Cigar City Florida Cracker
As a style, witbiers have an enviable position of being arguably appropriate any time of year, but not all are created equally for that purpose. Florida Cracker (which is named after early Scottish-Irish Florida settlers who raised cattle) has “first early beach day beer” written all over it. It’s gorgeously citrusy with traditional ingredients like unmalted wheat, orange peel, and coriander, all with a spicy finish from the French saison yeast used in brewing it. Their canned format makes it as if they’re practically begging you to take them on a picnic.
Bell’s Consecrator Doppelbock
You’ve probably heard the history by now that doppelbock was invented by monks who were looking for something to tide them over during their Lenten fasts. Luckily for everyone, Consecrator is good even for someone who’s looking to replace only part of a meal with a solid beer. Plummy molasses flavors make up this full-bodied beer that, in a nod towards historic understanding, is released on Mardi Gras. If you’re feeling at all guilty about not making concessions during Lent (or, you know, you just need an excuse to replace food with beer for over a month), this might be your answer.