Beer & Food Pairing

Canada Day and Beer: An “Eh”+

Canada Day Beer

With July here I am almost certain that many of you will be stocking up on briquettes and beers for the upcoming 4th of July shindigs and hootenannies.  Our nation’s birthday is always celebrated literally with a bang as the floodgates open and the masses are inundated with so many beer promos it’s difficult to think of much else! So …

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The Perfect Passover Beer To Drink After Passover

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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 …

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What Cheese To Pair With Guinness

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I do love a good conspiracy. The kind that has you feeling like something is awry in ones seemingly organized world, the kind that begs you to take action in an effort to get to the bottom of the mystery. But before jumping into my own personal Mystery Machine to engage in a caper laced with hijinks, I simply started …

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This Ain’t Yo Grandma’s Shamrock Shake

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With St. Patrick’s Day upon us, the Kelly green flags and the Guinness posters will start popping up all over the place. Your local watering hole will be adorned with cheap, plastic promotional material attempting to make you feel as though the luck of the Irish is upon you as you search for the next pint of stout in the …

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Beer Cocktail: Axis & Allies

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Ahhh, the finer things in life. Now I’m not talking about Ferraris in Venice or North Pole and Arctic island tours in Murmansk or any of that Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous stuff. I’m talking about the realistic finer things. Like a moment when the food and the drink align to bring the partaker to that place where the …

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Beer Cocktail: To Catch A Tiger

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It is an absolute jungle out there in the world of beer. Seemingly every day there is a new brewery that pops up with offerings ranging from simple yet elegant, to more exotic and complex. Walking into a local bottle shop can be wrought with anxiety if one lacks the necessary intellectual machete to hack through the thickets that is …

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Thanksgiving Beer: Counting Our Blessings

As we all prepare to reap the bounty of the harvest on this third Thursday of the month of November, the flood of things that I am thankful for rush past my mind like the Mayflower rushing to the New World. Family is an obvious one, friends is another, health, happiness, and love also make the list of blessings to …

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Kriek Beers: It’s All Kriek To Me

Whether you are into craft beer, home brew, commercial brew, or even strange brew, the fact remains that we live in exciting times in regard to beer! With so many varieties and versions popping up seemingly daily, it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out a new beer to try. So if you’re looking to take a break …

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Oktoberfest Beer 101

Now I know there are plenty of you out there that will no doubt NOT need a reason to celebrate the much loved brew that you are probably enjoying as you read this. Tuesdays, Flag Day, Teacher In-service day, whatever! Crack one open! But for some the celebration is part of the ritual, part of the love that he or …

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Pairing Rogue’s Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale

In a world, dominated by bacon, one beer stands alone against the odds…ok, I know, without Mr. Movie Voice Don LaFontaine saying it the words are just ridiculous! The truth remains though that we do live “in a world” that is gone bonkers for bacon, and it shows in the endless amounts of bacon products out there. From bacon gum …

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The Grapes of St. Peter’s

I have no idea where you are reading this from dear reader, but here, it’s hot. When the sun bears down on you like you have entered Hades itself the only thing, or I should say the RIGHT thing, to do to escape the 104° heat, is to turn the A/C switch to that little snowflake symbol and reach for …

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Beer and Food Pairings: It Ain’t Nuthin’ But a Brie Thang Baybaaay!

“Keeping it real” is a pretty subjective concept. The individual nature of the “realness” varies from person to person, transcending convention as it harkens the partaker to the days of yore as they reminisce of the past experiences that acted as the roots of their image. One might call it a guilty pleasure or a stroll down a lane bespeckled …

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Beers to Pair With Christmas Dinner – 12 Days Of Christmas Fun – Day 8

Christmas day is now less than a week away, and as the craft beer industry continues to grow more and more people will be reaching for beers this year. Whether you’re looking for the right beer to complement your meal or just something tasty to sip while the kids open presents, you’ve come to the right place. With Christmas traditions …

