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TGIF: What We're Drinking Now

On Fridays, we select a new beer, wine, or liquor to put through the tasting gauntlet. Here’s our latest pick.

Here in Birmingham, spring has fully sprung—it's barbecue-picnic-porch swinging season, once again.

We tend to gravitate toward easy drinking beers as the temperature rises, and this week was no exception.

Today, we tried a Blue Moon seasonal, the Agave Nectar Ale. We admit, we tried this beer with slight trepidation. After all, the trendy agave nectar is a good substitute for sugar or honey as a sweetener in many cooking applications. But we were pleasantly surprised—this brew was well rounded, sweet (but without being cloying), and easy to drink. Perfect for drinking on an easy weekend.

This beer isn't for everyone, but if you enjoy a nutty flavor and shy away from hoppy or bitter brews, this is a great contender.

Pair this with: To counterbalance the beer's sweetness, look to something spicy. Try a recipe with south of the border flavors, like Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa or Chicken with Quick Chile Verde.