January 11, 2017 by Beer Girl

Beer Pairings for the Week of January 9th, 2017

There are those who tell you the only beer to enjoy with a big game is American adjunct lager. Really, a beer brewed with corn to cut cost? If the game is important, we can do better than watery and sweet with a vague beer flavor. For this meal of wings, meatballs, chili, and cookies, you need a real crowd-pleasing beer. We humbly suggest the pilsner as a game day beer that can stand up to a variety of flavors and palates.

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January 03, 2017 by Beer Girl

Beer Pairings for the Week of January 2nd, 2017

There are those who tell you the only beer to enjoy with a big game is an American adjunct lager. Really, a beer brewed with corn to cut cost? If the game is important, we can do better than watery sweet with a vague beer flavor. For this meal of wings, meatballs, chili, and cookies, you need a real crowd-pleasing beer. We humbly suggest the pilsner as a game day beer that can stand up to a variety of flavors and palates.

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December 28, 2016 by Beer Girl

Beer Pairings for the Week of December 26th, 2016

A holiday meal with a hunk of beef? Well, sign us up. Big indulgent beef is perfect for a big indulgent Quadrupel. If you're going to drink a Quadrupel, there’s no better meal than Christmas dinner. Quads, as the cool kids call them, are sweet malty beers made even sweeter with the addition of caramelized beet sugar. The sugar helps the beer get even darker and, as a bonus, higher in alcohol content. A Quad will pair beautifully with the beef and the lovely sides that accompany this meal.

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December 21, 2016 by Sarah Pierre

Wine Pairings for the Week of December 19th, 2016

Australian Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc - Fish, mirepoix, and dill in a chowdah: may I have a glass of white wine please? Semillon, which tends to have a nice waxy texture, is going to provide the body and richness needed for the cream based soup and the Sauvignon Blanc will be the zesty palate cleansing counterpart. If you’re unable to find an Australian Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc, look for the same blend from France known as White Bordeaux. Suggestion: Cape Mentelle Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Margaret River, Australia

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December 21, 2016 by Beer Girl

Beer Pairings for the Week of December 19th, 2016

A holiday meal with a hunk of beef? Well, sign us up. Big indulgent beef is perfect for a big indulgent Quadrupel. If you're going to drink a Quadrupel, there’s no better meal than Christmas dinner. Quads, as the cool kids call them, are sweet malty beers made even sweeter with the addition of caramelized beet sugar. The sugar helps the beer get even darker and, as a bonus, higher in alcohol content. A Quad will pair beautifully with the beef and the lovely sides that accompany this meal.

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November 30, 2016 by Beer Girl

Beer Pairings for the Week of November 28th, 2016

Wheat beer has long served as a conveyance for flavors. How did wheat beer get this reputation? Well, the answer comes from Germany where, after the wheat beer started to spoil, they would add a squeeze of lemon to make the beer taste better. Today that tradition continues, even though the beer isn't spoiled, by adding spices and other fruit flavors. For this dish of middle eastern flavors, let's pair it with a beer spiced with lemongrass.

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November 22, 2016 by Beer Girl

Beer Pairings: Thanksgiving Edition

Many accounts of the first Thanksgiving mention oysters as part of the feast, so it seems fitting to recommend an oyster stout. Brewers have long used the calcium carbonate found in oyster shells as a clarifying agent to produce clearer beers. However, oyster stouts include actual oyster meat, giving a briny taste to the beer. In my family, oyster dressing is a tradition for the holidays. A malty beer with a briny taste will help make a memorable Thanksgiving--and make the meal more historically accurate.

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November 02, 2016 by Sarah Pierre

Wine Pairings for the Week of October 31st, 2016

Viognier - A true southern fall dish packed with big flavor will need a wine to hold up to the complexity as well as the fruity and sweet flavors. Suggestion: Cambria Viognier, Santa Maria Valley, CA Grenache - Pair this PeachDish with a red wine that is a delicate, soft, fruit-forward red wine with minimal tannins and moderate acid. A grenache from the Southern Rhone would do the trick! Suggestion: Andre Brunel Grenache, Rhone, France

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September 28, 2016 by Sarah Pierre

Wine Pairings for the Week of September 26th, 2016

Morellino di Scansano - This young, fresh, food-friendly Tuscan Red wine will be a great pairing for this dish. There was a time when Morellino, a blend of mostly Sangiovese, was considered a farmer’s red wine, but many years later it is becoming recognized for its quality and likeability. While echoing the tartness of the sour cream, this wine demonstrates floral aromas, dried herbs, and berry noteswith nice juicy texture for this creamy pasta. Suggestion: Doga delle Clavule Morellino di Scansano, Tuscany, Italy

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