Today is National Beer Day but I’m not a beer drinker or at least not a regular beer drinker- and maybe that’s why Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss has become my summer drink on the deck with dinner. I wanted something light, with a fruity-ish flavor and some alcoholic fizz and I want it when I walk in the door. Yeah!
Okay, maybe it’s not light in calories, but it is light in taste and not really sweet. I’m a wine drinker, but my tastes are evolving. In college we could only afford 3.2 beer, so that’s what I drank though I didn’t enjoy it much. When I could afford wine, inexpensive but sweet wine was my choice. Slowly I’ve been tasting and exploring adding new things here and there. I’ve moved from sweet, to more complex in my wine drinking and today Berry Weiss my drink of choice on national beer day.
Leinenkugel also has Summer Shandy and a Lemon Berry, but the Berry Weiss is my favorite. The berry flavor isn’t the artifical syrup taste you get in the iced teas, but more of a real berry flavor. It has a nice foam on top when it’s poured out. It still has a beer taste, but definitely a fruity beer. If you are a beer lover, this may not be your thing, but if you are a wine drinker looking for a fruity beer, this one is pretty good – especially for a summer drink. Only a few more weeks of sitting on the deck sipping something cool before the time change and we’re in the dark at dinnertime, so enjoy!
So today I was home late and took my son out to eat. The kitchen is a mess and I didn’t want to work the mixed drinks, so tonight – I had a Shocktop Raspberry Wheat which is a pale ale. I’m trying to find a fruity beer I like. I like wine and mixed drinks a lot, but my tastes change as I get older and I’m trying out new things. Is it real beer/ale? Depends on how you like your beer. I shared it with my family at Easter, my mother in law thought it tasted like beer, my sisters in law enjoyed it, one more than the other. Here’s what I think.
The foam starts out thick but dissipates pretty quickly. The aroma is raspberry syrup strong, kind of like you get in the raspberry lemonades that they are making everywhere. Not bad, but sweeter than real raspberries. The taste is wheaty with some raspberry flavor. Every time I drink it, the aroma makes me think I’m going to get more raspberry than the taste. It doesn’t totally match up. The label says to pour into the glass and then swirl the bottle around to pick up the citrus and coriander. I think I taste the citrus and like it, but I’m not sure I get the coriander – probably I just need a few more sips.
It’s a lighter beer – which I do like better – I’m a girl and deciding to try beer out again after deciding in my 20s that it wasn’t my thing, so sue me. I’m going to keep trying, I’m not good at the beer thing, but like coffee, I’m going to expand my horizons. Would I get Shocktop again? Not sure – I might, but I think I’ll play the field a little longer. I want to try some lambics and microbrews.
So help me out – what do you think I would enjoy?
As you all know I am a true blue carnivore, but every once in while the mood strikes me to not eat meat at every single meal. Like today. Sure, I had some chorizo in the freezer that I could have used, but went for something decidedly different – vegetarian chili. Now had I entered this recipe in a Texas chili cook-off I’d be disqualified for two reasons – no meat and it has beans. I dedicate this meal to our fellow blogger Robin.
- 1 pound red beans
- 4 28 ounce cans of petite diced tomatoes
- 1 pound mushrooms – chopped
- 1 Vidalia onion – chopped
- 1 large green pepper – chopped
- 1 jalapeno – finely chopped
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 2 TBLSP ground chipotle
- 4-5 stalks of fresh cilantro
- 1-2 TBLSP of salt – depending on your own taste. If you want to reduce the amount of salt, use vegetable broth instead of water. Or add vegetable bouillon.
- Put the beans in a large pot and cover with water. Over low heat, simmer beans for about an hour, make sure the pot is covered.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and 2 cans full of water
- Bring to a boil, stir occasionally.
- Lower heat to bring it to a simmer
- Cook until the broth is thick, stir often.
I like to serve this with a nice hearty bread and an ice cold beer or a glass of wine! Taking some tips from the book, He Said Beer, She Said Wine, I would recommend a double IPA such as Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA and a South African Pinotage Rose.Deb Ng
Looking for something different for your Super Bowl Party this weekend? Try these Beer Battered Onion Rings.
This recipe comes to us courtesy of the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant.
*2 large yellow onions
*2 whole eggs
*2 1/2 cups flour
*1 teaspoon baking powder
*1/2 cup corn starch
*pinch salt and pepper
*1 bottle Gordon Biersch Märzen
*milk enough to soak onion rings
*flour enough to dredge onion rings