"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.
A French 75 may date back to World War I (named such as the concoction was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun). Make your way no further than Front Street for a more festive take on the classic cocktail. Subbing rye whiskey for gin and grapefruit for the traditional lemon, a sweet Port wine replaces the champagne and balances out this smooth sipper.
This month’s Signature Sip selection is Sierra Nevada Celebration 2018. This beer is among the most eagerly anticipated annual offerings from Sierra Nevada: a fresh hop IPA (India Pale Ale) in classic West Coast style. The malt backbone is classic Sierra Nevada, with just enough richness and sweetness to float the hops along. The hops are, of course, the big star, and this beer offers up the three Big Cs: Chinook, Centennial and Cascade.
This Thanksgiving, when it comes to dessert, give the oven a break and finish up dinner with a delightfully decadent take on a classic cocktail. Shawn McDaniel, twice-voted Best Bartender in the Pine Belt, mixes RumChata with a boozy kick of Plantation Rum. The sweet pumpkin-and-spice base of this creamy cocktail will have you convinced you’ve just devoured a slice of pie.
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!