We only have one month of summer left! As much as I love fall in Boston (crisp air, colorful leaves, and a break from the heat), I’m not quite ready for summer to be over. There are many more drinks to be enjoyed on the patio, steaks and veggies to be grilled, and – with any luck – another day at the beach.
While I normally stick with light, refreshing seasonal beer throughout the summer, I’ve made my way through an interesting array of cocktails and wines as well. A huge discovery for me was the Pimm’s Cup, an unbelievably quenching cocktail built around Pimm’s No. 1, a fruity, floral, and herbal gin-based spirit. With lemon juice, simple syrup, club soda, and relatively low alcohol content, it makes a great daytime sipper on a lazy summer day. With wines, my favorite has been the 2012 Hada Verdejo-Viura, a Spanish white wine from the Rueda region. With snappy, bright citrus aromas that follow through to a delicate, lingering finish, this has been my standby wine for seafood dishes all summer. Of course, when it’s time for a beer I continue to stand by my old fallback – Schöfferhofer Grapefruit. Half weisse beer, half grapefruit juice, this beer has all of the classic hefewiezen characteristics (banana/clove in the nose, bready malt on the palette) complemented superbly with tart, aromatic grapefruit. Don’t like fruit in your beer? Take a deep breath and try it – you won’t be disappointed.
A quick introduction as well – my name is Jeff and this is my first week with the Bauer team. I’m really looking forward to meeting you all and hope I can introduce myself to you next time you’re in the store!
Pimm’s No. 1 – Regular Price: $21.99, Sale Price: $16.99
2012 Hada Verdejo-Viura (Rueda) – Regular Price: $12.99, Sale Price: $9.99
Schöfferhofer Grapefruit – Regular Price: $8.99, Sale Price: $7.99