submitted by Ryan Magaskie, New Hope Beverage
Although winter weather took its’ sweet time leaving the area, spring finally seems to be in full swing. Birds are chirping, hot dogs and hamburgers are sizzling on grills, and the thunderous cheers of baseball fans can be heard for miles. The proper beer is necessary to complete this senses-stimulating season.
The first beer I have for you to run out and buy is Flying Fish Farmhouse Ale. This is Flying Fish’s summer beer, and if you’re like me, it’s never too early to think about summer.
This refreshing brew pours a vibrant gold. The smell of citrus, (mostly lemon) and hints of banana are immediately apparent. The taste follows the nose at first with mild citrus, followed by sweet buttery malts and finishes with a slight bitterness from the yeast. It’s perfect for a refreshing seventh inning stretch.
The next beer I have for you is a personal favorite.
Innis and Gunn Oak Aged Beer is an absolute necessity in my fridge.
A Scottish ale aged in oak barrels, this beer is refreshing, yet bold…simple, yet deeply complex. Pours a clear brown like rich cream soda.
The smell of sweet caramel malts comes rushing upfront. The taste is slightly sweet with hints of vanilla and a finish of bold alcohol, which leaves the pallet desperate for another swig.
Please enjoy these beers and numerous other styles throughout this spring and as always, please drink responsibly.