Bristol Brewing Company Best Of

Best Of 2015: Local Brewery

Best Of 2015: Local Microbrew to Drink in Autumn

Best Of 2015: Local Microbrew to Drink in Spring

Best Of 2015: Local Microbrew to Drink in Summer

Our readers have once more declared Bristol an ineffable tastemaker — loving Beehive in the spring and summer, Venetucci Pumpkin Ale in the fall, and Winter Warlock in the winter. So I asked Bristol's assistant brewer and head of quality control, Chase Perry, what he feels makes a good beer in each season. For summer, he says, "I love a session IPA, and a nice, easy-drinking blond sour ... [a] big hop presence with lots of tropical, citrusy notes." As for winter, he tends toward high-ABV, darker beers. "Definitely more malty, maybe more spicy, like a Christmas ale," he says. And since spring and autumn are transitional, he says, their brews should be, too. That means lighter but still boozy beers, like a maibock, in the spring, and "harvest beers and wet hop beers" — or Oktoberfests and other dark, German-style lagers — when the leaves turn. — Griffin Swartzell

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Best Of 2015: Local Brewery

Best Of 2015: Local Microbrew to Drink in Autumn

Best Of 2015: Local Microbrew to Drink in Spring

Best Of 2015: Local Microbrew to Drink in Summer

Our readers have once more declared Bristol an ineffable tastemaker — loving Beehive in the spring and summer, Venetucci Pumpkin Ale in the fall, and Winter Warlock in the winter. So I asked Bristol's assistant brewer and head of quality control, Chase Perry, what he feels makes a good beer in each season. For summer, he says, "I love a session IPA, and a nice, easy-drinking blond sour ... [a] big hop presence with lots of tropical, citrusy notes." As for winter, he tends toward high-ABV, darker beers. "Definitely more malty, maybe more spicy, like a Christmas ale," he says. And since spring and autumn are transitional, he says, their brews should be, too. That means lighter but still boozy beers, like a maibock, in the spring, and "harvest beers and wet hop beers" — or Oktoberfests and other dark, German-style lagers — when the leaves turn. — Griffin Swartzell

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