As we roll into the hot days of summer, there’s nothing better than cracking open an ice cold beer. But if you’re looking for a lighter drink (one that side-steps the bloating that comes with beer), or one that is low on wheat and gluten, here are five thirst-quenching alternatives. Of course, they’re still light, crisp and refreshing!


1. Rickard’s Shandy (4.5% ABV)
A traditional Shandy consists of beer mixed with a carbonated clear drink (think ginger ale or 7-Up). This version is made with lemonade. This light lager has a zip because of the lemon flavour, but still maintains a hint of ‘malty-ness.’

2. Somersby Apple Cider (4.5% ABV)
Calling all sweet-tooths! This one goes down just like apple juice, but we recommend putting it over ice to water down the sugar. Still light and crisp, Somersby is considered a medium-dry cider (and a summer staple).

3. Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer (4.0% ABV)
Don’t let the name fool you. It’s not a wheat beer; instead, it’s made with ginger, sugar, water, and lemon juice. The ginger tones are definitely apparent and add a nice kick to the drink.

4. Molson Canadian Cider (5.0% ABV)
New to Molson’s beverage lineup is this cider. Made from real Canadian apples, Molson Canadian introduces a traditional English-style cider. Think crisp apple flavour, balanced with a hint of sweetness.

*Available only and exclusively in Ontario (LCBO) and Nova Scotia (NSLC) currently.

5. Strongbow (5.0% ABV)
If you’re looking for something less sweet, try Strongbow – one of the most popular ciders around the world. Beer experts parallel the flavour palette to that of a white wine, making it one of the driest ciders on the market.


*Visit your local beer and wine store for pricing.