’Tis the season to lift the glass. Though the cheers may be Zoomed, there’s no reason to skimp on what fills your cup. With that in mind, we’ve added two new seasonal adult beverages to our menu—one inspired bubbly and one beer that is dearly inspired.
DeLaurenti Prosecco, produced by our favorite Italian market and deli, is an organic prosecco made in Corvezzo, located near Trieste in Northern Italy. France may make the most famous sparkling wine, but Italians produce and consume almost as much sparkling wine as the French do. Italian meals often start with a glass of bubbly—especially during the holidays—and one of the most popular is prosecco. DeLaurenti’s Prosecco is crisp, dry and delicious—a lighter sparkling wine for serious wine drinkers.
“It's delicious on its own, but also makes a great mixer for mimosas and Bellinis,” says Tom Drake, DeLaurenti’s wine buyer. “A lot of prosecco, especially around the price point we sell ours at, is massive, bland, industrial wine. Ours is very intentionally made and showcases the terroir of the area very well.”
Bob’s Brown Ale from Georgetown Brewing Company is more than just a sought-after seasonal beer by Washington’s largest independent brewery. The story behind it is the reason why. Most people know Manny Chao, co-owner of the brewery, through his eponymous beer, Manny’s Pale Ale. But before he made beer, he worked at a camp for kids with cancer. Manny became friends with a young camper named Bob Hirsch. Bob lived in Alaska but came to Seattle for treatments at Seattle Children’s Hospital and would stay at Ronald McDonald House while in town. When Bob died at the age of 21, Manny decided to make a seasonal beer in his honor and donate all proceeds to Ronald McDonald House Charities! Bob’s mom, Sue, chose the charity, saying, “They put us up for treatment every time we came in from Alaska.”
Ordinarily, the beer comes out on Bob’s birthday in May in kegs and is sold by the pint at bars and restaurants throughout Puget Sound. This year, Covid-19 has thrown everything off, and Georgetown Brewing Company couldn’t make it in May. But they also couldn’t end the year without releasing a batch. Because of Covid-19, they’re putting it in cans this year. The brown ale is nutty with a delicate balance of roasted caramel malt, light citrus and a mild hoppy bitterness.
Even though 2020 has been far from inspirational and the holidays may be muted, inspired food and drink will bring some joy to your table. Cheers!