Spring has sprung! The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, and, this being the country’s craft-brewing capital, the beers are flowing. Start your springtime suds exploration with a trio of highly anticipated standouts.
Eppig Brewing Natural Bridge Special Lager
Japanese-Style Dry Lager (5.8% ABV)
Eppig is considered by many to be San Diego’s finest lager producer. So what makes this one special? The incorporation of rice in the grain bill, which lends to this Japanese-style lager’s light, smooth character. It’s perfect for San Diegans as we return to the great outdoors following sub-70-degree hibernation stints. Also special: This cult favorite is being canned for the very first time this spring.
Touchless curbside pickup and delivery available. Learn more at eppigbrewing.com
The Lost Abbey Carnevale Ale
Belgian-Style Saison (8% ABV)
Released each year in conjunction with Brazil’s celebratory Carnevale season, this award-winning Belgian-style saison is floral with a pronounced white-pepper spice. It’s delicious fresh and pairs well with herbaceous Easter dinner and springtime fare, but when aged at cellar temperature for two to four years, secondary fermentation with Brettanomyces (wild yeast) ups its funk factor while giving it a bone-dry finish.
Local delivery available. Visit lostabbey.com
Pure Project Brewing / Alvarado Street Brewery Cannery Row 2.0
Northeast-Style Murky IPA (6.7% ABV)
This hazy IPA comes from a collaboration of breweries sharing One Percent for the Planet certification. Crafted using three of the world’s most in vogue hop varietals—Mosaic, Galaxy, and Strata—it has a soft, pillowy mouthfeel plus hop-borne flavors of peach, mango, and orange without any intense lupulin bitterness, making this an IPA hallowed by hop heads and ale amateurs alike.
Curbside pickup and local delivery available. Visit purebrewing.org