Craft Beer and Food Pairing 101

by: Jimi The Intern
February 9, 2016
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Pairing craft beer and food doesn’t have to be snooty or high-browed. Most bars you walk into now will have at least one craft beer on tap, if not five or more to please the ever growing craft beer fan base.

So why not take your dining experience to the next level and learn to pair that beer with what is on the menu?

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Well, with’s Beer and Food Course you can beef up not only your knowledge of food pairings, but of craft beer in general, through expert teachings, videos and best of all — tastings.

I am going to be going through this course on a week-by-week basis to give a synopsis of the class that week. I would love to open this up to anyone who would like to join in this with me.

To get the materials for the class follow these instructions:

  1. Follow this link
  2. Click on downloads, then on Beer & Food Course
  3. Fill out the information and wait for your email with the PDF

If you have questions about anything just email me here:

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Why should you take this class?

  1. It’s all about furthering your beer knowledge.
  2. The course is not long or drawn out. It is four days of material condensed into a PDF that features everything you need.
  3. If you are a server, brewer or someone else in the industry, you can actually apply to take a test to get certified to describe food and beer tastings.
  4. Why the hell not? It’s an extra excuse to drink and eat a little bit more. has brought on two experts to shape and coordinate this course.

  • Chef Adam Dulye is the executive chef for the Brewers Association and
  • Julia Herz, who is the Craft Beer Program director at the Brewers Associations publisher of Herz is also a BJCP-certified beer judge, an award-winning homebrewer and a Certified Cicerone.

The class follows a great guideline that will not inundate you with jargon. Most of the readings are accompanied by practical concepts so you can better know your beer.

Day 1 – History of beer, the rise of craft brewing, homebrewing and craft beer, brewing process, ingredients in beer and and overview of beer styles.

Day 2 – Who classifies beer styles, identifying flavors in beer styles, how to present and pour beer and intro to styles TASTING #1

Day 3 – Identifying beyond flavor profiles, intro to styles TASTING #2 and how to pair craft beer with food

Day 4 – Craft beer and cheese, Interactive tasting and pairing, fresh vs aged or cellared beer and designing a beer dinner

Day 5 – Test (optional)

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My end game for this will be to do my own beer dinner. Now, whether I cook the food or not is another story entirely.

Please email me if you are interested in taking part in the course. I will be writing the posts regardless. Having a few people along for the ride would be a fun added bonus.

Categories: Craft Beer, Food/Drink

GIVEAWAY: Whiskey Business Wednesday at Stock’s on Second

by: Sara Bozich
February 8, 2016

Stock’s on Second, which has become known for its expansive whiskey line-up and hand-crafted cocktails, will be kicking off their new Whiskey Business Wednesdays with a whiskey pairing dinner on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m.

Whiskey Business Wednesdays will run weekly and feature half-priced whiskey and bourbons from 5-7 p.m.

The Kick-Off Dinner on Feb. 24 will feature four courses that will allow you to sample each whiskey neat and in a hand-crafted cocktail to compliment the dish.

Did you catch my story on Stock's on 2nd's new cocktail menu?

Course One: Woodford Rye taste and an Old Fashioned to compliment grilled baby octopus, an everything pretzel and jowl bacon.

Course two: Collingwood Whiskey taste and an Apple Shrub cocktail to compliment pork and masa tamale, chicken liver mouse and beet and raw sugar-cured Gravlax

Course three: Four Roses Small Batch taste and Hot Buttered Bourbon to complement pecan shortbread topped with a local pancetta crisp, Vermont 5 year clothbound cheddar and hand made chorizo.

Course four: Barrel-aged Chocolate Revolver to compliment Horehound hard candy and Gray salted caramel.

Tickets are $54 each (price does not include tax or gratuity), and reservations are required.

This week, we are giving away 2 tickets to the whiskey dinner (A $108 value)!

Just complete the Rafflecopter widget to enter!

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Super Bowl 50 was Made for Craft Beer

by: Tierney Pomone
February 5, 2016
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As we get ready for Superbowl Sunday, we’ve got food, fun, friends, and of course beer on the mind. The cool thing about this year’s matchup is that both teams come from renowned craft beer areas.

Denver was one of the original ‘craft beer meccas’ in America, and now Carolina, specifically the Asheville and up-and-coming Charlotte area is following suit.

So, what will you drink for the big game? Jimi has some great quick 6 ideas, but you can also show your loyalty with some great brews from each area.

For the sake of the argument, I’m going to include the Greater Denver Area and ‘Carolina’ since that’s really two states, you know.

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Denver: New Belgium, Avery, Left Hand

Because a lot of the Denver breweries have been around longer, they are much larger and have a bigger distribution footprint. You’re much more likely to find Denver beer around here than you are North or South Carolina beers. My suggestions for the game:

  • New Belgium  Brewing Rampant: For the love of hops, grab yourself a bomber (they’re ~$5) and get to it! It’s an Imperial IPA but not huge, hanging at 8.5% ABV.
  • Avery Brewing White Rascal: It’s in an orange can, show your team spirit! Nothing crazy about this brew, just a typical Belgian white with coriander and orange peel. Easy to throw back for the duration of the game.
  • Left Hand Wake Up Dead Stout (nitro if you can): Because I’m all about the Broncos winning, and I’d like the see the Panthers wake up dead. Okay, not literally. Save this one for when the game for when the game goes south (literally, har har) or as a celebration beer. It’s delicious and velvety smooth, and 10.2%.

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Carolina: Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, Duck Rabbit

I’m sad to report that the majority of my favorite breweries in the Carolinas aren’t available up here. I really want to you to drink NoDa Hop Drop n Roll, any beer from Wicked Weed, or a Westbrook White Thai. Maybe someday. Until then, our options are quite limited, with breweries like Sierra Nevada who originate in CA but have a second location in NC and Oskar Blues who originate in CO so may be a traitor to the cause. Nonetheless, here are my suggestions:

  • Oskar Blues IPA: This one comes in a blue can, so again show your team spirit! This lovely tropical IPA will get you through the duration of the game at 6%.
  • Sierra Nevada Otra Vez: This brew is an acquired taste, being a cactus-infused gose. It will remind you of hot summer days in the south, as I think this brew would be a perfect thirst-quencher for a hot, humid, Asheville afternoon.
  • Duck Rabbit Milk Stout: One of the first stouts I tried. Sip one and put deep thought into whether or not you see the duck or the rabbit on the label.

So, where do I stand in the Superbowl? I’ll be drinking Colorado beer, looking at Cam Newton like …

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Let’s go Broncos!

Categories: Craft Beer, Sports

Weekend Roundup 2/4

by: Sara Bozich
February 4, 2016
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After a brief tour to southwestern, northcentral and central Pennsylvania the beginning of this week, I’m back!

Tonight’s agenda includes dinner out with friends and hopefully wine. Friday, I may or may not be joining my husband for a Penn State Wrestling match (including an early happy hour at Happy Valley Brewing Co., which I just visited for the first time yesterday).


Saturday is a baby shower and more WINE. Then, finally SUPER BOWL Sunday.


What are you doing this weekend?


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