Chelsie’s Spring 2015 Craft Beer Picks

Chelsie's Spring 2015 Craft Beer PicksI thought the day would never come. A day where the winter freeze would subside and give way to warmer temperatures and spring flowers starting to poke up through the soil. It’s a blazing 61 degrees today and I jumped at the opportunity to get outside and soak up the sun.

Here are my Spring 2015 craft beer cravings:

Lawson’s: Sip of Sunshine IPA
First of all, let me just say “thank you” for putting this in a 16oz can. Great for outdoor excursions. It’s something new for Lawson’s Finest Liquids… distributing in a can. I’m so glad they did! The brew is full on hops. Floral. Citrus. Piney. All of the hops. This is a really great IPA. Is it the best in the world? No. But it is indeed quite tasty.  8% ABV

Read more about Chelsie’s adventure to Lawson’s Finest Liquids here.

Einstök Ölgerð: Icelandic White Ale
Smooth and malty. Orange peel and coriander notes. One of my go-to craft beer selections when the sky is clear, the sun is blazing and nothing but cool breezes. I first tried this refreshing ale after friends of mine brought it back for me direct from Iceland. I was pleasantly surprised last summer to find out I now can get it in a few stellar bottle shops in adjacent states. Road trip! 5.2% ABV

Intangible Ales: Future Primitive Farmhouse Ale
Full on funk in a bottle! Dare I say funkalicious? I dare. This complex farmhouse ale has notes of grapefruit, lemon, earth, floral and honey. Pairs nicely with a well-crafted charcuterie board. This is a corked and cage bottle, folks. Let’s get our pinkies out and drink it from a proper tulip glass. One of my favorite things to do… get a little fancy.  7.2% ABV

Tröegs: Cultivator Helles Bock
Not your typical Helles. I find this variation to be a nice balance between malty (bread) and juicy hops (floral). Much more flavorful than other helles beers I’ve tried. And, it has pretty respectable ABVs in my book. Be sure to get your hands on this seasonal brew if you can.  6.9% ABV  |  25 IBUs

Off Color: Apex Predator Farmhouse Ale
I have to admit that the label art drew me in and compelled me to try this brew. And, I was so glad I did. Funky, bubbly, with a slight tartness. I literally can’t get enough of it. So much so, my husband Derek is in the process of trying to clone it. He’s done two batch variations so far. And, I must say he’s getting close with his second batch!  6.8% ABV  |  35 IBUs


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