When you’re tired of the mass-produced brews that line the grocery store shelves, you may want to give craft beers a chance. The Microwbrewed Beer of the Month Club is a cool way to try creative craft beers chosen by professional Brewmasters. This spring selection introduced me to a couple of new favorites that I can’t wait to stock in my fridge.
Saratoga IPA – Bittersweet Experience
Saratoga was the strongest tasting IPA I’ve ever tasted. It poured a deep golden into the glass and had an idle foam. The first sip blew me away, as I wasn’t expecting such robust flavor, which lingers. While the earthiness overwhelmed me initially, I eventually tasted the notes of citrus.
NOTES – Style: IPA | Serving Temp: 45-50˚ F | ABV: 6.8% | Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Mug
Kwaremont – A Strong First Impression
As the Club suggested, my boyfriend and I drank Kwaremont at a warmer temperature. It has an amber hue with a big head. The first sips were a little off-putting, but it grew on us. My bf likened it to a better-tasting Heineken.
NOTES – Style: Belgian Blonde Ale | Serving Temp: 45-52˚ F | ABV: 6.6% | Suggested Glassware: Tulip, Snifter, Goblet
Praga Premium Pils – A Real Winner
Praga Premium won the World Beer Championships Gold Medal, and I can see how. This pilsner was delicious! Apparently, the Czechs produced the first pilsner-style beer in the 1800s. So, they know a little something about beer. At one point in time, I was all about the Beck’s (a pilsner from Germany), which had a real earthy taste. After tasting Praga Premium, I questioned that life’s choice.
The pour of the Praga Premium was golden and dreamy. It had a strong hoppy aroma that I actually liked. The Beer Club suggested pizza as a pairing, so I had to oblige. Praga and spinach-cheese-pie – now, that’s a good life choice.
NOTES – Style: Czech Pilsner | Serving Temp: 42-47˚ F | ABV: 4.7% | Suggested Glassware: Pilsner Glass or Flute
Black Bavarian – Dark & Lovely
I unknowingly saved the best for last. The pour of the Black Bavarian was sexy – luscious dark brown liquid cascaded into the glass and was topped with a thick, sudsy tan top. I was like a kid drinking a (spiked) milkshake. Black Bavarian was a sumptuous beer with a slightly bitter aftertaste, but it didn’t remain. This black beauty had a delicious chocolatey-fruity taste that needed no pairing. I’ll definitely stock Black Bavarian for the summer.
NOTES – Style: Schwarzbier | Country: United States | Serving Temp: 47-55˚ F | ABV: 5.86% | Suggested Glassware: Pilsner Glass or Mug