The sun is shining and flowers are blooming. It’s time to shed that winter coat and crack open a beer after mowing the lawn for the first time this season.
When I think of the top beers for spring, I tend to lean toward something light and refreshing and slightly fruity. I’ve limited my search to what I can find in the local supermarket. This is a beer list for the everyday person. I’m sure those rare and exotic beers are delicious and great, but I don’t want to waste the sunshine by chasing down some hard to find beverage. Here are my top picks for easily obtainable spring beers in no particular order:
Redd’s Apple Ale
Light and crisp with a hint of apple, Redd’s Apple Ale was quick to make my list for spring beers. It is brewed by Miller Brewing Co. in Wisconsin. This 5% ABV ale has a fresh picked taste. It is really more of a hard cider than a traditional ale. It is sweet, without being overly so. I think this one is perfect to have on the patio after a long day of yard work.
Shock Top Belgian White
Staying with our fruit theme, this is a beer brewed by Anheuser-Busch in Missouri with a 5.2% ABV, this beer is brewed with orange, lemon and lime peels. It has a crisp taste that I enjoyed. This beer has won awards including the North American Beer Awards – Belgian Wit (White) category. It was awarded Gold in 2006 and Bronze in 2007.
Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss
This beer is brewed by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company in Wisconsin. This crisp wheat beer is brewed with blackberries, elderberries and loganberries. You can smell the berries as you pour it. It’s nice and light and has a 4.9% ABV. This beer is winner of the 2004 Bronze Medal and 2007 Gold Medal for Fruit and Vegetable Beer at the Great American Beer Festival.
Blue Moon Belgian White
A longtime favorite of mine, Blue Moon Belgian White is also brewed with orange peel. This 5.4% ABV is delicious when served garnished with an orange slice. It is smooth and fresh and is one of my go-to beers when I am not sure what I want to order. It is brewed by Coors Brewing Company in Colorado.
Brewed by Brouwerij Lindemans, this Lambic beer is flavored beautifully with raspberries. It is almost like a raspberry soda and a perfect combination of sweet and sour. I think this beer would go perfectly with a chocolate desert after the season’s first barbeque. This beer took first place at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America “Hoptails” Mixology Competition in April 2013 and was rated “Top Lambic” at the US Open Beer Championship in 2009 and 2013. It is certainly one of my new favorites.