Seasonal Beer Drinking

Every year I find that as the seasons shift, my taste in beer seems to follow.  This winter was wonderful, full of big stouts like Lawson’s Fayston Maple Imperial Stout, Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout, Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea, and a new Russian Imperial Stout from Otter Creek.  On a cold snowy night in Vermont, there just isn’t another beer that compares to the intense roasty flavors and aromas of an Imperial Stout. Of course, now as we transition to spring the days are getting longer and warmer, the richness of a strong dark beer just is not quite as refreshing and enjoyable as it is on those sub-zero nights.

A great warm weather style that is quickly gaining in popularity is the session IPA, essentially a lower alcohol IPA.  They usually fall between 3-5% ABV, but have the flavor and aroma of a India Pale Ale.  While this style is an American innovation, the term “session” is British, and refers to being able to have a number of pints in one sitting without leaving the pub overly inebriated.  Lawson’s Finest released a brand new session IPA called Spring Fever last week, coming in at 3.8% ABV.  This light refreshing beer packs a lot of hop punch in a super drinkable beer.  Keep a lookout for this one, as a few more batches should be coming in soon.  We are hoping to keep the shelves stocked with great hoppy session beers all summer, so also keep a lookout for Founder’s All Day IPA, 10 Barrel’s India Session Ale, and Wachusset’s Light IPA.