Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Leaving Winter Behind Us: The Beers of Spring

Now that winter is mostly behind us, we can start looking forward to spending more time outside, and knocking down a few cold ones. Below is an excerpt from an article I found about two of my favorite things: beer and spring. Click here to read the whole article.

Richard Goldsmith 
 - March 04, 2010

The Beers of Spring

The best brews for grilling and chilling.

Traditionally, March is the beginning of spring, which means different things to different people. To some, it's the start of baseball season, with training camps taking place all over the country. Others race outside to get the yard back in shape after the ravages of winter. But no matter the approach, lighter beers are back in the picture - especially the seasonal brews making their way to store shelves.

Every year as college students make their plans for Spring Break, Americans turn from the stouts and porters of winter to the lighter brews that signify the return of the sun. To celebrate this shift, breweries turn out limited edition beers that are brewed to smooth the transition from frigid winter to the more moderate spring months, and aren’t on shelves long. Typically, these are Lagers, Pale Ales, Amber and Red Ales – lighter, but with enough body and complexity to stand up to the rains and cool nights of spring. Not to mention the lawn mower that won't start after four or five months in the garage.

The following four beers are some of the best available for anyone looking to celebrate the return of lawn mowing, rain, and grilling season.


Anonymous said...

Shincha is my spring beverage of choice.

Rick Matz said...

My favorite summertime beer is a local Belgian style Michigan brew, Belle's Oberon.