Monday, March 16, 2015

Are there any good Spring seasonals?

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, which means everyone will be drinking Guinness, Killian’s, Swithwicks and other supposedly Irish style beers. But not me. I’m just not a fan of Irish Dry Stouts and Irish Red Ales. However, I do associate those styles with the Spring season so it’s nice to see them showing up on store shelves (but not Samuel Adams Summer Ale! COME ON!)

Of the four seasons, it seems like Spring has the least exciting offerings as far as seasonal beer releases go. Many breweries tend to put out a generic saison and/or some kind of pale wheat ale, but that’s as far as it goes. Saisons are, in my opinion, the new IPAs – they can be enjoyed year-round; there’s no need to relegate them to Spring only. Conversely, pale wheat ales are usually pretty boring and trite, they could fade away completely and I’d be okay with that.

And let’s not forget about bock and doppelbock. Bocks tend to be the Spring equivalent of Oktoberfest; slightly darker-colored, but just as mild-tasting as generic pale lagers (it’s one of my least favorite styles, as well). I’ve yet to find an American bock that’s truly amazing or even excellent (Genny Bock is actually one of the better examples of the style I’ve had – what does that tell you?). Same thing goes with doppelbocks. I mean, I love Ayinger Celebrator as any beer geek worth his salt should. However, trying to find fresh bottles on this side of the Atlantic is challenging. Additionally, there aren’t a lot of readily-available and reasonably-priced craft doppelbocks on the market, either. Sure, there are plenty of imperial specialty doppelbocks (Shmaltz’s Rejewvenator is a good example), but I’m talking about stuff that comes in a four or six-pack and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
So that’s why Spring is the most boring season for beer, in my experience.

Are there a bunch of exciting spring seasonals that I’m not aware of? 

What are your favorite Spring seasonals?

QM