Springtime is the perfect season to grab a cold beer and enjoy the blooming flowers, mild climate, and a cool, refreshing beer. For many, spring is a much needed break from the hibernation caused by the constant wintry mixes that fall upon the New England area. For others, spring provides one last chance to enjoy the sun in relatively comfortable temperatures before the grueling summer bears down on the Deep South. Regardless of your geographic location, spring means baseball, the great outdoors, and relaxing with a cool one in your hand.
These are the five best springtime beers available in the United States, so grab your favorite coozie and take note of the most refreshing and spring-like brews on the market today.
Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager – Abita Brewing Company – Abita Springs, Louisiana
Ponchatoula, Louisiana is a mecca for strawberry enthusiasts due to the town’s legendary sweet strawberries. Abita Brewery is located near that strawberry mecca and the microbrewery wisely chose to infuse a spring brew with fresh strawberry juice to satisfy the spring thirsts of the Gulf Coast region before the sweltering heat of summer sets in.
Fleur de Lehigh – Philadelphia Brewing Company – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Envisioned as the perfect brew for baseball season, the Fleur de Lehigh spring brew is one of the most complex and interesting spring beers on the market. The golden ale will fill your palette with subtle hints of lemongrass, orange, ginger, and black pepper. The spicy floral tone of this beer gives it a unique taste that will beg you to sip it slowly and enjoy the rich and well-crafted flavor. Click here to check on this spring beer’s availability in your area.
Funkwerks Tropic King – Funkwerks Brewing – Fort Collins, Colorado
This Colorado microbrew is perfect for springtime with its zesty flavor and fruity tones. The beer pours heavy with a prominent orange color and frothy head. Flavors of ginger and a general fruit-like taste make it refreshing while the heavy carbonation of the beer makes it a distinctive brew for the sophisticated palette. Click here to see if this great spring beer is available on your local store shelves.
Shipyard Brewing Applehead – Shipyard Brewing Company – Portland, Maine
Shipyard Brewing knew it had a good thing going with its Pumpkinhead fall ale so they chose to use that base for their spring beer, as well. Replacing the pumpkin flavoring with apple juice, the Portland, Maine-based microbrewery created a fine recipe with this beer. The apple flavor is tart, as expected, but never overpowering and the subtle cinnamon flavor give it a lively complexity for your taste buds. Check this website for local availability of this top-notch spring beer.
Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA – Koochenvagner’s Brewing Company – Escondido, California
In the hands of a lesser microbrewery, this recipe could easily have spelled disaster, but this California brew is pure springtime goodness. The beer’s fruity hops give off a prominent grapefruit aroma and taste, but it is never overpowering and it does not ever feel as if the core beer stock was sacrificed in the name of the fruity flavoring. This is one of the best spring beers on the market but pace yourself as this brew is a strong one, coming in at 8.2% ABV. Click here to see availability in your hometown.
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