(StatePoint) As the weather warms, many beer drinkers reach for lighter-bodied brews and crisper flavors, although spring’s cool breezes can support a variety of beer styles. And with Wisconsin breweries producing some of the most interesting beers in the nation, here are some tempting choices to stock your fridge during the transitional beer drinking spring season.
Refresh and Renew with the Milwaukee Brewing Company
If you like award-winning craft beer in a spectacular downtown atmosphere, Milwaukee Brewing is the place for you! Enjoy the season with their hazy IPA, “MKE MVP,” Gold winner at the 2021 New York International Beer Competition. Bright, juicy and refreshing, MVP is full of citrus and tropical notes. Bringing home a Bronze medal was their easy-drinking “Outboard Cream Ale,” perfect for smooth, glass-like lake trips in the sun. And feel confident laying on that beach towel with MKE’s new low calorie, low carb “Local Haze” IPA, for beer-lovers who like some haze with their rays. Go to MKEBrewing.com to sign up for a Brewery tour, or sip these delicious beers on their rooftop patio or large beer garden in the Brewery District downtown MKE.
A Hazy IPA for Daily Enjoyment from 3 Sheeps Brewing
3 Sheeps Brewing Co, located in Sheboygan, along the shores of Lake Michigan, has recently introduced a new year-round beer: Chaos Pattern. This is a hazy IPA brewed for everyday enjoyment. Unlike many hazy IPAs which tend to be hard-to-find limited releases and can put a dent in your wallet, Chaos Pattern is readily available all year and at a price that allows you to enjoy a few cans without the "should I save this beer to share it with my friends" guilt so many of us experience. Showcasing bold flavors of tropical fruit and citrus, low bitterness and a soft, luxurious mouthfeel, you may have trouble keeping your fridge stocked. Visit www.3sheepsbrewing.com/find-us to locate Chaos Pattern.
Bright and Easy Patio Favorites from Ale Asylum
Sip into Spring with a delicious line-up of seasonal releases from Ale Asylum. Looking to try something new? Drink on the bright side with Vax On, Vax Off Mosaic Pale Ale or some easy drinkin’ with Karen’s Rage and Beerio Pale Ales. Also on deck is the tried-and-true perennial patio favorite Unshadowed, an effervescent Hefeweizen with a crisp and dry finish. Ale Asylum will be re-opening their spacious patio and Tasting Room in April and creating a spring and summer menu featuring Madison’s best Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich, crispy-edged Smash Burgers, and traditional Birria Tacos (possibly the hottest food cart item selling on the West Coast!). Visit www.aleasylum.com for a schedule of current hours and to find where to #SeekAsylum near you.
Helping Others with Beer: Karben4 Brewing
Karben4 Brewing of Madison used the pandemic to get innovative helping its community, birthing The K4 Project to aid local businesses and charities while creating tasty beers. The K4 Project created dozens of drive-thru events generating over $500,000 for small businesses, raised about $100,000 in charitable contributions to charities, and collected thousands of pounds of food for local food pantries. This spring, The K4 Project has released its first beers: Making Fetch Happen and NeurodiverCity. Both are available at the Karben4 taproom in Madison and at off-site pop-up events. Making Fetch Happen is a Session IPA, created in collaboration with Fetch Wisconsin Rescue. NeurodiverCity is a Mixed Berry Session Sour, created together with Camp Createability and Common Threads Resource. More information is available at Karben4.com.