TV | After a year of waiting, the third season of comedy-drama ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK finally returned to Netflix last week. If you're like me, it'll only take you two or three days to binge-watch the 13 hour-long episodes; then it's time for another year of anticipation and waiting. This Netflix original show follows the life of Piper Chapman, a young New Yorker sentenced to 15 months in a women's federal prison, as well as many other characters doing time for an array of crimes. According to creator Jenji Kohan, faith and motherhood are the themes for Season 3, accompanied by a few new characters and plot twists.
BEER | To me, 90-degree weather calls for one thing. A fresh, ice-cold beer. To enjoy both sun and brew, hop on over to No-Li Brewery to test out their seasonal BRASS MONKEY while enjoying their outdoor patio. When most hear the name Brass Monkey, they think of the classic cocktail made with malt liquor and orange juice. No-Li brewers have created their own spin on the drink, with 7 pounds of orange peel flavoring each batch of strong ale. You can drink the citrus beer throughout the summer in-house, or take it home in a 22-ounce bottle or growler.
BOOK | Beloved author Judy Blume has done it again with her new novel IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT. Following in the steps of many of her other books, In the Unlikely Event follows the life of a young woman and her community as they cope with grief, explore love, and battle difficulties with friendships — this time, after a series of plane crashes devastate their town. Blume proves again that she can tap into the lives and hardships of young people. At 77, she has announced that this book will be her last. She's leaving us with a good one. ♦