Spring means that leaves are coming back, your first round of cleaning is underway, and baseball is about to start. That doesn’t mean that you need to shelve your beer habit, however. Despite not being known for the high gravity monsters that fall and winter are known for, spring allows for some more delicate creativity on the part of brewers, and in many cases a lot of sessionable beers for us, the consumers.
Whether you’re mowing the lawn, cleaning out the attic, or servicing your snow blower one last time before you retire it until winter, there’s a beer for nearly every situation. Because there is a lot of work to do in spring, and there’s no better work partner than a good brew. To help you power through any spring chore, or just sit back and relax with friends on a sunshiny day, we’ve rounded up 15 of our favorite spring season beers.
Stone Goto IPA
They say that a large portion of your taste comes from what you smell, and Stone Goto IPA puts that to the test. What it lacks in malt punch and alcohol content, it makes up for in a nose that competes with the best IPAs.
Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner
For most of us unlucky masses, we started our drinking career on crappy light lagers. The best thing about those lagers is that they were cheap and that you could drink a ton of them without embarrassing yourselves. The worst thing about them was that they tasted like carbonated water and hypocritical advertising. Enter Nooner, a modern pilsner with a hop bite, from the guys that brought you hoppy pale ales.
Brewery Ommegang Glimmerglass
The folks the folks at Brewery Ommengang have been providing Belgian inspired beer to us for several years. Glimmerglass, their spring-release saison is no exception. Between the yeast, hops, and added spices, Glimmerglass is a nice, citrusy treat throughout spring.
Beer Camp: Hoppy Lager
Each year Sierra Nevada invites brewers from across the country to their Beer Camp. While they brewed 12 separate beers in 2014 in their Chico, California and Mills River, North Carolina breweries. As an encore, and to ring in 2015’s spring season, they collaborated with Ballast Point to make their Hoppy Lager.
Caldera Lawnmower Lager
Spring is a time when grass is growing, flowers are blooming, and all kinds of romanticized crap. What it really means for many of us is that we have to give our overgrown, wet lawns their first mow. Caldera Brewing has specifically engineered a beer for your specific needs as a lawnmower with their Lawnmower Lager.
Montucky Cold Snacks
The privelege of drinking a light lager out of a 16 oz. can, for many of us, stops when we graduate college or get our lives together and move out from under a bridge. Montucky Cold Snacks has a snack for you, however, a 4 percent ABV lager that drinks better, and is priced similarly to the standard macro lagers.
Dogfish Head Aprihop
Primarily known for their IPAs which receive a constant stream of hops, Dogfish Head’s Aprihop is a light-bodied IPA infused with Apricot Juice and blasted with Amarillo hops, making a citrusy, refreshing, and sessionable IPA.
Crux Impasse Saison
There may be no brewery that has tickled our tastebuds or poked at our imagination more than Crux Fermentation Project. We love Crux, and we love Impasse, but we brought it to our friend who is much less forthcoming with his praise of wheat-forward, Belgian-inspired beers. “Wow, that’s, wow, that’s good,” was our friend’s exact response.
Fort George Plazm Farmhouse Ale
In the canning movement of beers there may be no brewery’s cans more visible than Fort George on the West Coast. They’re best known for their cloudy, dirty, delicious Vortex IPA, but this year they’ve released Plazm Farmhouse Ale. This beer is collaboration between Fort George and The Commons Brewery, and the multi colored can is an artistic homage to its namesake, Plazm Magazine.
Green Flash Road Warrior
When a seasoned drinker things of Green Flash they are usually thinking about West Coast IPA or one of Green Flash’s other IPAs (or triple IPAs). Road Warrior breaks that mold a little bit with the introduction of rye to their IPA. Perhaps on of the best rye IPAs available, Road Warrior is a Spring seasonal release for Green Flash.
Balebreaker Field 41 Pale Ale
There may be no more appropriate all-season beer than Balebreakers Field 41 Pale Ale. A brewery cut out of a farm of hop fields, Balebreaker makes full flavored beers with a substantial hop bite. We drank Field 41 while we made Thanksgiving dinner, on New Year’s Eve, while watching the Super Bowl, and we’ll find just about any excuse in Spring and Summer also.
Almanac Biere de Chocolat
When you pour Biere de Chocolat you expect a couple things: high gravity and a thick body. Biere De Chocolat is as dark as any stout, but is light bodied, and has a complex but assertive flavor that makes Biere de Chocolate an appropriate choice for the spring and summer, when dark beers are normally buried in the cellar.
Ninkasi Spring Reign
Best known for enormous hoppy IPAs and experimental seasonal, Ninkasi turns down the dial a bit on their spring beer called Spring Reign. This blonde ale is light and citrusy, but not without character as is often the case when beers are described as light.
Victory Swing Session Saison
Historically saisons and farmhouse ales have been brewed at extremely low alcohol levels, brewed and fermented in the autumn and winter for Belgian farm laborers to drink in the summer. Today’s saisons usually contain a lot more alcohol, but Victory’s Swing Sesson IPA can take you back to the historic era of saisons as it falls under five percent alcohol.
Firestone Walker Easy Jack
A jack of all trades, Firestone Walker is well known for their Union Jack, Double Jack, and Wookey Jack, all variations of an IPA. Their Easy Jack is a session IPA that you can crush all day, and that you can enjoy deep into the spring.
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