It’s the rst time since fall when you can really enjoy being outside, and thegreenmarkets start kicking again with potted herbs and pepper plantsalongside the rst peas and beans.Springtime brewing is all about aromatics. From the rst green shootspoking through the snow to lilacs and then roses, it’s a cascading tumble of beautiful blooming things outside, and you want to capture that in your glass.Lighter beers start to emerge. Belgian blondes make great base beersfor subtle oral elements or delicate herbs. We like to make fresh—andrefreshing—beers to drink in the garden and to pair with the green vegetalproduce from the farmer’s markets. Late spring marks a parade of celebrations that call for large batches of beer, too—Mother’s Day andFather’s Day, graduations, weddings, and everything in between.
ERICA SHEA & STEPHEN VALAND
FOR SMALL BATCHES