Friday, May 6, 2016

Taste the Season(s) at the Great International Beer Fest

One of the reasons why we love doing Beer Fest twice a year (other than the fact that it means twice the beer) is the opportunity to taste all the great seasonal brews in spring and fall. It seems like every year craft brewers come up with more – and more creative – ways to incorporate the flavors of the seasons into their beers. At the Great International Spring Beer Festival we’ll even get a double dose of seasonal flavors, as there will be both spring and summer brews on tap. Here’s a quick round-up of just some of what you can look forward to sipping on Saturday.


“Wild Vineyard grape leaves, premium Pilsner malt and Saaz hops give our Vineyard Summer Ale a bright golden glow, a clean pilsner malt flavor and subtle Bartlett pear aromatics. Its refreshing, light body makes it the perfect ale for a lazy day on the sand. And maybe a night, too.”

4.8% ABV


“Stealin’ Time is a hazy summer sipper that will while away the days with a light malt sweetness, balanced by hops and a pinch of ginger.”

5.5% ABV


“This Belgian Wit summer offering is representative of the white beers made in the Wallonia region of Belgium. The pronounced yeast characteristic and subdued spicing of our Belgian Wit offer a refreshing, unfiltered beer perfect for those hot summer days.”

4% ABV

“A strong sense of adventure leads to a life well lived. This is a collaboration with Granny Squibb’s Ice Tea, making a refreshing and dynamic beer brewed with Azacca hops, mandarina bavaria, green tea, mint, and lime. A perfect taste to pair with fresh air and new experiences. It’s a magical world out there, so let’s go exploring!”

4.7% ABV


“Summertime Citra Ale is blonde session ale with unique citrus and passion fruit aromas, backed by the Citra hops and pale malt that creates a sessional and balanced summer beer.”

4.2% ABV

“A refreshing mix of Narragansett’s award-winning lager and the tart lemon extract from beloved New England summer staple Del’s Frozen Lemonade, Del’s Shandy has become an annual fan favorite far beyond its Northeast roots.”

4.7% ABV

“Queen is a truly unique IPA brewed with real raspberry. We dumped a stupid amount of American hops into this beer, giving the Queen a gorgeous bouquet of tropical fruit that is complemented by a subtle tartness from raspberry purée. This is a refreshing, delicious, and totally crushable IPA.”

5.2% ABV


“Doubly good in triple digits, our unique summer seasonal is made with the fruit of the prickly pear, a cactus native to Shiner, Texas. With a tart, citrusy flavor and a crisp finish, it’s the best use of cactus yet.”

4.9% ABV


“Downeast Summer Blend has been toned down to a sessionable 4.5% ABV. It’s fermented with our ale yeast to preserve the smooth flavor of Downeast Cider, but we also included freshly ground ginger for a sharp snap and freshly pressed lemon juice because we like lemons. It has half as much sugar as Original Blend and is made with fresh lemon and ginger juice.”