Guinness on Tuesday announced the release of their new Salt & Lime Ale. Photo courtesy of Quinn Collins.

Beer-drinkers will have a new beverage to enjoy this spring and summer with Guinness’s Salt & Lime Ale, the brewery announced on Tuesday.

The pale yellow ale, which has a 5% ABV, pairs sea salt harvested right from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay with notes of tart key lime puree and biscuit.

Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore has released more than 300 limited-edition, experimental beers over the last two years, and there has been a strong market demand for the “fruit-forward taste and drinkability” that the Salt & Lime Ale offers, Guinness officials said.

“Guinness is all about honoring tradition with our own unique and iconic spin,” Peter Wiens, the Brew Master at Guinness Open Gate Brewery Baltimore, said in a statement. “Our historic yeast that makes our stouts so special is used in almost every experimental beer we create, and Salt & Lime Ale is no exception. It represents much of why we’re here in America. To innovate and create is also at the core of the Guinness tradition, and we’re excited to indulge, and maybe even surprise, people with this crisp and refreshing tasting ale.”

Guinness said the beer’s flavor is “suitable for any occasion, but it was truly built for enjoying on warm, sunny days spent outdoors” as drinkers dine al fresco.

The salt and lime flavor will pair well with “bright, acidic” appetizers chips and salsa, guacamole, and salad with grilled chicken and citrus vinaigrette. It will also complement contrasting flavors like spicy Korean BBQ or tacos al pastor, Guinness officials recommend.

Customers can purchase the Salt & Lime Ale for a limited time this spring and summer at the brewery’s taproom, and in six packs of 12-ounce cans at stores in Maryland, D.C., and Northern Virginia.

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