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!!

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