Speaking of cold snaps, there are sometimes straight-up frigid nights in spring. For those, grab a Spice, Spice Baby from MashCraft, which is like the beer version of mulled white wine. It’s not a dark beer, so you won’t feel heavy after one or two, but there’s plenty of spice to perk you up on a frosty early spring evening.
Yes, we know we’re supposed to get hyped about Gumballhead and Zombie Dust, also from 3 Floyds. But we can't get enough of this brand of farmhouse ale. It’s a slightly spicy, funky saison you can get in a big ol’ 22oz bomber. So save those Gumballheads for the sweltering summer heat, when you’ll want the refreshing crispness. This spring, get your fill of the delicious complexity of the Rabbit while it’s still temperate outside.
Once a year, Taxman makes a stout with a very impressive amount of alcohol by volume. Death by Taxman (formerly Death & Taxes) comes out during Taxman’s big yearly festival, where you can sample not only this beer, but also the juice of 27 other Hoosier booze-makers. But among them all, it’s this walloping dark brew that brings people by in droves. Reserve your ticket now and get up to four bombers on the day.
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Sarah Murrell is an Indianapolis-based food writer and author of The Sensualist. She prefers to drink her beer on a porch of maximum enjoyment. Follow her on Twitter.