What happens when you give a rich and malty red ale a West Coast spin? Yup, that's right. You get this hop-heavy beer with a chewy caramel center from Port Brewing Company. Living up to its name, this one definitely has some bite.
We're familiar with the big name British beers like Samuel Smith, Speckled Hen, and Boddingtons, of course, but these represent only a sliver of England's beer scene. Ever heard of Badger Golden Champion? Or Crouch Vale Essex Boys? Me neither. But by the sounds of it, these are beers worth jumping the pond to find.
Mix icy cold beer with spicy Sriracha, fresh lime juice and a couple dashes of Maggi sauce and what do you have? A refreshing, terrifically savory beer cocktail with a lingering heat that has become my new favorite summer drink. Meet the Cocky Rooster.
The idea of a white IPA brewed with wheat is an intriguing one. After all, we've done black IPAs, dry-hopped IPAs, double and imperial IPAs, so why not a white IPA? It was only after picking up the bottle that I saw it was a joint project from two of my favorite breweries, Green Flash and Founders. I could hardly wait to get it home.
We've all thought about pairing wine with various cheeses or small bites, and maybe you've even thought of doing the same with craft beers. Rye pretzels, good cheese, and salty nuts are wonderful with beer. But when it comes to pairings, how about music?
Is there a craft beerfest in your near future? These events bring in breweries from nearby and far away, giving you a chance to sample your way through a wide range of beers in the span of an afternoon. Fun times! Here are a few tips for making the most of your experience.
How could I say no to a sweet and fruity Belgian tripel brewed with, as the description states, "a Southeast Asian twist"? The twist in this case was a dose of rice in the brew's grain bill to lighten the body and some thai basil for spicy fresh flavor. Nope, there was no saying no to this one.
Beer doesn't play a huge role in my everyday life. When the weather's hot, I'll share one with friends in the backyard, and when we go out for Mexican or Indian food, I generally order beer. But recently while traveling in New Jersey, I started to think about beer quite a bit. It seemed that lots of restaurants, family, and friends were cooking with beer. From chicken to kabobs to grainy baguettes, I noticed it everywhere.
Quick beer-brewing lesson: most beer is made from barley. Barley contains gluten. Therefore, most beer is not gluten-free. This is why I am absolutely fascinated by this new process by which the Craft Brew Alliance and Widmer Brothers Brewing in Oregon have made a barley-based gluten-free beer. It's science meets craft brewing in the best possible way.
If you're like most people, you've got your favorite cocktails: your go-to summer drink, your warm-me-up winter drink, the quick before-dinner drink you mix for yourself on a busy weeknight after a long day of work. I find in my day-to-day life, there are few surprises when it comes to cocktails. Recently I learned I was wrong. There's a lot your bartender is not telling you.