Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on recent remarkable beverages. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Brian Kaufenberg, Editor-in-Chief
■ Lakefront Fixed Gear American Red IPA
Lakefront Brewery is Milwaukee’s stalwart craft brewery, and their year-round Fixed Gear is a reliable fixture of their lineup. The red IPA pours burgundy with a white, rocky head, and grainy sweetness and grassy hops hit the nose on the aroma. The robust body coats the tongue with a raisin and malt character, before finishing with a firm hop bitterness. It’s workman and straightforward, yet full of flavor to keep your attention the whole glass through. Best enjoyed at the brewery as you watch the Milwaukee River flow into Lake Michigan—but a six-pack at home works, too.
■ Schell’s Hefeweizen
■ J. Carver Runestone Straight Rye Whiskey
■ Urban Growler Oak Aged Imperial Red Ale with Frontenac Grapes
■ Blacklist Makrut Wit
Lauren Sauer, Editorial Assistant
■ Castle Danger Danger Ale
As this issue is all things Great Lakes, I wanted to highlight one of my favorite North Shore breweries. Check. I wanted to highlight a beer that I return to time and time again, regardless of the season—highly drinkable with a touch of bitterness. Check, and check. This search led me to Two Harbors’ Castle Danger, throwing it back to their very first flagship recipe. This American strong ale is dangerously drinkable with a 6.5 percent ABV. Malt forward flavor, a slight bitterness, and a nice dry finish make this the perfect beer to enjoy on a cool North Shore summer’s eve.
■ Vikre Boreal Cedar Gin
■ Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing IPA
■ Ballast Point Wahoo White
■ Domaine des Charbonnières Beaujolais Blanc 2014
John Garland, Deputy Editor
■ Bonny Doon 2017 La Bulle-Moose de Cigare
It’s been a long winter full of dour cabernets and serious syrah. Now that it’s sunny and humid, pink wine season is in full swing. It seems like with every new spring, the number of canned wines on shelves has doubled from the year prior, and the more I taste them, the less skeptical I’ve become. Bonny Doon’s La Bulle-Moose isn’t a wine for sniffing and contemplating, rather it’s an ideal picnic wine—fizzy, fun, pale pink, and food-friendly. It’s the southern Rhône grapes (grenache, mourvedre, etc.) in a light and easy sip that cries out for a baguette, some cheese, and an afternoon with nothing to do.
■ Lake Monster Calhoun Claw Pilsener
■ Yamazaki 12-Year Single Malt Whisky
■ Eastlake Electric Mayhem IPA
■ Corsair Distillery Triple Smoke American Malt Whiskey
Kate Murphy, Assistant Editor
■ New Holland Tangerine Space Machine
Throwing their brewing hat into the haze craze ring, Tangerine Space Machine is New Holland’s first NEIPA—and it’s a juicy, thirst-quenching antidote after an afternoon out in the sun. A wallop of freshly peeled tangerines and oranges permeates the aroma up front, followed by the same zesty, citrus complexity on the palate. A subdued biscuity note, touch of grass, and pithy bitterness soon intertwines—keeping the sweet fruit flavors from overstaying their welcome on the tongue.
■ Adelsheim Vineyard 2017 Willamette Valley Rosé
■ Bent Paddle Paddle Break Blonde
■ Excelsior A Day at the Peach Kettle Sour
■ Modelo Negra