If you’re an Aeronaut fan, you’ll be pleased to hear that 2015's one-year anniversary beer is getting a legit production run this spring. Soon you’ll be able to find the bold, off-beat IPA in 16oz cans all over the Boston metro area. But if Nandu is for you, we recommend getting it at the brewery -- there’s always something interesting going on (it’s co-owner Ben Holmes’ mission to provide a platform for Somerville creatives), and in the warmer months, you’ll see live music on the regular. The company will also be showing off Aeronaut Labs, its very own yeast research and growing facility.
Double IPA, 8.5%
Henniker’s baseball-season beer is different each spring, as it’s made with whatever hops the brewery deems most interesting that year. This makes it a highly sought-after brew and one of the company’s best sellers. This year the double dry-hopped IPA features a blend of New Zealand’s Motueka, Australia’s Galaxy, and US-grown Citra and Idaho 7 hops. Really all you need to know is that this beer is huge, bright, and perfect for warm weather, with notes of citrus, passion fruit, and apricot. It is available in 22oz bottles and on draft across NH, MA, and ME. (FYI: the D.H. in the name stands for three different things: “different hops,” “dry-hopped,” and “designated hitter.”)
Created for runners and their fans, 26.2 is specifically designed to be refreshing (and it very much is). It only comes out around the time of the Boston Marathon and is available at the brewery, along the marathon route, and at Boston Marathon events. The beer’s low alcohol content and light body make it a perfect substitute for Gatorade... if Gatorade is, you know, not alcoholic enough for you. Plus, all the profits get donated to the Greg Hill Foundation, which supports survivors of the 2013 marathon bombings and their families. 2016 marks the beer’s fifth anniversary, and the marathon’s 120th.
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Kim Prosise is a travel and lifestyle writer who never thought she'd drink a mango beer in a bazillion years. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @kimprosise.