Posted On: 07/01/2012
An ice-cold beer always sounds best when the temps skyrocket into truly blazing territory. But here are a few summer seasonal beers I wish were available all year long.
– Cory King, certified Cicerone and brewer at Perennial Artisan Ales
Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale This hoppy, American blond ale is my go-to session beer for the summer. Sweet caramels on the tongue are offset by just enough palate-cleaning bitterness and hop resin to make this full-flavored yet light beer almost too easy to drink.
4 Hands Prussia 4 Hands brewed a wonderful take on the traditional German Berliner Weissbier with Prussia. It pours like a cloudy grapefruit juice with aromatics of white grapes and rose petals. A bright lemon tartness up front is followed by a lasting, medium-bodied, wheat-bread finish.
Odell St. Lupulin Light, dry and hoppy, this is a great all-around beer. Perfectly clear with a pale golden color, tropical fruits, orchard fruits and citrus peel dominate the aroma and flavor of this American pale ale. A dry cracker, low to medium body ties everything together.
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.
Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Blanc Les Princes Abbés 2009, Alsace, France This 200-plus-year-old winery makes highly extracted wines from low-yield vineyards, making their bottles tremendous values. Floral and fruity yet made for serious red-wine foods, this $18 nearly dry white pinot doesn’t back down from any red meat placed in front of it.
Domaine Pichot Vouvray Le Peu de la Moriette 2011, Loire, France Whenever I taste a bright, young Vouvray, I wonder why more people don’t drink these delicious chenin blancs from western France. Old vines and a little barrel aging add up to mouth-filling pleasure. Slight sweetness is perfect for your tomato-and-mozzarella salads, while spicy foods are also happy with this $18 beauty nearby.
Firestone Riesling 2009, Santa Ynez, Calif. Everyone should have a bucket-full of this riesling for their Fourth of July party. This $12 white is exactly what I want to be drinking on a hot St. Louis summer day. With residual sugar that’s counterbalanced by acid and a low pH level, this will make your burgers and brats smile. Just be sure to buy enough; you won’t want to run out on a holiday.
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