4.8% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Pale, cloudy yellow with a high head that lingers.
Aroma: Sour citrus and some wheat.
Taste: Slight tartness with dry, citrus flavors.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied; very smooth for a sour.

Imagine taking a farmhand ale and mixing it with some sour goodness. That’s exactly what you get with Jolly Pumpkin’s Calabaza Blanca, an easy-drinking sour witbier. This would go well with a variety of dishes, and is a perfect start to the spring season.

5% ABV, Can

Appearance: Hazy golden straw, nicely carbonated with a substantial white head that rapidly settles into a thin wisp of foam.
Aroma: Tart smell of fresh lemons with just a hint of grass and pepper.
Taste: Fruity, slightly grainy, dry but quenching finish.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light-bodied, slightly creamy, and smooth.

Brewery Vivant’s Farm Hand might be described as Michigan summer in a glass by way of the French countryside. If that sounds a little vague to you, it’s because “farmhouse ale” is not a particularly well defined style, and the folks at Vivant — taking their cue from traditional French and Belgian brewers — are just fine with that. The beer is mildly acidic, tart and fruity but tempered with earthy and slightly sweet malt notes that practically evaporate on the tongue in a dry, refreshing finish. Eminently drinkable and perfect after a long day on the farm — or a lazy day on the porch.

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