If you look around at the wine, beer and spirits media, the “Summer Drinking Recommendations” are ubiquitous.
They’re like Ray Bans and Katy Perry songs–turn to the left, you got em. Step out of the subway? Bam! Two people wearing Ray Bans greet you at the top of the stairs.
And walk into any bar, store, gym, club, hot dog hut, nail salon, barber shop, BMW dealership, emergency room, animal pound, tattoo parlor, yoga studio or McDonald’s and you’ll either hear “Firework,” “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)” or “Extraterrestrial“. Its a sickness, people! We’re being brainwashed! At any moment, Katy will step forward with her strategies for balancing the budget and finding harmony between the Democrats and the Tea Party…and by God, it will work!
So, that’s my long-winded way of saying that its time to throw my hat in the ring. Keep it simple: there are two things to drink this summer. Two things to bring to a baby shower. Two things that will please any crowd, any refined drinker. Two things that will make you cool. Two things that will get you laid: Saison and Sparkling.
To quickly break it down: Saison is a Belgian farmhouse style ale. After almost disappearing into the ethers of time, Saison is now one of the hottest styles in the craft beer world. Typically low in alcohol (somewhere between 5-8% abv), they often are pale in color (slightly orange or sometimes golden) and have a fruity, spicy character with a zip of tartness, finishing dry. (Hot damn, I’m thirsty just writing that).
Sparkling is wine with bubbles. Yep, that’s it. But, oh, the range. Dry, sweet, taut, fat, round, lean, simple or complex; if its got bubbles, its perfect. And if you haven’t got your mind around the pink ones yet, get your head out of the past. There is flavor there, my friend. Embrace the Rosé. Hell, I’m wearing my pink panties right now in solidarity! Well, okay they’re more like boxers…and they’re more like blue…but you get it.
Two things: Saison and Sparkling. It’s the new summer anthem.