SPRING seasonal selections are here!

Ah, the doldrums of the dark winter have ended! And even though much of the springtime is still chilly, most spring beer drinkers are eager to start thinking about sunshine and the outdoors. Unsurprisingly, the perfect beers for the season follow suit. (As seen on https://pourmybeer.com/seasonality-of-beer.html

  • Dry — Winter beers are sweet and heavy. Spring beers are the opposite. Although they aren’t as light as summer beers, they tend to be dryer, meaning more of the sugars have been fermented. This means the beer will be crisper and less cloying than typical winter styles.

  • Saisons — Saisons are a Belgian style of beer fermented with wild yeast. They are often referred to as “funky” because of the complex flavor of the yeasts involved. Full of sour notes and typically low in alcohol, they are a great way to celebrate emerging from hibernation.

  • Common — Don’t be confused. “Common” refers to a style of beer, not its interest level. This distinctly American style is made using lager yeast, which typically ferment at colder temperatures. However, unlike most lagers, common beers are fermented at the typical warmer ale temperature. The result is a wonderful hybrid of both styles. Known to be eminently drinkable, these are great beers for your first weekend spent outside.

  • Fresh Hops — Spring is the start of the new hop season. As such, many breweries use this as an opportunity to start throwing some fresh hops in their brews. Usually much lighter than the resiny hops used in the autumn and winter, they make for a crisp and delightfully bitter beer. Plus, this is a great time to taste test different beers that boast heavy use of particular hop varietals, which can be surprisingly diverse in flavor.

  • Bocks — Just because winter is ending doesn’t mean you want to totally rid yourself of darker malts. That why darker German bock beers are a great option in the spring. They’re not nearly as dark as stouts and porters, but they aren’t pale ales either. They are malty and sweet, but not too much for your tastebuds to handle. A bock can be a great transitional beer as you get ready for spring.

  • Pine — Pine may seem like an odd flavor for beer, but during the springtime, there’s something to be said for a little evergreen in your beer. Most beers don’t incorporate actual pine needles into their brews — although there are a few that do! — but instead get these flavor notes from particular hop varietals. The freshness of a slight hint of pine is a great way to get in the mood for the end of winter.

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