Sometimes You Gotta Stretch Yourself

It was an a-ha moment for me, and not the kind where everything goes black and white, and you’re running from thugs with a pipe wrench. My moment came when I was drinking a glass of wine and was picking out flavors and aromas like never before. I never thought much of wine; it seemed … Read more

Brewed the Hard Way. No, Seriously.

You know, I still have a lot of respect for Budweiser. The quality focus that went into brewing that beer was enormous, and it’s really underrated as a quality brewed beer. I understand that craft beer drinkers don’t care for the beer itself. I always understood that and it’s fine, but to say it’s not … Read more

Pairing Beer and Food by Intensity

There is one thing to remember when pairing beer and food. Beer is food. If you can put together a nice meal, you can create a great beer pairing. The principles I’ll share in the next few posts are helpful, but not hard and fast rules. Consider them suggestions, and feel free to experiment. Good … Read more

Tasting Beer with Your Nose

I know we teased you about a new series on beer and food pairing, and it’s coming. However, you can’t fully appreciate a great pairing unless you understand a few beer tasting principles. In our last post we discussed how a beer’s color and flavors are related. There’s a lot you can tell about a … Read more

Tasting Beer with Your Eyes

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can often guess how a beer will taste just by looking at it. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, but you can perceive a lot about a beer by its appearance. Almost all beers gets their colors from grain, although some fruit beers … Read more