SMOKEHOUSE 21’S BEER: SUMMER SOLSTICE

According to the Pope’s calendar, summer’s pretty much over. By now, you’ve probably put away your white white shoes and your white pants and your white dresses.

Not that that much matters much, because, unless you’re among the very brave, white’s never been considered chief among sartorial choices when visiting barbecue joints.

But when the autumnal equinox fast approaches, our seasonal summer beers stand on their last legs.

So if you haven’t yet asked your server to pop a top on a 12-ounce can of Anderson Valley Brewing Company Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema—a coppery-colored summer ale with an ABV of 5.6 percent an an IBU measurement of just 4—now’s you’re chance.

This unusually smooth session beer is perfect for those of you wanting a lighter brew to better complement your food while the weather still hold steady.

Anderson Valley describes their Summer Solstice as “velvety,” which is pretty much on the nose. But it also tastes, faintly, of a vanilla-caramel shortbread cookie, making it a good palate-cleanser between bites and, in a pinch, a fine “dessert.”

So get one while we still got ’em, because once they’re gone, they’re gone.

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