The Beer of the Month for April is Samuel Smith’s Alpine Lager. Perhaps my favorite lager, it is not at all a “spring beer.” While I have spent most of this unseasonably warm April catching up on my Summer Ale and Corona consumption, this guy is winning for a simple reason — it’s damn good and I haven’t had one since April 2007. Brewed in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, England, I was first introduced to this beer at the Earl of Lonsdale pub in Notting Hill, London. If you are ever in the area I suggest checking it out — they carry a full selection of Samuel Smith’s beers and are just about the cheapest place to score a pint in one on London’s most pricey neighborhoods (think of getting a Brooklyn lager for $2 in Manhattan). While any good beer store will most likely carry Samuel Smith’s Tadcaster, Oatmeal Stout, or Organic brews, the Alpine Lager has proven to be elusive. If you know of a great beer store take a look for it — it won’t disappoint.