Fresh Ideas for Spring Brewing

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Spring is upon us and with it comes the opportunity to create vibrant and flavourful beers to enjoy in the warmer months ahead.

Brewing with the seasons is a great way to challenge yourself as a brewer to try new styles and better match your output with your lifestyle.

So, with this in mind, here’s a selection of different beer styles that are well-suited to both brewing and drinking throughout spring and into early summer. We’ll start out with some of the more common beer styles for the season, and finish up with a few less-common styles for the more adventurous brewers and drinkers out there. And, helpfully, we’ve paired each style with a recommended Bluestone Yeast strain.

Common beer styles to brew in spring

1. American Pale Ale: This popular style offers a balanced profile with a good amount of hop bitterness and a moderate malt backbone. It’s a versatile choice for spring, providing a refreshing hop kick without being too heavy.

Brew with: BSY-A010 San Diego.

2. Kölsch: This German-style ale is pale, crisp, and slightly fruity with a delicate hop bitterness. These refreshing characteristics make it an ideal beer to enjoy in the spring sunshine.

Brew with: BSY-A008 Cologne.

3. Session IPA: Session IPAs are a hop-forward beer with lower alcohol content, featuring vibrant hop aromas and flavours, often with citrusy, floral, or piney notes.

Brew with: BSY-A010 San Diego

4. Wheat Beers: Styles such as Hefeweizens and American Wheat Ales, are light and often have an appealing cloudy appearance. Wheat beers often feature citrus and clove-like flavours, making them a great choice for warm spring days.

Brew with: BSY-A007 Munich

Less common beer styles to brew in spring

1. Saison: This French style is typically light in colour but complex in flavour, with a mix of fruity, spicy, and sometimes funky notes. The style was traditionally brewed in the cooler months to be enjoyed when the weather warmed up.

Brew with: BSY-A005 Brussels (aspirational release date Nov 2023)

2. Maibock: This strong, pale lager offers a good balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. The name Maibock translates from German as May Bock. It’s a traditional German springtime beer, brewed to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather.

Brew with: BSY-L005 Pilsen

3. Witbier: This Belgian-style wheat beer provides a light, crisp body with flavours of orange peel and coriander. Its refreshing and light flavour profile makes it a great choice for the increasingly warm days of spring.

Brew with: BSY-A003 Liege (aspirational release date Nov 2023)

Whatever brews you choose to put down this spring, here’s to enjoying them with friends and family in a warm and convivial atmosphere.

Winter is here!

Colder weather definitely sends out in search of darker beers. This weekend, we went for one last time to enjoy the wonderful selection of beers crafted by Mitch and his team up at Newstead!

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