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Pair Your Beer With Beer Chips

Anything made with beer is usually better. That’s why I was excited to try out some potato chips made out of beer which are simply called Beer Chips®. People have been pairing beer with mixed nuts in bars for too long and I’m a fan of trying new snacks. Beer Chips are actually made with real beer although the flavor …

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Homebrew Inspired Energy Bars – BRUBAR

Sometimes home brewers come up with concoctions that haven’t been tried before, with some succeeding, and others failing big time.  Every once in awhile a home brewer comes up with an idea that is simply delicious, yet the end result isn’t even beer.  This is the case with BRUBAR, an all natural energy bar made with barley malt, which I …

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Discovering Craft Beers at the Pike Brewery

I came across this video this morning put out by Bonefish Grill which has Tim Curci (founder of Bonefish Grill) doing an interview at Pike Brewery in Seattle, WA with Charles Finkel. It’s a great interview where they talk about everything from craft beer and prohibition to beer & food pairings. Check it out and let me know your thoughts.

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Beer Lovers Guide to Serving a Gourmet Cheese Course

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Sara Kahn. If you would like to contribute a guest post to BlogAboutBeer.com, please contact me. Imagine my surprise at the results of one of our recent surveys of gourmet cheese lovers: men overwhelmingly preferred wine (73%) over beer when enjoying cheese. I suppose this shouldn’t be so shocking given how …

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Beers To Try (And Why) This Thanksgiving

Needless to say, I’m a big advocate of beer rather than wine ’round the Thanksgiving dinner table. And I’ve written about it at Thanksgiving time every year the blog’s been around (last year’s post here). And the fact remains, if you want to wax traditional this holiday, than wine has no place at the Thanksgiving feast. The Pilgrims, after all, …

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Beer & Cheese Pairings in The Wall Street Journal

It’s always great to see beer & cheese pairing discussed in the mainstream news, as it’s certainly still an up-and-coming notion in much of the mainstream world. So I was psyched to find an article on the topic a few days ago in the Wall Street Journal, of all places. The article, entitled “Trouble Brews for Wine; Cheese Chooses Beer” …

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Upcoming Beer & Cheese Social at Portland’s The Salt Exchange

The folks at Redhook and Widmer Bros. (who run their East Coast operations out of their brewery in nearby Portsmouth, NH) have announced an upcoming Portland (Maine) event, which sounds like a definite do-not-miss! On Tuesday September 15th, join the Redhook folks at Portland’s new The Salt Exchange (245 Commercial St. Portland, ME) for a “Beer & Cheese Social” featuring …

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Finally a Beer & Veggies Recipe!

I don’t know if I’ve ever made it abundantly clear here before or not, but I am a vegetarian (and have been for almost exactly 13 years). So, needless to say, the majority of beer & food pairings or recipes involving beer that come across my inbox go right into the virtual trashcan because they so often revolve around meat. …

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One of My Favorite Beer & Food Pairings Yet!

Last night I happened across one of my new found favorite beer & food pairings and I wanted to share it with everyone. While it’s probably a pairing which would be pretty self-explanatory to anyone whose been pairing food & beer for awhile, I think it’s a great combination and a great introduction to the hobby for any pairing newbies …

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UPDATED: Lots of January Maine Beer Events

Temperatures may be down (waaaay down) in Portland, but the beer events seem to be up (waaaay up). First, Gritty’s has developed a small-batch porter to support the Portland Pirates hockey team.  Named after the Pirates’ mascot, Salty Pete Porter is available at Gritty’s Portland brew pub only, and only for a limited time. According to the official press release, This porter is …

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Upcoming Dogfish Head Beer Dinner in Lewiston, Maine

YPLAA (that’s Young Professionals of the Lewiston/Auburn Area to you) is hosting a Beer Tasting Dinner at Fuel Restaurant on Lisbon St. in Lewiston, Maine on January 20th. The dinner, hosted by Allen Reitz of Dogfish Head Brewery, will be a 5 course meal professionally paired with a variety of beers from Dogfish Head Brewery. Reitz will be explaining the …

