Eleven years ago, I wrote a blog entry in which I tried to explain what I believed I was doing; writing about beer as a profession.

As I re-read it, after so many years, I see me in a new perspective, like when you first see a portrait of yourself in any medium and have that shocking realization that others do not see us as we see ourselves.

Which calls fourth two of my favorite quotations.

The obvious from Robert Burns (1759 – 1796), “O wad some Power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!”

And a complimentary observation by Anaïs Nin, “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

From this new perspective it is quite possible to conduct a conversation with oneself past and oneself present as easily as any writer discusses a projects strengths and weaknesses with themselves.

To make it less difficult for you to follow the conversation I shall speak in bold face and my earlier self shall be a shadow figure.

I shall begin…

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BeerBasics.com visits “The Bink” in Brooklyn Heights, NYC for a taste ofthis refreshing summe beer cocktail from Mark Adison’s new book Cocktail Chameleon…

Why I Write About Beer Redux

(Talking to Myself)

13 July 2007/13 August 2018… after eleven years.

Eleven years ago, I wrote a blog entry in which I tried to explain what I believed I was doing; writing about beer as a profession.

As I re-read it, after so many years, I see me in a new perspective, like when you first see a portrait of yourself in any medium and have that shocking realization that others do not see us as we see ourselves.

Which calls fourth two of my favorite quotations.

The obvious from Robert Burns (1759 – 1796), “O wad some Power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!”

And a complimentary observation by Anaïs Nin, “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

From this new perspective it is quite possible to conduct a conversation with oneself past and oneself present as easily as any writer discusses a projects strengths and weaknesses with themselves.

To make it less difficult for you to follow the conversation I shall speak in bold face and my earlier self shall be a shadow figure.

I shall begin…

Why do I write about beer?  The easy answer to that is, “because that’s what I do.”

You mean that’s what you have chosen to do because it once was, and surely can be again, a financially and professionally rewarding venture.

I could tell you a romantic story about how young man started out as a freelance writer, became an editor, and finally the author of two beer books and working on more.  But I’m not going to get into that today.

Still resting on those laurels? What have you done for me lately?

The real reason I write about beer is because it’s fascinating.

Now you are talking sense!

I am sure that breaking the genetic code is also fascinating.  However, I don’t believe that sipping an ice cold pint of genetic code can compare to sipping a perfectly chilled amber ale.

What do you mean by “ice-cold” pint and “perfectly chilled amber ale”… Surely you realize that “ice-cold” is only for mega mass-produced factory beers, and Amber Ale is served between 40F and 50F… cellar temperature. And what the hell does breaking the genetic code have to do with the ancient and honorable profession of writing?

I can also assure you that understanding the genetic code, as specific as that is, loses out when compared to beer, its history, its social influence, its political influence, and its nutritional influence only scratched the surface of the fascinating thing that is “beer”.

Now you are back in focus…. How long can you hold that focus?

First of all: what is in it? Then, how is it made?  How long has it been around?  How many kinds are there?  Why does this beer taste different than that beer?  Once I understood what beer was and how it was made I begin to understand what makes a good beer.  Once I understood what a good beer was I was able to put every beer I drink in perspective.

So far so good, now hit me with the importance socially and culturally and all the various food in various parts of the world embrace beer as a beverage of choice traditionally. Bring it on!

And then there was “context”.  There have been some mornings I am drinking a beer at 10 o’clock and posting the tasting notes here on this blog. (It takes an outstanding beer to catch my attention at that time of the morning.)

There you go again, wandering off focus! What’s worse, it sounds as if you are complaining.

I have learned more than 100 people have forgotten about beer, while interviewing brewmasters such as Garrett Oliver at Brooklyn Brewery, Jim Koch of Boston Beer, Al Marzi of Mass Bay Brewing Company and Fritz Maytag of Anchor Brewing Co.  And, I cannot begin to count the enjoyable meals in restaurants, at home, and in the middle of a Vermont woods in which the beer made the event memorable.  All of the previous mentioned have been not only fascinating experiences but also what I call “research”.

