With Memorial Day, and the unofficial start to summer quickly approaching, the beer lover’s palate begins to shift away from porters and stouts (for the most part) and drift to hoppier beers or crisp, clean, almost-summer-sippers.
If you’re looking to change up what sits in your fridge or cooler this spring, you’re in luck because Matt Cebula, Craft Brands Manager for Dan Henry Distributing, is here to help.
Matt carries a ton of craft beer street cred at Dan Henry Distributing. Here are his recommendations for a mix-a-six pack that’s perfect for spring:
Griffin Claw Norm’s Gateway IPA – A session IPA that is a combination of full hop flavor and lower alcohol content, giving it wonderful drinkability. It’s crisp, clean, fruity and refreshing.
Lansing Brewing Co. Amber Cream – This beer has a light bready and caramel malt backbone with just a touch of sweetness to balance. It is the perfect marriage between cream ale and amber ale.
North Peak Gale – Double dry hopped, this oat IPA is packed with four to five pounds of hops per barrel of beer and is gusting with aromas of grapefruit and candied pineapple from the addition of Falconer’s Flight and Mosaic hops.
Atwater Whango Mango Wheat – It’s tropical paradise in a bottle. Get your mouth ready for the perfect balance of mango sweetness and refreshing wheat flavor. It is brewed to overwhelm but never overpower.
Cheboygan Blood Orange Honey – A unique twist on a great American-style wheat beer, with the addition of fresh local wildflower honey mixed with blood orange zest and blood orange puree. The result is a medium bodied beer that is very smooth with a residual sweetness and creaminess from the honey and an exhilarating nose of citrus from the orange.
Ellison American Lager – American Lager brewed with barley, corn and rice. Flavorful hops brighten up this beer, which finishes crisp and clean.