National American Beer Day - Oct 27

Where would we be without our beverage staple, American Lager Beer? Nary a sporting event, BBQ, country music concert or outdoor festival would survive without this all-American fan favorite. 

It's hard to believe that while beer hit the world about 7000 years ago, the US didn't 'hop' into the brew until the late 16th century. Thank you Virginia for kick-starting the industry!

With many of its competitors falling by the wayside, Yuengling is the longest running brewery in America, having started their operation in 1829. Be sure to stop into BuyRite Liquors to pick up a bottle (or two) to toast their longevity. You'll have a number of fine selections from which to choose. Oh, and cheers to American-made!

For those of us who prefer a cocktail while watching the game, beer, with its effervescent bubbles, can be a fine addition to many of our traditional bartend-ed beverages.

One of my favorite mixed drinks is a good Bloody Mary. It just so happens that I found a beer cocktail that mirrors this perfect brunch aperitif quite nicely.

Michelada Beer Cocktail

1 lime, zested and cut in half

1 tablespoon coarse salt

1/2 cup low-sodium tomato juice

1 teaspoon minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce


1 12-oz bottle lager beer

Stir together the lime zest and salt in a small saucer. Rub cut side of a lime half over the rim of 2 pint glasses. Dip (or roll) the rims in the lime salt to coat.

Fill the glasses 2/3 full with ice. Squeeze the halved limes over ice and drop the rinds into the glass. Divide the tomato juice, chipotle peppers, and lager between the the two glasses. Add a lime wedge for garnish. Stir and serve immediately.

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