Episode 40: Spring cocktails and spring beers

We have hops and spirits this week with cocktails and beers. Jake Sulek, beverage director at West Main Crafting Co in Lexington, Ky., talks about crafting cocktails for spring, how they put together their lineup and tips for the at-home bartender. Plus, Kevin Patterson, a Cicerone and National Beer Judge, joins us to talk about spring beers, what styles will be on tap, breweries worth checking out and more.

SHOW NOTES:

Jake Sulek, beverage director at West Main Crafting Co in Lexington, Ky., joins at the 1-minute mark.

  • ONE TOUGH QUESTION: What was your favorite subject in school
  • With spring nearing, what are some things folks should expect to see with seasonal cocktails?
  • West Main Craft will be releasing their spring/summer menu, how long does it take you all to come up with that menu?
  • One or two cocktail at home recipes (single make)
  • Large batch cocktail folks can make (for gatherings)
  • Is there any ingredient that might sound like spring that people should avoid using?
  • Is there a good addition to have at the home bar?

Kevin Patterson, a Cicerone and National Beer Judge and manager of the Beer Trappe Craft Beer Store and Bar in Lexington, Kentucky, joins us at the 15-minute mark.

  • What can people expect with spring beers?
  • Is this when we start to see fruit beers that you can sit outside with?
  • Is this when we’ll see seasonal beers that’ll be out for several months?
  • What can people expect from sour beer/gose style?
  • What can people expect from a fruited ale or lager?
  • Strange beers that might get people into craft beer
  • While fruited beers might be lighter, not all are low ABV
  • What are some breweries or beers people should be on the lookout for?

We finish off the show with our Drinking Buddies Club information and our friends at One Sip Beer Review on Instagram.

Published by Jonathan Greene

Jonathan Greene is the host of the Hops & Spirits Podcast. Jonathan loves craft beer, whiskey and telling great stories.

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