It seems like every brewery has at least 10 seasonal beers, and choosing between them can be tough. Unless you shop at a place with a “make your own six pack” deal, you could be stuck with a pack of a seasonal beer that is not to your tastes. This is why it’s helpful to have a guide.
Here are my favorite spring beers:
1. Founders Brewing Co. All Day IPA: The title of this particular beer is just screaming for a cookout. It makes you want to take it to your yard and have a picnic. This is a nice pale ale from the Founders Brewing Co., and its citrus notes make it very refreshing. After one taste, I fell in love with this beer, and now suggest it for all outdoor fun.
2. New Belgium Spring Blonde: This delicious beer, from New Belgium Brewing Company the people the brought you the wonderful Fat Tire, is perfection when sitting with a good book under a shady tree. I can’t say enough about New Belgium. I haven’t tried a beer by them that I didn’t like, and this one does not disappoint.
3. Samuel Adams Alpine Spring: Samuel Adams, as you probably know, is an affordable beer from the Boston Brewing Company. But even if you’re not a fan of regular Sam Adams, you should give some of their seasonals a try. I highly recommend Alpine Spring, which creates the perfect balance between hoppy and a little fruity, without being overly sweet. A good buy!
4. Stone Imperial Russian Stout: This beer is a favorite of many friends of mine. It took me a long time to finally try it because it looked so thick and unappetizing (I have never loved stouts). But when I finally tried it, I absolutely loved it. The Stone Brewing Co. has managed to make a beer that has dark flavors like coffee and spices…and still have it be springy? I don’t know how they do it, but it is magic. A good beer for those spring days when the weather can’t decide between cloudy and sunny.
5. Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest: This beer from the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is, somehow, balancing a strong malty and a strong hoppy taste without one overpowering the other. This beer, like the Russian Stout, is great for a windy spring day and an easy pick to share with friends.