Though bière de Mars is still brewed in Alsace today, many of my favorite beers made in this style are modern variations produced by American brewers. Of these, one of the most refreshing I've had is Martian Spring from Strangeways Brewing in Richmond, Virginia. Head brewer Mike Hiller uses a glut of American hops including Simcoe, Citra, and Centennial to produce an aromatic farmhouse ale with pungent citrus and tropical fruit notes. The beer's prickly carbonation creates a clean, snappy finish that would have been perfect with our haphazard picnic of spicy Calabrian salami, aged New York cheddar, and store-bought chips and guac. With some better planning we might have served it with a bright salad of fresh haricots verts and sharp green garlic, or alongside a baguette with some gooey young cheeses.