Sierra Nevada Harvest - Southern Hemisphere
If you have yet to experience a Southern Hemisphere-highlighting beer yet, this may be the easiest option to get your hands on, and it will be awesome. Unlike their Northern cousins, Southern Hemisphere hops are more citrusy and vibrant (think more lime zest and less pine needle). This makes for a deliciously balanced beer when utilized properly, which Sierra Nevada has done with this release, made with hops from Down Under that were harvested, dried, transported, and brewed within a week. As always with hop-centric beers, time is of the essence: the fresher you can get this bottle and drink it, the better.
Logsdon Peche ’n Brett
Saison/farmhouse ale; 10%
Hood River, OR
If you’re on the West Coast or any place lucky enough to have access to Logsdon, there’s a good chance you’ve tried Seizoen Bretta. But have you ever tried Seizeon Bretta that’s been aged in oak and had a pound and a half of fresh peaches per gallon added to it? The familiar horse blanket/forest floor funky flavors from the brett give way to juicy goodness, culminating with a refreshingly dry finish. If there’s a more seasonally appropriate way to welcome spring, I’m hard-pressed to think of one.
Baxter Window Seat Coconut Almond Porter
It makes a lot of sense to crave rich, dark beers in the colder months, but so many people start pushing perfectly good porters aside as soon as it gets warm. If there were ever a porter that could get you ready for spring, this is it: medium-bodied and made with real coconut and almond, which come through very much upfront but not overpoweringly. It’s a wildly divisive beer, but those who love it fall hard and fast for it. It would also sidle up nicely next to a seasonally appropriate roast lamb or slice of carrot cake.
Zach Mack is Thrillist's contributing beer writer, the owner of Alphabet City Beer Co. in NYC, and absolutely nothing else. Follow him: @zmack.