We were at the Green City Market Chef's Summer BBQ on Thursday. It was totally awesome just like last year.
It was time for a drink. Death’s Door Spirits mixed up a refreshing Ramos Gin Fizz—based on the recipe from Sepia’s Peter Vestinos—but the ladies huddling around the station were looking for something a little lighter. “Gin makes me crazy,” they said in unison. Drinking light was not, however, the general mood. When I walked up to see what North Shore Distillery was pouring, the woman behind the table was shooing away a pair of older men, commenting “It’s a tasting, sir. You’ve already been up here multiple times.” I veered for the sparkling rosé from August Hill Winery—located in Utica, IL. “It goes great with pizza,” the server told us. After a delicious smoky porter from Piece and one seriously hoppy IPA from Flossmoor Brewery, I had to pull myself away from booze central.