New Beer: Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

A couple weekends ago at the beach Jonah came home with two six packs of this:

I had no clue what it was and I’d never heard of it. But, in honor of DC Beer Week, I thought I’d share this summer-only gem of a find with you.

It’s a wheat blend beer with natural lemon flavor in it. It’s a hefeweizen mixed with lemonade. It’s a beer Arnold Palmer. It’s Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy.

And with a name like that, how can you resist. Ladies, indulge…it’s only 130 calories and zero fat. Guys, get your koozie. I realize Summer Shandy isn’t necessarily the most masculine name in the world.

Enjoy! But enjoy soon – distribution stops at the end of August!

Cork and Fork – Wines and A Beer To Try

I recently visited Cork and Fork for a preview of the store set to open this Saturday down on 14th Street. You can check out my blog post at Borderstan for more info on the store and the owners.

Over here I thought I’d share with you the wines and beer I tasted because they were PHENOMENAL! Take whatever you think of reds, whites and ciders and just chuck ’em out the window (right in the humid, gross mess that is DC right now).

Ruche was a really delicious, light tasting red. It wasn’t heavy in your mouth or leave your tongue feeling velvety at all. It’s a red I could actually drink throughout a hot summer and not feel that blagh, gross feeling you sometimes get when drinking reds in the sun.

Les Rials was a super sweet smelling wine that turned out to be a not-so-sweet white with tropical notes (or so Dominique told me, to which I said, “mmhhhmm, oh yes! I can taste that!”). The name has a really cool meaning and story to go along with it. Ask Dominique, he’ll tell you and you’ll fall for the swoon-worthy French accent and his super approachable way of talking about wine.

Finally, I had a beer, that is, if you mean alcoholic apple juice :) This was tasty, but quite sweet and a far cry from your Hornsby or Woodchuck. But still, cider-lovers, you’ll delight in this refreshing and crisp libation.

Visit Cork and Fork this Saturday to give them a strong start and a hearty “Welcome!” to the neighborhood. I think you’ll fall ¬†for them as much as I did.