Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Great Lakes Brewing Company Turntable Pilsner – Maddie Greene, Social Media Coordinator
This time of year always brings memories from my childhood. When you grow up in small town Ohio, autumn is the best and only season that really matters. Some of my fondest memories revolve around hanging out with my friends before football games with the music as loud as it could go. This Pilsner from Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, Ohio, makes me feel like I’m at home when I’m hundreds of miles away.
Broadbent Rainwater Madeira – Joseph Alton, Editor-in-Chief
Madeira is a fortified wine produced in the Portuguese archipelago of the same name. Most often served as an aperitif or digestif, Madeira dates back to the Age of Discovery but has recently been regaining popularity in the United States. Broadbent’s Rainwater is a medium-dry iteration with aromas of fresh flowers, apple, and brown sugar. Gentle sweetness and subtle salinity make for a very balanced sip. Bold citrus and toffee flavors fill the palate and carry the Rainwater to an abrupt, honey-lipped finish. Try it with a pre- or post-dinner cheese course or a creme brulee.
Number 12 Cider House Sparkling Dry – Kate Murphy, Editorial Assistant
When the calendar turns to October, I can’t help but rave about the crisply cool air or how Mother Nature’s green palette is transformed into a vivid autumnal showcase of red, orange, gold, and brown. But keep those pumpkin-spiced lattes away. For me, I’m all about the apple, and Buffalo, Minnesota’s Number 12 Cider House has just what I’m looking for. Created from 10 varieties of locally grown apples, this dry cider bites with tartness. Flavors of green apple skins and lemon pith bitterness develop the overall structure and are soon accented by a Champagne-like mouthfeel, mellow fruity sweetness, and a lingering earthiness. Tart and tannic, but an absolute treat.
Sierra Nevada / Brauhaus Miltenberger 2017 Oktoberfest Festbier – Brian Kaufenberg, Managing Editor
Being of German heritage, the weeks-long Oktoberfest season combines everything I love: fresh pretzels, sausages and kraut, and liters of delicious lager. I have yet to make the pilgrimage to the official fest in Germany, but with Sierra Nevada’s 2017 Oktoberfest made in collaboration with Brauhaus Miltenberger, I can almost taste it. This top-notch festbier has toasty, doughy malt notes, a crisp, near-dry body, and a pleasing hop bitterness that keep you coming back for another sip. Though the festival itself may be ending soon, I think I’ll keep the party going a little longer with another six-pack of this festbier.
Ercole 2015 Barbera del Monferrato DOC – John Garland, Senior Editor
This versatile red wine from Northern Italy will go with late-season Friday grill-outs, Saturday braises, or Sunday potlucks. Stash it in the fridge for a few minutes until it hits cellar temperature, 55 degrees or so, and you’ll get leathery tannins on the nose, lively acids to begin the sip, then blackberry and prune plum fruit until those tannins come back and dry out the finish. Medium-bodied, dry as a bone, and well balanced, it’s a no-brainer with anything tomato-sauced, and a one-liter bottle makes it a great value at $17.