Seasonal Beer Pullout

Spice Spice Baby

Type: Spicy wheat beer

Brewery: MashCraft Brewing Co.

Alcohol by volume: 5.5 percent

What is it? “It’s a wheat beer with camomile, orange peel, ginger and clove that makes for a very unique beer.” — Andrew Castner, head brewer

Released: Feb. 18

Ninja Skillz

Type: Black India pale ale, aka American black ale

Brewery: Mashcraft Brewing Co.

Alcohol by volume: 5.8 percent

What is it? “It’s what is called an American black ale — it has hops like a pale ale, and we use Cascade hops, but it’s black in color due to the malt that we use.” — Castner

Released: Feb. 25

The Deep

Type: Oatmeal stout

Brewery: MashCraft Brewing Co.

What is it? “It’s an oatmeal stout, a second running of an oatmeal stout that we did back in July. We’re bringing it back because of its popularity. A really nice oatmeal stout with some nice mouth feel, some chocolate and roast character to it.” — Castner

Released: March 4

Biere de Mars

Brewery: Taxman Brewing Co.

Alcohol by volume: 7.2 percent

What is it? It’s a common Belgian style for spring, designed for immediate spring consumption. It’s a reddish golden ale, rye-forward amber, with a lot of clean spice and earthy malt notes to it. It’ll be malty and slightly sweet.” — Colin McCloy, head brewer

Released: First week of March

Belgian Pale Ale

Brewery: Taxman Brewing Co.

Alcohol by volume: 4.8 percent

What is it? “This is one of our rotating Belgian pale ales. For this one, we’re using hops that accentuate orange and grapefruit. It’s a session pale ale.” — McCloy

Released: March 6 or 7

Vienna-style lager

Brewery: Oaken Barrel Brewing Co.

Alcohol by volume: About 5 percent

What is it? “We wanted to do an homage to the fire department, which is celebrating an anniversary soon. We’re planning on releasing that later this spring. It’s kind of a traditional European-style lager. It’s an old style, light and crisp like a lager, but it has a little more character to it.” — Sara Turner, lead brewer

Release: April

Death and Taxes

Type: Imperial Belgian stout

Brewery: Taxman Brewing Co.

Alcohol by volume: 12.5 percent

What is it? “It’s a very robust and rich, deep-roasted stout with Belgian esters. Added on top of it, we added some Indonesian vanilla. We brewed it a couple months ago, to let the alcohol settle a little bit. But we also split the batch up and will be offering a two-month barrel-aged version of it.” — McCloy

Release: April 18

German altbier

Brewery: MashCraft Brewing Co.

What is it? “This is a German-style red ale that typically comes from Dussendorf in Germany. It has a nice hop presence and pours really nicely.” — Castner

Released: March 11

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Ryan Trares is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2727.