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The Golden Age of Beer

Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV, Belgium
Belgian Golden Ale
ABV 8.5%

It’s a holiday weekend — time to celebrate! April 7 is National Beer Day (a legit-sounding enough holiday). Not ones to turn down a celebration of beer or America, we set out to kick off the weekend properly.

As (recovering) politicos and self-proclaimed booze aficionados, when we learned about this holiday we knew we had to celebrate. National Beer Day commemorates the day in 1933 that FDR signed a law allowing people to brew and sell beer — as long as it was below 4% ABV.

Easter is also celebrated this weekend. How fitting that this monumental piece of legislation began the ressurection of the American beer and spirits industry, as it was the first step in repealing Prohibition.

This effervescent beer is perfect for celebrating. Nearly as crisp and bubbly as champagne, it’s a light golden. This isn’t to say that it is simple. The layers in this beer are distinct and clean but combine to give a near perfect spring beer.

A tart, green apple flavor hits your palate first. A slightly yeasty, sweet maltiness fills in the body of the beer, which finishes with a slight, bright bitterness. We would happily serve and drink this beer at brunch; the light flavor and bubbles lend the right note for Easter or any spring celebration.