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6 Winter Warmers 12/31/2010
Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale
This multi-dimensional brew starts with creamy, sweet caramel and layers on seasonal flavors like honey, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
St. Louis Schlafly Christmas Ale
Every winter Schlafly dresses up its amber ale with a pleasant dose of orange peel and clove. The result is a vibrant, spicy take on a malt-forward brew.
Bison Gingerbread Ale
This seasonal porter tricks the senses with a few dashes of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon; you’ll swear you just beheaded a gingerbread man.
Jerome Nochebuena Ale
Thick caramel malts sink into the taste buds with hints of clove, floral hops and spicy pepper; add to that a hot alcohol kick and this beer’s a flavorful match for long, snowy nights.
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Learn more about Lagers! 12/30/2010
Lagers: Bottom Fermenting Beers
Most of the beers today are lagers although they didn’t become well known until refrigeration was available; this makes lagers a relatively new style of beer. A cool temperature is needed for both storing and producing lagers.
Lagers use a single strand of lager yeast that was first brewed in 1883 in a Denmark Carlsberg brewery. Lager yeast is activated at cold temperatures, 31-51 ‘F and is bottom fermenting. While lagers vary in color, they provide no fruitiness or other flavors and result in a clean-tasting beer.
Today, light colored lagers are some of the best selling brands in the world, including Heineken, Stella Artois, Pilsner Urquell and Coors.
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Massachusetts breweries really sparkled in 2010: Five of my Top 10 breweries of the year are from the Bay State.
This is not East Coast bias. It's a combination of breweries stepping up their games and new breweries bringing an infusion of great beer to the consumers. Here's the Top 10 breweries of 2010.
1. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, Calif.
Sierra Nevada is a pioneer in the craft brewing world, and it's fitting that the year they celebrate its 30th anniversary that they have one of its best years ever. Founder Ken Grossman paired with luminaries of the beer world to brew four different, and excellent, 30th Anniversary collaboration ales. Those beers were all great, as was the Tumbler Harvest Brown Ale, which could be the best brown ale brewed in the U.S.
8. Boston Beer Company, Boston, Mass.
Boston Beer Company, also known as Samuel Adams, is another Massachusetts brewery that had a stellar year. The Infinium (collaboration with German brewery Weihenstephan) is the most notable, but the Latitude 48 (IPA) and the Noble Pils (pilsner), are both great, easy drinking beers, the kind you really want in your fridge at all times.
Glad our very own Boston Beer Company came in at #8! To see the full list from Norman Miller, click here!
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Important Figures in American Craft Beer 12/27/2010
Recently The Commercial Observer released their 5 Most Important People in American Craft Beer. While we know everyone will have different thought on this, we were happy that 2 of them happened to be CEOs of brands we associate with! Congrats Gentlemen!
Fritz Maytag, Founder of the modern Anchor Steam Brewing Co.
If Mr. McAuliffe’s New Albion was the first ground-up craft brewery in the United States, Fritz Maytag’s Anchor Steam was the first, period.
Jim Koch, Founder of The Boston Beer Company
Mr. Koch brought craft beer eastward, door to door. Five generations of Koch men before him had been involved in brewing, first in Germany, then in the States.
To read the article in full and see the full list of Important People in American Craft Beer click here!
Our very own Ron Runestad stops at Fox 2 News this morning to talk about great holiday beers and gift ideas!
Holiday Food and Beer Pairing 12/20/2010
The holiday season is up on us, and with that comes large family gatherings with holiday meals. Many people tend to pair wine with their food, but the craft industry has allowed us to begin pairing beer with food. There are now so many different brands and tastes available; you can pretty much pair any kind of food with a beer. Below are just a few of Sam Calagione’s, owner of Dogfish Head Brewery, pairing suggestions:
· Glazed ham is both sweet and salty, so it needs an earthy and fruity beer as a partner, like Theakston Old Peculiar Ale or Brooklyn Brown Ale.
· New England clam chowder is a thick, rich soup that has a lot of tongue-coating cream and a salty flavor, but it can be overwhelmed by too strong a beer. Opt for a stout, like Murphy's or Guinness.
· Lobster is a dish that goes really well with traditional lager, like Heineken or Yuengling Lager.
· Grilled tuna (assuming it is lightly seasoned and unadorned with a heavy cream sauce) goes well with a mid-body lager, like Troeg's Troegenator or Sam Adams' Double Bock.
To see the rest of his suggested pairings which include Chocolate and Cheese, Click here!
Holiday Beer Cocktails 12/16/2010
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Talk Like A Beer Snob! 12/15/2010
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National Lager Day, December 10th! 12/10/2010
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