With Valentine’s Day just around the corner and Old Man Winter slowly retreating in most of the country we figured it was time to take a look at some of the Seasonal brews available. Some are already available, some are coming up to that time, and we’re excited! Seasonal beers are awesome and it seems like brewmasters are kicking out even better seasonal craft beer every year. We can’t wait to see what they come up with for later this Spring/Early Summer, but for now, check out these awesome craft beers we’ve found.
Let’s start off with Founders Brewing Company. Founders has “found” their way into our hearts lately with some pretty amazing brews they’ve been producing. Backwoods Bastard (pictured) always deserves a huge mention, as that is one wicked bourbon aged brew. However, they have some interesting seasonal beers that you really ought to check out too.
Brews like their Azacca IPA, named for the Haitian God of Agriculture. This IPA is delicious. We had the chance to grab a few bottles and gave it a go. The aroma is one that will make you want to just smell the glass over and over. That’s pretty great in itself, but the flavor profile is what really caught our attention. It is a fruity, caramel backed, smooth finishing delight that will catch your heart for sure. This brew is only available through the end of March, so if you haven’t had the chance to try it, get out there and do it.
Boulevard Brewing Company deserves serious respect for the great variety of seasonal brews they release. For the current season we have two to choose from, or we can always just buy them both. We suggest buying both. It’s far more fun that way. However, let’s tell you what they are offering before you head off into the night to go grab them up right?
The seasonals available from Boulevard actually beat the long list of most craft breweries in the country. This is a fact to note because you’re going to want to remember how to find their beer. First up there is Early Riser, which one of our staff suggests buying by the case or preferably the semi if you can. We’re sure she’s joking… sort of. Though, to be honest, it would explain that locked garage behind her house.
Anyway, this brew is the perfect blend of a base porter and some serious Cajibio Estate coffee. The result is an outstanding brew that has the hints of coffee while retaining a ton of the porter qualities as well. Wait, she is our resident coffee addict. It all makes sense now. Then again, she also said the Irish Ale available this season is enough to make you want to wear green. We were pretty sure she’d had too much coffee by then, but we tried it out anyway.
As much as we don’t want to admit she was right, she was! Break out the green track suits guys (actually, no, please don’t) because this seasonal brew is great. It’s a traditional Red Ale, but somehow Boulevard really pulled it off by making this brew their own. The medium body on the brew matches the slightly bitter but malty finish perfectly and yes, we really did want to wear green after we drank it. Creepy? Probably.
If you’re sick of the way winter has flip-flopped around and need an excuse to get out for a road trip, do it. Go check out your local craft breweries and see what they’ve got on tap for seasonal brews. Remember to come back and let us know about any of the really great ones you find! We’ll be more than happy to add them to our list and maybe even run a feature on the brewery!
Also, if you’re out and about in South Florida, remember to stop in to Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks, Twisted Trunk, and Due South Brewing. These folks all create some outstanding brews and we’re happy to send you their way for some mid-winter fun. Check back here and let us know how it went!