Apple & Curds

I am a Benny Boy fanboy and part of that is due to their cider side, if you still haven’t visited or have only tried the beer half, then maybe you check out this…

Milkfarm has partnered with Eagle Rock Brewery in the past, so they understand the ins and outs of cheese and drink pairing.

DAMN – This sold out in a day, so you folks are going to have to DIY it. Hit up your map app of choice and plot the best route between Eagle Rock and Boyle Heights to pick your cheese and cider duos.

Holy Cheese!

Sometimes pairing cheese and beer is daunting. Hell, picking the right beer and/or cheese means staring at a cooler and second-guessing yourself.

But your helpful Cicerone’s have laid out an easy chart to make the process easier….
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Memorize or print out the next time you are at your beer/cheese monger’s.

Pair me

homeOK, I don’t know much about 4 Hands Brewing and I have not had a single one of their beers.  Though I certainly hope to try at least one.  And though I am a fan of the red ale that is not the reason why I want to highlight this beer today.  Nope, the reason is the spot on and graphically pretty pairings that they suggest.  Easy to spot and use.  Way more than the usually tiny (though interesting) prose on the label.  I wish this to be a trend that other breweries pick up.

The Homebrew Chef

One of the people that I really would like to meet from the world of beer is the HomeBrew Chef, Sean Paxton.

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Just go to the recipe page to see some delicious ideas. Wit braised chicken or garlic IPA mashed potatoes. And, if you get the chance to attend one of his special dinners. TAKE IT!

Kris Kringle – Day 24

I don’t usually get the chance to give much beer love to Texas but here is one beer to make your Christmas Texas sized.

A rich, hearty ale perfect for the holiday season with a malty sweetness and spicy hop character. The generous use of five different malts is responsible for the full flavor and high alcohol level of this beer

Saint Arnold Christmas Ale is best consumed at 45° Fahrenheit.

Recommended pairings: Fruit cake, Christmas pudding, & squash bisque.
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Barleywines

One of my favorite magazines is Imbibe. They cover all the beverages worth drinking. For their Holiday issue they talk about witbiers and barleywines. Both of which are great for the season.

Get some satsuma tangerines and a St. Bernardus wit and you will be happy or if it is late and you just finished off leftover turkey, grab a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot.

2 Brooklyn Beer books

These two books are musts for any beer library.  You had better have a beer library or at least one book by Michael Jackson.  Beer School is a great business accented account of how the Brooklyn Brewery was born and nurtured to where it is today.  Very interesting on the intricacies of selling beer and creating a entreprenurial mind set.

To cover the beer and food pairing phenomenon, you have to read The Brewmaster’s Table.  It is an excellent guide to food and beer.  If you don’t learn something new, then you are the one true beer geek god.

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