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Interactive Beer & Food Pairing Map

If you’ve been here before, you already know I’m a big fan of beer & food pairing, especially with holiday meals. So, needless to say, I was psyched to find this fun little interactive menu from Michigan’s MLive.com today: Winter is the time when Michiganians like to “nest” indoors with our favorite comfort foods, to gather with family around the …

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Don’t Forget the Beer this Thanksgiving

As the Thanksgiving holiday looms near here in the states, the Interwebs are abuzz with stories  about what best to do with your beer during your holiday festivities. First, the Dallas Morning News released a list of what beers to drink and when during a holiday party. First, Aperitif: As guests arrive, hand them something crisp and cold, light as …

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Try Beer & Chocolate this Halloween

Just in time to begin celebrations for the candy holiday, Charlie Papazian — possibly the country’s most famous homebrewer and author of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing — wrote today in his Beer Examiner blog about the delicious and complex pairing of real, good, dark chocolate and real, good (often dark) beer. Papazian explains, The story of chocolate making is …

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The New Wine?

There was an article in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution entitled Is Beer Becoming the New Wine? The article didn’t say much and was mostly just a press release for an upcoming beer dinner at a place called Twain’s in Decatur. Although the article did preface the information about the beer dinner by saying, The nose is just a little bit forward, …

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Beer And Food Pairings that DON’T work

Worldofbeer.com this weekend has a feature which lists 10 food and beer pairings NOT to try (an interesting twist) and why. And nicely, below each non-pairing is a recommendation of what to try instead. The 10 DON’Ts were: 10. spicy food and mainstream American lager 9. salty food and malty beer 8. sweet desserts and bitter beer 7. brie and …

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Fun Beer Links: Summer Brews, Beer & Cheese, New Brew Mag

Good evening, all – just wanted to share some fun beer-y things from around the web on this warm summer evening: First, a story from Primer Magazine entitled “The Beers I’m Drinking This Summer — And Why“, which goes beyond the American Light Lager to encourage folks to drink Blondes — like Pyramid Curveball Blonde (WA), Red Hook Blonde (NH/WA), …

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Beer & Cheese Pairing Going Mainstream

For anyone who missed it, I wanted to point you in the direction of a wonderful piece which appeared in Wednesday’s Chicago Sun-Times about why beer (not wine!) and cheese make an ideal match; it makes for a great Friday-afternoon-when-you-want-to-be-anywhere-but-the-office read. To quote the article a bit, It’s a preference borne of passion, but there is a strong scientific basis …

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How to Drink Better Beer, Part Six: Beer and Food

This is part six, the final post of a six-part series (click here for part one, part two, part three, part four & part five) on improving your beer drinking experience. While the series is written for Better Beer newcomers, it is advice that is beneficial to even the most seasoned beer drinkers out there. Cheers. image by Diana Nevermind …

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The Perfect Valentine’s Day Pair

When you think of Valentine’s Day, what comes to mind? Roses; chocolate; diamonds; Hallmark; sappy love songs? Of course. But Beer? No? Well, it should! As “The Beer Goddess” Stacey Faba — owner of Pauly’s Specialty Bottle Shop in Lowell — Michigan explains, “Jolly Pumpkin Brewery’s brown ale with its cocoa and spices is fantastic with a raspberry truffle… I’ll …

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The Next Portland Beer Dinner: February 23rd at Bull Feeney’s

Click to enlarge I know those of you living in the Portland Metro Area have been deprived of great beer-and-food-opportunities lately (ahem…) so I figured I’d pass along the news of another one: On February 23rd from 6:00-8:00pm join Bob Cannon (the bald, woolly brewmaster from the Sam Adams commercials) and Lee Gardiner, Bull Feeney’s chef, “on a culinary journey …

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I’ll be at the Beer & Cheese Dinner at Vignola, Will You?

