First Draught-A look at Spring Beers

The winter is finally leaving us behind and spring is slowly replacing it.  My favorite thing about the changing seasons is the beers that accompany it.  I like to usher in the warming weather with crisp, fresh flavors.  Waking up the taste buds is a good way to remind the body that the world is blossoming again. 

As the temperature begins to rise, brewers reach for some ingredients that are typical in the spring. Wheat and rye won’t be hard to find in those brews available March through May.  If hops are not your cup of tea wheat beers typically have a low bitterness rating (IBUs).  Wheat beers usually carry notes of fruit and are certainly easy to drink.   On the other side of the coin, those beers brewed with rye can tinkle your taste buds with a bit of spicy flavor.  

Make sure you get out there and try the latest release from your favorite or local brewery.  To help guide your pursuit of brew-fection here are some recommendations for a brewery near you. 


Region: Central

Beer: Bell’s Smitten Golden Rye Ale

Style: Rye Beer

ABV: 6%

Brewed By: Bell’s Brewery, Michigan

This beer was created at the Eccentric Café at Bell’s Brewery.  This beer boasts some nice citrus flavors from the hops used in this brew.  The rye balances out the hops and creates an earthy profile. 

Availability: AL, AZ, FL, DC, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NY, OH, PA, SC, VA, WI + Puerto Rico


Region: Mountain West

Beer: Third Base

Style: Triple

ABV: 9%

Brewed By: Elevation Beer Company, Colorado

This brew is a Belgian triple from one of Colorado’s newest and most interesting breweries.   Nice beer with notes of orange, lemon and other citrus flavors.  The high ABV leads to a bit of sweetness on the palate.  If you get the opportunity check-out this brewery location in Poncha Springs. 

Availability: CO, TX


Region: Northeast

Beer: Rye 95

Style: Triple

ABV: 9.5%

Brewed By: Two Roads Brewing Company, Connecticut

This version of the Belgian Triple has a nice bready beginning with hints of fruit on the finish.  The high ABV this beer make this beer one that should be enjoyed over the course of an afternoon or evening. 

Availability: CT, NYC metro area, RI


Region: Pacific

Beer: Earth Thirst Double IPA

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 8.2%

Brewed By: Eel River Brewing Company, California

The malt of this beer will quickly be dominated by the powerful hops in this beer.  The hops create a piney, floral mouth feel.  If you are a hop-head this beer if for you.  A double IPA can be quite refreshing after a day at the office.  Added bonus Eel river brews are certified organic.

Availability: CA, CO, FL, IN, OR, WA  


Region: South

Beer: Lazy Saison

Style: Saison

ABV: 8.9%

Brewed By: Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company, Mississippi

This Saison has a nice tartness to it.  The yeast of this beer gives in a nice complexity and makes it easy to drink.  The aroma of this beer is very inviting and makes your mouth tingle in anticipation of a crisp ale to cool you down. 

Availability: AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, SC, TN, TX