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Beers, Ciders, and Cocktails to Drink Over Memorial Day Weekend



After a long, arduous winter, the unofficial start of summer is officially here. As the amuse-bouche of the upcoming season, Memorial Day weekend brings with it all the sweet signs of the warm weather to come. From barbecues and baseball games to beach trips and fun with friends, there are so many excuses to celebrate over the (much needed) long weekend. While you relax over the next few days, make sure to include a few celebratory sips as well.



Angry Orchard’s Rose Cider

Embrace the beginning of rose season with Angry Orchard’s Rose Cider. The delightful pink drink is sweet and refreshing, making it the perfect companion on lazy summer days. It’s made from red flesh apples, which means that the pretty hue is the real deal. Taste-wise, it might just be better than its vineyard cousin.



🚨🚨🚨 CAN RELEASE 🚨 🚨🚨 Starting Thursday (5/24) at Noon, we will have cans of Juice Bomb available. This is a brewery only release. Juice Bomb is a hazy, golden, unfiltered IPA. The low bitterness and late hopping showcase the juicy, citrus-like notes contained within many varieties of American hops. A blast of tropical aroma is followed by a resinous, yet balanced flavor. Juice Bomb features all aspects and nuances of hop flavor, not just bitterness—providing an upfront but easy drinking beer…perfect for Memorial Day weekend! ABV 6.5% **NOTICE: We reserve the right to impose take-away limits based on turnout. Thank you for your understanding.** #sloopbrewing #juicebomb #sloopincans #hazyipa #hophead #gimmedat #juicy #northeasternipa #beerinabarn #thinknydrinkny #hudsonvalley #beerlover #canrelease

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Sloop Brewing Company’s Juice Bomb

Perhaps the most beloved addition to Sloop’s curated lineup, Juice Bomb is a lovely golden IPA that is ideal for warm weather. Its unfiltered status gives it an attractive cloudiness that equates to very smooth sipping. With citrus notes and a full hop flavor, this one will make you think you’re on vacation…on a Tuesday.


Italian 75 Cocktail / Photo courtesy Essie’s Restaurant


Essie’s Italian 75 Cocktail

“Memorial Day is where we pay homage to all the servicemen and women who put their lives on the line,” says Brandon Walker, chef and owner at Essie’s Restaurant in Poughkeepsie. To honor the occasion, he recommends an Italian 75, made with “navy strength” gin, aperol, lemon juice, simple syrup, and Prosecco.

Italian 75 Recipe

Courtesy of Essie’s Restaurant

1oz Gustaf Navy Strength gin
¼ oz aperol
¼ oz lemon juice
½ oz simple syrup
Prosecco to top it off

Put all ingredients in a shaker, except for the prosecco. Shake and double strain into a flute. Top it off with prosecco and garnish with an orange peel.

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