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Pub Date: A Summer of Reds

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Hello, friends! We have made it to Friday + it’s a special occasion because it’s my first contribution to PUB DATE — the brain child of Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide — where I will be sharing book + beer pairings along with the lovely Andi of Andi’s ABCs and Maggie of Just a Couple More Pages. And thanks to the talents of my sister (she painted this actually) we have a fancy dancy new header to debut today as well. Hooray!

We’re working with a summer theme this first go-round and last week, Brittany paired a pale ale with a really fun contemporary YA romance. (I’m not revealing any of the details because I want you to go visit B if you haven’t already!)

Before I share with my picks with you, a little bit about me and beer:

  • I was not a beer fan until 2009 or so when I discovered beer could actually taste good.
  • I love sour ales, anything with a hint of fruit, and a good stout. (Coffee or chocolate, count me in!)
  • This summer my husband and I once again bought a beer passport — it’s this event a few of the local bars in NYC put together where you buy the pass and get a free beer at 40-something bars, and you check them off as you go along. It’s been a great way for us to find new places to drink and have dinner, and also try a bunch of breweries.
  • I try to drink local whenever I can. So when I’m on a trip, the first thing I’m looking for is a beer I never tried before.
  • I get very judgmental when I see someone drinking a Miller Lite or Coors Light at a craft beer bar. I can’t help it. In New York City, that crappy beer could cost $8. At least for the same amount of money you could be supporting a local brewery and trying something that has a taste.
  • My advice for non-beer lovers: I honestly believe there is a beer for everyone. My first beer was a combination of a beer and champagne. I loved it and it made me braver about trying OTHER beers. You just have to be patient. Don’t be afraid to ask for a sample. (Beer flights are the best way to get a feel for what you like.)

Bravery is actually a great way to lead into my summer pick:

Nantucket Red by Leila Howland | James Page Brewing Ould Sod Irish Red IPA

Nantucket Red and James Page Ould Sod

Brave because I think Cricket is one of the strongest female contemporary leading ladies we have out there. In Nantucket Blue, she fought with her friendship when it totally changed, and in Nantucket Red, she’s fighting for her independence and also the chance to find out who she really is. (Confession: Nantucket Red actually spans more time than just the summer but the bigger chunk of the book is dedicated to time out in Nantucket.)

Like Cricket, JP’s Ould Sod beer is familiar with the perfect amount of spice. I’m not normally a fan of IPAs (india pale ales = too hoppy) but my husband and I spotted this beer because of it’s cool art and because we had never heard of an IRISH RED IPA before. (According to the website, it’s a brand new thing the brewery tried with hints of caramel and a throwback to Irish Reds from Ireland back in the day.)

It’s light enough to enjoy on a sweltering summer day (I don’t suggest having many stouts or porters in the heat) and the IPA adds the perfect bit of kick. Plus it comes in adorable 12 oz cans. Cans + summer time drinking just go together, don’t you think?

Two things:

  • Ould sod is an Irish expression for “home” + I think that has a lot to do with what Cricket is searching for in both Nantucket books.
  • JP’s Brewery calls their beers “adventurous brews with a twist.” Such a fitting modus operandi for a creative brewery (we tried the Chai Tea Porter + it was fantastic too) and a beer I’m working to desperately pair with one of my favorite young adult lit series.

Want to see if this beer is available near you? Check out their product locator!

Thanks for joining me for this week’s PUB DATE! I’d love to hear what you’ve been sipping lately.
Definitely let me know below + don’t forget to sit back and relax this weekend.

Cheers!

August 2, 2014 - 8:40 am

Leah - HAHAHAHA, ESTELLE. I love you, but we could never go out drinking together. Dark beers scare me. Stouts? No thank you! If I’m going to have a beer it needs to be super light, super sweet, and super fruity!

There was recently a craft beer event in town and it was really fun! Local breweries were there and I felt a bit adventurous. Matt is way more into beer than I am, so he was all about the darker ones. I stuck with the honey-cucumber and lavender-corriander ones. Don’t judge me.

July 27, 2014 - 9:01 am

Shelve It: New Books / New Books / Giveaway - […] of BEER, this week debuted my contribution to PUB DATE — a new feature I’ll be working on with a few fantastic bloggers and beer lovers. My […]

July 25, 2014 - 7:16 pm

Christina @ My Life in Books - There are no James Page Brewing products within 100 miles of MA *sniffs back tears*

July 25, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Alexa S. - I think you’ll be happy to hear that I am considering this Pub Date feature my “education” when it comes to sampling different beers (because I do know what you think of my occasional beer choices, lol)! I really prefer beer over other drinks these days, interestingly enough. I love this feature loads, and am looking forward to indulging in Nantucket Red this weekend (and perhaps grabbing a beer too)!

July 25, 2014 - 11:48 am

Andi - The pressure is on! You and Brittany did such great posts I’m worried about my turn.

I love the beer passport thing. I am the only one of my friends that likes craft beers and trying different one. They are all (GASP) Bud Light drinkers and rarely branch out to other beers. I’ve tried changing it but no go.

Great pairing. And I love the header!

July 25, 2014 - 10:31 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Have I mentioned how much I love this feature? Because I do! Enjoyed your tidbit at the beginning about how you discovered beer, the beer passport, and your irritation with Bud Light drinkers (I feel this way too!!!). A friend of mine has mentioned a local group of ladies who tour Houston pubs & try craft beers. I’m thinking about attending some time. Sounds like fun & a great opportunity to meet more people.

July 25, 2014 - 9:29 am

Cassie - to be honest I’m not a beer lover but I would definitely give this one to go because you paired it with Nantucket Red and I’m always willing to try new things! Again. Love this feature.

July 25, 2014 - 9:06 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - LOVE the fancy dancy header! <3
I just love your pairing. Everything about it is so perfect (not like I had any doubts) and I thought about the Nantucket books when choosing my post because they are just so perfect for summer.
I love your points on you and beer too! It's true. I drank crappy beer in college but I didn't really ENJOY it until maybe 3-4 years ago when I started trying different kinds (Shane was a big part of that too) and there really can be a beer for everyone!

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