Robert Kasak Position: Co-owner Years in the industry: 4 612 Brewing Minneapolis I like to drink with the season, so I like hefeweizen and other wheat beers. They usher out the darker beers from the winter months. Our hefeweizen, Cloud Wars, is the springtime version of our darker wheat beer, Dark Clouds. I think my favorite springtime beer is probably the Schell’s Maibock because they serve it in May, which is the right time of the year to have it.
Ryan Lear Position: Bartender Years in the industry: 10 Bad Weather Brewing St. Paul My favorite type of springtime beer is the Bavarian hefeweizen style for several reasons. Coming from a home-brewing background, they are very simple and quick to brew. The other thing about hefeweizens is that the yeast produces a nice fruity flavor profile. Hefeweizens are meant to be served with the yeast. So, if you buy a hefeweizen in the store—if it’s worth anything—you’ll notice there is a small layer of gunk at the bottom. You’re meant to swirl that into your glass, otherwise you won’t get the full flavor. It’s perfect for when it starts warming up and you want to be outside with a refreshing beer that is lighter, but has a little bit more to it. It’s also my summer beer of choice.
Katie McKnight and Joe Rossiter Position: Bartenders/supervisors Years in the industry: 7 and 2 Lake Monster Brewing St. Paul Joe: A Rolling Rock by the campfire. Katie: Yeah, or Moon Man [from New Glarus Brewing], but that requires a drive up to Wisconsin.
Frank Johnson Position: Bartender Years in the industry: 10 Sisyphus Brewing Minneapolis Haha, sure. In the springtime I like a good West Coast IPA because it’s refreshing but still got some girth to it.