All posts by Julian Cantella

Professional writer based in Delaware. On the lookout for brain-altering music, beer, film, food, and people.

Beer Pairing 101

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Your vote counts!In my recent article about beer dinners, I touched on the importance of pairing beer and food appropriately. This topic struck a chord with some readers, who asked for more information about how pairing works and the effect it can have on your overall experience. At its core, beer pairing is about combining two of life’s great pleasures: craft beer and high-quality food. Almost every beer fan drinks with some of their meals already—why not put some thought into how the food and…

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Beer Dinner Break Down

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Your vote counts!When I talk to friends and fellow beer fans about upcoming events, I’m surprised by how many are unfamiliar with or even intimidated by beer dinners. The general concept is simple: attendees pay a fixed price for multiple courses of food, each of which is paired with one or more beers. Beer dinners are growing increasingly popular as restaurateurs recognize the quality and versatility of craft beer, not to mention its ability to complement all styles of cuisine. Beer-themed events can attract customers…

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Curing the Christmas beer blues

When the nights get long and temperatures drop, breweries tend to go big: winter seasonals are known for their raucous flavors and double-digit ABV. From boozy imperial stouts to sweet and spicy winter warmers, cold-weather brews have a way of overwhelming the palate and the senses. So where do you turn for a break from the madness? Bucking the trend, these widely available seasonal offerings viable alternatives to standard winter fare. Sierra Nevada Celebration Read another Sommbeer review on this beer Here A classic bit…

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Sixpoint Brewery – Evolution of the Beans

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Your vote counts!3Beans, 4Beans, 5Beans. As much as this sounds like the beginning of a children’s nursery rhyme, Sixpoint Brewery’s Beans series of imperial porters is a distinctly adult pleasure. With the recent release of 5Beans, it’s a great time to revisit my own history with the beers and see how the newest entry stacks up. 3Beans First seeing wide release in 2013, 3Beans incorporated cacao, coffee, and romano beans, a longtime barley replacement that added heft to an already sizable malt profile. At 85…

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Places to Find the World’s Rarest Beers

Anything but Everyday: 7 Places to Find the World’s Rarest Beers Sometimes the most renowned beers seem like the hardest to find. Be it a vintage sour, small-batch imperial stout, or Trappist-born tripel, rare brews often become legends, the kind of thing you hear stories about but never get to taste for yourself. So take heart, beer fans, in the knowledge that bars across the country have begun panning the backwater streams of craft brewing for liquid gold. Here is a small sampling of the…

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The Strangest Beer Ingredients

Water, barley, hops…goat brains? Casting aside constraints imposed by the centuries-old German Purity Laws, these beers test the limits of chemistry, imagination, and beer drinkers’ famously adventurous palates. Dogfish Head Midas Touch | Saffron Okay, so saffron’s not going to scare off too many craft beer fans. You’ve probably spotted a few threads of this red wonder in your foodie friend’s spice cabinet or perched atop a paella. But consider this: a single pound of this delicate, grassy spice, a key ingredient in Dogfish’s flagship…

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