My word! Can you drop any more names?! Aren’t you proud of yourself! Now tell me what you have done with this huge wealth of information, knowledge and brewing lore?

Of course all this sounds like fun, but is it lucrative?  It depends on how you define lucrative.  If you define it by listing assets of real estate, financial holdings, and stocks and bonds, then it has not been terribly lucrative.  However, if you accept it “lucrative” as having had the chance to enjoy some of the best beer, best food and the company of some of the best people in the world, then it is certainly lucrative.

That’s a rather romantic coda to this piece but, if I was editing this/that piece, I would toss the first paragraph and the last paragraph and fact-check the rest with a fine-tooth comb.

And that’s why I write about beer.

Well let me tell you why “I” write about beer.

Like you, I am fascinated with every aspect of beer. I can see the range and depth of its influences in the growth of civilization. The path from home hearth to Ale Wife to Tavern to the “Scientific” and later “Industrial Age” is well documented and can form a strong basis on which can be built a most accurate view of history over the last two hundred years or so. The divisions and the connections can be seen most clearly when viewed through beer glasses.

Cheers,

Peter LaFrance

Peter.LaFrance@beerbasics.com

 

13 July 2007/13 August 2018… after eleven years.

 

TASTING NOTES: AIRBOURNE BELGIAN BROWN ALE

The folks from Belgian Style Ales offer the following information on the product I tasted.

“In 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, the 101st Airborne set up a temporary hospital in a church in Bastogne. It was there that machine gunner Vincent Speranza found his good buddy — who requested something to drink. With most of the town destroyed, he eventually found a working tap at local pub, and then carried the precious cargo – in his helmet – back to the hospital. Thus, the legend of the Airborne soldier carrying beer in his helmet was born.”

Key Lime Tau Beer in UK for one day only: Tau Day – 28 June 2018

 

A collaboration between Cumbria’s Hawkshead Brewery and Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project in Denver, Colorado, USA. Key Lime Tau Beer, is brewed with fresh lime zest and lemon grass, which gives the beer a biscuity taste and a strong lime flavour – just like a key lime pie.

Key Lime Tau (a clever play on the mathematical term ‘pi’ multiplied by two which is ‘tau’) is a limited edition kettle-soured, lactose-infused golden ale.

Thursday June 28th 2018 will see craft beer lovers and maths fanatics alike, rejoice across the globe with the annual release of the very rare beer, as Key Lime Tau is famously only released for one day each year – naturally on International Tau Day (28 June).

On International Tau Day, June 28th, just 4,800 bottles will be available to buy from select craft beer retailers in the UK*. Hawkshead Beer Hall will be the only place in the world to have its Key Lime Tau on cask and will be celebrating over the weekend with live music and an American-inspired food offering.

Key Lime Tau was first brewed in collaboration with Crooked Stave in 2015 for the International Rainbow Project, a bringing together of independent craft brewers to nurture innovation and share best practice.

International Tau Day itself is a global institution, with the Key Lime Tau brew being just one of the many ways, including limited edition art, branded clothing and discussions and events, that fans will be embracing to celebrate this mathematical symbol.

Set a reminder to buy online when Key Lime Tau stock is released on June 28th.  A 330 ml bottle costs £6.28 (yes, that’s ‘tau’ – 3.14  X 2 aka pi x 2)

http://www.hawksheadbrewery.co.uk

About Hawkshead Brewery

Hawkshead Brewery, cutting edge brewers of bold, innovative beers, was founded in 2002 at Hawkshead in the heart of the English Lake District. In 2006 the brewery moved across Windermere to larger premises at Staveley Mill Yard and a new tailor-made 20 barrel brewery. In early 2017, Halewood Wines & Spirits, the UK’s largest independent alcohol distributer and manufacturer, took ownership of Hawkshead Brewery and is funding the building of a new Krones AG turnkey brewery, due to open early summer 2018.

About Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Founded in Denver, CO in late 2010 as an artisan beer project, Crooked Stave is the culmination of brewmaster and “Brettanomyces Guru” Chad Yakobson’s open source Master’s research, The Brettanomyces Project. Crooked Stave’s progressive approach to brewing blends science and art through creativity and passion. The resulting creations, most of which use Brettanomyces yeasts and mature in oak, are beers of extraordinary complexity.

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 Dogfish Head adds Liquid Truth Serum

to Year-Round Lineup

Milton, Del., June 15, 2018 – After an overwhelmingly positive reaction from fans, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s Liquid Truth Serum is back by popular demand as a year-round brand and is making the transition from 6pk/12oz bottles to 4pk/16oz cans. Clocking in at 7% ABV and 65 IBUs, the unfiltered Liquid Truth Serum is golden-orange in color, with citrusy notes of mandarin orange, tangerine, tropical mango and hints of juicy stone fruits.

“After so much love from our fans, the truth was clear – Liquid Truth Serum needed to come back, and this time, as a year-round offering,” said Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. “Introducing it in cans makes it more convenient than ever, increasing its portability and overall awesomeness, and we couldn’t be more excited about the evolution of this brew.”

For more information about Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Liquid Truth Serum, Fruit-Full Fort or to learn more about delicious off-centered beers, visit https://www.dogfish.com

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Deep Ellum Brewing Company

Joins CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective

“CANarchy is a group that has not conformed and has hit critical mass on the path of coming together to stay independent. We’re all in.” – Deep Ellum founder John Reardon

DALLAS, TX – JUNE 12, 2018 – Deep Ellum Brewing Company is the latest craft brewery to join the CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective. For Deep Ellum, a craft brewery with rough edges and deep roots in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas, Texas, the move to join the disruptive collective of independent brewers will immediately provide resources for increased production and distribution.

Founded in 2011 by John Reardon, Deep Ellum Brewing Company quickly grew to become the third largest independent craft brewery in Texas, led by its flagship brews, Dallas Blonde and Deep Ellum IPA. In 2017, Deep Ellum grew 37% to produce more than 45,000 bbls in Texas only, with the vast majority being consumed within 20 miles of the brewery.

CANarchy provides a platform from which rapidly growing craft breweries seeking high level resources can expand and compete in the increasingly competitive craft beer segment, while maintaining independence. The platform is driven by individual brewery culture, giving brewers control of their businesses and brands, while providing resources and support to scale their respective operations.

About Deep Ellum Brewing Company

In 2011, Deep Ellum Brewing Company set up shop in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas, Texas – the first craft brewery to open in Dallas in over a decade. Since then, Deep Ellum has become as well known for its innovative brewing and exceptional quality as it has for its healthy disdain for the status quo. Like the notorious neighborhood it calls home, the brewery is bold, fearless, and unapologetic. The idea of “blending in” was never part of the plan – at the bar or on the shelf. With a commitment to staying true to their reckless streak, their rough edges and their roots, Deep Ellum has quickly grown to become the 3rd largest independent craft brewery in Texas and the 65th largest brewery overall. Led by its flagships, Deep Ellum IPA and Dallas Blonde, the brewery has amassed an extremely devoted fan base across Texas and beyond. www.deepellumbrewing.com  @deepellumbrewing #LoveRunsDeep

About CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective

Founded in 2015, CANarchy is a disruptive collective of like-minded brewers dedicated to bringing quality and innovative flavors to beer drinkers in the name of independent craft beer. The portfolio of craft breweries, partially funded by Fireman Capital Partners, including Oskar Blues Brewery, Deep Ellum Brewing, Perrin Brewing Company, Cigar City Brewing, Squatters Craft Beer and Wasatch Brewery and newly added Deep Ellum Brewing Company, is challenging corporate convention to preserve independent craft beer culture. CANarchy is the #1 provider of American craft beer in a can by bringing value to distributors, retailers and beer drinkers. CANarchy was recently ranked #9 on list of the 2017 Top 50 U.S. Craft Brewers as ranked by sales volume. Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai IPA and Oskar Blues’ Dale’s Pale Ale are currently the #1 and #2 sold craft can six packs in U.S. Grocery. The CANarchy platform brewed over 350,000 bbls in 2017, reaching all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., parts of Canada, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Brazil, and South Korea.   https://www.canarchy.beer

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Oskar Blues Brewery to Release 

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Mocha Ten FIDY Imperial Stout

 

LONGMONT, CO., BOULDER, CO., and BREVARD, NC, JUNE 13, 2018 – Oskar Blues Brewery will release a very limited amount of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Mocha Ten FIDY Imperial Stout on July 7, (National Chocolate Day) at the Oskar Blues Boulder, Longmont, and Brevard Taproom locations.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Ten FIDY was massively doused with unsweetened pure liquid cacao made by our friends at Cholaca, then dosed with Hotbox Roasters’ cold brew from Mexican coffee beans.

BA Mocha Ten FIDY will be available in Oskar Blues Boulder, Longmont and Brevard taprooms only. Numbered wristbands will be handed out at 9:30am but a line may begin to form much earlier. Wristbands will allow folks to (reasonably) wander without losing their place in line. Each wristband has a number on it, and yes that number does matter. Beer will be sold in order according to the number system so Mocha seekers must be present when their number is called. Each person may purchase up to five cases of BA Mocha Ten FIDY. 19.2 oz cans come in 12-count cases. If there are cans left at 3pm (both MST and EST), a “No Limit” rule kicks in and peeps will be able to purchase to their hearts’ content.

At that hour on a Saturday, of course there will be breakfast food available; and the coffee isn’t just in the beer – Hotbox Roasters will be on the scene to satisfy wake-up needs. All sales (draft and cans) will begin at 10am. A limited amount of BA Mocha Ten FIDY will be on draft, 10 ounces at a time.

PRICING:

4 oz pour on DRAFT = $4

10 oz pour on DRAFT = $10

One 19.2 oz CAN of Mocha BA Ten FIDY = $15

One CASE (12 CANs) = $180

For more information: https://www.oskarblues.com/

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Schlafly Beer to Release Hibiscus & Lemongrass Blond Ale

Schlafly’s Cellar Selections: Hibiscus & Lemongrass Blonde Ale

(ST. LOUIS; June 14, 2018)— Hibiscus & Lemongrass Blonde Ale, the latest beer in the Cellar Selections Series is a citrus-forward, blonde ale will hit Schlafly’s distribution area in limited quantities, beginning Friday, June 29.

At 4.7% and 25 IBUs, the Hibiscus & Lemongrass Blonde Ale is the perfect summer libation to gather around the barbecue. With lemongrass and hibiscus prominent in many cultural cuisines, this beer is the perfect pairing for bold grilling flavors like Korean BBQ or a South American asado feast.

Hibiscus & Lemongrass Blonde Ale is the fourth beer in Schlafly’s 2018 Cellar Selections, following Paloma Gose, Raspberry Chipotle Brown Ale and Kentucky Mule Ale. Schlafly’s Hibiscus & Lemongrass Blonde Ale will be available at the brewpubs as well as limited markets across Schlafly’s distribution for a suggested retail value of $13.99. For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution, visit http://www.schlafly.com/beer-finder/ .

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Stone Brewing Introduces ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA

///Discouraged.Stones.Visit (June 15, 2018) – Stone Brewing announces the release of Stone ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA is named after a 3m x 3m square in Stone’s Richmond, VA brewery with three words painted on it. What three words?  what3words, a global addressing system that brings locators to the previously difficult to locate locations around the world. Literally. As in, more than three trillion of them.

