I lived in Belgium when I was a teenager.  It quickly became known to all as the “Land of Chocolate and Beer.”  There, I learned to appreciate the wonder that is that hoppy-carbonated beverage that is so widely loved.  In my book, the darker the better.  I stand firm with my “friends don’t let friends drink clear beer” opinion on the subject.  If it fades off your tongue, it isn’t worth your time.

I have the same stance when it comes to wine, but that comes more from my wine tasting experience in the Barrossa Valley in So Oz.  In either case, I like to feel like my taste bids are celebrating Mardis Gras.

Luckily for me, I live in Oregon, where the micro-breweries are plentiful and the wineries are spread throughout. 

So in my attempt to greenify my summer nights as I sip bevies with friends, I am keeping it local and sticking to Oregon brews and vinos.

My current fave is Green Lakes Organic Ale by the Deschutes Brewery in Bend, OR.