It’s here, it’s here, spring is finally here! Spring is my favorite season – the sun comes out, the air smells new, and everything comes back to life. It’s a beautiful time of year, and I can’t wait to drive around with my windows down. Welcome the season change by adjusting what you drink.
Follow the seasons and welcome these 5 new spring seasonal brews.
Left Hand Saison au Miel
This year, Left Hand announced a new seasonal Saison series using local Colorado ingredients. The spring offering is Saison au Miel. As its name implies (miel = honey in French), this brew is made with Colorado wildflower honey and boasts a crisp flavor with mild tartness. Sounds perfect for a sunny spring day if you ask me. It’s packaged in 16 oz pounder cans, so it’s ready to go wherever you’re headed.
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes #4
While Aprihop was once my springtime go-to before it was replaced by Romantic Chemistry (my current spring go-to), Dogfish Head has a new flavor for this year. Check out Alternative Takes #4, a barrel-aged apricot farmhouse ale. The Alternate Takes series is kind of like a scratch series in that they’re limited release development-level brews that make the cut for a short release, but may not become a seasonal or year-round offering. #4 is aged on French-Oak wine barrels where it is fermented with Brettanomyces for 7 months before being blended with apricots and re-fermented with a Belgian Saison yeast. It promises to deliver flavors of apricot, oak, Brett funk, and earthy undertones.
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Golden IPA
Sierra Nevada will be bringing back their Beer Camp series this year with brews from around the world, but first, let’s check out the Golden IPA. A new spring seasonal, the Golden part comes from wheat malt and the IPA punches with an experimental hop variety alongside Simcoe, Chinook, Crystal, El Dorado, and Summit hops. Sierra Nevada describes the flavor as “dry, yet assertive,” and I’m thoroughly intrigued.
Sam Adams Fresh as Helles
Now that Cultivator is gone, where will you go for your spring helles bock? Right to Sam Adams. This brand new spring seasonal has a soft citrus flavor from the orange blossom petals added as well as Mandarina hops for a hint of tangerine. While Sam Adam’s doesn’t make all of my favorite beers, they’ve really been stepping up to the plate with their latest releases, and I’m looking forward to giving this one a go.
While not available yet, keep an eye out this spring for Abita’s new spring beer To-Gose. Brewed with key limes, this brew takes a fresh twist on the classic salty-yet-tart Gose. Look for this beer about a month from now on draft and in bottles and pair it up with a sunny day on the patio.
Categories: Craft Beer