IPA W/ SPRUCE TIPS 7% ABV
ALASKAN BREWING CO // JUNEAU, AK
Spruce tips are one of my favorite adjuncts (non-essential ingredients used to modify the flavor or body of the beer) used in brewing. Interestingly the tips don’t usually taste “sprucey” in beer, rather contributing bright berries and citrus, with a fresh, lightly evergreen note. Surprisingly I haven’t seen or had the opportunity to try many spruce tip IPAs, but the combination of flavors that Alaskan has put together play off the best parts of both the tips and the hops. The blend of resinous hop punch with the light and refreshing fruit tones from the spruce tips enhances the overall IPA experience, deepening the aroma and flavor profile, but staying firmly in the lane of the style. Further proof that Alaskan is still on the leading edge of craft beer in America after more than 30 years.
WEST COAST STYLE LAGER 5.4% ABV
BAUHAUS BREW LABS // MINNEAPOLIS, MN
This is a bandwagon worth jumping on. Bauhaus has paid homage to one of the only truly American beer styles, the Steam Beer or California Common. You may be familiar with the iconic Anchor Steam beer from San Francisco, one of the first American craft beers. This unique style is an amber-hued lager with a firm hop presence. It’s distinctive in that it’s fermented like an ale despite using lager yeast. The lightly toasted malt body combined with a bracing, sprucey hop character and a clean finish make this an ideal daily drinker. Thanks to these crazy folks for breathing some life into this classic style.
Pilsner 4.9% ABV
FAIR STATE BREWING CO-OP // GRAND RAPIDS, MI
The current beer market is flooded with the wildest and most eclectic variety of styles and flavors the world has ever seen. With all of these varied choices, I think it’s important to take time to enjoy classic beer styles that built the framework for all that we currently enjoy. At the very core of the classic styles is the Pilsner, and Fair State has done it justice while making it their own. Very pale golden, clear with a nice bright white head, a great pilsner just looks beautiful. German style pilsners have a more prominent hop character and lighter body than their Czech counterparts, and this is right on the nose. Floral, grassy hops float off the head, and a delicate cracker-like malt body lead way to a crisp, lightly bitter finish that is just damn refreshing. Enjoy all of the wildest beers that you can get your hands on, but don’t forget to keep some classics in the mix so you don’t forget where it all came from.
PORTER 5% ABV
ANGRY MINNOW BREWPUB // HAYWARD, WI
This is one of the latest creations from our friends up the road at the Angry Minnow. It’s all the chocolate tastiness you want in the style, like a slice of chocolate cake when a craving hits. Even with a rich profile full of robust dark chocolate, it is refreshing, coaxing you back for sip after sip. Now you can satisfy your chocolaty desires by the pint!
BELGIAN STYLE XX-STRONG DARK ALE W/ RAISINS 15-17% ABV
DOGFISH HEAD BREWING CO // MILTON, DE
We are happy to welcome another entry in Dogfish Head’s lineup of ultra high gravity beers. This elusive brown elixir is the bigger bolder version of their famous Raison D’Etra, a super food friendly beer, and a personal favorite. Undeniably robust, it drinks a bit like liquid brown sugar, in the best way possible. The raisins are wrapped up in a swirling sea of caramel, floral Belgian yeast, and just enough alcohol present to keep you on your toes. Definitely a sipper. Find your own raison to add a little decadence to your life.
HAZY IPA 6.3% ABV
BENT PADDLE BREWING CO // DULUTH, MN
One of our favorite Bent Paddle beers from last year got a bit of a face lift for this season. It changed from a pungent “Double Pale Ale” to a Hazy IPA for this spring in a refreshing change. They are both winners in our book, but we sure can drink more of thi