Posted On: 06/01/2012
It’s summer, so pull out your sunglasses, lawn chairs and these refreshing summer seasonals to help you make it through the humid Midwest heat.
– Cory King, certified Cicerone and brewer at Perennial Artisan Ales
Goose Island Summertime Kölsch beers are one of the few German Ales available and one of the most popular German styles brewed in the U.S. This Goose Island Summertime Kölsch has a pale yellow hue that’s gold around the edges. It smells of a grass field and finishes smooth with a hint of marmalade and lemon.
Schlafly AIPA My saving grace during our long, sticky summer: Schlafly AIPA. A strong American IPA brewed with the fantastic Simcoe, Centennial and Amarillo hops, it explodes with big aromatics described as citrus, pine and floral. A silky, balanced backbone complements the awakening bitterness and robust punch of alcohol.
Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy A shandy is often a blend of a beer and a citrus-flavored soda. For the summer, Leinenkugel offers this refreshing, lemonade-like, carbonated beer. With a brilliant golden straw color and a snow-white head, it’s perfect for any session drinking during a hot and humid day of outdoor activities.
Glenn Bardgett, Annie Gunn’s wine director and a member of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board, weighs in on which wines to drink this month. Check your favorite wine shop or liquor store for availability.
Roth Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Alexander Valley, Calif. Blended with 2-percent Viognier, the bright acidity of this northern Sonoma sauvignon blanc is screaming for your attention. Cold shrimp, fresh oysters or even just simple fish and chips will benefit from mingling with the exciting flavors of this $18 white.
“R2” (R Squared) Vin Blancs White Rhone Blend 2010, Santa Barbara, Calif. From Roger and Richard Roessler (hence R2) comes this smile-producing, palate-pleasing blend of Viognier, Roussannne and Grenache Blanc. A few months of aging in older oak barrels allows the creamy texture to develop. Great for dinner or sipping while watching your favorite cooking show; at about $25, it will please your guests – even those sweet-wine-drinking relatives.
Château Font Mars Picpoul de Pinet 2011, Languedoc, France This aromatic and fun white is from the Piquepoul grape and grown in the region of Picpoul, in the Languedoc of southern France. Tropical and intriguing, there aren’t many $12 French wines with this much “drink me, drink me” going on.
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