) Gather German-style Pilsner

Gather’s aroma is like standing in an herb garden on a warm day. I’m a huge fan of the pastoral, Salem, CT brewery.

Counterweight Headway IPA (Hamden, CT)

One of the best Connecticut IPAs on the market – it has a nice citrus flavor, a great price point and it’s easy to find.

Sierra Nevada (Chico, CA) Summerfest Czech Pilsner

A Czech pilsner with lots of flavor, Summerfest is a great BBQ option. (Czech pilsners use Czech hops, and they’re typically fuller-bodied darker than their German counterpart.)

Em’s website, Pints and Panels, celebrates Visual Beer Education and is updated daily. Follow her on social media @pintsandpanels, and visit Pints and Panels at pintsandpanels.com.