Craft Beer Pairs Well With Italian Fare at Gaetano’s

When I want to go out for a nice Italian meal, my thoughts often turn to wine. Wine is the natural companion to Italian cuisine, and I enjoy an occasional glass of it with a good pasta dish. But, as a beer lover, I would like the option of having a few craft beers from…

American Homebrewers Association: Trust me, you want a membership

In the spring I started thinking about this year’s Great American Beer Festival. I knew I wanted tickets to the Saturday afternoon members-only session, so I pulled up the American Homebrewers Association web page for some information. An individual membership costs $38 for one year; to me it was worth it to pay that amount just…

Wynkoop Brewing’s Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout: Does this count as meat?

I am a long-time vegetarian.  I am also a lover of beer.  These two normally harmonious characteristics were recently challenged when I found out about Wynkoop Brewing’s Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout. I know “meat” beers exist; I’ve heard of bacon beers but never had any interest in trying them.  And it’s not because I’ve been…

3 Weeks Til GABF 2012! Today: Using Food in Beer

That’s right, folks. Only three short weeks until this year’s GABF!!! Last week I posted some recipes for cooking with beer and hops, and today I’m thinking about all the great beers out there that are made with some sort of food. I had an interesting one yesterday: Stone’s Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers. It was…