The Pubscout is acutely aware that Punxsutawney Phil has been rightly indicted for misrepresentation of the onset of Spring, but that doesn't stop me from heartily recommending one of my favorite styles of the season--the maibock.
In Germany, it's called "Starkbierzeit," or "strong beer season" and it technically lasts for six months.
My concern, however is with only one style of the bockbier--the Maibock.
Maibocks herald the hoppier lighter beers of summer, but pay homage to their heritage by being malty both in nose and on palate from start to finish. They also go surprisingly well with many different foods, from Burgers to Brats.
It's almost as if this style realizes that, while Summer may soon be a-comin' in, there's still a nip in the air that needs attention. And the maibocks do not fail on that count.
On the domestic front, Rogue Dead Guy is considered a maibock, and it's quite enjoyable. But for true Bavarian Maibock goodness, the choice here is Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock.
Its malt notes will warm your cockles on those chilly Spring nights, and its delightful color hints of summer days to come.