Best Of 2021

Best Bruce Juice: King State turns two

King State turns two

To quote Forrest Gump, “I’m not a smart man, but I know what love is.” And while I’m no coffee, beer or wine expert, what I love is watching this neighborhood coffee shop and bar bring people together (masked for the most part, too) over the last two years. To celebrate its anniversary, the King State crew released special beer but also a collaboration with winemaker Subject to Change. The chillable blend (50% zinfandel with sauvignon blanc and syrah) is surprisingly effervescent and super crushable, and at just over $20 a bottle, not something I can get every day, meaning the King State “Red wine” (I think I heard someone call it “Bruce juice” in a nod to the shop’s alligator mascot) is something I put to my lips whenever I need a treat or reminder to take life more slowly. king-state.com