From the Editor

SUMMER STAPLES

Ice-cold beer and juicy hot dogs. Not too many things shout summer louder than this pairing. So, it seemed only fitting that we focus on both topics in this issue. Call it our editorial tribute to the sizzling-hot season.

For “Where the Beers Are,” writer Joseph Guinto headed off to mountain country to check out Denver’s craft beer scene, which has been exploding for a few years. Joseph discovered the boom rages on, with more breweries opening at a rapid pace, most of them serving the tastiest of brewskis. He would discover his “favorite” ale at one spot only to find another cold one he liked even better a few stops later. If you’re a beer lover, you might well be booking a flight to the Mile High City after reading this toast-worthy story.

Like me, didn’t you grow up chowing down on hot dogs topped with relish, onions, and cheddar cheese? Well, no need to settle for the ordinary anymore; stretch your culinary wings. For “Haute Dogs,” writer Robin Barr Sussman collected inventive recipes from our club chefs that doll up those everyday wieners with toppings you probably never thought of using before, such as fried green tomatoes and peach and cilantro slaw.

Now that I’ve told you about these two stories, it occurs to me that I need to do something fun that I haven’t done in quite some time for one reason or another: Throw a poolside cookout in my backyard this summer. I think I’ll do just that. Are you thinking the same thing?

— DON NICHOLS
don.nichols@clubcorp.com

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