Month / February 2011

Last Wednesday Chef Laurent had a special on the menu that gave both the famous French cheese and popular French beer a chance to show off at their best. The salad, posted on the menu as a “Half baked Camembert on Frisée” was to be my first course, as I like to do things backwards. […]

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Once again we will revisit the tasting notes from the blind Tiger this last Wednesday. The first beer I sampled that afternoon was from the Hill Farmstead brewery of Greensboro Bend Vermont. You can find the following information on their website: http://hillfarmstead.com/wpblog/beers/ancestors/abner “Abner (1867-1953) is our great grandfather; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land […]

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Yesterday afternoon the folks at a beer bar called The Blind Tiger featured a selection of beers and ales brewed and kegged in Vermont. Almost half of their over twenty tap lines featured a guest beer. On the advise of the owner, Dave Brodrick, and based on fond memories of a visit to the alchemist, […]

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Put a lid on it! The above picture is the mustard as it is now served at McSorley’s Old Ale House. For those who are over a certain age this is only the latest instance of accommodating the least of us at the inconvenience of the majority. This beer bar, for that is all it […]

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For over 150 years the patrons of McSorley’s (Home away From Home until the sign fell down) have been served a light or dark ale and a plate of cheddar cheese, sliced onions and salten crackers. The origins of this culinary combination of flavors and textures can be found in the needs of Old John’s […]

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Chef Martin Picard is the chef/owner of Au Pied De Cochon (The Pigs Foot), in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Pictured above is the signature dish and, barely visible and un-branded, a mug of the house pale ale. Considering it was the last week of May and the temperature was in the 80’sF this was a daunting […]

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Pictured above is a dish comprised of beef skirt steak, rare, with herb butter, roasted asparagus, and roasted potatoes with onions. Tradition tells us at the beverage of choice served with this dish should be slightly sweet and full flavored to accompany the flavors of the meat. A hint of hops would be helpful in […]

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Essential flavors and textures are necessary to understand when suggesting a Pilsner style lager beer as a beverage of choice with the basic iceberg lettuce salad. It must be noted that the wedge of iceberg lettuce has been dressed with a combination of blue cheese, bacon and diced tomatoes in a vinaigrette dressing. Why would […]

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Why braised Lamb Shanks go with Guinness Stout… Braised Lamb Shanks, served with sautéed bitter greens, and mashed potatoes is a seasonal dish especially enjoyed in the wintertime. In this case, the Lamb Shanks were braised in a tomato-based sauce, the bitter greens were sautéed lightly oiled kale, and the potatoes were smashed red skin […]

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The American football spectacular known as the “Super Bowl” is a marketing paradise. In the beginning, when there was an American Football League and the National Football League and the Super Bowl actually meant something, brewing companies were the major advertisers. Television commercial advertising was as much a part of the spectacle as the actual […]

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