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#DrinkUpLinkUp — Shiner White Wing

I love when I have a conversation one day, and then a couple days later that conversation’s topic jumps up again elsewhere.

Monday night, I was talking about how Shiner has been doing a yearly brew for the last several years. Specifically:

  • Shiner 96 — Märzen/Oktoberfest
  • Shiner 97 — Bohemian Black Lager
  • Shiner 98 — Bavarian Style Amber
  • Shiner 99 — Munich Style Helles Lager
  • Shiner 100 Commemorator — Starkbier
  • Shiner 101 — Czech-style Pilsner
  • Shiner 102 — American Style Double Wheat Ale
  • Shiner 103 — Wild Hare Pale Ale

I mentioned they had to be on 104, but I had no idea what it was. Then two days later it appears on my Facebook feed. Shiner White Wing. Then today, I snagged myself a six pack of it. Serious. Joy.

 Shiner White Wing

Now, anyone familiar with my beer preferences knows I call myself a “wheat beer girl,” so when I found out 104 was a Belgian-style wheat ale I might have squealed. Out loud. In fact, no might to it… I did.

That cloudy, golden color. That bright white head. I’ll take that over any other beer ANY day.

Shiner White Wing

If you’re looking for the next Blue Moon,  you’re not looking in the right place. Personally, I compare it more to the classic Hoegaarden and I can’t wait to try my next glass with a squeeze of lemon. It’s more about the wheat than it is the orange and coriander, so it ends very dry on the palette.

Shiner White Wing

Hoegaarden was my first favorite witbier, and I regret having strayed from it over the last five years. I’ve become a big fan of Shocktop, even over Blue Moon, because its much more fruity of a flavor. But when I took my first drink of Shiner’s White Wing, I was slammed back in my memory of my first favorite. I love me a fruity beer (see Abita Strawberry Harvest) but sometimes… sometimes you gotta go back to the flavors of the standards that have stood the test of time.  I’d expect nothing less from oldest independent brewery in Texas than to bring to my taste buds a classic witbier flavoring. And boy did they deliver! Love it!

Shiner White Wing

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#DrinkUpLinkUp — Red Hook Wisecracker Wit

Wheat beer brewed with Ginger, but still digs Mary Ann.

I picked up a Red Hook Wisecracker Wit awhile back, when my husband and I did one of those, “make your own six packs” at the store. I finally got around to drinking it the other day.

 Red Hook -- Wise Cracker Wit

My favorite beer style is a wheat beer, and for a long time if it was a wheat beer I’d love it. Now, though, I’m a lot pickier about my wheat beers. I look for drink-ability first and foremost. (Duh!)  But beyond that, I want one that that stands out among the rest.

Red Hook Wisecracker Wit is high on the first, but middle of the pack with the last. This is a HIGHLY drinkable beer. I poured it into a glass, but I think it would be just as easy to drink from the bottle. (Wheat beers are meant to be enjoyed from a glass, in my opinion. Sometimes, though, that might not be an option.) I’d happily pack a six-pack for a day on a boat or for a backyard barbecue. It’s very easy to drink. Which could potentially be dangerous.

Red Hook -- Wise Cracker Wit

However, it didn’t really make me go, “WOW! This really stands out from the rest!” It just kind of runs middle of the pack of all the wheat beers I’ve had regarding uniqueness. Nothing really jumped out at me flavor-wise that made me stop and really analyze it.

Nonetheless, that’s nothing to stop me from having it again, though. I did enjoy it very much, and, like I said, it might just show up at a future barbecue in my cooler.

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#DrinkUpLinkUp — Liquor + Beer

Beer before liquor, never been sicker. Liquor before beer, nothing to fear. Beer AND liquor together… yummy goodness!

Disagree with me on that? Well let me introduce you to some yummy goodness to show you what I mean.

My first beer + liquor was Mule Monday. (Also know as $#*@ Tuesday.)

 Mule

What’s a mule you ask? (Besides the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse.) A classic mule (Moscow Mule) is vodka, ginger beer and lime. (I like a touch a simple syrup to sweeten it just a bit.)  There are variations of it, though, that trade the vodka for bourbon, gin, Jägermeister (gross!), or Tequila. Believe it or not, my favorite is probably gin… and I’m not a gin fan.

This mixture of liquor and ginger beer is one delicious, refreshing drink that’ll sneak up on you fast as you gobble them up.

Then you have the beer margarita…

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Yeahhhh… that’s good stuff. There are many different variations on this delightful drink… but generally its a light beer (preferably a Mexican beer, of course), tequila and limeade. It’s pretty simple, really, but its a delicious take on the standard drink of a Mexican restaurant. (Oh and my husband and I like to have Margarita Monday with friends… Mondays are a good day to drink apparently.)

Now, a popular eating establishment has introduced beer can cocktails this summer. I won’t name the establishment since they aren’t paying me for the advertising… but its a color and a bird in the name.

215: Yummy drinkies

The Coors Light one actually tastes a lot like a mule, because it uses ginger vodka and lemonade. (See what they did there?) And the Blue Moon has clementine vodka, orange juice and lime juice so its actually a lot like a Blue Moon with an orange in it. Which I liked. I’ve also had Blue Moon topped with Grand Marnier. Yeah, once you do that, a plain ole orange is hard to settle for… Try a Landshark or Corona with white tequila and lime juice. Yum.

Oh there are lots of ways to mix liquor and beer into a yummy goodness drink. Boilermaker… Irish Car Bomb… etc.  But these are a few of my favorites. Especially for summer.

What are your favorites??

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