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|Stone & Wood Stone Dinner at The Villager||14/05/2013||This is always worth checking out, the now annual Stone & Wood Stone Beer dinner. The stone beer itself is a fascinating throwback to medieval brewing techniques and last year’s was a cracker. You can read a little more about it here. The menu looks great and you know the beers are…worth checking out. Thursday 6 June, 6.30pm. Bookings via The Villager. Filed under: Events Tagged: beer dinners, Stone & Wood, Villager ...|
|Mother’s Day & Beer||11/05/2013||Okay, I don’t want to hear any “your Mom” jokes. It’s Mother’s Day so let’s show a little class! She gave birth to you, she clothed you, fed you, cleaned up after you, and possibly also had a day job on top of all that. If she was a stay-at-home-mom, Forbes.com estimates she should have earned $115,000 a year for all of the work she did. So at least get your mom a card for their special day, or better yet, a beer. In honor of these unsung heroes who brave diapers, tee ball games, the angsty years, and your healthy obsession with hair metal, Blog About Beer has put together some brews that fit nicely with the Mother’s Day theme. Moms work hard. They are cooks, cleaners, nannies, chauffeurs, counselors, teachers, and friends. So, crack open a Lompoc Proletariat Red for these working class heroes to get this thing going! Amber in color with plenty of bubbles, hops and caramel waft from the glass with also a light roasty aroma. These aromas carry through into the taste as well, along...|
|3rd Annual Better Brews Tasting Garden at SubZERO Festival||09/05/2013||Yes, kiddies, it’s that time of the year again. The Better Brews Tasting Garden will once again be pouring in the heart of the 6th Annual SubZERO Festival. I’m finding it hard to believe that this will be the 3rd … Continue reading →|
|Hump Day: Putting the Do in Corona||08/05/2013||
These days we hear so much about the US craft brewing industry, the number of breweries and the mind-blowing quality of their beers.
While there are certainly jewels in the US crown, the torrent of beers washing up on our shores hasn’t always lived up to the hype. But, in our quest to let no stone go unturned, our next Hump Day gives the US another crack with a selection of beers from San Diego’s Coronado Brewing.
From my first sample of the beers, the Hoppy Daze Begian IPA, this is a brewery well-worth introducing to a Hump Day crowd, with maybe even a little gushy praise thrown in…we’ll see!
So, Hump Day will feature five beers from Coronado Brewing Company to see if they will all live up to that first sample. We will be sampling a cross section of styles from Coronado, all newly arrived:
|Breaking Bread – Beer Braised Carnitas||06/05/2013||Cinco de Mayo is the obvious inspiration behind this recipe. While not exactly authentic, these carnitas are pretty spot on and provide succulent chunks of pork that are sure to please friends and family. Maltopia wee heavy scotch ale was … Continue reading →|
|Beer Lover’s Oregon Released||17/04/2013||Today’s a pretty exciting day for me. Last summer I started working on a project writing a book that is a complete guide to the breweries and brewpubs in the wonderful state of Oregon. Today it was officially released and I was able to spot it at my local Barnes & Noble. The book, titled Beer Lover’s Oregon, is part of a series published by Globe Pequot Press. I also just finished writing the Washington version, which is slated to be released in September of this year. In the book I covered pretty much every brewery in the state that was open at the time of writing it. One of the cool things about Oregon and the Northwest in general is that the craft beer industry is moving fast. Because of that, breweries such as Base Camp Brewing in Portland, Worthy Brewing in Bend, and Sky High Brewing in Corvallis and a handful of others weren...|
|Top 50 Breweries of 2012 By State||11/04/2013||Today the Brewers Association released the top 50 U.S. Craft Breweries list of 2012 based on sales volume as well as the overall top 50 list in the country (macro brewers included). What’s cool to see is that craft beer is making a bigger and bigger dent in the overall U.S. beer market. This means more and more people are being turned onto drinking beer from smaller and independent companies. While their list ranks them by size, I was curious as to how many were near me. My home state of Washington isn’t represented, however I only live 10 minutes from Oregon so I took some pride seeing 4 Oregon breweries represented. I then took the list and split it up so others can see how their states are doing based solely on how many larger craft breweries are in the states. While sales numbers doesn’t really correlate with...|
|17 April | Cooking and Drinking | Golden Pig||09/04/2013||Working with the fabulous The Golden Pig Food & Wine School (yes, they are so good I will even forgive them for that title, but beer is food!) we have developed some great cooking and drinking workshops. These two-hour, mid-week classes are designed to be short, sharp & punchy while being fun and informative. Most importantly, they are great value. Acclaimed chef Katrina Ryan, cuts the boring bits out of cooking and each class will each focus on an ingredient, dish or cooking style to give you some insight to the techniques involved. We then do the old, “here’s one we prepared earlier” and Matt Kirkegaard takes over and matches the dish to a couple of great craft beers, which he explains, and you get to sample. The classes start at 6.30 and run for about two hours. So you get an education, a meal and beer...|
|Widmer Alchemy Ale Replacing Drifter Pale Ale||09/04/2013||I do love getting packages in the mail! Those butterflies that arise when you see UPS or FedEx screeching to a halt, the sound of the diesel engine being turned off, and the ringing of the doorbell which signals that in mere moments you will be tearing into something new and exciting. I recently received an email from Widmer Brothers Brewing which merely had a tracking number in it…no explanation, just a tracking number. Oh how the imagination raced! The excitement of what was being sent to me was exhilarating! Then, it showed up. A blue box adorned with half of a Widmer “W” on it, which was inverted, making it look almost like an “A”, and a taunting, beckoning line of text that reads, “Unlock the Mystery.” And unlock it I shall. Was it SWAG? Was it glassware? Was it the liquid gold that is beer? Turns out, it was all of that. What was inside was an Alchemy kit. Not a kit to help me turn lead into gold, but an aroma kit of sorts, a glass, and a...|
|Your Chance To Win Free Beer!||06/04/2013||// If you follow me at all on Twitter, you may have heard me talk about a new book that I wrote on Oregon beer, simply called Beer Lover’s Oregon. Well the time has finally come where it’s starting to hit store shelves and available to order online. Finally! I started working on it last May and most of the content was submitted to my publisher by September. It takes a while for editing, layout, and all of that fun stuff. The book covers most of the breweries and brewpubs in the state, along with a handful of craft beer bars, festivals, beer recipes, food recipes made with Oregon beer, and pub crawls throughout the state. With the fast growth of the industry in the state, multiple breweries have opened up since I submitted my final manuscript, however most...|
|Hump Day | 24 April | Top of the Hops||03/04/2013||
If beer’s ingredients were a rock band, hops would be the sexy and enigmatic lead singer swarmed by groupies and pestered for its autograph while the malt and yeast stand up the back keeping time and the rhythm.
