A new month means new beers! I’ve been sampling and tasting, for research purposes of course, some new brews hitting our area over the past few weeks. Looking for some new brews to try out? I’ve got a few for you:
I wrote a haiku about this beer that basically went like this: Oh Deschutes Fresh Squeezed, your hops are just so juicy, let’s get married now. And I mean it. While this beer isn’t new in general, it’s new and exciting to us as it continues to launch throughout our area. It seriously has the juicy dankness that I love in an IPA with citrus flavors and a perfect medium bodied mouth feel. The color is also gorgeous. As much as I love stouts, this could keep me in IPAs for days. P.S. – This just became a year-round for Deschutes – expect to see a lot of it!
This year, Troegs introduced a new series of beers that they’re calling the Hop Cycle. It features different hops showcased in seasonal beers every few months. Remember Cultivator and Hop Knife? This is part of that series. Meet Blizzard of Hops, my favorite of the hop cycle beers yet. Expect to find a thinner-bodied IPA with piney notes that isn’t too bitter as they salute the upcoming winter. Somehow, it encompasses that crisp winter air we smell and feel on those first cold days.
Stout Day was yesterday and while this may be a holiday celebrated by a few every-now-and-then, for me stout day is every day. I try to drink them as often as possible as I find them irresistible. I first tried Evolution Brewing’s Rise Up Stout almost two years ago at the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ festival in Timonium, Md. I was excited because it was a stout, and because the Atlanta Falcons big thing is to Rise UP! This coffee stout packs the perfect blend of roast malt stout flavor and coffee – a favorite combination of mine. While the beer itself isn’t new, it’s new to our area as of this month.
Speaking of stouts, add this one to your “to try” list. Starr Hill makes some pretty great brews, and I’m anxiously awaiting the moment to try this one. This brand new imperial stout released Nov. 1 features dark chocolate and cherries blended in during fermentation producing a complex beer that will change flavors as it warms from cellar to room temperature.
What a great Happy Hour last night! We had a terrific turnout on the 3rd floor of The FireHouse — so good that we ran out of the featured beer! Look for the full recap by the weekend.
This happened: Tara Leo Auchey & Liz Laribee joined me last night at #sbhh
And though it was the last #sbhh of 2014 — Fear not, you can party with us one more time: Saturday, Dec. 6 is our annual SaraBozich.com Holiday Party at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey. Details/ticket sales also should be live by the weekend.
Now, that we are just over the half way mark in the season, I think it is time to revisit those drinks and see how drunk we might be at this point of the season.
There has been cause for concern this season so far and many times where I’m sure you found your self taking a few more sips than you anticipated during some games (Tampa Bay).
The first problem that could’ve caused you to drink would have been the offensive line, and this status hasn’t changed too much. The big thing is that they are staying healthy and this gives them the chance to play together, something that Steeler offensive lines in the past haven’t had a chance to do.
A few sips of your beer are still good for this one. Although it could change in a heartbeat, one injury can throw this into a full beer chug.
The next problem was trying to find a replacement for Emmanuel Sanders, and up until three weeks ago this should have cost you a beer or four. No receiver was stepping up to grab that second spot and a lot of them looked like they wanted nothing to do with the job. With the emergence of Martavis Bryant in the past few weeks this problem might not be as gleaming.
Bryant has accounted for five touchdowns in three weeks and seems to be a new weapon for Big Ben, especially in the red zone.
The only reason that this could cause you to have more than a few tugs on a beer is if Antonio Brown gets injured in the next few weeks.
One year for Christmas, my husband seriously splurged and bought me a set of Shun knives. We love to cook, and these will last a lifetime — there was just one concern: I was often cutting myself, and the Shuns are seriously sharp.
Fans attending the Food Network star’s show can expect to see a pinch of comedy, talk show antics, a multimedia lecture, live music (he sings!) and a dash of “extreme” food experimentation (ponchos are provided for those in the first few rows), and of course … puppets. Enthusiastic fans and critics have raved about the interactive component where Brown invites audience members on stage to serve as his assistant.
“We have combined science, music, food, and a few other things no one in his right mind would allow me to do on TV, in to a two hour extravaganza that’s fun for the whole family,” says Brown. He has been cultivating the show’s material for about a decade and wrote most of the musical numbers which all take a comedic look at food.
Brown created, produced and hosted the Peabody award winning series “Good Eats” for 13 years on Food Network, which still can be seen on the Cooking Channel. He has written seven books including the James Beard award-winning “I’m Just Here for the Food” and New York Times bestselling sequence “Good Eats.”
The “Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour” come to Hershey Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11.
The following recipe was created by top mixologist Adam Bernbach, who hails from our nation’s capital.
Using the classic Brown Derby – a true American cocktail – as his inspiration, Adam created Basil Hayden’s Swing Vote, a refreshing and contemporary drink that features sweet honey and dry grapefruit notes to highlight the trademark spicy finish of Basil Hayden’s Bourbon.
