The beers we're talking about are Bloomington Brewing Company's 10-Speed Hoppy Wheat, which was our 2013 Beer of the Year, and the brewery's Bière de Mars.
10-Speed: Slightly hazy and golden-hued, 10-Speed packs piney aromas, subtle tropical fruit nuances and a nice crisp finish. This American-style wheat offers a nice hop punch yet is still light and refreshing enough for a warm summer day.
ABV 5.4%; IBU 34.
Bière de Mars: Springtime brings revival. Doors are thrown open and scents of a blossoming world greet us. We want a refreshing beer to drink along with it. Welcome, Bière de Mars.
With roots in Northern France, Bière de Mars is an offshoot of a style known as Bière de Garde, brewed in early spring, then stored in cool places for consumption throughout the warm summer months.
The Bière de Mars style is meant to be consumed immediately, as freshly as possible. You’ll see why.
The nose greets with aromas of sweet honey, peppercorn and tangerine. Medium-light bodied with bold malt running throughout and peppery spice returning on the tongue. Tettnanger hops develop a nice, earthy and floral flavor and a pleasant, dry finish.
Sounds like the perfect beer to wrap up the days of winter in hopes of a warm spring.
ABV 6.2%; IBU 9.
Finally, congratulations to BBC for finally offering their Rooftop IPA in bottles. And if you're down in Bloomington this week for Bloomington Craft Beer Week, don't miss BBC's events during the week.
1 All beers will actually be tapped at 2pm, but the event doesn't officially start until 5pm.↩