It’s officially that time of the year when people get all excited about eating seasonally.
But you know what I love? Drinking seasonally.
Summer beers are all wheat and fruit – perfectly refreshing to drink by the pitcher on a hot day. Fall brings the usual suspects: pumpkin and nutmeg and malty Oktoberfests. In the winter we get dark, spicy, boozy ales, crafted for sipping under a blanket.
But spring? Spring seasonals seem to be rather varied and unpredictable. Much like spring weather.
I kind of like it, though. Keeps things interesting.
Here are a couple I’ve tried recently, but haven’t had a chance to blog about.
Studying this bottle of Flying Dog Garde Dog Seasonal, I had no idea what to expect. I don’t think I’d ever tried a Bier de Garde before. And I don’t usually think “French!” when I think “beer.”
Mais oui! I really enjoyed this. One part wheaty and summery. One part tart and hoppy. Totally easy to drink and won’t leave you in a coma on the sofa, at 5.5% ABV. Perfectly fitting for spring!
On the other hand, Red Hook’s Mudslinger Spring Ale, an English Brown, rather turned me off the first time I tried it.
I think maybe I just have trouble with Brown Ales. They always taste watery and bitter to me.
I gave it another chance the following night and warmed up to it a bit. Quite malty and a little on the flat side, it wasn’t exactly offensive, but nothing about it made me think of springtime. Meh. 5.8% ABV.
That’s spring for you, I guess. One day the skies are warm and sunny, and the next they’re dumping freezing rain.
Unfortunately, I can’t blame the weather for the fact that I didn’t run today. Hello, third rest day in a row. What the hell is wrong with me? I am cranky and unmotivated and my head is just not in the game this week.
Oh well. At least the week is almost over!
Any other spring seasonal beer recommendations?