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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

What is Charles drinking?

Ayinger Brau-Weisse$2.99 cash price  17oz

     Here in the South, our rich culinary culture has always smiled upon 'sweetening the summer'.  It remains a proven tactic in our endless battle to beat the heat.  Even before the advent of refrigeration, we've been boiling sasafras roots and sugaring our tea to a  triumphant state of refreshment.  At the expense of over-stating the obvious, wheat brews have always been a southern summertime delicacy for precisely the same reason.  And so, every summer I fall for another one and - true to form, I am once again smitten.

     Ayinger's Brau-Weisse is almost an over-statement in palatability; and it seems to float in the nose rather than the weigh in the belly.  The fruitious angle of its processual brewing method yields bright starbursts of banana, pear, and subtle sugared peach while gentle hints of orange, mango and fresh straw linger on the exhale.  I can't think of a better way to have a better brew than Ayinger Brau-Weisse in a tapered (or pint) glass.  Garnish with a generous wedge of orange (as is customary) or a personal favorite: grapefruit (NO lemon; NO lime).  Serve chilled with a generous, frothy head right smack-dabb in the pitch of August.  Add an evening porch and rocking chair and a smile will provide itself. 

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