The following post was written by Heinen’s wine expert, Ed Thompkins.
There are many ways to enjoy citrus beyond the breakfast table. In fact, these vibrant fruits have found a home at happy hour thanks to the recent trend of citrus-flavored beers and seltzers.
Although they’re available and delicious year-round, these juicy adult beverages are particularly refreshing during the dog days of winter when citrus fruit reaches peak ripeness.
If you’re looking to add a little zest to your next round of drinks, here are a few of our favorite beers and wine seltzers for celebrating citrus season!
Thirsty Dog Blood Hound Orange IPA
While the name says it all, it really doesn’t do justice to this bold and flavorful blood orange beer. To put it simply, it’s a citrus celebration in a can. Made in Akron Ohio using a tasty IPA that features Azacca and Centennial hops, this beer gets its vibrant flavor from a pure blood orange infusion.
Great Lakes Brewing Company Crushworthy
You simply won’t believe the amount of flavor that this lo-cal, low-alcohol (4% ABV) beer delivers. The brewery says you’ll experience “love at first sip,” and they could not be more right! Lightly filtered and refreshing on the palate, this crisp wheat ale offers notes of bright orange and lemon, providing a tasty contrast to piney Mt. Hood hops. You’ll be able to crush a can in no time!
The Wine Seltzers
Hard seltzers have become all the rage, and we’re excited to introduce a new twist on the trend: wine seltzers!
Decoy Premium Seltzer Sauvignon Blanc with Vibrant Lime
Crisp and bubbly with a combination of citrus flavors including grapefruit, peach, lemon and lime, this special seltzer is delicious in the winter, and equally enjoyable in the spring. Made from Sauvignon Blanc, a grape that is often described as “citrusy,” each sip fizzes with refreshing goodness!
Decoy Premium Seltzer Chardonnay with Clementine Orange
When you want to sip on something light and delicious, crack a can of this clementine-flavored seltzer! As sophisticated as it is fun, notes of apple, pear, vanilla and orange perfectly compliment the natural citrus profile of chardonnay.
Virtually any of our artisan cheeses will pair deliciously with our recommended citrus beers and seltzers, but here are a few of our favorites.
Beemster Vlaskaas Gouda
This classic Dutch cheese is semi-soft and buttery with unique notes of sweet milk and savory almonds. Enjoy it on a cheese board or feature it on an elevated grilled cheese sandwich.
Manchego 3 Month
Made in Spain, a short three-month aging period on this artisan sheep’s milk cheese creates delicate flavor and mild spiciness.
Heinen’s Hand-Selected Double Crème French Brie
What can we say about our fabulous brie that hasn’t already been said? For those just tuning in, it can only be described as creamy, indulgent and luxurious. We recommend pairing it with any of our wine seltzers for the best tasting experience.