Updated March 2020
Spring has sprung! The birds are chirping, the sun is shining more, and we find ourselves gravitating toward lighter beer styles that are just asking to be enjoyed at favorite outdoor drinking spots like a backyard or a sunny porch. Looking for the perfect beer styles to go with your spring? Check out some of our seasonal favorites and get ready try some of this crisp refreshment for yourself! As an added bonus, we’ve even included the proper glass for each beer type and a pairing recommendation to help you get your spring on like a pro!
Gose (Pronounced “Goes-a”)
A classic German beer style, the Gose is a top fermented wheat beer and is perfect for casually sipping on beautiful days. This dry, cloudy yellow brew is lightly hopped, typically seasoned with ground coriander seeds, and is slightly salty. Refreshingly crisp and a little sour, the Gose is also occasionally infused with fruity flavors so keep an eye out for yummy varieties!
Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass
Pairing Recommendation: This salty beer pairs well with grilled foods – so get out there and fire it up! We’d also like to point out that salt pairs well with caramel… just saying.
Examples to Sample: Sierra Nevada Otra Vez, Avery El Gose, Cigar City Margarita Gose, Martin House Salty Lady, Community Silly Gose and Real Ale Lime Gose
Saison (Pronounced “Say-zohn” or “sigh-zohn”)
Originally brewed in the winter at farmhouse breweries in preparation for all the thirsty, hardworking farmhands during the summer months, Saisons were destined to be the perfect warm weather beer. The modern Saison has undergone a revival in the United States and now comes in a wide range of spring-palate pleasing varieties. Complex by nature, Saisons are typically somewhat fruity in flavor and aroma, mildly tart, and ever-so-slightly sweet.
Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass
Pairing Recommendation: Perfect with chicken or richer seafood – lobster and shrimp, anyone?
Examples to Sample: Ommegang Hennepin Saison, Brooklyn Sorachi Ace and Funkwerks Saison
Kölsch (Pronounced “K’ul-Sh”)
Another classic out of Germany, many US breweries have now adopted this thirst-quenching style and made it their own. A gorgeous pale beer, the Kölsch has a dry flavor, is softly hopped, and is superbly sessionable.
Suggested Glassware: Stange Glass
Pairing Recommendation: enjoy a Kölsch with with lighter fare like salmon or a tasty spring salad. Looking for something a little heartier? Match up a Kölsch with its soul mate – a hot, grilled German bratwurst!
Examples to Sample: Sufferfest Repeat Kolsch, Karbach Lovestreet, Alaskan Kolsch, Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower and Nine Band Cactus Cat Kolsch
Hefeweizen (Pronounced “Hay-Fa-Vye-T’sen”)
The Hefeweizen hails from southern Germany but has gained a serious following here in the US. This wheat beer’s unique yeast variety gives it some fun flavors that are perfect for the warmer seasons. You may taste banana, bubblegum, cloves, other spices, or even apples in this tasty dry and tart brew. Hefeweizens are cloudy and often enjoyed with a slice of lemon – although that can affect the beer’s aromatic head.
Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass
Pairing Recommendation: Hefeweizens pair impeccably with fish tacos, salads with fruit and goat cheese, and chicken dishes – can anyone say spring dinner in the back yard?
Examples to Sample: Julius Echter Hefe, Paulaner Hefe Weizen, Weihenstephan Hefe Weissbier, Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen-Mix, Nine Band Hoop Snake Hefeweizen and Rentsch Hefeweizen
Bonus Spring Sippers
Here are a few more new and tried & true easy drinking favorites to try:
Deschutes Wowza Lo-Cal Hazy Pale Ale, Goose Island So-Lo IPA, Oskar Blues Rose for Daze Ale, Real Ale Firemans Light, Founders Solid Gold, Deep Ellum Easy Peasy IPA and Odell Drumroll APA