Captain Lawrence Hudson Valley Harvest Sour Strawberry
American wild ale, 6.5%
What more could you say about Captain Lawrence at this point? It's one of the OG pioneers of the New York beer game and is almost universally adored, and it still consistently pumps out hit beers with apparent ease. This release is part of the brewery’s rotating sour series that uses fruit sourced from nearby farms, which should come as no surprise when you open it: it’s got a nose like a strawberry field, with deliciously tart, fruity flavors, and a dry finish. It’s a fantastic gateway beer for anyone who has been skeptical of sours, but still has more than enough complexity for longtime lovers of the style. If the strawberry bottles fly off the shelf before you can get your hands on some, fear not: the next release is made with apricots.
Other Half Topaz
After celebrating a solid second year of existence with a Burial Brewery collaboration and a commemorative Second Anniversary Double IPA, you’d assume the guys at Other Half would want to take a break. But you’d be wrong! Topaz is an all-Brett IPA, which, according to the brewers themselves, produces “dank tropical notes.” This is a beer geek’s IPA -- nice and earthy with a nose like a field in the midst of a spring thaw.