We tested three beers, because… Friday.
Spring has sprung, he wrote sarcastically. Here in Birmingham, we, like the majority of the country, anxiously await spring's permanence. Keep the April showers and give us the May flowers already. BUT when spring finally arrives, what better way to enjoy it than with sunshine at your back and a frosty beverage in hand? Ergo, we dutifully tested three beers—lager, Pilsner, and saison—to peg a springtime champ:
1. SweetWater Road Trip: This seasonal Pilsner was far-and-away the hoppiest of our three guinea pigs. It's smooth, has a subtle maltiness, and a crisp, hoppy finish. While not the day's winner, this beer would be ideal for grabbing some friends and floating down a river on a warm spring day. And at 5.2% ABV (comparable to a Budweiser), it's light enough to have a couple and not lose confidence in your backstroke on aforementioned river.
2. Victory Swing Session Saison: If we were Siskel and Ebert—I'm old, this would be our two-thumbs up favorite. And while I never (read: NEVER.) condone the usage of the word swagger, I will concede that Victory's description of this Belgian-style ale having a "citrusy swagger" is more or less apt. We enjoyed the refreshing peppery-citrus flavor, and it goes down like water at only 4.5% ABV. Our only gripe was that we didn't have more to go around. This would be a perfect beer for taking in a spring baseball game.
3. Omission Lager: Hello, I'm Matthew Moore. If you or someone you love suffers from a gluten allergy, I recommend a delightful Omission Lager (in my best Wilford Brimley voice). In all seriousness, we had several gluten-free testers, and they loved this beer. It's a great starter beer—light, not too hoppy, relatively low 4.6% ABV. It is very approachable and goes down smooth. This would be a great beer to enjoy after a cardio-based activity, like running to the beer store.