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Craft Beer and Yearning for Spring Cheer

Craft Beer and Yearning for Spring Cheer

It’s January 2015. We’ve brought in the new year with the rest of the amateurs and Christmahanukwanzaakah is but a distant memory. You probably already broke your New Year’s resolution, and if you haven’t, you’re wishing everyone else at the gym would soon. We’re in the dead of winter – emphasis on dead. It’s cold and dark, and the holidays are over. Nothing’s left to look forward to.

I’m no Debbie downer. I’m not a negative or pessimistic person. I just happen to be one of the millions of people who suffer from seasonal depression, and this time of year is the actual worst.

Every problem has a solution, right? For me, tanning is out of the question – I’m very pale and not into cancer. Take a vacation? Can’t. Already asked my boss. I thought about taking Zoloft or some other antidepressant, but I’m just not that into the idea.

So, I’ve decided to live in denial – of course, not in the traditional sense. Until it is spring, I’m going to just pretend that it actually is spring – at least in regard to alcoholic beverages. In winter, I typically imbibe dark beer, whiskey or red wine – and from now on I refuse. From margaritas to mojitos and all the wheat beers, I will live life like I have cut-off shorts on every day. I call it my “denial-based self-medicating sunshine program,” and I think it is going to work out well for me. I encourage you, the reader, to join in on this little experiment as well.

Here’s what’s on the beer menu this “spring:”

craft beer in spring

Rock Bottom Brewery’s Kölsch (Pittsburgh, PA and Cincinnati, OH)
The light in color and body Kölsch style beer originated in Cologne, Germany. Rock Bottom’s incarnation of this brew has a bright, straw-yellow hue, and has a hint of hops. Easy drinkin’.
ABV: 5% IBU: 20

craft beer in spring

Market Garden Brewery’s Progress Pilsner (Cleveland, OH)
In a nod to the Pilsners of the Rhine region, Market Garden’s smooth lager is crisp and clean with a nicely balanced body. It’s named for the Cleveland slogan “Progress & Prosperity.” Now, that’s something to look forward to!
ABV: 5%

craft beer in spring

Rhinegeist Brewery’s Cougar (Cincinnati, OH)
This bright, blonde, breezy ale reminds me of myself on a spring day, but is much more refreshing. Lightly hopped with Crystal and Bravo hops, the Cougar is balanced yet dry. Enough, without being too much.
ABV: 4.8% IBU: 20

craft beer in spring

MadTree Brewing’s Sprye (Cincinnati, OH)
MadTree’s springtime seasonal Sprye is an amber-colored rye beer with a touch of citrus and a spicy finish. Notes of pine linger on the palate. Not for everyone, certainly, but that leaves more for the rest of us.
ABV: 5% IBU: 40

craft beer in spring

Elevator Brewing Company’s Heiferweizen (Columbus, OH)
A good German-style hefeweizen is hard to come by, and this traditional unfiltered wheat is damn good. With hints of banana and clove, Elevator’s Heiferweizen tastes like spring, and how sitting outside on a patio with a light breeze and the sun shining on your skin feels.
ABV: 5.5%

craft beer in spring

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing’s Clear Sky Cream Ale (Columbus, OH)
Cream Ale’s were one of the most popular styles of beer pre-prohibition. Wolf’s Ridge has done their part in bringing it back. The Clear Sky evokes a sunny spring day with a clean, lightly malted flavor and a only hint of hops. Sunglasses optional.
ABV: 5.5% IBU: 13


Kelly Rousculp

Kelly writes reviews and contributes articles to NID Magazine.