It’s springtime, and, when it comes to having a drink, all you can think of is that Sangria glinting in your glass as you soak up the summer sun. Yet, it’s still too soon. Spring is just the in-between season — a chance for nature to freshen up a bit after a miserable winter. While summer — still months away — holds the promise of light and crisp beers, herby, fresh cocktails and fruity wines.
Not entirely a season to wish away, spring has one of the most diverse beer selections you can find all year.
So break out your Pitt-themed beer glasses and try some new brews while you’re in the early spring rain.
Spring holds a diversity not found during other seasons, making it a heavenly season for beer aficionados keen on a wider variety. With a selection spanning from heady, malty winter brews to lighter summer beers, the choice is yours.
Here is a selection of brews for any spring occasion, be it a drizzly day, a picnic in Schenley Park or prime time for a pint on your porch.
Rainy spring day brew:
This spring brew has a nice balance of citrus, hops and malts that blend to form an all-around crowd pleaser. Unlike its IPA brethren, Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale is not awash in bitter hops, which makes room for a sweeter flavor and fresher taste. It is best paired with seafood or pulled pork tacos.
Spring picnic: Widmer
Brothers Brewing Company Columbia Common Spring Ale
Brewed with a combination of three different hops, this beer has a crisp, light and dry taste. Underlying fruity notes, especially of lemon, make this a go-to for a nice sunny day. Like the Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale, it has a malty streak to balance the hops, leading to a full flavor with a floral spark. Widmer Brothers also employs environmentally friendly bottling practices, so cheers to that.
Substantial spring beer:
Brouwerij Het Anker, Gouden Carolus Easter Beer
Although, the fuzzy bunny on the label belies the rich, heady depth of this 10-percent-alcohol brew, this full-bodied Belgian ale is great all season long. It is a mouthful of spice — cinnamon, cloves and anise — along with a burst of citrus peel. The malty nature of the ale makes this a full-bodied brew, perfect for a beer junkie who is sick of crisp IPAs. Try this brew with the leftover Easter ham and scalloped potatoes your mom forced upon you.
Even if you hate the idea of a fruity beer, close your eyes and try this ale. It’s sweet and creamy with hints of vanilla, but a nice tang from the apricots keeps it from turning into a creamsicle. Floral notes round out each pour, and the golden hue glints in your glass. It is absolutely divine when served with a bowl of vanilla ice cream or alongside a steaming plate of chicken korma.