What are you drinking? Beer (and wine) for barbecue

Are you ready to celebrate this weekend? America turns 235 years old on Monday and we’ve got great deals in our stores and some pairing suggestions from a few of our wine and beer experts to help you rock the BBQ in style!


Vigilance Cimarron – This blend of Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache is a great match with the foods we love to eat in the summer, especially BBQ! Whether you’re having a big grilled steak or a rack of ribs finished off with your favorite sauce. This medium to full-bodied wine has big, ripe black cherry and raspberry flavors with a nice spicy finish. Ken Amendola, Wine Supervisor, North Florida

Bramblewood Zinfandel – This American staple for summer grilled food is from Lodi and shows all the fruit, spice and pepper that really makes Zinfandel the perfect food friendly wine for the summer grilling season. Ken Amendola

Pappas Pinot Blanc – From Willamette Valley, Oregon, this is a dry, crisp white with a nice rich fruity appeal. I would recommend this wine with most seafood from the grill, including fish like snapper and grouper, as well as shrimp. Shayne Hebert, Wine Supervisor, Central Florida

Wild Oak Zinfandel – From St. Francis winery in Sonoma, California, the Wild Oak Zin has plenty of ripe black fruit aromas and flavors, with nice zinfandel character, including pepper, underbrush and spice. In style, this is the quintessential BBQ and grilling wine for meats, including steaks and chops. Shayne Hebert

Beer suggestions from our Craft beer experts:

Standard American lagers like Sam Adams or even Budweiser are really good lagers to have with burgers. They have the hints of corn and rice and an overall clean, crispness. Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, specifically because its well-balanced hops and malts gives a nice taste to burgers. Pilsners and Kolschs are good, light hopped beers that go well with poultry and fish. They are easy-drinking and refreshing. Sierra Nevada “Summerfest” is an example of a decent Kolsch. Good doppelbocks like Spaten Optimator or Ayinger Celabrator go great with hearty steaks because of their dried fruit malt flavors like dates, figs, prunes, and raisins. Adam Shugan, Gainesville Beer Blogger

More pairing ideas:

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing…pairs with grilled White fish, crab cakes, Thai curry and enchiladas.

Big Sound from Cigar City Brewing …pairs with smoked meats,venison and Morbier cheese.

Festina Peche from Dogfish Head…pairs with grilled chicken or pork and any light salad.

Billy’s Chilies from Twisted Pine…pairs with spicy food and TexMex.

Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley…pairs with burgers and hot dogs. Steve Crowley, Lake Mary

Our stores will be open their normal Monday hours so you can stop by for any last minute needs (don’t forget the ice)! Visit www.abcfws.com for our store locator to find the closest store, our current newspaper ad and our June Wine Country Flyer to find some great deals…prices are good through July 4th.

Please remember to celebrate safely and responsibly.

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