Spring has arrived. With the fresh season we see flowers blooming, the sun shining, and new beers at our local bars. If you are fortunate enough to live near a major city with lots of bars that also have lots of beers from all over available, you will undoubtedly have to indulge in these five spring beers.
Maple Pecan Porter
Thank Samuel Adams for this delicious beer. The Massachusetts brewery that never fails to deliver quality has given us the wonderful treat of Maple Pecan Porter. As a fan of anything with a maple flavor, I find this provides one of the best authentic tastes. This beer is everything the name advertises and unlike some porters does not leave a bad aftertaste.
An IPA different from many others, Aprihop from Dogfish Head is a spring beer favorite. The notion of a beer with an apricot flavor may not sound too appealing, but it works. The fruity flavor is very noticeable and helps to cover up any bitterness from the hops. The name is perfect because indeed the apricot and hops work well together to make this a beer worth tasting.
Brewed in Cooperstown, New York not far from the Baseball Hall of Fame at the Brewery Ommegang comes Glimmerglass. Not as sophisticated as the name may hint toward, this beer is a flavorful one with the aroma of pear, apple, and citrus. Thankfully this beer is available in nearly every state across the United States. A very clean tasting beer, Glimmerglass hits your tongue perfectly and goes well with food or alone.
Putting Great Divide’s Orabelle into words can be tough. A Belgian Abbey-Style Trippel brewed in Denver, this beer has the exact taste beer drinkers would want in spring. There is an obvious slight flavor of fruit in it that tastes natural yet unrecognizable. For anyone looking to try a new beer representative of spring, this would be it. Orabelle is as universally beloved as a beer can get.
Flying Dog located in Frederick, Maryland, gives us Horn Dog, a sweet barleywine. A fruity, spicy, and tangy flavor to it comes from a taste similar to raisins and figs. Horn Dog is a bit of a sweeter beer not recommended for thirst quenching. Many may think this beer is an acquired taste. However, since it’s a beer exclusive to spring you mine as well give it a try and see if you found something worth looking forward to every year.