What makes a great craft summer beer?

It has to quench your thirst, not have too much alcohol and — probably the most important thing — taste great.

I don’t think there’s a better feeling than drinking a great local beer after being hot and thirsty.

You can call them lake beers, lawn-mowing beers, crushable beers ... The beer you choose can also make an impact on your memories of the holiday, the vacation, the reunion.

Here are a few great choices for Oklahoma beers to quench your thirst during the height of summer. Many are available in Tulsa restaurants.

— Tom Gilbert, What the Ale beer blogger