I shifted awkwardly in the vinyl chair, my legs sticking to the plastic covering. I barely knew anyone at the cookout, and those were just people from work. Work I’d just started after moving everything I owned across the country to a city where I didn’t know anyone.
A hand and a cup appeared in front of my face. “Summer brew!”
I took the cup and looked up. “And that is?” I asked the person handing the cups out to everyone.
“It’s summer brew,” he said enthusiastically, but failing to understand that I didn’t know what that was.
“It’s like a beergarita.” Piped up a woman next to me.
“Yeah, you know, a margarita made with beer. And, uh, vodka.”
“So basically, the only thing it has in common with a margarita is the lime slush stuff.”
She didn’t say anything for a moment, mulling it over, and then with a shrug, “Yep. It’s great, try it.”
I shrugged back, “Well, what doesn’t kill you and all that jazz…”
I tipped the cup up, letting the icy drink flow into my mouth.
And as it hit my taste buds, I knew the move was going to work out fine.
Summer brew, in a list of ingredients, sounds to be the most foul thing you could put into your body. Crappy beer, cheap vodka, frozen limeade, a big spoon to stir it, and maybe ice if you’re not planning on downing it all immediately, are the components. And when mixed, it looks nearly identical to a cup of refrigerated urine, slightly yellow and frothy. But, dear God, does it taste delicious. Everyone that tries it speaks of it for the rest of their lives. My friends and I make a mission of exposing as many people to summer brew as possible every summer, spreading it like a new religion. And my favorite part about it? The metaphor of summer brew as our city. A mix-mash of things that shouldn’t go together, creating the most unforgettable kind of end result.