A central Iowa summer isn't complete without local summer beers. And more breweries are bursting onto the scene, creating an overflow of local options for beer lovers to choose from. The options range from heavy to light, fruity to dry, wheat to Citra and beyond. Check out which beers should be on your radar this summer.

Strawberry Blonde

As part of "The Series," Court Avenue Brewing Co.'s Strawberry Blonde is everything the name promises it to be — fruity, fun and full of strawberry. It's the type of beer you'd want to start a day of drinking with. Looking to get more of a fruit fix with your beer this summer? July's edition of the monthly series from Court Ave is slated to be a Raspberry Hefeweizen.

Court Avenue Brewing Company

Find it: 309 Court Ave.

Hours: 11-12 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday

Info: courtavebrew.com

Mythical Gold Pale Ale

One of Ames' newcomers on the brewery scene, Torrent Brewing Company is delivering a golden ale that, at 4.5 percent ABV, falls on the lighter side of this summer's options. It's a solid first option for the new brewery — something worth trying when making the inaugural trip to Torrent. The brewery comes fully equipped with a perfect patio for beer tasting, and this gold ale is no exception.

Torrent Brewing Company

Find it: 504 Burnett Ave., Ames

Hours: 4-10 p.m. Monday. 4-10 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday

Info: torrentbrewingco.com

Lemon Cooler

While a beer cocktail isn't "technically" a beer, this is the option for people who want to go out and have the brewery experience but don't quite have the palate for a hop-filled pour. Made by mixing lemonade concentrate with Firetrucker's staple Steam Engine ale, it's a light, low- commitment drink that is undeniably refreshing on a blisteringly hot day. It would serve as a good match for weekend cyclists who come through and don't want to be bogged down with a heavy beer.

Firetrucker Brewery

Find it: 716 S.W. 3rd St., Ankeny

Hours: 4-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 12-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 12-8 p.m. Sunday

Info: firetrucker.com

Iowa Hops IPA

Madhouse's Iowa Hops is the type of beer that sneaks up on you. It has the full, warm, hoppy vibe you want from a summer beer, while still delivering a hefty 8.2 percent ABV. Created with 100 percent Iowa-grown hops, an IPA doesn't come more locally influenced and brewed. With it's powerful flavor, it's the type of beer best drank slowly and on a hot afternoon. Find it in bombers on at the Madhouse tap room.

Madhouse Brewing Company

Find it: 501 Scott Ave

Hours: 4-10 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 12-8 p.m. Saturday

Info: madhousebeer.com

Hefeweizen

Knoxville's beer treasure, Peace Tree, is offering up a light, mild German style wheat ale on tap this summer. The beer has a breezy charm to it — not too strong nor underwhelming. It doesn't contain the tenacity of something like a Blonde Fatale but it does steal your attention with its crisp, smooth taste. At 5.1 percent ABV, it's an ideal, light choice for Peace Tree visitors.

Peace Tree Brewing Co.

Find it: 107 W. Main St., Knoxville

Hours: 4-10 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday

Info: peacetreebrewing.com

G-Funk Gose

This lip-curling concoction from Exile Brewing Co. is unique, memorable and downright delicious. Coined as a German-style tart wheat ale, it's like drinking a sweet tart that gets you buzzed. This beer is for the person in your group who kind of thinks he likes beer but isn't too sure. It's sweet, savory and simply satisfying. If this is the summer you finally decide to try a tart beer, start with the G-Funk.

Exile Brewing Co.

Find it: 1514 Walnut St.

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

Info: exilebrewing.com

South Side Citra Blonde

Citra hops and summer brew are synonymous with each other during the sun-soaked season, and Confluence's Citra Blonde does not disappoint. Its fruit and wheat tinge complements the hops in each cool drink. At 5.8 percent ABV, it's not too light and not too heavy — exactly how a summer beer should be. Head to the south side of Gray's Lake and try this one in the brewery's taproom for the full experience — there's nothing like tasting a new beer at the place it was created.

Confluence Brewing Company

Find it: 1235 Thomas Beck Road

Hours: 4-10 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 12-10 p.m. Thursday, 12-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 12-7 p.m. Sunday

Info: confluencebrewing.com

Blue Corn Lager

The first of two Confluence Brewing staples to try this summer, this lager flows down the throat with a vigorous warmth not unlike something you'd taste from a winter offering. The difference in this lager comes with its big after-kick — it hits with the warm, lager bite before settling sweetly. Be on the look out for this beer both in the Confluence tap room and in 32-ounce half-growlers across the metro.

Confluence Brewing Company

Find it: 1235 Thomas Beck Road

Hours: 4-10 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 12-10 p.m. Thursday, 12-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 12-7 p.m. Sunday

Info: confluencebrewing.com

Honey Brewbarb

Firetrucker Brewery, one of Ankeny's additions to central Iowa's beer scenes, offers up a bright beer with its Honey Brewbarb. As the name suggests, this beer contains a nice hint of honey that plays well off of bitter rhubarb. Together the two make for a breezy brew. Warning: At 8 percent ABV, the honey flavor can sneak up quickly, so enjoy with caution.

Firetrucker Brewery

Find it: 716 S.W. 3rd St., Ankeny

Hours: 4-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 12-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 12-8 p.m. Sunday

Info: firetrucker.com

The Basil Protocol

This 515 Brewing Co. creation drives the flavor of summer home. Strongly laced with the cool cucumbers and garden-fresh basil, it's soothing and unique. Cucumber isn't a common flavor found in beer — but it works in explosive fashion with this brew. If you're a fan of cucumber and beers with a full, unforgettable flavor, head to the 515 taproom and savor this local beer treasure immediately.

515 Brewing Co.

Find it: 7700 University Ave., Clive

Hours: 3-9 p.m. Thursday, 3-11 p.m. Friday, 12-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-7 p.m. Sunday

Info: 515brewing.com

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