"Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshineare hard to beat.” -Laura Ingalls Wilder
After a long winter, we're looking forward to the coming warmer months. As Hattiesburgers, we're blessed with an abundance of opportunities to enjoy our delightful spring weather. Whether it's Live @ Five, tailgating or an evening in your own backyard, here are a few of our favorites to enjoy alfresco.
Hemp beers (and let’s be honest, they’re almost all IPAs) have been around for a solid minute. Today, we examine Sweetwater’s entry into this trend, which is dominated mostly by brewpubs at the moment.
For their foray into hemp beer, Sweetwater has chosen to take its venerable 420 Extra Pale Ale and shake it up with the application of Columbus and Simcoe hops, and proprietary terpenes that they wed to hemp flavor. Once you pop the top on a bottle of this beer, you will immediately be brought back to your college days. Maybe for better, maybe for worse.
Blue moon you saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own
And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only one my arms will ever hold
I heard somebody whisper "Please adore me"
And when I looked, the moon had turned to gold!
-Rodgers and Hart
Photos by Mark Steele
Roberts family goes all in to make new midtown Corner Market location an experience for local grocery shoppers.
When the late H. David “Doc” Roberts opened his family’s first grocery store 50 years ago, it’s hard to believe he could have imagined the company’s 50,000 square foot flagship Corner Market store that recently opened in midtown Hattiesburg.
Abita Brewing’s Andygator is a perennial favorite in the Pine Belt region. It's a beer that has had multiple iterations, but it settled into its current Helles Doppelbock mode after Hurricane Katrina. The first time I tasted this beer it was still an American-style barleywine, and the Abita Springs brewery was where Abita Brewing was headquartered. Helles means bright, and Doppelbock means two bocks, so imagine a pale version of Shiner Bock with twice the alcohol, and you'll have less than half the story.
I had never been to Purple Parrot in any capacity, and I’ve been missing out. Chef Jeremy Noffke and General Manager Dusty Frierson have created a brunch experience that is special and has a uniquely Mississippi feel. To complement the high-quality food they had for us, we were also treated to the soft Jazz stylings of a couple of local musicians. The entire restaurant felt warm and inviting as we set out on our latest culinary adventure.
Thanksgiving and this season of gratitude evokes memories of the family gathered around the dining room table laden with holiday favorites, children dressed as pilgrims and Native Americans or volunteers reaching out across the community to help others. For the past five years, Signature has featured the Thanksgiving traditions, complete with recipes of local families and organizations. This year we’ve pulled all that together for a neat recipe book that our readers also contributed to.
It’s official: The holidays are here! As pumpkin spice “everything” lines the grocery store shelves, your neighbors cover their yard in flashing reindeer and the in-laws come to visit, we need wine more than ever. To prevent holiday cheer from becoming holiday madness when it comes to food and wine, I have some versatile pairing recommendations you can follow to make your celebrations more delicious. Here are some traditional American holiday dinner staples and the wines you can pair with them without breaking the bank. Cheers and enjoy the holidays!
Stella Artois was originally brewed back in the 1700s as part of the new wave of European brewers’ experimentation with this crazy new type of beer from Pilsen Germany. This “pilsner’ beer was radically different from the ales that everyone knew and loved. This new yeast fermented at much lower temperatures than traditional ale yeasts and produced a crisp, clear, and light-on-tongue beer. A beer you could see through! Shocking! Damn near scandalous. To say it took the beer world by storm would be an understatement.