With the Super Bowl in New Orleans this Sunday, every TV show in the country is showing people how to celebrate like they do in NOLA: gumbo, jambalaya, etc. But I say if you want to party like a local, you really should be drinking a brandy milk punch or a sazerac.
I’ve always loved cocktails. But the problem as of late has more to do with bar chefs clouding the flavors of the hard-to-source, sought-after spirirts that are supposed to shine through. Does every other drink have to contain elderflower (St. Germain) or a rosemary/blueberry/fill-in-the-blank syrup? Sometimes, I just want a simple, straightforward cocktail, like this all-American classic.
When I first heard this week’s BotW, I thought there was some Star Wars connection. But when The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper told me it was connected to the Firestone family – yes, the same one that produce tires – I thought, how good could this possibly be? Turns out, if you like your beers deep and dark, with more than a hint of rye, you’re going to love this week’s pick. Cheers.
One would think recipes – at least in the beer brewing world – would be secret. But The Hopleaf‘s Mike Roper says there have been a lot of collaborations lately. Today’s BotW is no exception. It’s a team effort between Grand Rapids brewery Vivant and Colorado’s New Belgium. They’ve produced a lovely (and high alcohol) biere de garde, a French style that is absolutely perfect with the cheese course you might be serving at your next party. Cheers.
This week, The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper is looking all the way east, to Portland, Maine, where the Allagash Brewery is producing a series of beers in honor of some of their heroes of sustainability. They begin with Hugh Malone, whom I’ve never heard of, but who fronts a rather fresh-tasting Belgian style IPA this week. Cheers.
For our final BotW for 2012 (can’t believe we started this feature almost a year ago), The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper is thinking seasonal, harvest ales. These are beers that are ready to drink. Right now. So go grab one, and tell a friend to join you for a taste of the season, as in fresh hops. Cheers to a happy new year.
Usually, a brewer will be more than happy to let you know what’s inside the bottle. But this week’s pick – courtesy of the Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco – is a mystery. Even though they don’t tell you what’s inside their Christmas beer, The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper has a pretty good idea. Here’s wishing you a thirst-quenching holiday season. Cheers.