Different types of beer come out during different seasons. Here are 5 of the best beers to drink in the springtime.
1. Gordon Biersch Maibock.
Gordon Biersch Maibock is from the Gordon Biersch Brewing Company located in San Jose, California. This is definitely a Spring beer with it’s name meaning “the bock beer of May”. This particular beer has the right balance of a dark-roasted caramel malt with moderate levels of bitterness. The alcohol by volume for this brew is 7.3% and features hallertau aroma hops. Maibock is only available seasonally from February through April and retails around $7 for a 6-pack of 12 ounce bottles.
2. Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Calabaza Blanca.
The Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Calabaza Blanca is a beer brewed from the Jolly Pumpkin Brewery located in Traverse City, Michigan. This beer is available year round but is especially great for Spring because of it’s citrus flavor. It is a wheat beer mixed with an orange peel and spice reminiscent of the popular Shock Top beer. It’s alcohol by volume is just 4.8% which makes it easy to drink.
3. Mother Earth Brewing Company Endless River.
Endless River is a beer brewed by the Mother Earth Brewing Company located in Kinston, North Carolina. It is a beer light in taste and color. The alcohol by volume is 4.9% and it has a slight fruity flavor. The website for this beer actually suggests pairing it with a nice leafy green salad, shellfish, and a peach cobbler. That sounds like a wonderful meal to have in the Spring time.
4. Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager.
The Strawberry Harvest Lager is brewed from the Abita brewery located in Abita Springs, Louisiana. This lager is brewed with pilsner and wheat malts and Vanguard hops. Real Louisiana strawberry juice is added to create a unique Spring time flavor. It is suggested that you pair this beer with a light meal, desserts, or cheese. Alcohol by volume is at 4.2% for this beer which makes it the lightest beer on this list. You can pick up a 6-pack of 12 ounce bottles of the Strawberry Harvest Lager for $8.50.
5. Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA.
The Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA is a Californian rye beer brewed in Chico. It is a darker beer that has fruity citrus notes mixed with herbal hops. The alcohol by volume is 6.6% and along with it’s citrus flavors it has a light peppery taste as well. This beer is a Gold Medal 2012 World Beer Cup winner. You can pick up a 6-pack of 12 ounce bottles of the Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA for around $8.