Springtime may be a little chilly but it reminds you of sunshine and outdoors. The best spring beers include dry beers, Saisons, fresh hops, and bocks.
Beaches, warm weather and long days are synonyms to summer. This is a season to have light beers like fruited sours, wheat beer, pale ale and classic pilsner.
Autumn is the season where things start to cool down. This is the time for thanksgiving and seasonal flavors. Pumpkin, maple, amber, Belgian and Oktoberfest are some types of beers and tasting notes that we can look forward to.
Winter Beers tend to be heavy and dark and are the best when you want to get into the holiday spirit. Some of the best winter beers and tasting notes include stouts, porters, chocolate and coffee, bourbon and eggnog.
India Pale Ales
The fastest growing subcategory of ales are India Pale Ales. India Pale Ales or IPA’s originated when long sea voyages were making it hard to keep beer fresh for extended periods of time, so hops acted as a preservative for the long trips. The trend over the past decade has been these very hop heavy beers in all different styles. In America, the quickest growing style of IPA is the New England style IPA. This style focuses on the complexity of the beer, not just the bitterness of the hops. In addition, light malt characteristics add to the well-rounded and smooth experience. To add to the experience, New England IPA’s are hazy and have a lot of fruity characteristics that are provided by the hops. West Coast IPA’s are traditionally more bitter due to the additional hops that are used in the boiling process of the beer. This process gives the beer a perceived bitter taste and almost drowns out the malt flavors. West Coast beers are extremely popular, and most breweries have their formulas down to a science. Example, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas and Stone brewery are some of the largest most exciting producers of this very popular style and continue to thrive in the ever expanding world of IPA’s.