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Black IPA and Heirloom Salsa


The month of May makes me think of sitting outdoors, enjoying the lingering light of the still somewhat cool evenings, having a beer and noshing on some chips and salsa.  What better way to do all of this than with a delicious Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale and some homemade chips and heirloom tomato salsa from one of our favorites…Cacao Mexicatessen in Eagle Rock.

The word salsa almost lacks any kind of specificity…it can mean anything.  This is a perfect variation of unadulterated flavors.  Heirloom tomatoes, cilantro, diced onions peppers.  A little heat, but mostly crisp and fresh tastes of summer!

Beer.  I’m partial to IPA.  I like me some hops.  This takes me overboard.  It’s black as night without any hint of chewyness, it’s hoppy and oh so good!  It might just be my favorite beer of the moment.  It has the right match of malt and hops, along with some noticeably different floral notes.

It’s not for the faint of heart…as the alcohol is 8.7%.  An added benefit, we can find it on draught at Lucky’s up the street.

What dishes make your feel like summer has arrived?

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