It's always funny when people from gloomy, snowbound places ask us Floridians silly questions like: "Don't you miss the seasons?"
"No," you laugh as you turn over on your deck chair mid-March. "Not a bit."
One thing we do miss, however, are seasonal beers. It's a little difficult to create new flavors to go with the weather when the weather is always the same. But our beer makers are some of the most creative in the country, and style new flavors to go with the new season -- even if it feels just like the last one. To find the best, we asked Julian Siegel, proprietor of The Riverside Market in Ft Lauderdale (one of the 33 best beer bars in America), and Lee Hunter, craft beer director at Tap 42 in Ft Lauderdale, to give us some insight. Here are their selections:
Barrel of Monks Brewing Blackcurrant
Barrel of Monks takes a traditional spring seasonal Belgian beer and -- using one of the most common Belgian ingredients in history -- gives this beer the unique twist that South Florida is always craving, while bringing a certain beer harmony that the Belgians have been mastering for centuries.
Big Storm Brewing Co. Helicity Lager
This bright, crisp Pilsner still has a little bit of an earthy/piney flavor, with a sweet finish. Definitely something you’ll want a few of on a hot day, as long as you’re storing them super cold.