Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: South of North Brewing Co.’s Duchess in the Fog

One of the largest components of Tahoe's nightlife is the mix of countless breweries, bars and restaurants that offer unique drinks difficult to find outside the basin.

In our Drink of the Week segment, we'll showcase one type of beer, wine, cocktail — you name it — to try around the basin.

While this week's drink may sound more like a Jane Austen novel than a beer, I assure you it's not. However, there is some girl power behind it.

South of North Brewing Company's (formerly Outpost Brewing Co.) Duchess in the Fog is their Pink Boots Blend, which is tied to an international effort to raise the profile of women in brewing. For every pint they serve of their proprietary concoction, $1 is donated to a scholarship going toward the education of women in brewing.

South of North's take on this beer is a New England-style hazy IPA. The result is like a creamy summer stroll down the ol' slip 'n' slide. But not like the one in your uncle's back yard with all the anthill moguls that feels more like a washboard than a slide. I'm talking about the slick-sitter-on-pristine-grass-go-fast model that tires out your kids so hard they pass out at the dinner table. True story.

Anyway, you get a strong citrus hit (think oranges and pineapples) on the nose that carries throughout the entire taste of the beer. The finish here is like Mr. Darcy: smooth. I'm keeping with the Jane Austen references here, people. Stay with me.

The hop level on this golden gem is middle of the road. If they were the Frogger video game, you'd get run over because they're not quite enough to push you to the other side, but they're definitely enough to get you through the lily pads.

At 6.7 percent ABV there's definitely enough pop in here to obstruct your sense and sensibility. See what I did there? My JA game is strong this week.

South of North Brewing Co. is located at 932 Stateline Ave., in South Lake Tahoe, California. For information visit them online at http://www.southofnorthbeer.com.

Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: Jimmy’s at the Landing’s Lavender Bee’s Knees

One of the largest components of Tahoe's nightlife is the mix of countless breweries, bars and restaurants that offer unique drinks difficult to find outside the basin.

In our Drink of the Week segment, we'll showcase one type of beer, wine, cocktail — you name it — to try around the basin.

For you young'uns out there, back in the day calling something the "bee's knees" meant it was rather excellent. Not to be confused with the "cat's meow," although they mean the exact same thing, this week's drink definitely lives up to its groovy name.

More in line with its name, the bee's knees was actually a gin cocktail around the Prohibition era. Here, you have the traditional characters of gin (St. George Botanivore), honey and lemon from the classic drink, but instead of the customary lemon peel twist you get a hint of lavender bitters with a touch of lavender garnish.

I'm sure many of you will associate lavender with its more well-known accomplice — tea — but here it's the vessel that brings it all together.

The smell of lavender is said to have a calming effect, which could be why after the first smell I felt like Happy Gilmore returning from his happy place. Regardless, the lavender is not overpowering. It's definitely like a semi truck without a trailer (heavier on the front end), but by the end, it's mellowed out.

Like a bee returning that concentrated goodness back to the hive, the rest of the tasty two-step goes: honey, lavender, citrus, lavender. Overall, the cocktail is like a smooth ride in a mean machine.

When it comes to cocktails, those folks in the Prohibition era really knew how to dress up the hooch. Nowadays, we're lucky to have better hooch and fancier dresses for our cocktails. This cocktail is a great example.

Put simply: the Bee's Knees is the bee's knees.

Jimmy's Restaurant is located inside the Landing Resort & Spa at 4104 Lakeshore Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe. For information go to http://www.thelandingtahoe.com.

Publisher’s Perspective: Best of Tahoe nominations start April 1 (opinion)

Beginning April 1, one of my favorite times of the year begins: the annual Best of Tahoe awards.

Last year, we set a record for the number of votes received for the finalists. I'd love to break that record this year.

And why couldn't we? This contest is all about excitement and celebration. It's fun to put your brain to work and think about what's your favorite in all the different categories. What's been the best new business to open up over the past year? Have you discovered a new favorite place for pizza? Or are you sticking with the tried and true?

In either case, let the fun begin. As a reminder of the process for nominating and voting, here is a breakdown of how it all works:

For the month of April (April 1-30), we will be accepting nominations in the categories of Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Community, Health & Fitness, Services, Sports & Recreation, and Shopping.

Beginning Monday you can go here to cast your nomination: http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/bestof2019.

As a nominator, you do not need to fill out every category and you can come back each day to place your nomination. At the end of the nomination period, the top nomination earners will be whittled down to a handful of finalists.

