Even if this wasn’t one of the worst winters on the books, it’s always a reason to celebrate when the last few cold days sputter out and give way to glorious spring weather. That's right: the time for 4:30pm sunsets has passed, sweatshirts are replacing winter jackets, and you're a week or so away from forgetting all about the gym membership you signed up for in January. But one important question remains: what the hell beers are you going to drink? These are our picks for the best beers of spring.
Author's Note: We know that spring can mean very different things across the country, so we went beyond what is just available seasonally and picked beers that just make sense to drink in a time of unpredictable weather. On the same note, we went for beers that are more widely available to make sure it wasn’t flat-out impossible to find these. If there's something local you think we should know about, spread the word in the comments.
Southern Tier Where the Helles Summer? Spring lager, 4.6%
Given the way the weather has been acting across the country this spring, getting a head start with a style that is usually associated with summer is far from out of the question. It’s a crowd-pleaser of a beer with only a bit more of a hop bite to it than its European version counterparts, which actually helps it taste fresher than your typical lager. Swap out your run-of-the-mill Pilsner for this at your March Madness party and your guests will be happy.
Mount Pleasant, SC
Man oh man, what a pleasantly complex-yet-enjoyable beer. For the nerds out there, the brewery description reads as "a blend of sour and non-sour beers fermented with a blend of French saison and Brettanomyces yeasts then dry-hopped with Hallertau Blanc." My description reads as "wow, this is so bright and delicious with a dry finish that I'm having a hard time thinking of a beer that better epitomizes the way spring feels."