Now that spring is here (astronomically and meteorologically speaking), it’s time to talk about some locally-brewed spring seasonals. Actually, I’m a little late as I have spotted a few summer beers on the shelves already. It seems the beer calendar is always a month or two ahead and creeps further ahead each year. Keep a lookout for the first pumpkin beers in July this year.
Here are some local spring beers worth trying:
Evolution Craft Brewing “Sprung” – Evolution’s spring ale pours an amber golden color with a very thin white head. It is unfiltered, which gives it a nice hazy appearance. It has a flowery aroma from chamomile and hibiscus, which are both included in the brewing of this beer. There is an herbal flowery taste up front followed by a thicker but dry wildflower honey flavor. This is certainly a great beer for a warm spring day.
Flying Dog “Lucky SOB” – This local craft take on an Irish red ale pours deep red with a thin white head. The aroma has some caramel and toffee. Grainy and grassy flavors meld perfectly in the first sip, followed by a slight nuttiness and a pleasantly dry finish. This is hands-down my favorite Irish red ale I have tasted.
Heavy Seas “Riptide White IPA” – Pours light orange with a noticeable cloudiness. The airy white head dissipates quickly. Orange dominates the aroma with hints of spices, particularly cloves. Orange, spice and yeast hit first, but continued sips as the beer warms allow the hops to balance out the beer with a grassy bitterness. The “white” seems to have more influence than the “IPA” in this one.