Category Archives: Beer & Food

How to Homebrew Beer like a Chef

Beer recipes are as common as brewers, and each recipe you find, if brewed more than once, is probably very tasty to someone. Many homebrewers go through a homebrew career having never created a recipe. I’m here to tell you – it’s a worthwhile endeavor. When considering the next beer for my pipeline, I follow a fairly consistent plan. What’s for supper?  Brewing is cooking. A recipe is just that – but you can probably handle more than a few meals without the book right?…

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The Phoenix of Hunahpu’s Day

What is Hunahpu day? It started as a small free event for a beer release and is now a $200 to $400 ticketed event. Cigar City, one of the premiere Craft Breweries in the country , if not the world, hosts the release and festival the 3rd Saturday in March annually. The beer itself is an Imperial Stout Aged on Cacao Nibs, Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Ancho Chilis, Pasilla Chilis and Cinnamon. it is ranked 100 with over 4000 ratings on Beer Advocate. Do I I have…

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Brewery Travels #5: Twin Cities

We’ve spent some quality time in Milwaukee, but before continuing in Wisconsin, let’s take a journey across the Mississippi. My parents recently moved to a suburb outside the Twin Cities, and therefore I will have a plethora of opportunities in the future to visit the expanding craft beer scene there. In this article, I will review four of the breweries I visited; 1 in Minneapolis, and 3 in St. Paul. Let’s get to it! Surly Brewing: Minneapolis, MN Lake Monster Brewing: St. Paul, MN Burning…

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Beer Pairing 101

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 drink work…

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Beer Dinner Break Down

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 on less-busy…

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time For A Beer

This article was originally published on 12/15/2015 Oh the weather outside is frightful, but a well crafted brew is so delightful, and since we’ve no place to go, seasonal beer seasonal beer seasonal beer.  Ok maybe that’s not the best rendition of  a classic Christmas song but I’ve never claimed to be a lyricist.  As I write this we are only a handful of days away from Christmas, the gift list almost completed and I’m on the tail end of my first of 3 family…

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Vermont Brewery Tour

Vermont is truly a wonderful state.  Endless green mountains, pristine country views,  rolling rivers, and of course beer.  As if this state does not already have enough positives, it is additionally home to some of the, if not the best, craft beer in the country.  With breweries such as The Alchemist, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, and Hill Farmstead, this state attracts beer lovers from all over the country and sends beer geeks scurrying to snatch up beers such as Heady Topper and Sip of Sunshine. While I am lucky…

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New Belgium & Ben and Jerry’s Collaboration

Cherry Garcia, Schweddy Balls, Economic Crunch, Dastardly Mash…and New Belgium Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale? Beer and ice cream – together? You bet! Ben and Jerry’s recently decided to graft a little craft beer into their ice cream. Concurrently, New Belgium offered to the beer drinking community their Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale. This is not the beer lover’s version of a root beer float. It’s ice cream with beer flavor and it’s beer with flavors familiar to an ice cream aficionado. Fun, huh? But, Is…

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Sad Face Emoji

Featured Contributor Ed Goldsworthy (@TheOnlyFeed) Hey guys. I’m back. Right here. Ready to roll. Let’s do this. Let’s light this firecracker. Grease this skillet.   I dunno why I typed all that stuff. It was weird, right?   Okay. So I have a shocking admission to make. And there is a big reason why I haven’t written anything on here for a while. So I’m just going to say it. I hope you’re sitting down. Or standing. Or whatever. Look, I can’t solve all of…

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Adventures in Ohio City’s Craft Beer Scene

Featured Contributor:  Bill Lowe  @BillsBeerReport Living in Michigan spoils you when it comes to the craft beer boom. There are hundreds of brewpubs and micro breweries and even more still applying for the licensing. It’s always fun to travel around and try different beers from different breweries. One of the cool things that comes with writing a beer blog and doing a beer podcast is that when you travel people want to show you how cool the craft beer scene is where they live.  The last…

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