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SiG MT 20 Text by Mark Baune BEER MAN -Try One Today- ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT IN SEASONAL BREWS I think I speak for everyone when I say, thank God this winter is over! Time to put the dark winter warmers in storage and stock up on light, refreshing lawn mower beer. Right? I was recently introduced to a delicious one-of-a-kind beer called Rosalie. is super-drinkable brew captures the best qualities of –are you ready for this? Rosé wine! Yes, in addition to hibiscus, Firestone Walker Brewing Company blended different varieties of grapes, including Chardonnay and smaller lots of Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Muscat Canelli and Orange Muscat, and came up with this crowd-pleasing gem. e Chardonnay provides the nice textures and flavors while the other grape varieties li the aromas and add complexity. e idea behind Rosalie was to capture the best qualities of a rosé wine, but with less than half the ABV (5-percent). e result, a delicious beer rosé with bright fruit flavors and luscious acidity. It reminds me of a rosé with its light pink color, but there is carbonation and it is fermented with beer yeast instead of wine yeast. It's light, no aer taste and easy to down a six pack while mowing… the football field of course! Now, for a look around our brewing region. is time of year is exciting for our local cra brewers as their darker beers go into hibernation while the lighter and fruitier options awake from a long winter's slumber. I don't know about you, but I've already been sampling some new releases and old-time favorites. ere is definitely some adventurous spirit going into some of the lighter alcohol options this season. e Mighty Mo is touting a tasty new brew. Described as a blackberry sour, the new Purple Punch is a perfect combination of sweet and sour with a socialite's spirit. At 5-percent ABV, it's also a great session beer for the hoer days lingering just around the corner. Here is one to wrap your lips around, the Sun Canyon Tangerine Cream Ale from Black Eagle Brewery. Brewed with the tangerine peels to give it a burst of citrus, this cream ale is redefining the category and making a classic style cool again. At 6.1-percent ABV, this ale is great any time of year. Back by popular demand, Harvest Moon's Beltian White has been an annual Central Montana favorite offering since 1998. is wheat ale is a mild version of a Belgian classic, brewed with the perfect amounts of malted barley and malted wheat, hopped with Czechoslovakian Saaz hops, and finished with a touch of coriander and orange peel. It's light and satisfying and perfect for those long days packed with vigorous activity; like mowing the football field and it's low 4.7-percent ABV means you can have a few without any regret. ese are so many other heavy hiers out there with low alcohol content, just itching for a thirst-quenching lawn mower ride. Don't be afraid to try a sample pack. Who knows, you might just find a few brews that knock your socks off ! It's too damn hot for socks anyway. Cheers and remember to drink responsibly! Beerman

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