Spring Beer Guide

After the most bitterly cold winter that any of us can remember, we’re just about ready for Spring to start. We don’t know about you, but after being cooped up in our homes all winter, we’re really looking forward to sitting outside and enjoying a fine beer or two (or three, or four). Well, Rampant has just the lineup of beers for such a long awaited event.

 

21st Amendment Sneak Attack

A dry-hopped Belgian-style farmhouse ale with an assertive spiciness, Sneak Attack is crisp, dry, and palate cleansing. Most beer drinkers don’t expect a Saison this early in the year but nobody expected Washington to cross the icy Delaware either and look how that sneak attack worked out. It’s only logical that this Sneak Attack will be just as good.

Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout 

You may have had enough of darkness during those chilly winter months, but don’t give up on this deep ebony stout. With aromas of freshly baked bread, espresso, and dried cherries that meld seamlessly with rich toffee flavors and a creamy mouth feel, Oatmeal Stout has an unparalleled drinking experience that is everything a serious beer lover expects in a stout and more.

Ayinger Brau-Wiess

In Germany, Wheat Beer is viewed as an elixir that can cure just about anything. While the medical veracity of that assertion might not be 100% accurate, we can guarantee that it can help you shake the winter blues. Pale in color and tart in palate, this “brut” beer has a delicious, inviting wheat body and elegant aroma that finishes with a subtle spicy note.

Brooklyn Pennant Ale

Spring is one of our favorite times of year for a variety of reasons, but one of the biggest is the return of baseball season. Pennant Ale is a honey-colored Pale Ale that pays homage to the 1955 World Series Champion Brooklyn Dodgers. It’s a traditional English-style Pale Ale with a brisk malt palate and finely balanced hop character.

Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout

Little known fact: Irish Stouts are actually one of the lightest types of beers both in terms of alcohol content and calories. Surprising, right? It just means you can responsibly enjoy more of it. And with an espresso-like bite, followed by coffee, and chocolate flavors, you’ll definitely want to have more than one.

Deschutes Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale

The new kid on the block in Ohio and Kentucky are bringing a new kind of beer with them: the Northwest Pale Ale. Closely related to the wildly popular India Pale Ale, Red Chair NWPA has the citrus punch of a big IPA, minus the one-dimensional hop sledgehammer. Seven select European and domestic malts round out the edges to give it a complex, copper-colored brew.

Finch’s Beer Co. Sobek & Set Black IPA

The Black IPA is one of the newest styles of beer out there. It’s so new, in fact, that it’s not even listed in the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines. They hasn’t stopped brewers from producing their own takes on the style, though. Finch’s interpretation is a big, dark, roasty IPA where hops take the front seat in a bold, dark body with roasted notes that give an almost mahogany feel to it.

Hofbrau Maibock

By tradition, the first barrel of Maibock is tapped at the Hofbräuhaus in the last week of April, in time for the merry month of May. So maybe we’re cheating a little by making it available in March but one sip of this German classic and we think you’ll instantly forgive us. A bright, light copper beer with a foamy head that has rich toast and gentle apple, citrus, and nut butter aromas with a rich, frothy, medium-to-full body and a long, sumptuously balanced finish that is absolutely perfect for a spring day.

Ithaca Apricot Wheat

The much more tolerable weather of spring will likely have you looking for a nice lighter beer that you can leisurely sip. Well, Ithaca Beer Co. has you covered with their Apricot Wheat. The combination of wheat and barley gives it a different malt character than most other ales. The hint of apricot gives this beer a pleasant nose and fruity finish.

Lager Heads Savage Stout

When you think about spring, you often think about sunshiny days and bright colors. Well, our friends at Lager Heads in Medina, OH decided to flip that script on its head. Savage Stout is quite literally the opposite of light with a dark color that will be difficult if not impossible to see through. This rich, full bodied ale is bursting with roaster malt and has a decadent chocolate finish.

Lindemans Framboise

While most of our brewery partners were founded in the latter part of the 20th century, we also carries beers from several breweries with centuries of brewing tradition. Belgian brewer Lindemans was founded in 1822 when hops were not the universal presence they are today. Long before hops were common in most beers, various fruits and vegetables were used to season beers. The result was the Framboise style with a magnificent aroma and delicate palate of raspberries with undertones of fruity acidity and an elegant, sparkling clean natural taste.

Lindemans Kriek

This sweet-acid drink was originally created by adding fresh black cherries to a barrel of six-month-old Lambic. The addition of fruits provokes a new fermentation in the oak barrels and after another 8 to 12 months, with only peels and stones left, the Kriek-Lambic is ready to be filtered and bottled. The residual sugar can be adjusted with straight-on fruit juice to give a refermentation in the bottle. The result is a pink-red brew with the delicious taste of sparkling cherry champagne.

Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat

A refreshing citrus ale, Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat combines the Lost Coast Harvest Wheat with natural tangerine flavors to create a beer that is at the same time fruity and incredibly drinkable. Brewed with a combination of wheat and crystal malts, and finished with Perle hops. It’s an ideal beer for enjoy a gorgeous spring day.