One thing to keep in mind during this nomination period: we do have the ability to see inconsistencies with submissions that raise red flags, or could be considered as ballot stuffing.

One of the main points of the nomination period is to level the paying field so that everyone gets a fair shake and we come out of this process with the best, and most deserving, finalist candidates.

Once those are determined, the finalist voting period will open up for an intense two weeks from mid to late May (dates and info on this will come as we get closer).

But, let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. Much like the NCAA basketball tournament, you cannot overlook the process of getting to the finals.

So tell your friends, family, visitors and customers that the process to uncover the best that Lake Tahoe has to offer is underway.

In some cases it may take some extra effort to prove why you're worthy, but isn't that why you're one of Tahoe's best anyways?

Good luck to everyone.

Publisher Rob Galloway can be reached at rgalloway@tahoedailytribune.com or 530-542-8046.

Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: Lake Tahoe AleWorX’s (Stateline) Mai Tai

One of the largest components of Tahoe's nightlife is the mix of countless breweries, bars and restaurants that offer unique drinks difficult to find outside the basin.

In our Drink of the Week segment, we'll showcase one type of beer, wine, cocktail — you name it — to try around the basin.

I have to believe when I say the words "Mai Tai," most people envision themselves soaking up some sun on a beach with one (or two) of these glued to their palms and perhaps a long straw that will allow drinking while lying on their back … or maybe that's just me.

Either way, damn you Mai Tai for giving me these thoughts while old man winter still sits atop his perch.

Upon first viewing, it looks sophisticated with its light layers resembling a perfect piece of birthday cake, but don't let that give you cause for concern. A few swirls of the straw and this drink looks like an old friend waiting to be chatted up at a high school reunion.

But I wouldn't call it too old — the drink definitely puts its Tahoe stamp on this classic cocktail.

For starters, there are Three (yes three) Musketeers of rum in this drink: Bacardi superior rum, Myers's white rum, and Myers's original dark rum. I'll let you decide which is Athos, Porthos and Aramis.

If that's not enough to salivate a swashbuckler, its recipe also includes Curacao, lime juice and almond simple syrup. Then it's topped with a mint garnish.

The key here is the almond simple syrup. That magic elixir washes away all the rum sorrows and brings everything together for a straw party where you are the DJ.

Expect only a hint of the lime juice up top, the rest is pure party — just the way D(j)'Artagnan would have wanted it.

Lake Tahoe AleWorX's Stateline restaurant and bar is located at 31 U.S. 50, Suite 105, and is open from 11 – 2 a.m. daily. Learn more at http://www.laketahoealeworx.com or on Facebook (@laketahoealeworx).

Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: The Naked Fish’s The Hive

One of the largest components of Tahoe's nightlife is the mix of countless breweries, bars and restaurants that offer unique drinks difficult to find outside the basin.

In our Drink of the Week segment, we'll showcase one type of beer, wine, cocktail — you name it — to try around the basin.

Word on the street is this week's drink (The Hive from The Naked Fish) is what ultimately drove Winnie the Pooh to spending his nights at AA swapping stories with Barney Gumble and Rick Sanchez. Hey, it's just what I heard.

It would make sense, though. At first peek it's hard not to notice the simple beauty of an impaled piece of honeycomb dangling over alcohol with a sprig of rosemary whispering sweet nothings into your nostrils.

But there it sits, with that sweet nectar oozing ever so slowly into the glass. I may have shed a tear typing that, although it could have been drool, but either way …

Now, about the cocktail: it makes its living from Bulleit bourbon, lemon and ginger bitters. The "Pooh" crack comes locally from HalleluYah Honey and the rosemary comes from her baby … Just seeing if you were paying attention.

When shimmying its way down the throat slide, you get a slight hint of the herb, but it definitely plays like elevator music (only there to keep you company). The real chorus comes together after the first hint of lemon mixes with the bourbon. It's like a fun game of tetherball where nobody wins but the string keeps wrapping around both sides, dancing between people.

Well in this case you, the drinker, win because of how delicious this drink finishes. The bourbon comes back at the end to send it over the top like Daniel LaRusso pulling out the crane technique to beat Johnny Lawrence. Banzai!

The Naked Fish is located at 3940 Lake Tahoe Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe, California. It is open from 5 p.m. to close Monday – Friday and noon to close Saturday and Sunday.

For information, visit them online at http://www.thenakedfish.com or call 530-541-3474.