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Stoudt’s Beer Tasting

Stoudt’s Beer Tasting

Last Sunday, I had the privilege to attend a beer pairing event hosted at Checkers Bistro in Lancaster, PA. Not only did it feature Stoudt’s Brewing Company beers paired with top-notch food, but it included a table of Stoudt’s representatives. This included the founders/owners: Ed and Carol Stoudt. After getting seated, Ed and Carol gave a short introduction about the brewery. They attended a Brewer’s Conference on Portland, Oregon and were excited in what was going … Read entire article »

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Unlikely Pairings: Bud Light + ?

Unlikely Pairings: Bud Light + ?

It’s time to finally get around to reviewing this quality beer. Not only that, but I experimented below with a few variations to enhance its quality, if it’s possible. When purchasing this beer, I was amazed to still find the rare St. Patrick’s Day bottles still available for purchase! Hurrying home, I was ready to give this beer a full analysis. “Here we go!”™ Bud Light Beer Stats Style: Light Lager Serving: Bottle Size: 16 oz. ABV: 4.20% BA Score: 47 RB Score: … Read entire article »

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Beer-mosa

Beer-mosa

Welcome to the next step in Beer Mixology. Previously, I’ve experiment with Beer Floats and Beer Nog to various degrees of success. Today I’ll be discussing my experience with Beer-mosas: a mixture of orange juice and a decent IPA. Ingredients A 50-50 mix of  Alpine Beer Company‘s Pure Hoppiness and your favorite orange juice Appearance The original beer poured a deep copper with a 2-finger thick white head that lasted a long time. Feeling a little like … Read entire article »

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Beer and Food Pairing

Beer and Food Pairing

Pairing beer and food together isn’t easy yet it also isn’t magic. I recently attended a Winter Craft Brew and Beer Pairing with some friends and I wasn’t disappointed. The host was faced with a mixed bag of beer fans ranging from those without much knowledge of craft beer to those hard-core craft beer fans that only drink the mass-market beer to earn untappd badges. For a successful event I believe you must follow these … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Beer Pairing, DuClaw Brewing Co., Firestone Walker, Rogue Ales, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Trappist Rochefort, Weihenstephan

Beer-nog

Beer-nog

I have done some “exhausting” experiments mixing ice cream with Stouts and IPAs previously. I had a lot of stout left over from my Winter Stout Fest just before Christmas so I was looking for something fun to try. I made the decision to take the experimentation one step further by trying to find the perfect ratio for a Beer-nog (stout and eggnog). While not a big fan of eggnog I couldn’t pass up the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Pairing, Bell's Brewery, Reviews, Stout

Unlikely Pairings: Weather

Unlikely Pairings: Weather

For my next installment of “Unlikely Pairings”, I was initially inspired by the events surrounding Superstorm/Hurricane Sandy. Up in State College, Monday afternoon classes were canceled. Being a rarity, and that the area was only a minor impact from the storm, many students raided the local bottle shops for Hurricane 40 oz. malt liquor bottles. So, I’ve decided to scan my tasting history for what I think would be the best beer to have in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Pairing, Bell's Brewery, Dogfish Head, Lancaster Brewing Co., Tröegs Brewing Co.

Unlikely Pairings: Music

Unlikely Pairings: Music

You’ve probably seen plenty of recommended pairings with food when you read a beer description, but do we have to stop there? In this post, I begin a new column called “Unlikely Pairings.” This goes beyond the conventional food/beer pairing and inspects the less common couplings with you brew. Music almost always is around you when enjoying a drink; whether you’re in the bar, at a party, maybe even as background noise while you write tasting … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Pairing, Dogfish Head, Mikkeller, Tröegs Brewing Co.

The Black Gryphon Beer Pairing Dinner

The Black Gryphon Beer Pairing Dinner

My fiancée and I attended a beer pairing dinner at The Black Gryphon in Elizabethtown, PA on August 6, 2012. The Black Gryphon typically hosts four dinners a year, varying from wine pairing to spirits and cocktails pairing dinners. One of the proprietors, Toeny, is an avid beer lover and an even bigger foodie. If you ever get a chance to stop by his restaurant, do it. The unique part of this menu is that … Read entire article »

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