Margaret Pearman is a certified sommelier under the Court of Master Sommeliers and is responsible for curating the award-winning wine list at Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte.
Here are her sipping suggestions for June:
Do you have a side hustle that you’re passionate about? Only a lucky few have the opportunity to make it their mainstay. Lee Holyoak has done just that by partnering up with islanders Mike Palmieri and Faith Seiders. Many may know Lee as the former tennis pro at Long Cove. He is the type of person who seeks perfection in his craft. While maintaining his position, his garage filled up with brewery equipment. What was once a weekend hobby became an all-out obsession. As a partner in the Side Hustle Beer Company, Lee focuses on brewing while Mike and Faith take care of the business side of things.
In an era of brewery revolution, Side Hustle sets itself apart from the rest. Lee flies in a highly sought-after New Zealand variety of hops called Nelson. He highlights the hop’s fruity, wine-like aromas with an elegant bitter finish. His latest brew called Eclipse features a hop with the same name from his native Australia. Eclipse is a hazy IPA that offers a zestier citrus flavor. For summer time, I am stoked about the sours Lee puts out: passion fruit/guava and raspberry/blackberry, which drink more like a wine as they are more tart, lighter and have a high acidity. Stop by 144 Arrow Road and have a taste before you purchase.