Ice-cold beer goes down easy on any day. But none more so than the dog days of August, when muggy hits a whole new level. Lately, it’s hard to keep track of every saison, lager, and pale ale to hit the market, so we’ve rounded up a collection of ten of our favorite new brews. Joining the likes of Abita, Terrapin, and Yazoo, these operations are taking over taps below the Mason-Dixon line—and helping prove that there is more than just bourbon flowing in the South.
Four years ago, brewers Paul Karns, Kevin O’Leary, and Tom Sullivan set up shop in a garage, where they began testing a run of experimental beers with help from members of their home-brewing cooperative. Nowadays, Ardent is a somewhat more legitimate operation, with a newly opened taproom offering fresh suds and a menu of small plates.
Don’t miss: The seasonal Honey Ginger ale, a crisp summertime thirst-quencher