Month / May 2013

— 2009 — It was the middle of May, 2009, and the visitor center still wasn’t finished. The first impression was of a start-up in very capable hands. Steve Miller took me on the full tour of the new facility. Regretfully I had to leave before the kitchen opened or my notes would have been […]

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For over fifteen years both Lake Champlain Chocolates and Long Trail Brewing Company have been major sponsors of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. This year the artisanal corporate culture of both companies, and the efforts of Lake Champlain Chocolates’ research and development specialist Lauren Deitsch and Long Trails’ head brewer Dave Hartman, collaborated to create […]

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On a recent visit to Vermont to watch a friend of mine finish a marathon run I had a chance to stop and visit the Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater, VT. There was an ulterior motive… The Lake Champlain Chocolate folks had contacted me regarding a special chocolate bar they had developed for the Flynnarts […]

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Lake Champlain Chocolates and Long Trail Create Limited Edition Chocolate Bar   Burlington, VT – Chocolate. Beer. Jazz. What happens when you combine all three? The Bebop Hop chocolate bar! To celebrate the 2013 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, festival sponsors Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC) and Long Trail Brewing Company joined forces to create this limited-edition […]

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News from Philly: A movable beer-canning operation makes its local debut Openings to look forward to…   From Idaho… Crooked Fence Barrelhouse Brewpub Set to Open Soon “Downtown Boise may be up to its Black Butte in craft brews and pub food, but Garden City hasn’t hit the tipping point yet. That’s why Crooked Fence […]

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Recently the kitchen of Jack the Horse in Brooklyn Heights (pictured below) featured a special four course menu that paired brews from SingleCut Beersmiths with featured dishes. There was some buzz about the restaurant when we arrived at seven o’clock. A woman with a rather professional looking camera was stalking about and someone who appeared […]

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The rites and privileges of the “Regular”… “I’m a regular here… have been forever… (Calls to the bartender) I’ll have a …” How many times have you heard that one? First off, if he was a regular he would not have had to ask for anything. His “usual” would suddenly appear, even at rush-hour/happy-hour, as […]

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There is still time! MADISON CRAFT BEER WEEK TAKES PLACE MAY 3-12, 2013   The third annual Madison Craft Beer Week hosts more than 100 events celebrating craft beer in and around Madison, Wisconsin. Madison Craft Beer Week runs from Friday May 3 through Sunday May 12, 2013 and features a wide variety of events […]

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Wash your hands!   Next week, when I visit an “on-premises” (jargon for a restaurant/pub/bar/tavern etc.), on a burger-and-beer adventure, the first thing that I will do is find the restroom and wash my hands. That is only after I have secured a seat at the bar, of course. This may sound ritualistic but there […]

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Poaching is one of the easiest ways to prepare fish. It offers the best chance of having a tasty, not over cooked, piece of fish. This is not to say that it is impossible to ruin a perfectly good fillet of fish by boiling it, but that is another story… the story of fish soup. […]

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