By Contributing Columnist Donavan Hall
Show notes: On today's show, let's talk about summer beers. Right now I'm drinking Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose. Okay it's not a Long Island beer, but I picked this up at Big Z's in Huntington along with some other summer beers. My idea of a summer beer is one that is thirst quenching, light on the alcohol, and has a dry finish (tartness is a bonus).
Speaking of summer beers, I brewed a hefeweizen last Sunday. It's fermenting away right now. I brewed this beer from extract (a prepared malt syrup) instead of starting with malted barley and wheat. If you listen to the show, I explain how I did the brew and how I'm keeping the beer cool while it ferments.
On July 5th Southampton Triple will be available at beer stores and on tap at your finest Long Island pubs. A Triple is a Belgian Abbey style ale that is higher in alcohol and light colored. If you've ever had the Chimay Cinq Cent or Westmalle Triple, then you'll have an idea what to expect. When the beer is available, I'll get a bottle and critique it on the show.
Also on the Calendar, DEKS in Rocky Point is hosting another Beer Dinner. This one will be on July 11th at 7 pm, so mark your calendars. The cost is $30 and you must reserve you spot before 5 pm on July 9th. You can reserve in person or give them a call at 631-821-0066. I have a food menu and Mike and I are still working on the beer pairings.
Just to remind you, if you love beer and/or whiskey, you'll want to join the Long Island Malt Enthusiast mailing list. I'll keep you alerted of all the news on Long Island beer and whiskey news.