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6 St. Louis craft beer releases to catch this spring

The season of new beginnings also means new entrants into the St. Louis beer scene from familiar faces and newcomers alike. We spoke to area breweries about what they’re brewing up this spring.

Feb. 21: Schlafly Beer Hazed for Days 12-Pack
Fans of hazy beer will love this new variety pack featuring three exclusive brews as well as the popular year-round Just a Bit Hazy IPA. The exclusive beers are Mighty Hazy Double IPA, Lightly Hazed Lager and Wavy Hazy Citrus Wheat. Each brew is also available at Schlafly’s four brewpubs.

Feb. 25: Scratch Brewing Co. Honey Beer
Brewed with 55 pounds of local honey, this tripel-style beer is sure to warm you up from head to toe. The flavor profile is a mix of clove, light stone fruit and bubble gum. At 8.9% ABV, Honey Beer is meant to be sipped and savored.

Feb. 28: Main & Mill Mint-Chocolate Chip
The latest in Main & Mill’s Daze series, this Mint-Chocolate Chip stout will fulfill all your Girl Scout cookie-meets-beer dreams. Its flavor comes from cacao nibs and fresh mint with a smooth finish thanks to the addition of oats and a pump of nitrogen. If you’ve been hesitant to try a stout, this is a great place to start.

March 1: Earthbound Beer Precocious Cowboy
As its name suggests, this springtime gose is on the early side of the area’s spring releases - and we’re not mad about it. Fermented with apricots, the aromatic 5.8%-ABV beer has an unforgettable salty, fruity tang.

March 3: Wellspent Brewing Co. BAQ
This 12.5%-ABV quad beer was aged for 20 months in Weller whiskey and Appleton Estate rum barrels. Because of the long aging process, BAQ bursts with oak, char and whiskey flavors plus hints of dark stone fruits, chocolate and molasses.

May: Old Bakery Beer Co. Guava Up River IPA
Just in time for a new go-to summer IPA, Old Bakery will launch this juicy, tropical IPA that adds guava to their year-round IPA. Organic and packed full of Washington and Oregon hops, what more could you ask for in a fruity summertime brew?

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