““We’re supporting the what3words convention because we think it’s cool, and we see the significant social good in it,” said Stone Brewing Executive Chairman & co-founder Greg Koch.”

‘Stone ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA takes the East Coast inspiration of an unfiltered IPA, but spares any predictability beyond its lack of filtration. It’s amped up to 8.5% ABV with a noticeably West Coast-influenced bitterness, and tactfully balanced Richmond-style finish. The aroma provides a juicy bounty of fresh fruit and fresh hops. Its fresh-squeezed juice flavors include a hint of white sage and pair beautifully with sweet, salty and tangy dishes like Pad Thai noodles, Hawaiian Fried Rice or Prosciutto-wrapped melon.”

“Available in 16oz cans and on draft, the unfiltered Double IPA will be brewed only in Richmond, VA, and year-round distribution will be focused exclusively across the Eastern seaboard.”

For more information: https://www.stonebrewing.com/

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Uncle Billy’s Brewery Introduces Texas Ruby Red Radler

AUSTIN, Texas (June 13, 2018) –Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse, is introducing Texas Ruby Red Radler, a German-style beer blended with Texas-grown fresh ruby red grapefruit juice.

Radlers is brewed with pilsner, Vienna malts, and Magnum and Hallertau Mittlefruh hops, resulting in a gorgeous pale-golden beer with a light pink hue.

Uncle Billy’s Texas Ruby Red Radler is 3.7% ABV, perfect for cooling off in the summer heat.

Uncle Billy’s Texas Ruby Red Radler is widely available on draft and in 12-ounce cans at hundreds of bars, restaurants, and retail stores in Texas. Uncle Billy’s Brewery is distributed by Brown Distributing Co. Inc. in Austin; Favorite Brands in Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston; GLI Distributing in San Antonio; Keg One in the Hill Country; and Tri-City Distributors in New Braunfels, TX.

About Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse:

Founded in 2006, Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse is located in the heart of Austin’s funkiest restaurant row on Barton Spring’s Road and is inspired by William “Uncle Billy” Barton, whose 1830’s tract included the renowned springs. Uncle Billy’s offers the perfect combination of award-winning, craft beers, distilled spirits, hand-crafted cocktails, and delicious, slow-smoked Texas barbeque. Learn more at: http://www.unclebillys.com/  and connect with Uncle Billy’s Brewery on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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What ever you do…

Never tell anybody about this place!

(click on the image to visit…)

Click on the picture bellow to see the story of…

The story behind Belgian Lace…

Often overlooked, “Belgian Lace” is objective evidence of your ability to sip a beer rather than quaff. How many lace rings can you leave on your next glass of beer?

For additional information on this subject, visit BeerBasics.com postings on “Belgian Lace”:

https://www.beerbasics.com/blog/2013/1/20/tatting-belgian-lace.html

https://www.beerbasics.com/blog/2013/10/28/belgian-lace.html

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Recipes and cooking instructions are intended as entertainment presentations.

Specific information regarding the recipes and food presentation depicted on this site can be obtained by contacting: peter.lafrance@beerbasics.com

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Michigan Governor Establishes Michigan Craft Beverage Council

(LANSING, Mich)— Gov. Rick Snyder signed House Bill 4667 and Senate Bill 440 — sponsored by Rep. Brandt Iden and Sen. Goeff Hansen — which will change the name of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council to the Michigan Craft Beverage Council. The bills also will expand the council to include Michigan wine, beer, hard cider and spirits. The bills are now Public Acts 154 and 155 of 2018.

The Craft Beverage Council will award grants for research into winemaking, hops, barley, beer and spirits; conduct market surveys and analysis; and offer other programs that encourage the agricultural elements related to Michigan’s craft beverage industries. The Council’s activities are funded exclusively by non-retail, non-wholesale liquor license fees.

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $600 million. In terms of overall number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #6 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”

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Schlafly Beer to Release its First Canned Cider in June

Proper Cider Raspberry is certified gluten-free and first canned cider for The Saint Louis Brewery ™

 (ST. LOUIS; May 23, 2018)—Schlafly Beer announces plans to release a year-round canned cider across their distribution footprint with Proper Cider Raspberry. The largest, locally owned brewery in St. Louis has been making cider for over 15 years now in its brewpubs, but this will be the first can package for full, year-round distribution, starting this summer. This 6.8% old-fashioned hard cider is both semi-sweet and tart and pours a vibrant crimson from the real raspberries. This will also be the first time Schlafly will be able to offer a certified gluten-free product in the market.

Founding Brewer Stephen Hale explains more, “Our cider has always been a crowd favorite and has developed somewhat of a cult following throughout the years. Now, we can introduce our cider to a larger audience across our distribution footprint and make the treasured recipe available to enjoy all year.”

The 4-packs of Schlafly’s Proper Cider Raspberry will be available starting in mid-June, but cider fans can get a first taste at Schlafly’s Art Outside Festival this weekend, on Friday May 25 through Sunday, May 27. The suggested retail price for the 4-pack is $8. For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution, visit http://www.schlafly.com/beer-finder/.

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MAINE BEER COMPANY PARTNERS WITH CAVALIER DISTRIBUTING 

Freeport, Maine – (May 22, 2018) Maine Beer Company of Freeport, Maine, announces their expansion into Indiana with distributing partner Cavalier Distributing. Maine Beer Company’s highly sought-after IPAs and other styles are now available for limited distribution throughout the state.                                                                                                                                                                     Maine Beer Company will be offering Peeper Pale Ale and Woods & Waters IPA on draught in Indiana.

Peeper Pale Ale (5.5% ABV) is the first beer that Maine brewed, beginning in 2009 on a one-barrel system. It has notes of light citrus, raspberry, and blackberry with subtle pine and light breadiness attributes.

Woods & Waters IPA was originally brewed to commemorate the establishment of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, and features Maine-grown barley and wheat, and generous amounts hops featuring flavors and aromas reminiscent of the outdoors.

Lunch IPA and MO Pale Ale will be available in package. Lunch IPA, with notes of tropical and citrus fruit, pine, and subtle malt sweetness, is one of the most sought-after and highly rated beers. It was named after a finback whale spotted off the coast of Maine that looked like she had a bite out of her dorsal fin.

MO Pale Ale (6% ABV) is a pale ale with notes of citrus, passion fruit, pine, and slight malt sweetness.

Launch events are happening through the state this week and next.

Featured events include:

Friday, May 25

Hunter’s Brewing – 4 p.m.

1525 S. Calumet Road

Chesterton, IN 46304

Sixth Street Dive – 5 p.m.

827 N. 6th Street

Lafayette, IN 47904

For all events, visit cavbeer.com/events.

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Designated Pilot Required to Visit Scottish Brewery

“The sunny weather last week saw the Arran brewery’s new Helipad in action for the first time. With the first visitors for a brewery tour arriving by helicopter.”

“The brewery has planning permission to build a terminal on the site of their heliport in the South of the Island of Arran above Kildonan.”

“Managing Director Gerald Michaluk, a helicopter pilot himself, said ” it is great to see our first visitors arriving by helicopter we are hopeful more will follow when it is known we have the facility available.  With the new distillery opening in the South of the Island this will be an ideal facility for visitors to both the brewery and distillery. We plan to begin ground works on the new terminal this summer”.”

“Asked if this was a prelude to a regular helicopter service between Arran and the mainland Gerald replied: “We have no plans in this regards but will be offering site seeing tours through our sister company HJS helicopters at some point in the future.  The regulations regarding flying helicopters over water are quite restricting, if affordable helicopters are to be used, but never say never”.”

“The Arran Brewery is allowing free landings with prior notification and fuel will be available on site after the terminal is complete.”

