Top 10 Spring Brews to Enjoy for American Craft Beer Week

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While spring is the season of new beginning, it’s also a time that can lead to serious confusion about what kind of beer to drink and brew. We think that after a winter season of heavy darks, it’s time to look for brighter flavors and sharper textures – think crisp ales, Belgian blondes and American IPAs. Here is a list of our favorite spring brews including our top choices for home brewing. Enjoy!

Dechutes Red Chair Northwest Pale AleDeschutes Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale: Willamette Valley of Oregon is the second largest hop-producing state in the United States, resulting in most Northwest Pales Ales being known for their use of hop strains. This beer is no exception. The Cascade and Centennial varietals give it a sharp citrus punch, and its vibrant flavors paired with a generous helping of malts make it balanced and multidimensional.

 

Craft a Brew American Pale Ale: One of our original and most popular recipes, our American Pale Ale is a crisp, hoppy, bitter pale ale with light malt flavors.

New Belgian Citradelic: Released in January, this tangerine IPA is a beautiful marriage of Citra hops and tart tangerine peel. Perfect for a warm spring day, expect a bright orange color with citrus, pineapple, and pine aromas up front. The end sneaks in light herbal and caramel scents with a malty sweetness that leads to a fuller, but well-balanced bitterness.

Craft a Brew O.G. Orange Golden:Craft A Brew Orange Golden Ale Home Brew Kit Sweet Belgian orange peel give this home brew a nice citrus flavor and aroma. It is light on hops but big on flavor – a great choice for one of those day drinking kind of days.

 

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Tropical IPA: This IPA is a complex mixture of Amarillo, Mosaic, Citra, Comet, and El Dorado hops – giving this brew bright, fruit-forward flavors of mango, papaya, and bitter orange.

Brouwerij Het Anker Maneblusser: Created as a tribute to the brewer’s home town Mechelen who’s residents were nicknamed Maneblussers or “moon-extinguishers” after a false fire alarm in 1687. This delicious brew is a traditional blonde ale, refermentend in the bottle and is defined by its subtle citrus aromas and crisp, clean finish.

Craft a Brew Single Hop IPA Series: Spring is the perfect season to try this new home brew recipe! Sure you get the hop variety of your choice, but each promises a beer that’s light in body and color with a freshly bitter finish. Current hop options include Citra, Cascade, and Nelson Sauvin.

Selkirk Abbey Infidel: Whether you like this beer or not, you’ve got to at least appreciate the brewer’s motto, “It’s not for the masses. It’s for you.” A hybrid of American and Belgian brews (thanks to the Belgian yeast), it has an orange hue with an off-white head and delivers a piney, citrusy aroma – resulting in a brew similar to a hoppy American IPA.

Did we leave any spring time favorites out? Please share!

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