2016 is Well Underway: What Are You Looking Forward to Sampling?

Although not a bud has appeared on the trees in most states, spring is coming, and it’s much more than a twinkle in Mother Nature’s eye. With Spring comes summer, followed by the festival season of early fall. Smart craft breweries have already been preparing for months. Whether you’re a festival goer or not, you’ll be reaping the benefits of the brewers’ hard work all throughout 2016. Here’s a few things you’ve got to look forward to this year.

Continued Creation of Flavorful Session Beers

Session beers are actually a really common beer and have been touched upon by craft brewers here and there in the past few years. A session beer is a beverage with no higher than 5% alcohol by volume, a reasonable balance between hops and malts, and a nice clean finish.

After a few years obsessing over bitter hops, pungent IPAs, and the strongest and strangest dark porters and stouts, beer drinkers (and the brewers too) have been ready for a challenge. Lots of practice at perfecting the optimal session beer has been underway the last two years, but 2016 is the year that session beers get a little stranger while maintaining their absolute drinkability.

Surge of Local Brews

With the continued mergers of large companies and increased corporate regulation (yes, yadda yadda), local breweries will be continuing to grow and attracting tons of business. This shift is good for everyone; small breweries will have the chance to push more and more creative craft brews while large companies will scramble to match this challenge with improved originality.

Summit Festival Shot

California Craft Beer Summit

Oktoberfest Revelries

During the season of dry heat, Austin, Texas will yet again host the Texas Craft Brewers Festival on Saturday, September 24th, 2016. Upholding their convictions of supporting all members of the craft brewing community, you’ll be sampling a wide variety of brews from small batches and perfected recipes.

Right smack dab between sweeping pine forest and the largest freshwater lake in the world, the U.P Fall Festival provides generous servings of Michigan made beers and a view that can’t be beaten. While the event and hosting town of Marquette, Michigan are tucked against Lake Superior, festival goers will be thrilled to know that the town is known for having several local breweries within walking distance of the event. The U.P. Beer Festival will be held on September 10th, 2016. Dress in layers, as weather changes from swelteringly hot to pretty darn cold that time of year.

If you’re not willing to risk the climate of the Michigan festivals, consider something a bit routinely warm, like Sacramento California. There you’ll find the California Craft Beer Summit taking place on September 8th to September 10th 2016. This huge festival will sport a ton of California based professional headliners and over 150 breweries in the capital city of the golden state. Mendocino Brewing Company was there last year sharing their warmly received Dry Hopped Heritage Ale. The California Craft Beer Summit is a shining example of what beer snobs have to look forward to this year: inspired brewing, community support, and session beers all of tastes and designs.

2016 is already ticking away-what are you looking forward to drinking?

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