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Zippy Summer Shrimp and Watermelon Salsa

Happy Fourth of July weekend, Pint Jockeys!  Well, given the holiday falls on Wednesday, technically there isn’t a Fourth of July weekend this year, but our guess is most of you will get an early start on the festivities with food, fireworks and friends. With at least 48 full hours ahead of you before you’re back to the daily grind, we wanted to help you make the most of your weekend by sharing a few quick recipes perfect for any Fourth of July get together. Can’t you just smell the firecracker smoke already?

Now, we’re not going to show you how to style 15 fruit kebabs into an American flag, but we will provide an easy and delicious Fourth of July menu to accompany your bucket of Widmer Brothers Citra Blonde Summer Brew.

First up, we’re giving you the quickest shrimp recipe ever. With a prep and cook time totaling only 20 minutes, how could you not cook this right up? Courtesy of AllRecipes.com, here is the recipe for Zippy Summer Shrimp.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 pounds shell-on deveined jumbo shrimp
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

What You’ll Do:

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat; cook and stir the garlic in the oil until translucent.
  • Sprinkle the red pepper flakes and paprika into the oil.
  • Add the shrimp and toss to coat.
  • Pour the lemon juice over the shrimp; allow to cook until the shrimp are bright pink on the outside and the meat is no longer transparent in the center, 1 to 2 minutes more.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low; add the basil and toss lightly.
  • Season with salt and pepper to serve.

You can pair the shrimp with some grilled corn on the cob or throw it on top of pasta or rice for a heartier meal. Add some more paprika and red pepper flakes if you’re looking for even more heat. We’re certain no matter how you prepare the shrimp, it’ll taste just right as you sit barefoot at a picnic table with an ice cold brew.

Of course, no Fourth of July meal is complete without arguably the most American fruit of all, watermelon. While most would be content just grabbing a slice and digging right in, we’re looking for something extra. And though we’re celebrating America’s independence this weekend, we Texans just can’t refuse a good Mexican salsa, so, we’ve found the perfect recipe to wow your friends and satisfy your international cravings. A unique twist on two of the foods we just can’t live without, Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa is simple enough to make while your shrimp is sizzling!

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups chopped watermelon
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

What You’ll Do:

  • In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, green bell pepper, lime juice, cilantro, green onions, jalapeno and garlic salt.
  • Mix well and serve.

We told you it was easy! Wash it all down with the brew of your choice and you’ve got yourself one heck of a tasty weekend ahead of you. And as you toast America’s independence with family and friends, we remind you to show your patriotism by practicing responsible consumption and designating a driver or skipper. Because whether your plans include a parade, backyard barbecue or day on the water, making responsible choices is the best way to have a memorable celebration!

Cheers and have a great weekend!

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Say hello to summer with Widmer Brother’s Citra Blonde Summer Brew!

Since we’re only one week into “official” summer and already experiencing three-digit temperatures, we thought we’d treat you to another light and refreshing beer suggestion to help survive the intense Southeast Texas heat to come.

Today, allow us to introduce a Widmer Brothers’ summer seasonal called, fittingly enough, the Citra Blonde Summer Brew! As we say hello to this interpretation of a golden ale, it’s also time to say “thanks for the memories” to Widmer’s Dark Saison; we’ll see you again soon. 

Light and bubbly, part of what makes the Citra Blonde Summer Brew perfect for a cookout is its Citra hops. Their striking aroma and thirst-quenching flavor are the perfect pairing for soft malt notes. Reviewers on BeerAdvocate.com agree the beer’s light and bubbly texture, mixed with its citrusy and fruity flavor create a beer that’s full in taste and still uniquely refreshing.

In case beer history is your thing, we found the history of the Widmer Brothers to be just as interesting as the beer they brew. Dissatisfied with the paltry selection available at the time, brothers Kurt and Rob Widmer began brewing their own beer in 1979, as soon as it was legalized in Oregon. Interestingly, their brewery was the first in the United States to offer a full four-seasonal beer lineup, so clearly these guys know how to celebrate a change in seasons.

And, the guys at Widmer Brothers are so dedicated to their craft that they want to make sure you, too, are properly educated on all things brewskis. So, if you were ever wondering how to properly pour a Widmer beer (we’re not talking from the bottle straight to your mouth), they’ve put together this quick video for you. And the perfectionists that we are, we encourage you to try the pour a few times to make sure you get it just right, then drink up the evidence.  If it takes you a “few tries,” we won’t judge…of course, practice makes perfect!

Let us know if you were able to master the Widmer Brothers Citra Blonde Summer Brew pour in the comments and, as always, cheers to you!

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