[Osburn On Tap] Thank Phil for an early spring

If you are anything like me, you are probably fairly happy about what transpired on February 2nd at Gobbler’s Knob inOsburn on Tap by Chris Osburn Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Punxsutawney Phil, the greatest meteorologist in the world, did NOT see his shadow when he emerged from his burrow to the delight of thousands of revelers and people all over the more northern parts of this great country. According to lore, if Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more week of winter. If he doesn’t, spring will come early. Thanks, Phil!

Since weather.com said we had a -4 wind chill last night, I very much welcome an early spring. Early spring means that even in the doldrums of February, I can start thinking and talking about spring beers. I figure if I get in a more spring like state of mind and imbibe spring beers while I wear shorts around my house with the heat cranked up, the snow will melt away and bright, blue sunny days are just around the corner.

Here are some beers to help get you into the spring mood. I’ll start with the brews to enjoy when snow is still melting and work my way all the way to those warm, bright days when cleaning snow drifts off of your car is just a memory.

Bocks (February and March):

Anchor Brewing Company’s Anchor Bock Beer – 5.5% ABV

Genesee Brewing Company’s Genesee Bock – 5.2% ABV

Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Solstice Lagunator Ale – 6.8% ABV

Narragansett Brewing Company’s Narragansett Bock-7% ABV

Spoetzl Brewing Company’s Shiner Bock – 4.4% ABV

Stouts (February and March):

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s Sierra Nevada Stout – 5.8% ABV

Beamish and Crawford’s Beamish Stout – 4.10% ABV

St. James’s Gate Brewery’s Guinness Draught – 4.2% ABV

The Matt Brewing Company’s Saranac Irish Stout – 5.5% ABV

Murphy Brewery’s Murphy’s Irish Stout – 4% ABV

Fruit Beers (April and May):

Magic Hat Brewing Company’s #9 – 5.10% ABV

Boston Beer Company’s Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat – 5.3% ABV

Pete’s Brewing Company’s Pete’s Wicked Strawberry Blonde – 5% ABV

Sea Dog Brewing Company’s Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale – 4.6% ABV

Great Divide Brewing Company’s Wild Raspberry Ale – 5.6% ABV

Wheat Beers (May-Summer!):

Magic Hat Brewing Company’s Circus Boy – 4.4% ABV

Harpoon Brewery’s UFO – 5.1% ABV

Goose Island Beer Company’s 312 Urban Wheat – 4,2% ABV

Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Hop Sun – 4.9% ABV

Lagunitas Brewing Company’s A little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale – 7.5% ABV

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