While we’re all drinking at home for the foreseeable future, we thought it would be fitting to turn inward for our usual Drink of the Week column and share the drinks our staff is reaching for while inside. This week’s entry comes from senior editor, Penelope Bass. We’d also love to hear from you, so tell us what you’re drinking right now by using the #imbibegram #drinkoftheweek hashtags on twitter and instagram!
Typically, one of the caveats for this column is that the drink we feature should be widely attainable, but these aren’t typical times, and this is not a typical recommendation. This week I encourage all of you to drink something different—namely, your favorite local craft beer. As we explored earlier this month, COVID-19 has hit the craft brewing industry hard, with many breweries trying to stay afloat by pivoting their resources to sell beer to-go, either through distribution already in place, curbside pick-up, or even home delivery. A huge percentage of excellent craft beers produced across the country aren’t sold outside of a brewery’s region, state, or even city because they’re smaller productions, experimental one-offs, or made with limited local ingredients. These are all reasons that make Little Beast Brewing’s Sylvestris so wonderful. Located in Portland, Oregon, Little Beast produces wood-aged and blended farmhouse-style beers made from wild yeast (the little beasts), and Sylvestris is a lacto-fermented gose racked onto second-use Pinot Noir grapes and finished with a touch of coriander and sea salt. It’s lightly tart, delicately fruity and perfectly delicious. This week, I invite you to grab a six-pack, a bomber, or a crowler of something one-of-a-kind from your own neighborhood brewery (taking proper safety precautions, of course!). Drink what you like, what you can find right now, and what you can feel good about supporting.