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Craft Beers & Ciders For Summer

Christine Mitchell Adams May 29, 2015

Here at Ursa Major, we have a weakness for craft beers and ciders. Comparing tasting notes and sharing new discoveries is certainly a weekly (if not daily) conversation in the office. We wanted to open up the discussion with our community of fans and friends by sharing what we've been into this season. We'd love to hear what you've been reaching for lately... share your recommendations in the comments!

Carmen has been drinking Lemon Cello IPA, a collaboration with Mikeller (Denmark), Hill Farmstead (VT!) and Siren Brewing Co (UK) this spring, "It's basically a sucker punch in a bottle. That sounds like a bad thing but I mean it in the best of ways."

Even with some of the world's finest craft beers within his grasp here in Vermont, Marshall's favorites are from Vacationland. Specifically The American Farmhouse Pale Ale from the crew at Oxbow Brewery in Newcastle, ME. Marshall claims it's the best saison he's ever had, "If you're in the Pine Tree State, pick up a growler or two from their taproom - it's liquid gold." 

True to his home roots in Massachusetts, Tyler's go-to is Ipswich Ale's IPA. But he also enjoys a good cider. When he's craving the juice from the apple, he heads to Champlain Orchard

Zoë is our resident cider aficionado. This spring she's most partial to local spot Citizen Cider and their flagship cider, Unified Press, "I like that it strikes the right balance between too dry and too sweetit has the perfect amount of juiciness and fresh apple flavor without tasting sugary."

Nicole is a huge fan of The Alchemist Brewery's notorious Heady Topper, but this season she's been reaching for their new IPA, Focal Banger. It's a little lighter than the Heady, making it perfect for summer. 

Emily's beer of choice these days is Gose from Lost Nation Brewery, "It’s definitely my summer fav (the Wind is a variation on that and also insanely good)!" Her second choice is Edward from Hill Farmstead, and bringing up the rear in third is the TLA IPA from Zero Gravity.

Oliver is on the same wavelength as Emily, favoring Lost Nation's Gose and Wind. He's also into a new lighter ale from Hill Farmstead, but he's blanking on the name. So if you can give us a hand with recalling it, give us a shout in the comments.

As a marketer, Chris is a sucker for good packaging and design. Which is why one of his favorite breweries is Oskar Blues, "Their can design is awesomeI love how OB incorporates them into their taps." His choice for summer, is their Pinner Throwback IPA.

For Mia, a well-earned beer always tastes the best after a great day of skiing (which is her family's passion). In the summer, she prefers a lighter beer, "I recently tried the Hill Farmstead Edward, and thought it was fantastic!"

And for myself (Christine, the author of this post), after living in Boston for the past seven years, I love Pretty Things's Field Mouse's Farewell. I also really enjoy Backacre's sour golden ale from Weston, VT. But when I want something super light to wash down a burger at a summer barbecue, I'll reach for a Miller High Life. 

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