I am a seasonal drinker. For some reason in the fall I start craving beer, almost exclusively. Especially the hoppy, bitter, amber or roasty-toasty variety. In tall steins, whenever possible. And as the weather grows colder, to my wife’s chagrin I begin to favor brown liquors. Spring is usually all about vodka, and summer usually means light ales or pilsners. Wine is an all year round thing. I tell you this not to illustrate the fact that I have a Problem, but that sometimes the right beverage is capable of enhancing the native festivity of a given season. Do you buy the premise? I recently had the Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale from Petaluma’s own microbrewery, Lagunitas. We’re running out of time to drink this one because I think it’s more fitting for warmer weather, but WOW! This is by far the best smelling-est beer I’ve EVER had. It smells bizarrely good: pungently floral, crisp, ambrosial. If I’m totally on the real, it even oddly smells a little like Humboldt County. Tastes pretty great, too. This is one for your rotation. You can pick it up at Good Beer, Thrifty, or even here. It’s New York City, you can probably find it anywhere.
Tune in soon for some Octoberfest favorites!