Tag Archives: beer and food pairing

One Beer Article You Need To Read And Why, 2/26/17

I don’t want to write about distribution caps, failed business plans, or legacy brewers raging against the dying of the light today.  Let’s talk about cheese.  More importantly cheese and beer.  It is a glorious combination that everyone should enjoy.

Here is a quick article to get you started on your beer and cheese journey if you haven’t already done so.

My plan for the day is to pair a few Belgian style beers I have with an assortment of cheeses.  Why am I doing this you may ask. Because I can.  So, I can write about it here later today or more likely tomorrow. To work on my beer and food pairing for the Cicerone exam.  Most importantly, I like beer and I like cheese.

The beers for this experiment are (assuming I can get through all of them without passing out) Blackberry Farms Quad, Blackberry Farms Brett Saison, Holy Mountain Witchfinder, Grimm Candlepower, and Four Saints Murder On The River.

For my cheeses, today, I will go with a gruyere, camembert, a washed rind cheese maybe, and a big old sharp cheddar.  That should be a good range of cheeses as far as flavor and texture to get me started on the day.

Wish me luck.  This could end badly in so many ways.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 6/9/16

Thursday is here and the week is almost done.  This is my Wednesday because my days off are shifted a day off of everyone else’s.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 6/7/16

Tuesday has arrived.  Yesterday was my first day since moving that I just got to chill in my new space.  It felt great to be home and not have to worry about packing, moving, or unpacking.  I still have a lot of stuff to do, but until I get the rest of my furniture there is no need. Onto the Five Articles.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 2/25/16

This will be quick.  I have another blog post that was supposed to be up yesterday to finish editing and post before I leave for work.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 1/12/16

There is not a lot of news out today.  Here is what I’ve found that interests me.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 1/11/16

“All my big mistakes are when I try to second-guess or please an audience. My work is always stronger when I get very selfish about it.” – David Bowie, 2003 The Word

My cell phone is also my alarm. So, when it goes off in the morning, I turn off the alarm and do a quick glance through my alerts to see if anything of absolute importance has occurred.  It usually just tells me that I have a list of new tweets on my timeline.  So, this morning I’m going through my timeline and maybe two or three tweets in I see David Bowie has died.  At first, I didn’t believe it because he just released an album.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 1/8/16

Beer isn’t a widget.  Beer isn’t a sprocket or any other industrial product made by factories. Big beer companies, one, in particular, doesn’t get the distinction.  They have until this point failed to understand craft beer because at the upper reaches of the company they think of beer as a product and may as well be making widgets for cars.  That is why they are buying craft brewers: to take advantage of the loyalty and creativity of craft drinkers and craft brewers.  If ABInbev was smart they would buy these regional breweries and leave them alone, but provide them with greater distribution.  However, that isn’t what is going to happen.  They are going to try to “fix” these brewers and make them more efficient and make their product more accessible to the everyday beer drinker. That is why this strategy will “fail” eventually.  I may not think these acquisitions are some kind of death knell, however, I do not like them.  I do not like them because they are assimilation that will eat at what makes craft beer special which is the individuality and creativity of each brewer.  The culture of craft beer is as important as the beer.  Primary in that is that it treats beer with respect and as the end unto itself letting the beer be what sells itself. That is why we in craft beer must be vigilant and must keep supporting our local brewers as much as we can.