I don’t know how the weather is out by you, but it’s getting downright Springy around the Boston area. Does this mean it’s time to put away the Porters and Stouts and move onto the Saisons and Marzens? Not so fast. Yes it’s early March and the temps are slowly rising, but we still have that beautiful shoulder season where we’re crossed between two beer worlds. It’s not Winter, that’s for damn sure, but it’s not quite Spring yet either (Assuming you live in a part of the world that actually has Seasons). This is the time of year where I might shelve The Old Rasputin but still reach for something like a Tröegs Java Head. Nothing wrong with switching up a Russian Imperial for an everyday coffee Stout when the frost has lifted. Sure, you’d have to pry a double IPA from my cold dead hands no matter what the season, but I might give up some of the Belgian Quads and Triples that I’ve been drinking for the past few months. It’s just time for a (slight)change in my beer selection.
Speaking of Tröegs, this is the perfect time of year to dive into the mixed 12 packs. If you don’t know what you want, it’s nice to have 4 different beers to choose from in a handy little carrying case. There’s no better place to start than Tröegs (I think they call their mixed 12 the “Anthology 3” this time of year). Tell me this isn’t the perfect mix – 3 Pale Ales, 3 Hopback Ambers, 3 Java Head Stouts, and 3 Tröegenator Double Bocks. I love it. When I get home tonight, I’m slamming down a Tröegenator to ignite the fires, then I’m killing a Pale Ale while I’m making dinner, 2 Hopbacks during dinner, and a Java Head to wash everything down. That’s how you start a weekend.
One caveat to mixed 12 packs that I’ll repeat over and over till’ I’m blue in the face. Do not, for any damn reason, grab the 12 pack by one handle. You will rip the handle and crush at least 2 to 3 beers as your poor little 12 pack drops precipitously to the ground. Sad day all around. Two hands folks. Or better yet, get two and stack them on top of each other. That way you’ll avoid the temptation to grab one by the side but you’ll still be able to push through the exit and reach your car. You’ve been warned.
Now that you know what I’ll be drinking…
What are you drinking tonight?