Three local breweries share their take on a national trend: low-alcohol, low-calorie IPAs. Pack these brews from Cheboygan Brewing Co., MiddleCoast Brewing Company and Short’s Brewing Co. in your cooler.

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Tree Love by Cheboygan Brewing Company

101 N. Main St., Cheboygan | Cheboygan Brewing Website

Disc golf fans will appreciate the name and can design. (Non-players, let me fill you in: tree love is when the frisbee hits part of a tree and then travels in a favorable direction.) With a 3.8% ABV, this light beer has the lowest alcohol content in the group, but it’s definitely not low on flavor. Michigan Copper, a hop cultivar known for its tropical fruit punch aromas, makes the beer perfect for warm days. Available in 16-ounce cans; 115 calories per 12-ounce serving.

Beer from Cheboygan Brewing Company

Photo by Short's Brewing Co.

Stone Skipper by MiddleCoast Brewing Company

329 E. State St., Traverse City | MiddleCoast Brewing Website

With a name like that, how can you not take it to the beach?! The 4% ABV beer is packed with five hop varieties—El Dorado, Southern Cross, Mosaic, Citra and Cascade. “Hops add zero calories to beer, so we went all-in with those,” says Joel Mulder, co-owner and lead brewer/distiller. “If you’re an IPA lover, this won’t disappoint.” Stone Skipper is light and crisp, but has a citrus aroma that’ll put you in a summertime mood any time of year. Available in 12-ounce cans; 100 calories.

Three local beers

Photo by Dave Weidner

Lil’ Huma by Short’s Brewing Company

121 N. Bridge St., Bellaire | Short’s Website

Imagine the Huma Lupa Licious (aka brewer Joe Short’s favorite beer) as Lil’ Huma’s big brother. Both have heady aromas of pine and citrus and a gorgeous gold color. But while Huma Lupa has a 7.7% ABV, the Lil’ is just 4.5%, making it a great choice for family BBQs and all-day cornhole championships. Available in 12-ounce cans; 95 calories. (Pssst! Also, watch for Short’s limited release of Local’s Light Lime this summer.)

Photo(s) by Dave Weidner