Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on recent remarkable beverages. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Brian Kaufenberg, Editor-in-Chief
New Glarus Summer Sour
This June, I found myself traveling through New Glarus, Wisconsin, the very same weekend the eponymous brewery was doing a bottle release of their newest R&D beer, Summer Sour. This spontaneously fermented ale, made with 1,000 pounds of peaches and aged in oak tanks, has been three-and-a-half years in the making and it’s well worth the wait. Bone dry and complexly layered with musty Brett notes, ripe peach, and black tea aromas, this is an incredible exploration of the Belgian lambic tradition.
Tj Turner, Photo Editor
Bent Paddle Pilot Batch Petit Gris Grisette
Summertime for me is all about finding those perfect accompaniments to a sunny day spent on the lake. A perfect choice is the Petit Gris Grisette from Bent Paddle’s Pilot batch. It’s full-bodied and lightly effervescent, with notes of lemon and a dry finish. Bent Paddle’s Petit Gris results from a combination of young stainless-fermented grisette and oak-aged Brett saison to produce a low-ABV, grain-forward beer. Coming in at 4.2% ABV, this beer is great for drinking on a hot summer day and won’t go to your head too quickly.
John Garland, Deputy Editor
White Wine from Sicily
I love a sauvignon blanc in the summer, but this month’s Wine Time column (pg. 60) reminded me that there’s a wealth of different flavors I’m missing out on by sticking to the famous international grapes. I’m seeking out white wines from places like Sicily, Greece, Austria, and Croatia that showcase serious terroir with native and lesser-known varieties. Sicilian white wines—especially from the inzolia,
grillo, catarratto, and grecanico grapes—are perfect for warm weather. Lemony, acidic, minerally, and dry, they’re Mediterranean sunshine in a bottle.
Zach McCormick, Social Media Coordinator
Firestone Walker Pivo Pilsner
You know, we have a lot of fun here at The Growler, but today, I’m here to talk to you about something serious: Hop Burnout. If you’ve found yourself midway through the latest Citra-bomb and struggling to finish, there’s no need to be embarrassed. Hop Burnout is a condition affecting IPA drinkers all over the world. Listen to your body, and carefully reincorporate hops with piney Pilsners like this tasty one from Firestone Walker. Crisp and drinkable with just enough hop flavor to prevent withdrawal symptoms, talk to your doctor about Pivo Pilsner today.