Spring has Sprung!

Spring is my favorite season of them all.  Not only because it puts the kibosh on winter (which is the lamest month, IMO) but also because it means fun and interestingly refreshing brews are incoming.  What better way to celebrate warm weather than with a cool brew? Here’s a short list of the springtime brews I’m looking forward to sipping on.

Old Guard [Biere de Garde, 6.6% ABV; IBU = IDK], Service Brewing Co. [Savannah, GA]

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First of all, that’s a badass lady soldier on the label. Kudos to Service Brewing Co. for paying homage to the first woman who joined the ranks of the 3rd U.S. Infantry (AKA, The Old Guard) in 1996.  Second of all, this is SBC’s first spring seasonal. Way to continue to grow that roster, guys. Third of all, it uses local yaupon honey from the Savannah Bee Co PLUS a special honey yeast strain that they cultivated inhouse.  Total badassery in a bottle.

KBS [Stout, 11% ABV; IBU = 70], Founders Brewing Co. [Grand Rapids, MI]

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You may not consider a stout aged in oak bourbon barrels a springtime brew, but this one kinda is. It’s a seasonal release, only available in most places beginning in April until it runs out. I know people who buy up as much as they can and cellar it – the oaky notes and high ABV make it a prime candidate. Probably not a poolside, full-sun, patio beer but definitely the one you want when chillin’ in the courtyard at sundown.

Troublesome [Gose, 4.3% ABV; IBU = 10], Off  Color Brewing Co. [Chicago, IL]

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While I usually like beer with a more ‘substantial’ ABV, I really appreciate the gose style (Off Color combines a basic wheat beer with a bitchin’ sour). The first sip is super light, citrusy and salty, with a tinge of funk. The aroma is totally what you expect from a wheat beer: sultry and spicy. You can buy Troublesome year-round so it’s technically not a seasonal beer, but it just screams “SPRING” to me. Try this one with chips + salsa or fruit salad.

Cosmik Debris [Double IPA, 8.3% ABV, IBU = IDK], Creature Comforts [Athens, GA]

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I’m a fan of anything that Creature Comforts brews. Anything. Their Tropicalia is the best IPA on the streets right now and this DIPA sounds like a better version (if that’s at all possible). It’s brewed using Simcoe, Amarillo, Citra and Columbus hops, so expect bitter, fruity, floral, citrusy, and woodsy notes. A few sites report the beer at 100 IBU, but I’ve not seen this info directly from the brewery, so who knows.  At any rate, you can only find Cosmik Debris in bars in Athens and Atlanta or at the brewery’s tasting room. Road trip!!

Join Us for A Seasonal Tasting on May 16th!

We’ll be tasting some awesome seasonal brews at our spring seasonal tasting and bottle swap on Saturday, May 16th.  Come swap, taste, or do both! Click here for more info.

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#Cheers!