Spring is officially here. It's time to ditch the heavy coat, embrace the extra daylight and enjoy a frothy beverage to kick your taste buds out of their wintery slumber. To help you navigate the fermented waters of spring, which can be a no man’s land for beer lovers—sandwiched between distinct seasonal winter and summer brews—we dove headfirst into finding the perfect beer for sunnier days, backyard grilling and, of course, March Madness.
First Peach Ale (Blue Moon Brewing Co.)
A Belgian-inspired brown ale that offers a sweet hint of peach to perfectly complement—but not overpower—the overall flavor. In all, it was the best fruit-infused beer our manly palettes tasted. But hurry, this Colorado-brewed beauty is only available for a limited time.
Blackhook Porter (Redhook)
This spring seasonal will satiate beer lovers who crave a darker taste without being overly hefty. It blends coffee and chocolate notes with a touch of hop bitterness and pairs perfectly with a grilled steak.
420 Extra Pale Ale (SweetWater Brewing Co.)
This Georgia-brewed beer offers a hoppy kick, but goes down smooth with a light, easy finish. Better yet, the rainbow trout adorning the bottle reminds us it’s time to go fishing. Now grab a pole, a 6-pack and get to it.
Rebel Grapefruit IPA (Samuel Adams)
Brewed with real grapefruit that enhances without dominating its authentic beer taste; this clean, crisp IPA is both refreshing and satisfying. Ideal for that first hot springtime outing.
Side Trip (New Belgium Brewing)
You know that beer that just tastes better while watching a game? This is one of those beers. A straightforward Belgian-style pale ale flavor that satisfies, especially during March Madness.
Landshark Lager (Margaritaville Brewing Co.)
You may be too old for Spring Break, but you can still put on flip flops, crank up some Jimmy Buffett and head to Margaritaville, thanks to a brew inspired by the man himself. This island-style lager goes down easy and gets tastier the closer you get to summer.
Nitro White Ale (Samuel Adams)
A nitrogen-filled widget rests at the bottom of each can, credited with chemically crafting an enjoyable, creamy head. Although the bizarre beer-cracking sound left us awaiting a beer spray, our nerves were quickly calmed as we were treated to a delightful draft-poured taste and smoothness that had us looking to crack a few more.
Longboard Island Lager (Kona Brewing Co.)
Need something on the lighter side? Try this Hawaiian-based brew that bills itself as “Liquid Aloha.” An easy, crisp and extremely refreshing flavor of the island, thanks to its mild 4.6% alcohol by volume.