But are all strutting rock gods the same?
This Hump Day puts hops where the lead singer belongs, front and centre, with a tasting of seven IPAs from Danish brewer Mikkeller, each brewed with a different single hop.
We will be sampling India Pale Ales featuring the following hops:
|Stone Brewing Dayman Coffee IPA Pays Tribute To ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’||03/04/2013||Stone Brewing has been crafting up quite the array of collaboration beers with breweries from all over the country. From Dogfish Head and Victory, to Elysian and Ninkasi here in the northwest. Their latest collaboration is one of the most unique and interesting they have put out, a coffee IPA that is offered in 22oz bottles and on draft for a limited time. The recipe comes from 3 friends Jim Moorehouse, Nate Albrecht and Brad Zeller, who are planning on opening up a brewpub in Chicago named Aleman. They won first place in last years Iron Brew homebrewing competition, a comeptiion judged by Jason Ebel of Two Brothers Brewing and Greg Koch, founder of Stone brewing. With the recipe coming from Aleman, freshly roasted java from Two Brothers Brewing, and brewing completed at Stone, the 3 companies crafted Dayman Coffee IPA. Check out this video produced by Stone talking...|
|3 Easter Beers That Will Have You HOPping!||30/03/2013||With day length increasing as the season progresses, and with even the shyest of flowers beginning to bloom, it is clear that the rejuvenation of our landscapes is arriving in the form of spring. This renewal which takes place every year transforms the barren into bounty and signals the rebirth of the nature that surrounds us. One part of this nature that I’m sure we are all appreciative of is hops! So as the hop plants begin anew, another kind of “hopping” is occurring as the Easter Bunny starts to make his rounds! Having a beer while coloring Easter eggs has been a tradition for me and my friends for quite a few years now and I have no plans on changing that. But before the white vinegar comes out and the hard-boiling begins, check out the amazing Easter basket Blog About Beer has put together! Alameda Brewing Bad Bunny With a pink wax seal and a label adorned with a surly looking bunny being booked at a police station, this brew is Easter with an attitude! A...|
|The Perfect Passover Beer To Drink After Passover||29/03/2013||As one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays, Passover is a Jewish festival which commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. Beginning on the 14th day of the month of Nisan in the Jewish calendar, Passover is in spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and is celebrated for seven or eight days. During this time, nothing leavened can be eaten, which means no bread, beans, rice, anything that puffs up. Matzah crackers and bread are some of the foods traditionally eaten during the week-long holiday. But what about all the left over Matzah after all of the celebration is over? You can’t just toss perfectly good “bread of...|
|Breaking Bread – Spent Grain Steamed Corned Beef||25/03/2013||The mentality behind this recipe is utilizing spent grain at it’s freshest to possibly create a brewer-friendly, family style meal that can easily be prepared during a brew day. Fresh spent grain with already hot and wet, two qualities that … Continue reading →|
|T-Shirt Tuesday: Hawcreek Brewing Co.||20/03/2013||This weeks T-Shirt Tuesday is another shirt that I received from the great people at Craft Brewed Clothing Co. One of the cool things about getting shirts from Craft Brewed Clothing Co. is that you get shirts from all over the US. They don’t just stick with large breweries, so you get to experience multiple breweries you may not even know existed. That is exactly what this months shirt was for me. It comes from Hawcreek Brewing Co. out of Hope, Indiana. Before I got the shirt, I’d never heard of them (since I’m a west coaster). Looking at their Facebook page it appears that they are a pretty small operation (I’m guessing it’s about a 1bbl system). If I’m ever in Indiana I’ll definitely look for their beers to give them a try. Until then I’ll just wear their shirt around. Have you had anything from Hawcreek Brewing Co.? What do you think of...|