Spring is Here, Let’s Drink Beer!

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I’m not quite done ruffling through our large fridge of beer selections yet! I figured since it is now spring that it would be beneficial to know which beers would enhance this wonderful season! With the help of our beer buyer Daniel, I’ve highlighted some delicious beers we thought you’d enjoy!

trade winds tripelFirst up is the “Trade Winds Tripel” from the Bruery. This tripel yields at 8.1% alcohol by volume.  Its color is burnt orange with a creamiscle-colored head. The aroma you’d catch would be like oranges, yeast, vanilla, sugar and herbs. It is also carbonated, but not heavy or light, it’s just right. It delivers a vanilla-minty taste up front rather than the Thai basil, but it has a slight fresh basil aftertaste. You can catch orange marmalade with a slight hint of Thai spices like cardamom at the end. It has a classic tripel flavor in the background but it’s not heavy on the spices. Overall this is a complexly flavored but well balanced beer. It’s very elegant and definitely a good spring beverage!

 

sierra nevada bigfootNext is the “Sierra Nevada Bigfoot” Barleywine Style Ale. This American Barleywine has 9.6% alcohol by volume and is an award winning example of the English Barleywine style. It boasts a dense, fruity bouquet; an extremely rich, intense, bittersweet palate; and a deep, reddish-brown color. This ale is superbly balanced between an almost overpowering maltiness and a wonderfully bittersweet hoppiness.  Another good drink for this season!

The “Weihenstephaner Vitus” is a delectable Weizenbock. It has a hazy golden color with a head that is bright white and big. The aromas it gives off are coriander,Weihenstephaner Vitus lemon, and yeasty esters with a little bit of grain behind all this fruity smell. It starts off sweet with plenty of spice, coriander, mild pepper and clove. There’s an abundance of bubbly as well with a medium body. This beer isn’t too rich like many complex Belgians, but has the just the perfect amount of fruit coupled with the bubbles. Something delicious for the warmer days in spring!

Ah yes, the “La Folie” from New Belgium Brewing. This Flanders Oud Bruin is a very delicious sour brown ale. This beer pours a dark mahogany with some nice reddish hues. It has a tan head that fades almost immediately and leaves a fair amount of lacing. It smells of sweet dark fruits with notes of cherry, currants and fig, with a musty aroma as well. It also hints of alcohol, faint oak barrel characters, caramel/toffee and tart lactic acidity. It is puckeringly sour with notes of tart cherry and sour citrus. You can even get apple cider, vinegar, sweet dark malts and oak. It is on the lighter side of being medium bodied, but for all those beer lovers who enjoy the puckering sourness, this beer is definitely for you!

la folie Finally is the “Tank 7” Farmhouse Ale. This beer gives a bold golden straw colored body. There’s a lot of foam and a moderate amount of lacing. It smells of pepper, sour lemon and clove. There is also some light grass and straw tones as well. You can definitely taste the lemon and some earthy pear. There is some spice, clove and pepper from the yeast. There is a light mouth-feel with moderate carbonation and it’s very thin and crisp. As it warms, it takes on a more honeyed dimension. Another good beer to enhance the weather ahead!

Now that I’ve got you prepared for spring, head on down to Amazing Grapes and pick up a couple of these beers. You’ll be glad you’ve bought them when the weather warms up and you are in need of beers that will be refreshing and delightful to the last drop! As for food, these beers pair well with mature cheeses andtank 7 meats like roasted chicken.

 

Until then, leave with a fun quote of the day, “Beer is the best damn drink in the world” ~ Jack Nicholson. Yes Jack, it is!