7 Beers for Spring

Some spry, surprising beers to herald (and cheers to) spring


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#1 Tartan

The first brewery to operate in Alexandria, VA since Prohibition, Port City opened two years ago and is already popular in Virginia, the D.C. area and other mid-atlantic states. And they’re releasing this Scottish ale just in time for Tartan Day, the Scottish heritage celebration on April 6.

In beer speak, this is an 80 shilling-style Scottish ale. The style earned its name in the 1800s when beers in Scotland were taxed according to their strength. An 80 shilling tax apparently meant a sessionable and malty brew, featuring mild fruit and caramel notes. This is a limited-release beer, but if you can get your hands on it, try it with some haggis or maybe just some fish and chips.


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