Change of saison is definitely here.
Yes, saison. And that means you should first look for Anchor Saison Spring Ale, a refreshing and tangy production from Anchor Brewing in San Francisco. It's inspired by Belgian-style ales, but this one has a decidedly California accent courtesy of lemon peel, lemongrass and ginger. The result is crisp, herbaceous, and distinctive. The bottle is easily identifiable, with a label that features a 19th century lithograph of the Golden Gate. A couple of these, and you'll become a Giants' fan again. Anchor Saison is about $11 for a six-pack.
As if you need another reason to be nostalgic about the Brooklyn Dodgers, consider two winners from Sixpoint Brewery, one of the borough's colorful, creative producers, Try The Crisp, a snappy, hazy, slightly floral and citrusy pilsner; and Abigale, with notes of dried and dark fruit, that is a full-bodied, local variation on the Belgian Abbey brews. Yes, it is a-big-ale. The Sixpoint brews are available in cans. Figure $10 and up for six-packs.
Roscoe Beer Company's Trout Town Rainbow Red Ale and Trout Town Brown Ale bring you a taste of upstate, via Lake George's Adirondack Pub & Brewery, which bottles them. The brown ale is on the lighter side for the style, but delivers hints of chocolate and coffee; the red ale, smooth and a little citrusy. Both will be ideal lakeside, poolside, maybe watching a rare doubleheader, Each Roscoe brew is $10 to $11 for a six-pack.