Zupan’s: Tell us about your experience with beer and what makes you the Macadam beer goddess!
Sue: I first got interested in wine/beer/fine food when I was living in the SF bay area and I would go to a lot of festivals/tastings. I then started marketing beer for a large corporation and when I moved back to Portland, I went to work for the largest beer distributor in Oregon as a sales rep and sold beer/wine to both retail and restaurants for 9 years (Zupan’s being one of my favorite accounts).
I now have been employed at Zupan’s for over a year and have met some amazing customers that I can share my passion for food/wine/beer/entertaining with. I am loving what I do!
Zupan’s: What’s your personal favorite go-to beer?
Sue: My personal favorite is Lagunitas Little Sumpin’Sumpin’. It started out as a seasonal and it was so popular that you now can get it year around. The first time I had this beer, they had me with amazing aroma of apricot, peaches, rose petals that led to a beer that is packed full of hops with a delicate bitterness. I agree with their tag line “Everyone needs a little sumpin’ sumpin’ sometimes.”
Zupan’s: What are a couple of your favorite new beers right now that you could recommend to customers to try?
Stillwater Cellar Door
This is their first summer addition to the Stateside line up of ales. It has an intriguing blend of herbal grass and citrus flavors and aromas, with a touch of sage that lends a mild, earthy spice.It’s 750ml size makes it perfect for that BBQ.
Heater Allen IsarWeizen
This wheat beer recipe comes from a pub in Munich. Aromas of clove and nutmeg with a little acidity that balances with the sweetness of the fruit flavors. It is crisp and refreshing — just the thing for summer.
Goose Island Sofie
Aged in wine barrels with orange peel, it is a tart, dry, sparkling ale. With it’s creamy vanilla finish this beer is an intriguing choice for champagne and beer drinkers who are fond of Belgian Saisons. The wine drinker in me loves this beer!