Spring Seasonal Beers commonly include maibocks and wit beers (or white beer), which are ligher in body, generally fruity, and lightly hoppy. St. Patrick’s Day also falls during the spring, so Irish-style beers are included with this season.
Maibock is a helles lager or pale lager that is a strong as a traditional bock, but lighter in color and with more hop presence. Color can range from deep gold to light amber. Typically the flavor is less malty than a traditional bock, usually hoppier and more bitter, with a spicy quality from the hops and increased carbonation and alcohol content.
Witbier, white beer, or witte, is a barley/wheat, top-fermented beer that gets its name due to suspended yeast and wheat proteins which cause the beer to look hazy, or white, when cold. It is a descendent of medieval beers which were not brewed with hops, but with a blend of spices and herbs known as gruit.These days gruit consists mainly of coriander, orange, bitter orange, juniper berries, nutmeg, or cinnamon. The taste is therefore only slightly hoppy, and is very refreshing in the warm spring and summer months.
Irish red ale, red ale, or Irish ale is generally red-amber to light brown in color and gets its color from the use of a small amount of roasted barley. These beers commonly contain aromas and flavors of toasted malts, caramel hints, and slight hoppy bitterness.
Irish stout or dry stout (in Irish “black ale”) is very dark in color with rich aromas and flavors that most often include coffee, dark chocolate, malt, and roasted barley. They are usually medium to high in bitterness with intense hop flavors and a toasty finish.
Some of the Irish Seasonal beers that we will stock throughout the season include: