Mo’ Pizza, Boy

What do pizza and beer have in common?  Well, the answer(s) probably center around taste, but did you ever think that pizza and beer just pair well together?

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The Sherpas heard so much about Pizza Boy Brewing Co., in Enola, Pennsylvania, that we ventured out one snowy March day to explore.  The folks on the Facebook page Berks Beer Traders rave about the place and we finally succumbed to making the 100 mile+ drive for pizza and beer?! Read the rest of this entry

On the Scent of the Sublime Pie

Clothes make the man.  Naked people have little or no influence on society.”  If Mark Twain’s famous quote is true, how would he lead the statement “____ makes the pizza.”? Read the rest of this entry

New York City Craft Beer, BBQ and Sports Bar Scene – From a Letter to a Friend

The Sherpas were asked to provide suggestions to a friend who was recently visiting NYC.  He and his wife were interested in fun things to do in NYC for a beer aficionado.  Below is a copy of our letter and his response, including a recommendation of his own!


 

Dear Vasily,

Sorry it’s taken so long to get back to you on this.  At any rate, here are our suggestions for beer in NYC.  We’ve listed out every bar we can think of and their website for you to check out.   The list isn’t complete, and we’ve probably left something out, but it’ll give you a good idea.  We’ve ranked them below the list, but understand that this list makes no consideration for travel time/cost.  Getting around in NYC can be a real pain in the $%# and/or expensive.  Subways and/or buses are the most economical and, at times, can be the fastest, so check out the public transportation options before driving/parking or taking a taxi.

Think about BBQ, concerts, live sports events and sports bars too, as an added and worthwhile adventure!

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Beer & Food Course – Craftbeer.com

Just a quick note to our readers….

This course can be downloaded for free.

The Brewers Association (http://www.brewersassociation.org/), publishers of Craftbeer.com (http://www.craftbeer.com/), have designed an online five-day course which includes:

  • four days of lecture and reading that can work around existing accredited lab time in a kitchen;
  • two tasting sessions to understand styles and pairing;
  • Lab time to practice pairing craft beer and cuisine, with suggestions for successful pairings and recipes;
  • A draft of the final written exam, to be administered alongside a practical exam that consists of both cooking to a paired beer and pairing a beer to a prepared dish.

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Enter The Scoville Unit (36 Chambers)

I’m not much of a chilihead. Sure, I like some jalepeños on my nachos, or a little Cholula in my ramen noodles, but hot wing challenges seem ridiculous and even torturous to me. So why am I sitting at a table with 4 chili beers, including what is generally regarded as the hottest beer on the planet? Because for me, above ALL else, the experience is what I value and Scott has assured me that his hobby of growing and eating hot peppers is both enjoyable and enlightening and can only be enhanced with the addition of beer. Well, if beer will enhance this experience, then chili beers should turn this into a straight up Wu Tang Gravel Pit party!

The scene sets with a plate of hot peppers (orange habanero and red habanero), sliced into thin rings, Twisted Pine Brewing‘s Ghost Face Killah, Clown Shoes’ Chocolate Sombrero, Evil Twin & Prairie Artisan AlesBible Belt, Prairie Artisan Ales‘ Bomb! and a handy Scoville Units color chart scovilleUnitsproviding the back-story. Tasters in attendance where The BrewSherpette and The BrewSherpette, Scott and Melanie, and Amanda and Nick.  After some amount of discussion, it was decided that we would first drink the beers, starting with the ale and progressing to the stouts (an ill-advised decision to be sure) and finish with eating the orange then red habanero rings. Suffice to say, my heart was racing with the fear of anticipation and my mouth was watering for some primal reason I am very confused about.

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#Couchtrippin NYC

September 28, 2014 was a night to remember – although with all of the Lagunitas cerveza fria flowing freely, there was a basis in which remembering could be compromised ;).  The Lagunitas “Couchtrippin’ to New Orleans…2014 Tour (http://lagunitas.com/couchtrippin/#) was on its way around the U.S..  What could be more enticing than one of our favorite breweries visiting our favorite city (yes….we are NYC homers), offering free beer, free music, and circus?!

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(credit photo above to Lagunitas Brewing Co.)

The line outside Le Poisson Rouge (http://lepoissonrouge.com/) on Bleeker Street wrapped around the corner down Thompson Street.  Lagunitas, in true “Beer Circus” style (http://lagunitas.com/beercircus/) entertained us even before the event started. Read the rest of this entry

Kane You Brew It?

Ocean, New Jersey, we like it there.  Summer memories of the Jersey Shore, fishing, music, friends, and….suds.

Kane Beach (credit photo to Kane Brewing Company) Read the rest of this entry

Happy 2nd Birthday – Widow Jane Distillery

Bourbon?  Yes please?  Now that’s a flip flop for me, having been weaned on Piels Light and Miller Light.  Over the past five years, however, with the explosion of the craft beer movement, coupled with fusions associated with beer and barrel-aging, the taste of bourbon has become more familiar.  So if I can enjoy bourbon barrel-aged beer, why not try bourbon?

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Return to the Scene of the Crime

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For those of you familiar with This American Life (the weekly podcast), Ira Glass said: “I was talking to some homicide detectives in Chicago. And they told me that, contrary to what you might have heard, most criminals do not actually return to the scene of the crime. Arsonists do. They like to watch the flames. Serial killers sometimes do, but they’re crazy. Other kinds of criminals aren’t really known for going back to the place where the crimes happened. Like thieves, for example. If you want to see thieves returning to the scene of the crime, you pretty much have to go to Florida. Beautiful, sunny, Florida.” Read the rest of this entry

Straight to Ale invades the Florida panhandle

As many of you know, before relocating to the Redneck Riviera known as Panama City, Brewticular was a resident of the state of Alabama (Roll Tide!).  At that time the beer scene in Alabama was abysmal.  The best beer you could find was probably filtered into pure H2O before it was shipped.  Thanks to organizations like Free The Hops, Alabama is no longer in beer exile. Read the rest of this entry

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