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


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Tom joined the Tulsa World in 1988 after being an intern and graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma. He lived in Saudi Arabia before graduating from Broken Arrow High School. He is married to Karen Gilbert and his three grown children.