Schlafly Summer Lager

Schlafly, a brewery based out of St. Louis, captured my heart many years ago.  A very close friend of mine from college is from St. Louis and I have visited her and her family in St. Louis many times.  Her brother is a brew master at Schlafly’s and we have visited Schlafly Bottleworks when they lived in Maplewood.  One time I was even sent home with a case full of mislabeled bottles.  Half the fun was trying to guess what kind of brew we would get when we opened each bottle!  I have not met one of their brews that I do not instantly love.

A few years ago, I was thrilled when I noticed a local restaurant carrying Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale.  I love a good pumpkin ale, but a good quality pumpkin brew can be hard to find.  At that point, no where else in the area carried any sort of Schlafly beer, so I would make special trips to this particular restaurant on a regular basis to get my fix.  Thankfully, local grocery stores have started carrying Schlafly beer!  I often buy the variety pack case so that I can sample different types of brews.  I recently found the Summer Lager, which I have never tried.

Basic Info (via bottle and website)

* Bright, golden beer perfect for summertime

* The malts used impart a wonderful, fresh grain character, reminiscient of European lagers

* The German hop, Mittelfruh, lends a mild lemony, spicy flavor

* Available seasonally (April through August)

* ABV: 4.5%

* IBU: 17

* Appearance: Straw colored, bright

* Process: German-style Helles

* Hops: Mittelfrüh, Magnum (DE)

* Grains: Pale, Europils, Carapils ®

* Yeast: German lager

My Notes

This is certainly a nice, light, easy-drinking beer.  Perfect for sitting out back near the fire pit and enjoying some good company.  The lemony and spicy components are not overpowering, but add a subtle summer feel to the beer.  It would pair well with a grilled chicken sandwich topped with a slice of grilled pineapple.

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Lemongrass & Blood Orange Wine Spritzer

This cocktail recipe requires a bit more time and effort for preparation than most of the ones I post, but sometimes it is simply worth the extra work for the delicious (and gorgeous!) end product. This cocktail recipe fro Kitchen Confidante fits the bill.

You may have noticed that I am posting wine spritzer recipes every Friday recently.  Weekends in the summer are the perfect time opportunity for a little day drinking, and I always love something a little lighter to drink during the day.  Wine spritzers work well as a light cocktail.

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Lemongrass & Blood Orange Wine Spritzer

Lemongrass Syrup

2 stalks lemongrass (plus more for garnish, if desired)

2 cups water

1/2 cup sugar

* Trim off the ends of the lemongrass and cut into 2 inch pieces.

* Using a mortar and pestle or the back of the knife, crush the lemongrass stalks to release the juice.

* Combine the lemongrass, water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

* Lower heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

* Let cool in the refrigerator and strain.

Spritzer

2 cups lemongrass syrup

1/2 cup blood orange juice

white wine (Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio work well)

seltzer water

* Fill four glasses with ice cubes.

* Add 1/2 cup lemongrass juice and 1/8 cup blood orange juice to each glass.

* Fill the remainder of the glass with white wine and a splash with seltzer water.

* Garnish with lemongrass stalk.

More Wine Spritzers to try this Summer:

Strawberry Lemonade Wine Spritzer

Lemon Wine Spritzer