It’s been a while since my last post. So many excuses, so little time to bore people with them. But hey, it’s Spring again! Well, it is in most of the country. Looks like snow for the next few days from where I write, but it will melt into the ground soon enough.
What to drink during a spring snowstorm? I imagine people in Boston came up with some ideas this year, as they got continually pounded with unseasonably late spring snow. We’re used to it in the Rockies, though, so I’d say we mountain dwellers have a leg up when it comes to beer choices that both welcome in the warm weather and ward off the occasional spring-time chill.
Irish-style dry stout: low in alcohol, but rich in flavor. Good for a session any time, but certainly lends itself to quaffing during a blizzard. Why go out when you can watch the snow fall in the comfort of your own home with a four-pack of Guinness or Murphy’s in hand?
Vienna-style lager: dark enough to make you feel like you’re not drinking a light lager, but low enough in alcohol that you can actually get outside and shovel after a couple. Or not. Your choice. Dos Equis Amber & Negra Modelo are great choices, as is Elliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing. It’s nice to see Vienna lagers making a comeback in the USA, as they have pretty much died out in Europe.
Pale Ale: works every time. Pale ales have lost a lot of shelf-space to IPAs over the years, but there are still plenty of good ones out there like 5 Barrel from Odell, Victory Headwaters Pale Ale, and of course the all-time classic, the one that set the standard for the US craft beer revolution, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
Brown Porter: warms the soul without hammering the brain. Left Hand Blackjack Porter, Wasatch Polygamy Porter, and New Belgium’s new Portage Porter come to mind.