Beer Trends Spotted at Sprung Beer Festival 2018 | Miami New Times – Miami New Times

This past weekend, beer lovers from around South Florida celebrated at the annual Sprung Spring Beer Festival.

New for 2018 was an extended selection of food trucks and the Sprung games — highlighted by some very animated wrestling matches.

But at the end of the day, it was all about the beer. Hundreds of IPAs, lagers, and porters were poured to sate the thirst and tastes of all attendees. A keen eye and palate could spot trends in the beers poured.

From a new IPA trend to light and fizzy ways to imbibe, here are the beers to look out for this spring.

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New England IPA. Though West Coast IPAs continue to be popular, New England IPAs popped up all over Sprung. These beers are usually intentionally hazy to impart a creamier experience than the typical dry IPA. In addition, the New England IPAs are less bitter and dank than their West Coast cousins. The result is a sweet citrus taste that recalls tangerine and orange rather than pine and grapefruit. Lord Hobo Brewing Co., hailing from Woburn, Massachusetts, poured its Boom Sauce New England IPA. A fine example, this 7.8 percent ABV beer is made with Mosaic, Ella, and Amarillo hops and has a sweet orangey finish.

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Salty Gose. If you love the taste of a margarita with a salt rim, try Westbrook’s Gose. This light beer from South Carolina starts tart and finishes with a hint of salt. It’s almost as if it were kissed by a sea breeze. This beer screams to be imbibed on a boat or at the beach.

Laine Doss

Juicy berries. These berry beers were coveted at the festival for their

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