Warmer days and longer nights have us craving crisp, fruity brews with near-alarming intensity; thankfully, we've found a handful of options that fit the bill. Keep reading for five picks that will see you through Spring happy hours — and beyond — in style.
Anchor California Lager
We're admittedly partial to anything local favorite Anchor Brewing brews up, but bias aside, this robust lager  is an excellent option for those looking to branch out into heavier styles of beer, like IPAs. Prominent notes of toasted hops invite on first whiff, giving way to a flavor that's a hair more bitter than the typical lager, ending with a crisp and refreshing finish. Bonus: a portion of the proceeds from Anchor California Lager case sales will support a new partnership with the California State Parks Foundation .
He'Brew Hop Manna IPA
Kitschy name aside, Shmaltz Brewing Company's beers mean business — the company just opened its own New York State production brewery, and its delightfully floral Hop Manna IPA  even took home a gold medal at the World Beer Championships. While this brew has many positive attributes, we most appreciated how drinkable it is while maintaining a complex bitter finish typical of the style.
Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer
A bit earthier, less fizzy, and spicier than nonalcoholic ginger beer, Crabbie's  is otherwise a near-perfect analogue to the refreshing soda and could be subbed for that 1:1 in cocktails. We'll be trying it in a dark and stormy , as well as sipping it over ice with a squeeze of lime for a lighter option.
Pliny the Elder
Pliny the Elder  and its elusive sister-brew Pliny the Younger are practically cult favorites amongst beer aficionados, and for good reason. Crack a bottle open, and a grassy-green, hop-forward aroma wafts out, followed by notes of orange zest and clove for a complex perfume; take a sip, and those flavors linger on the palate, with a bitter, almost tannic finish. While lovely sipped without food, we're even more eager to pair it with a rich and meaty dish like Cuban mojo pork  or a platter of assorted charcuterie.
Our day-drinking-friendly, picnic pick of the bunch, Trumer Pils  hits a perfect balance of crisp and malty and has a lingering, pleasant bitter finish. We'll be enjoying a bottle throughout the balmy Spring and Summer seasons.