The longer, sunnier days of spring seem to be finally here. And with the warmer weather and brighter afternoons come spring beers — crisp, refreshing sips to be savored as the temperatures climb. With the help of Seattle-based craft beer aficionados Teku Tavern + Café, we’ve rounded up 10 beers perfect for spring and the hint of summer still to come. So dust off the patio furniture, fire up the grill, and drink up all the season has to offer.
Holy Mountain Brewing – The White Lodge Belgian Wit | Seattle
The flavor maestros at Holy Mountain herald the beginning of spring with this floral, zesty Belgian classic, thanks to the traditional pairing of coriander and orange peel. The grain bill is varied, with heaps of wheat joining Pilsner malt and oats, and traditional Belgian yeast rounds out this approachable classic.
Reuben’s Brews – Petite Pre-Prohibition Lager | Seattle
The modern trend of craft lagers is made old again by Reuben’s crisp and refreshing lager that boasts Old World malted barley bolstered by the spice notes derived from Hallertauer and Saaz hops. A throwback easy-drinking beer at a low ABV that invites you to be carefree in cracking a few.
Matchless Brewing – All Fluff IPA | Tumwater, Wash.
This classic and crushable Northwest Hazy IPA pours like fresh-squeezed orange juice and is loaded with Citra, El Dorado and Vic Secret hops, providing oodles of tropical fruit notes on the nose and palate that are sure to make you long for the summer ahead.
Lucky Envelope Brewing – Boysenberry Rhubarb Sour | Seattle
The Ballard brewery’s house kettle sour is infused with boysenberry and rhubarb purees, giving a sweet and sour contrast to this colorful creation. Equal parts jammy and tart, this is a perfect sip for when the sun finally peeks its head out from behind the clouds.
Great Notion – RBG Imperial Sour | Portland, Ore.
With this high-octane sour, the folks at Portland’s Great Notion are honoring the memory of late United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by donating the proceeds from the initial sale of the beer to the American Civil Liberties Union. Enjoy this tart ale with a combination of raspberry, blueberry and guava and help support a great cause.
Black Raven Brewing – Light Pilsner with Lime | Woodinville, Wash.
A crushable pilsner that benefits from the unique addition of lime puree, this offering from Black Raven is crisp, citrusy and bright. At under 4 percent ABV, this is a great choice for a spring barbecue on the deck with friends and family.
3.9 % ABV
Block 15 Brewing – Charmed Life Irish Red | Corvallis, Ore.
Taking a break from IPAs and lagers in favor of a more substantial sip? This medium-bodied red ale from Corvallis’ Block 15 has a malt-forward nose that gives way to a subtle caramel flavor that finishes clean. The lack of bitterness doesn’t take away from this beer’s robust flavor.
Pfriem Family Brewers – Belgian Blonde Ale | Hood River, Ore.
This complex, yet approachable offering from Pfriem is a great entree to Belgian beers for folks that haven’t tried them. The flavor profile is sweet and spiced, with notes of pear, apricot, tangerine and clove, and the finish is dry and clean, leaving you quenched but also wanting more.
Aslan Brewing – Melopepo IPA | Bellingham, Wash.
Stone fruit and lemon notes are featured in this West Coast IPA from Aslan, which is sure to satisfy hopheads at 75 IBU. The peach and apricot nose is followed by melon and tropical fruit on the palate and culminates with a balanced bitter finish, thanks to the Cascade, Huell Melon and Simcoe hops.
Stillwater – Oude Northwest Old Vine Zinfandel Blended Saison | Grand Mound, Wash.
This up-market selection from electronic music DJ/record producer turned avant garde brewer Brian Strumke is sure to impress. One of the first beers at his new production facility in Grand Mound, Washington, created in partnership with Chehalis Tribal Enterprises, this piquette-style Wild Ale is created from the second pressings of old vine Zinfandel grape pomace and boasts an easy-drinking quality with the sophistication of wine.
All the beers featured in this article are currently available for purchase at
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