A smooth, yet hoppy, Spring seasonal makes a nice transitional beer as the weather changes from frigid to almost warm. Even though Zipline has barely been on the shelves a year, this seasonal hit shows off the skill of the crew to make complex, yet non-intimidating, brews.
Craft beers sales are on the rise nationwide and it looks like Colorado is leading the way. Colorado is already the hotspot for numerous respected breweries with 75 more planned.
Maybe my goal for 2013 should be to try a beer from each of Colorado’s breweries.Colorado microbrew Breckenridge Brewery
This beer was a discovery at the beer tasting event we attended at a local grocery store. The Eclipse was one of two beers that we didn’t want to go home without that day. This black IPA has the hops of a good IPA while also presenting the roasted flavors we enjoy.
(Source: crabtreebrewing.com)Colorado microbrew Craptree Brewing Black IPA
This is another beer from the Main Line available from Breckenridge Brewery. This one also is one that I enjoy as an after dinner drink. And, like with most porters, I prefer it as it warms a little. Ice cold seems to hide some of the flavors.
(Source: breckbrew.com)Breckenridge Brewery Colorado microbrew porter
This beer seems to need to be enjoyed like one would enjoy a glass of wine. It is a great stand alone beer, but I can imagine it pairing well with a great ribeye. The website says it is only available in November and December but that it ages well so stocking up is an option.
(Source: weyerbacher.com)Weyerbacher Brewing microbrew Pennsylvania
When it comes to seasonal beers, this is far and above my favorite. Generally I like my beer to taste like, well, beer, but the grapefruit and ginger notes in this summer beer make it perfect for a hot summer afternoon.
(Source: shiner.com)Texas Shiner Seasonal microbrew