This spring, most craft beer lovers will be heading down to their local bars and breweries for refreshing and light brews.
Orange County breweries and bars are offering a wide selection of spring brews this season. Depending on customer preferences the choices range between fruity, pale ales, brown ales, blonde ales, wheat and barley.
Due to the change in season, most individuals will prefer brews that are a bit lower in the alcohol percentage.
“Now that it’s getting hotter most people don’t want anything heavy or too high of a percentage of alcohol, just light and refreshing fresh beers,” said Barbara Gerovac, co-owner and brewer of Anaheim Brewery.
Anaheim Brewery’s Anaheim Hefeweizen is a great wheat ale for this spring. Aside from the traditional wheat in Hefeweizen beers it has a fruity taste of banana added to it.
The Bruery in Placentia offers two specialty seasonal spring beers: the Hottenroth Berliner Weisse, a tart wheat ale made for the spring and summer season and the Saison De Lente a seasonal blonde ale specially made for Lent and Easter.
Due to its’ popularity in taste, Hottenroth Berliner Weisse also has been honored with two awards. According to TheBruery.com in 2011, it was recognized at the Great American Beer Festival with a silver medal for German style sour ale. In 2012 it was honored with the World Beer Cup silver medal for German style sour ale.
Bootleggers Brewery in Downtown Fullerton offers their spring Mountain Meadow, an herbed blonde ale brewed with sage, chamomile, tarragon and honey. For the past two years, the brewery’s Galaxian Barley wine has been offered on tap and is now being reintroduced in bottle form for customers to take home.
Hopscotch Tavern in Downtown Fullerton offers, Fruli Strawberry Belgian White Ale imported from Brouwerij Huyghe brewery in Melle, Belgium. It is very light, refreshing and brings out the natural flavor of strawberry paired well with the white ale.
“It’s smooth and reminds me of a strawberry soda,” said Cady Perez, Chino Hills resident and regular customer at Hopscotch Tavern.
For those taste buds that prefer citrus fruits over sweet ones, the Big Whig India Pale Ale from Noble Ale Works Brewery in Anaheim might be a better choice. It contains tangerine, honey and rosemary.
For a brown ale for those who like to gravitate themselves towards the darker beers, Backstreet Brewery in Irvine offers Vlad’s Double Oatmeal Stout which has a slightly sour rich roasted flavor.
Although some individuals may stick to their favorites, it is good to try and explore some of the beers in season.