“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Ben Franklin was a genius, for he doth spake the truest words ever spoken about beer. (And I hear he did some other neat stuff too.) I couldn’t have said it better myself. If old Silence Dogood (Franklin’s persona) was right, some of the great beers out there this spring may just have the power to lift you straight to beer heaven!
IC Light Mango
I’m a born and bred Pittsburgher, so my list starts out with one of the most refreshing beers out there for spring, IC Light Mango. As the name suggests, this one is a light-colored beer with a citrus aroma. It comes from Pittsburgh Brewing Company, and a case of 12-ounce cans is about $23. This beer with a tropical twist is made of all-natural mango flavors that’ll transport you to your own tropical island. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but at only 95 calories, it is one exhilarating blast of citrusy beer goodness!
Summer Berry Weisse
Did I say I’m from Pittsburgh? Oh, I did? Well, then you won’t be surprised why I’ve chosen this next beer. Anyway, besides being “Pure Pittsburgh” from Penn Brewery, this beer is spectacular! The color is light golden, and it has one of those nice foamy beer heads. You should be able to find it for around $22 a case. It’s a tart and light blend with a welcoming berry aroma that screams, “Winter’s over … drink me now!”
Long Trail Ramble
This is a traditional Kolsch style beer (a local specialty beer brewed in Cologne, Germany). This one also is perfect for spring because of its light color and refreshing citrus finish. It’s available in six packs, and it’s brewed at Long Trail Brewery in Vermont, where they obviously know their beer, ’cause the next one on my list is from Long Trail, too!
As I mentioned, also from Long Trail Brewery comes Blackberry Wheat, a very unique and thirst-quenching beer with a hint of blackberry. It’s great for spring because it pairs well with salads, vegetables, and light appetizers. You can find it in six packs, and at only 110 calories, you won’t ruin that svelte beach body you worked on all winter!
This one is new in 2014, and it was worth waiting for! It’s a white ale brewed with spices, and it has wonderful citrusy undertones. You can find it in six- and 12-packs. Brewed at Matt Brewing in Utica, New York, Saranac has a bit of a hazy color, but the taste is anything but hazy!
On a final note, and this really doesn’t have much to do with spring beers, but since I’m on a roll with the beer quotes and all … here’s a little taste of how we Americans feel about our beer. In the immortal words of Al Bundy spoken to the ‘powers that be’ … “Don’t tax beer!” (Again, couldn’t have said it better myself!)