Mt. Carmel Springtime Ale

Springtime means the return of golfing weather and there is no better way to celebrate a return to the links than with a fine, Scottish-style beer and they don’t get much more Scottish than the Mt. Carmel’s Springtime Ale. With a sweet aroma and rich notes of caramel, this ale may cause spontaneous quotation of Braveheart.

Murphy’s Irish Stout

One of the highlights of spring for any beer drinker is, of course, St. Patrick’s Day. Naturally, you can’t celebrate all thing’s Irish without having one of the tradition Irish beers. While a certain Dublin brewery  (which will remain nameless) is likely to have their logo splashed across every bar you visit, we recommend bypassing the hype and going with the superior Murphy’s Irish Stout from Cork.  One sip of this full-flavored, creamy stout and you’ll never go back to that Dublin swill again!

Ommegang Art of Darkness

Upstate New York brewer Ommegang fully acknowledge the dark arts of brewing with this outstanding ale. The limited edition Art of Darkness Ale is deep, dark and magical, with champagne-like carbonation and rich matiness from a complex recipe of multiple barley and wheat malts, as well as flaked oats. There are no secret ingredients or magical incantation. There is only Ommegang brewers’ creating the finest quality dark, strong ale of complex and deep character.

Ommegang Hennepin

A hearty and rustic golden ale that is full-bodied, hoppy, and crisp, Hennepin is a spicier take on the traditional Belgian Saison. Like all Saisons, though, it is thirst-quenching ale with hints of ginger and coriander. It’s the perfect beer for an evening when your destination isn’t exactly defined.

Rogue Chocolate Stout

If there’s a season that’s not suitable for chocolate, we don’t want to know about it. Rogue’s Chocolate Stout is ebony in color with a rich, creamy head and an earthly flavor of oats and hops that gives way to a rich chocolate truffle finish. If your mouth is watering just reading that sentence, don’t worry: that’s normal.

Rogue Double Chocolate Stout

As the name implies, the Double Chocolate Stout is an evolution on the Chocolate Stout (see above). Flavored with imported Dutch bittersweet chocolate, this ale is the winner of three World Beer Championship Gold Medals.

Rogue Irish Lager

Stouts seem to get all the press when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around but there’s another style of beer that is just as uniquely Irish: the Irish Lager. Rogue’s take has a smooth, mellow flavor and an apple crisp finish that is a perfect complement to a Stout. EXPERT TIP: Try mixing this with a Murphy’s Irish Stout for a perfect Black and Tan.

Rogue Mom Hefeweizen

Mom always did enjoy a bouquet of roses and this is the next best thing. A refreshing, Belgian-style blonde ale that’s infused with rose petals from Rogue’s home state of Oregon. While this might not replace the rose bouquet, we know a 22 ounce bottle of this with a bouquet sure would make our moms happy.

Smuttynose Maibock

This Maibock is a part of the New Hampshire brewery’s Big Beer Series and one taste of it will tell you why. It’s hugely malty and subtly finished with a variety of continental hops, and an eye-pleasing russet brown color. Look for it in 22 ounce bottles wherever fine craft beer is sold.

Thirsty Dog Irish Setter

A medium-light body ale with freshly ground caramel malt flavor and little-to-no bitterness. The combination of American caramel malt and the finest Kent Goldings hops from England add an inviting noble, nutty, toasted malt aroma. And it has an adorable picture of an Irish setter on the label, so what’s not to love?

Woodchuck Private Reserve Pink

Reclaiming your life after cancer is a challenge and Woodchuck has set out to help survivors meet that challenge. Woodchuck Pink, which was crafted to honor that effort, is delicate in body yet full of crisp apple taste. The Cidery’s donation supports Dragonheart’s Survivorship NOW mission which offers programs to help cancer survivors. Raise a bottle to all survivors and join us in helping them live a better life.

Woodchuck Spring Seasonal

Warm days and cold nights will make the sap flow in the woods, but keeping the cider flowing in your fridge is up to you. Start with Woodchuck’s Spring Seasonal! T he taste and aroma of fresh maple syrup and brown sugar will make you think you’re sitting in a warm sugarhouse in the Vermont countryside.

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

Luxurious with a hint of decadence, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout has it all, delivering a satisfying, indulgent taste without ever becoming overly sweet. Pale Ale and Crystal malt, Chocolate Malt, a special blend of sugars, Fuggle and Golding hops, real dark chocolate and chocolate essence are combined to deliver a stout of with real credentials.  It’s a perfect combination for the chocaholic and beer drinker alike that will leave both wanting more!

Victory Swing Session Saison

Swing. It’s a lively jazz rhythm, a vigorous sway or even a serendipitous change of view. It’s also the welcome jolt of joy you’ll experience upon your first sip of this session saison. With its citrus swagger and spicy refreshment, Swing Session Saison offers you a jazzy jolt of joy. This Belgian-style ale is bracing but benign and enlivens any experience.

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