Just a reminder that the Beer & Cheese Dinner at Vignola in Portland is this Saturday the 19th. I just found out this afternoon that I have a couple of press passes to the event, so look for a complete re-cap after the fact. It’s not too late to get tickets yourself – they’re only $25 but must be purchases …

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Even More Upcoming Beer Events in Portland!

With another 14 fresh inches of snow falling on Portland today alone, news like this certainly warms the cold soul. First, more details about the upcoming beer & cheese event at Vignola which was announced a few days ago (from the restaurants’ PR firm): Rob Tod from Allagash Brewing will be on hand, as well as folks from Wicked Wine.  They’ll …

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Beer & Cheese Event in Portland

Just a quick note to all the Maine readers out there: Vignola, which is located at 10 Dana St. in Portland’s Old Port is hosting its second annual Belgian Beer & Cheese Tasting party on Saturday January 19th from 2:00-5:30pm. Come experience 30 Belgian and Belgian-style Beers perfectly paired with 25 artisan cheeses from around the world. The event is …

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Beers to Bring to the Table this Holiday Season

I spent this Thanksgiving Eve Eve doing my own Beer & Holiday Food Pairing research, so I thought I’d do everyone else a favor and compile my findings in one place, so your search is more easily answered. I’ll start with an excerpt I found from Garrett Oliver’s–the Brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewing Co.–book, The Brewmaster’s Table, which I think perfectly …

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Beer at the Table this Holiday Season

According to a press release from Flying Dog Brewery, they will soon be one of many craft breweries participating in a national program called Craft Beer and Food for the Holidays–a free program organized by the Brewers Association–which highlights the ways in which beer styles complement many traditional American holiday foods. The program (located online at www.beerandturkey.org) explores the pairings of ale with traditional American holiday favorites, …

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Alaskan Brewing/California Paddle Fundraiser RESCHEDULED

The beer dinner pairing craft beer from Alaskan Brewing Co. with the cuisine of Comme Ça scheduled for Monday, Oct. 22, is being rescheduled to Monday, Nov. 5. The event was created as a fundraiser for California Paddle 2007, an expedition by extreme athlete Tom Jones to paddle the entire 1,250-mile coastline of California on a 12-foot board to combat …

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Beer & Food Dinner in Western Massachusetts

The Sherborn Inn  in Sherborn, Massachusetts is joining with the Berkshire Brewing Company for a reception and three-course dinner on Oct. 11. The dinner, prepared by Sherborn Inn Executive Chef Brian Corbley, will be paired with different Berkshire beers. Berkshire Brewing’s co-owner Gary Bogoff will be on hand to discuss each of the beers. The menu includes angus beef sliders …

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Today’s Recommended Beer & Food Pairing

Looking for a great dish to make today? try a Honey Whipped Ricotta With Berries. Pair this dessert with a seasonal Belgian-style dubbel ale (such as Allagash Double). Honey Whipped Ricotta With Berries 2 cups whole-milk fresh ricotta cheese 3 tablespoons sugar, divided 4 tablespoons honey (orange blossom, preferably) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Grated zest of one lemon 4 cups mixed …

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Sydney’s Good Food Guide Awards Beer & Food Pairings

A new set of awards in Sydney Austrailia’s SMH Good Food Guide aims to increase chefs’ awareness of beer as a potential food partner. Both the Pony restaurant and the Rose of Australia hotel in Sydney have received awards this week for their beer-friendly menus. Flavour, innovation and passion were the determining criteria, the chairman of the judging panel, Matthew Kemp, …

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Matching Beer & Food

Garrett Oliver, the award-winning brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery and author of The Brewmaster’s Table has recently challenged a number of chefs to pair-offs. They chose the courses and wines; Oliver chose the beer. He insists he has gotten most of the chefs to admit that beer prevailed. Still skeptical that beer can be paired with dinner just as easily as …

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