After a few teaser days of 60-degree weather, what other gifts will El Niño bring us this spring? More outdoor beer-drinking weather!... eventually! As we transition from beer that’s as dark as a long winter’s night to something lighter, fresher, and crisp, it’s no surprise that Chicago brewers offer a variety of seasonals assured to compliment all of the city’s changing weather patterns. We propose drinking the following 16 brews, which include a variety of beers that are either released during spring or are selections that work particularly well during the warmer months.
Spiced beer; 5.8% ABV
April showers bring May flowers. What better way to honor that idea than with Revolution’s Rosa Hibiscus, which is steeped with hibiscus flowers. It pours pinkish-red and the prominent hibiscus flavor is impossible to miss. There’s a good balance of sweet, tart, earthy hops, and malt. Much like a gose, it may not be a beer for everyone. If you like something a little different and unique, this well-crafted hibiscus ale is worth a try.