Happy Independence Day!

Beer blog fireworks

I can often be a very oblivious man. I drift along through life totally unaware of time that has passed or of upcoming events or holidays. And so it is that in typical fashion I have let the Fourth of July sneak up on me.

So today I must rush out to buy meat for the barbie and, most importantly, booze for the glasses. I haven’t decided what exactly to serve yet but here are a few ideas.

Beer – Here’s a list of ten summer beers that looks beyond Bud. Of course there’s nothing wrong with a Bud but it’s a holiday so why not try something new? One thing that I’d add to this list is to seek out some local beer. According to the Brewers Association, most Americans today live within 10 miles of a brewery or brewpub. If you live near a brewpub pop in and ask for a couple of growlers of their best summer brew. Keep the jugs on ice and the cap screwed on tight and you can serve your guests some great fresh beer.

Wine – Regular readers of this blog will know by now that I’m a bit of a snob. I can’t help it. Consequently I have a pretty low opinion of Rose’. But no summertime sipper list would be complete without some of the pink stuff. Indeed, despite my snobbishness, I find that I really enjoy a cold Rose’ on a hot day with friends and a bar-b-que. Here’s a nice list of summertime wines.

Cocktails – Want to play bartender? Here’s a handful of some particularly refreshing summertime cocktails. If you want to watch Master Mixoligist Bridget Albert make a caipirinha check this out.

Well, that’s it for me. I have to run to the store.

Happy Fourth!

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