“The terminal will consist of a passenger lounge and crew room as well as offering a Radio Service for arrivals and departures.”

“Those wishing to use the heliport should contact the brewery on 01770 302353 prior to arrival.”

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Recently the folks from the public relations department at Boar’s Head sent me a press release featuring their branded cheeses and the styles of beer that enhances the experience of enjoying the cheese.

It occurred to me that over the years I have read articles about, watched videos about, and participated in more cheese and beer tastings than there are brands of beer on your local package store/deli/market.

Each of the above involved beers and cheeses that were particular to the region where the writer, videographer, tasting was situated.

In the sense of fair-play and in an attempt to involve as many folks as possible, I am taking this opportunity to share with you the press release as sent to me in the understanding and belief that each and every product mentioned in this press release and all of the beers mentioned are available in every state of the United States. Those of you residing in Canada, Mexico and on the other continents, I can only suggest a visit to the good old United States of America for the opportunity to fully appreciate the experience.

Without further ado I present a rather helpful piece of marketing including my beer suggestions featuring nationally available brands.

N.B. – I have received no compensation in any way from any of the companies mentioned in the following editorial offering.

“BOAR’S HEAD – BEER AND CHEESE PAIRINGS:”

“Vermont Cheddar / Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – Crafted in the Green Mountain state with whole milk sourced from regional family dairy farms, Boar’s Head Vermont Cheddar cheese has a mild flavor and creamy texture, pairing nicely with the floral, fruity and citrus notes of an American pale ale. This medium-bodied beer with a hint of caramel carries with it a toasted maltiness. American pale ale is one of the most food-friendly styles to enjoy, especially with a cheddar cheese.”

“Muenster / Allagash Belgian-Style Ale – Typically less bitter than other pale ales, the Belgian Ale boasts some sweet-to-toasty malt overtones. The mellow flavored, semi-soft Boar’s Head Muenster Cheese is the perfect balance to bring out more of the sweet flavor notes within the Belgian Pale Ale.”

“Asiago / Angry Orchard Cider – Aged for a firm texture, Boar’s Head Asiago is a robust cheese carrying a nutty flavor and a faint sharpness. With ciders carrying more of a tart and sweet profile, the sharpness of Asiago helps to cut through, with the nutty flavor complementing the fruit notes within a cider.”

“Mozzarella / Brooklyn Pilsner – Traditionally, Pilsners have a higher level of carbonation and carry floral aromas and a crisp finish. More of a medium-full bodied beer, it works well against the fresh, creamy milk flavored Boar’s Head Mozzarella. It’s the product of exceptionally high standards, crafted with sea salt and no artificial flavors, delivering a soft and delicate texture that wonderfully complements a wide variety of recipes.”

“Manchego / Newcastle Brown Ale – With a crumbly consistency and complex flavor that evokes Spain’s windswept La Mancha region, Boar’s Head Manchego is a flavorful cheese, crafted in the Old-World style from sheep’s milk and aged 12 months. Intense Manchego complements the sweetness of fruits such as quince as well as the coffee and nut flavor notes of an American Brown Ale.”

“Blue Cheese MarBleu TM / Anchor Porter – Most porters today carry some combination of chocolaty, caramel or licorice flavor notes. Drinkable in both cold weather and warm, the versatility of the beer is what generates its popularity. Boar’s Head Blue Cheese MarBleuTM is masterfully blended to deliver a creamy yet distinctive bleu flavor that can be sliced without crumbling and complements the creamy texture of a Porter very nicely.”

“Baby Swiss X Guinness Stout – Similar to that of a Stout, Boar’s Head Baby Swiss Cheese has a mild, distinctively nutty flavor. This American addition to the classic Swiss cheese family is made with whole milk for a creamy texture that accents the milky, chocolaty flavor of a traditional Stout.”

For more information: BOAR’S HEAD – BEER AND CHEESE PAIRINGS

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