Sierra Nevada has rebooted two of it’s regulars: gone is the prickly pear Otra Vez Gose, and in its place is agave lime Otra Vez! Sidecar orange pale ale has become reincarnated as an orange IPA. Real orange. Not fake.
This year’s KBS from Founders packs a wallop at 12.3% ABV. Drink some now, save some in the cellar. Pairs well with pancakes for breakfast on your day off.
Speaking of Michigan-based breweries’ sought after releases, we have Bell’s Oberon as well, available in six-pack bottles and twelve-pack cans. An American wheat ale never tasted so good as it does on a Santa Fe spring day.
Prairie Artisan Ales out of Krebs, OK never disappoints. Their new can offerings are both farmhouse ales, with Era being the more sessionable of the two at 3.9% ABV, and the dry hopped Twist promising to deliver more substance.
La Cumbre has collaborated on a definitely-not-hazy IPA with Comrade in Denver to create “Make IPA Clear Again.” It’s good and clean, for an IPA. It’s hoppy, but not in a “juice” way. Think Elevated, but not as malty.
Firestone Walker spent a year developing their simply and aptly named all-malt “Lager.” We might be currently in the middle of an American craft lager renaissance—it’s difficult to say for some. One thing’s for sure about this beer: It’s crisp, refreshing, clean, and most certainly, a Lager.
Left Hand has put out a not-bitter, hoppy golden ale. Here’s what they have to say about it: “Hazy Golden Ale with Tropical and citrus flavors from Fruity Hops. Hoppy and light with a tingly mouthfeel and fruity hop characteristics-perfect for the hop head and hop-adverse. Delve into the complexity of the hops and delight in its golden drinkability. Juicy goodness- it’s always in season.”
Hoppy doesn’t always mean bitter. With the myriad of flavors contributed by all the different hop varietals available to brewers, the diversity and experimentation going on is quite thrilling to the palate.
Speaking of hops, Founders PC Pils is back in time for the season. A hoppy pils to be sure, it’s bitterness is rooted in the German tradition, but amped up with punchier American hops.
Last but certainly not least we have Lagunitas’ Waldos’ Special Ale. It’s dank, citrusy, and resinous in the hop department, with an alcohol content to make it the envy of all other DIPAs, and thanks to Heineken, the price tag can simply not be beaten.
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