Change of Season Brings New Beer Choices

By Ethan Craig

My favorite time of year has arrived! Even though the weather has been fickle, the temps are trending up just in time for Spring Break. We’re closing Tap & Six April 1 – 2 while I plant my feet in the sand for some rest and relaxation. Whether you are heading off to the beach, mountains, or having a staycation, I’ve got a few drink recommendations to keep the enjoyment flowing.

With warmer weather, our customers typically trend away from the heavier stouts and porters. Lighter beers, like German hefeweizens, lagers, and golden ales, become more popular as the trees bloom and we spend more time outside. At the top of the list is Gate City Brewing Company’s barrel-aged, Bro-Ham Cadillac Margarita Gose. With hints of lime and blood orange, it will have you looking for a salt-rimmed glass. One of our customer favorites is I’m On A Boat golden ale from Monday Night Brewing. It’s light and refreshing with a smooth finish. I personally like Miami Weiss hefeweizen from M.I.A. Beer Company. It’s a little fruitier than your typical hefeweizen, but I really enjoy it as a lighter alternative. Another great option is Lager of the Lakes from Bell’s Brewery. It’s a Czech pilsner with an herbal, hop bitterness that pairs well with watermelon and wings. All of these brews are refreshing with a low enough alcohol content that you can enjoy more than one of them by the water.

In addition to these lighter beer styles, this summer will be the coming-out party for spiked seltzers. It is truer than ever that if there is a drink out there, someone will find a way to incorporate alcohol into it. Spiked seltzers each have varying tastes… some are smoother (and more dangerous) and some have a bit more of a bite, depending on your taste buds.

In addition, some breweries are offering other warm weather options. M.I.A. Beer Company has released HRD WTR, a flavored, carbonated water with 5% alcohol. The blueberry option is a personal favorite and has been popular at Tap & Six. Trending towards a slightly sweeter side is the Devils Backbone Hibiscus Hard Lemonade which balances sweetness with a nice dryness that makes it incredibly easy to put down. Ciders and meads are never to be forgotten, while they tend to be on the sweeter side, they can hit a wide-range of flavors to match any palate.

So, if you aren’t someone who likes to drink stouts and porters all year round, or find that IPAs don’t fit every occasion, no need to fret. There are plenty more out there in the craft world to satisfy your needs. Enjoy the weather! ❍

Ethan Craig is Craft Beer Curator at Tap & Six Craft Beer House, a craft beer market and bar in Historic Roswell at 23 Oak Street.