25th November 2008

Thanksgiving Pairings

Beer on Thanksgiving?  Something ELSE to help pack on the pounds?  I say… why not?  Especially with these pairings thanks to Tastingtable.com and New York’s first beer sommelier, Café D’Alsace’s Aviram Turgeman:

Here are his easy-to-find picks:

Turkey with gravy – This classic American dish calls for a classic American ale like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which has a good malty weight and enough hoppiness to cut through the gravy’s richness.

Baked ham – For this popular turkey alternative, Anchor Steam delivers smoky, malty and spicy notes that go well with fruity glazes.

Stuffing – A slightly sweet, higher-alcohol Belgian dubbel, such as the spicy Grimbergen Dubbel, provides a lovely foil for stuffing’s salty, doughy pleasures.

Sweet potatoes - To offset their sweetness, pour a light beer with a crisp hoppiness and a tough of acidity, like Czech Pilsner Urquell.

Pumpkin pie – Instead of too-obvious pumpkin ale, try EKU 28, a fruity German Doppelbock packed with honey, apple, clove and cinnamon flavors.

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25th November 2008

Officials approve bar’s £10 “all you can drink” night

Pint of beerNovember, 2008
London, UK

Who else other than an Australian-themed bar in Acton, London, would take such a decision and move forward with what could be the start of an interesting ‘drinking’ era. One thing you could say about British people is that they surely know how to drink. A simple combo with our famous Australian friends and the party is on! Although, they tell us all measures are taken, and strict rules apply, we think the result will be somehow the same. Go to work, go to the pub, drink, drink, drink and then ask for directions on how to get back to your own place! For some of us, that’s surely the end of a ‘beautiful’ night, and the start of a horrific morning to work.

What’s even funnier is that the Ealing council has ruled that the Australian-themed bar in Acton is not encouraging irresponsible drinking with the cut-price deal. Yeah, right!!

Click here for the full article

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12th November 2008

Bobbin’ for Honey Brown Apple Cider

Ruane Manning - Apple Cider 8.00 x 10.00This is such a great twist on some traditional staples of the Holiday season…Actually, it would be great anytime!

I love to have this available for the men when they come over during the Holiday Season…A little twist on that regular, old beer!
~ Kimberly Edwards 😀

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Type: Beverage
Prep Time: 1 min

Ingredients:
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10th September 2008

Beerfest ’08

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The countdown begins (7 weeks) for the Great American Beer Festival, AKA GABF.  It takes place Thursday through Friday, Oct 9-11th at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO.

(See The Full Schedule Here)

Exciting new additions to this year’s festival: 

– A Beer Enthusiasts bookstore
– Guilds Pavilion where a number of state guilds will be pouring their old local beers to showcase their state’s breweries/beer. Talk to the brewers and learn about what drive’s their passion.

Returning Favorites:

– The “You Be The Judge Booth” where you can see what beer judge’s are trained to look for in a certain style of beer.
– Beer and Food Pairing Demos providing tips on what will please your pallet the most with a given style of beer.
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28th August 2008

Poolside Pong

Just in time for the end of Summer!

Pong

These guys have somehow made a great drinking game even better!

Cups constantly falling off the table? Poolside Pong has slots for each cup so they don’t shift during play.

Is it Summer time? Enjoying your time in the pool? Well Poolside Pong makes it so you never have to get out!

Buy it here: Poolsidepong.com

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18th July 2008

BEER FESTIVAL ALERT

In case any of you are from the area or will be down in Lafayette, LA tomorrow you should definitely check out the Gulf Brew: 

“The Acadiana Arts Council is excited to announce that we are gearing up for the second annual Gulf Brew, which will be held at Parc International in downtown Lafayette on Saturday, July 19, 2008.
 
In the style of Germany’s Oktoberfest, the Acadiana Arts Council is inviting festival-goers to sample the best brews the Gulf South has to offer. Held in conjunction with Southern Open 2008, an exhibition showcasing artwork from artists living in the South from Texas to Florida, the AAC has invited microbreweries and brewmeisters from the same southern states to offer Acadiana a taste of their specialty brews at this one-of-a-kind beer festival.

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17th July 2008

Save The Beer Man

The “Beer Man” at a baseball game is as revered as the game of baseball itself.  They’re friendly and more importantly they bring the beer right to your seat so you don’t have to miss a pitch.   If you go to enough games (as I do) you even begin to build a relationship with the guy.

Such is the case with Wayne McMahon, a 60-year-old beer vendor for the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre for the past 6 years.   Wayne, who can be identified by his well known beer holler, “ICEEEEE……. Coolllllddddd………..Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrr!” was fired for selling without carding.  A mystery shopper happened to be sitting in the crowd, asked for a beer, Wayne forgot to card him, and he was fired on the spot… A little harsh don’t ya think?
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17th July 2008

Random Thought Of The Day

Why is it that when I do a news search for “Beer” more than half the articles that come up are in reference to Australia.

Here are a two of the top three headers from today’s “Beer” Search on Google:

“Pot of beer to hit $4” – In reference to rising Beer Costs in Australia

“Man Spent $1000 a Week on Beer” – See my previous post

I guess with ads like this it’s hard to resist:

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17th July 2008

Only In Australia

An Australian man, Michael Leary, convicted of his seventh drunk-driving charge was spending about A$1,000 ($972) a week on beer (How was he not broke?).

He was heartbroken after a break-up (FROM 5 YEARS AGO!!!) and drowning his sorrows in alcohol (Apparently in this case it did not alleviate his depression well enough – Click Here For Previous Story).

He was not jailed as the judge noted Leary had quit drinking since his latest arrest (right), but he banned Leary from buying or even holding a beer for 12 months (This seems like the ultimate punishment for a man with this addiction!).

The judge even went so far as to poke fun at Leary’s favorite beer, Melbourne Bitter, in a part of the country where drinkers can be as loyal to beer brands as they are to football teams. 

The judge was quoted saying, “(That is) poor judgment on two counts there — drinking that much and drinking Melbourne Bitter.”

Now I take a few things away from this.  One, this man has a serious drinking problem, anyone who spends what was probably his entire weekly salary if not more on beer needs help.  I’m not sure simply “banning” him from holding a beer will do the trick.  That said, the judge took this case way too lightly.  He treated it like a joke. At least thats what the sentencing sounds like to me. In the US this guy would have almost certainly been jailed, or at least sent to rehab!

(Source: Canberra Times)

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30th June 2008

Did You Know?

According to Firstcoastnews.com Coors Brewing Co. has agreed to supply all the E85 ethanol needed to power the fleet of GM flex-fuel vehicles being driven at the Democratic National Convention in August.

From The Article: 

“While most ethanol comes from corn, Molson Coors’ ethanol is produced from waste beer.

The beer is lost during packaging or is considered substandard for public consumption.

Company representative Al Timothy says Coors is the country’s first major brewer to convert waste beer to ethanol.

The brewery started doing it in 1996.  Coors has beer that doesn’t meet their quality standards and so that beer is sent to ethanol towers and distilled down into 400 proof fuel-grade ethanol.

That fuel grade ethanol is blended with 15 percent gasoline and sold as E85 fuel in Colorado.”

I don’t know about you, but here in NY we just call that (“waste beer”) Keystone Light.

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