With the addition of Madeira, this cocktail is a one-of-a-kind addition to enjoy while watching the results roll in.
In fact, Madeira was a favorite of Thomas Jefferson himself!
No matter which party you vote for this November 4th, Basil Hayden’s Swing Vote makes the perfect celebratory (or consolatory) cocktail.
Check it out: Nancy from Nancy & Newman in the Morning on BOB 94.9 made the Swing Vote on-air this morning!
Nancy, Hauer & Newman drinking the Swing Vote today on BOB 94.9.
Basil Hayden’s Swing Vote
1 ½ parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
¾ parts Madeira
¾ parts Honey Syrup*
½ part Lemon Juice
1 dash Grapefruit Bitters (You can substitute orange bitters, which may be easier to find)
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a Double Old Fashioned glass with ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and a grapefruit quarter wheel.
In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup each of honey and water. Stir until fully incorporated, then let cool and refrigerate.
Whoa! I almost completely forgot to write this post. After last night’s 90s Halloween party and post-party antics, we headed down to POUR in Lancaster for brunch with my longest friend, Kelly, and her future husband — which then turned in to splitting samplers at Spring House.
The Steelers offense was reeling when these two met in week two. Through six quarters, including the Ravens game, the Steelers offense had only put up nine points.
There is a different story right now and this offense is one that can keep you in any game.
Big Ben is coming off a career game last week, and the offense has shown great improvements over the past few games. They might find it a little harder this week when they go up against the second ranked scoring defense in the league.
The first meeting this season, where the Ravens won 26-6, broke the mold of the previous five games that were decided by three points or less. This game should get things back to normal.
Happy Halloween! October has totally flown by, and it’s time for the monthly craft beer news roundup. This month features new beers, craft beer drama, a must-buy book, and everything else you need to know. Read up:
Baltimore’s iconic Otterbein’s Bakery has teamed up with Frederick’s Flying Dog Brewing (read all about my visit here) to create some awesome cookie-inspired beers just in time for the holiday season. The collection will include Imperial Hefeweizen inspired by and to be paired with Otterbein’s sugar cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Stout inspired by and to be paired with Otterbein’s oatmeal raisin cookies, Oak-Aged Hazelnut Scotch Ale inspired by and to be paired with Otterbein’s ginger cookies, and Roasted Peanut Brown Ale inspired by and to be paired with Otterbein’s chocolate chip cookies. The brewer explains that the cookies inspired the beers, not created the beers, and aren’t meant to replicate the cookies but rather complement. You’re going to have to ask Santa to bring you this one as their only distributing these brews in Maryland. Let him know it comes in 12-packs and on draft.
Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Everything
I feel like over the past few weeks Sierra Nevada has had me drooling over the idea of barrel aged everything. They released Barrel-Aged Maple Stout at their locations for the lucky few close to either Chico, CA or Mills River SC. Coming soon, there will be Bourbon Barrel Aged Torpedo. Keep an eye out for Bourbon Barrel Aged Narwhal while you’re at it too. Holy barrels, Sierra Nevada! Personally, I’ll take one of each if you’re asking. These are all very limited releases.
David Chang vs Garrett Oliver – Beer Snob Drama
Earlier this month, GQpublished a post from David Chang, a renowned chef, who says he hates “fancy beer.” He apparently likes to make it a point to go to fine establishments and be sure to order “their lightest and crappiest beer” and saying that “beer snobs are the worst bunch.” Garrett Oliver, owner of the Brooklyn Brewery, responded via GQ in a post basically letting Chang know he was sick of his crap. Oliver calls Chang the snob, not the beer world.
So what’s the verdict? While we’re all proud of Oliver, who has more swagger than anyone in the craft beer world, I think the craft vs. big beer arguments is so three years ago. Yes, as an accomplished chef you should have finer tastes than beer that tastes like nothing, but to each their own.
Speaking of accomplished craft beer personas, The Beer Wench recently wrote a quick beginners guide to everything craft beer which is now available for pre-order. Ashley Routson aka The Beer Wench has been writing, blogging, and tweeting everything craft beer since before I could even drink and basically knows her stuff. Head over to Amazon and preorder a copy of The Beer Wench’s Guide to Beer: An Unpretentious Guide to Craft Beer which will include intros to beer styles, tasting, beer pairing, recipes and more.
Tomorrow night, Andy and I have a romantic dinner planned at The Accomac, our rain date from a few weeks ago. It’s one of their Firelight nights, and I’m looking forward to finally dining on-menu there.
DON’T FORGET — Next week is our Nov. 5 HAPPY HOUR at The FireHouse – the last #sbhh of the year! (Besides the Holiday Party on Dec. 6.) Among other great stuff, you’ll have a chance to WIN the LAST 2 tickets available for next week’s Autos & Ales at AACA Museum. Be there!