10 Great Beers for Spring

Categories: Beer

Photos by Susannah Skiver Barton
After approximately 59,827 feet of snow this winter, we're more than ready to shake off the lingering chill and get outside. And now that it's staying light into the evening hours, it's easy to take advantage of seasonal drinking at your favorite park, backyard patio, or stoop. Try one of these beers to ward off bad memories of slush lakes and polar vortices, and get a jump start on enjoying warmer weather.

Magic Hat Pistil (4.5 percent ABV)
Besides its psychedelic label, this beer's claim to fame rests on the fresh dandelions added during the brewing process. The greens contribute an earthy, vegetal undercurrent to citrus and bread flavors, and the beer finishes on a dry, tart note. It might sound gimmicky, but the Pistil shines, and its light bodied crispness pairs well with green salad and fresh goat cheese. Plus, with such low ABV, you can easily down more than one and still feel fresh as a daisy.

Founders All Day IPA (4.7 percent ABV)
A well-loved classic from the popular Grand Rapids, MI, brewery, this IPA's citrus and green apple notes, along with its low alcohol content, make for an enjoyable and lengthy day-drinking session. Toasted wheat bread and a slight bitterness satisfy a taste for hops without overdoing it. This is the six-pack to take to the park on those perfect spring days when all you want to do is kick back and bask in the sun.

Blue Point Mosaic Session IPA (4.8 percent ABV)
Taking its name from one of the three types of hops used, this light bodied IPA is a delicious pastiche of tropical fruits and flowers. Pineapples, mangoes, and lemons call to mind the not-so-distant summer, while the dry, hoppy finish balances out tiki sweetness. You'll want to drink several in a row, which is great since the low ABV staves off both guilt and overindulgence.

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