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“Cheese + Beer” – Setting the Record Straight at Central Bottle

The Class Pairings  “Greta’s Fair Haven” – raw goat’s milk, Massachusetts + “Brettanomyces Lambicus“, Germany   “Drunk Monk” – raw cow’s milk, Connecticut + Sierra Nevada “Torpedo”, California (bonus cheese – “Dutch Farmstead”, Connecticut)   “Barely Buzzed” – pasteurized cow’s milk, Utah + “Cody’s Original North Shore Amber Ale”, Massachusetts  “Vermont Shepherd” – raw sheep’s milk, Vermont […]

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The Burger Chronicles – The Dockside

Turkey Burger – for a change of pace I wouldn’t characterize myself as a sports bar kinda guy, yet two friends with the best of intentions had given me a gift certificate for my local sports watering hole. When a former work colleague suggested we meet for lunch, the opportunity to use the certificate was […]

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Preview: Thanksgiving 2011 Lineup

Based on the success of last year’s tasting and the disparate group we are at Thanksgiving, I decided we needed another beer tasting this year. The main dish: First up, an offering from the new Samuel Adams artisan line: Griffin’s Bow, an oaked blonde barley wine ale. Maudite Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend And for […]

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Beer Buzz – “Tumbler” Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Tumbler – seasonal brown ale from Sierra Nevada I first enjoyed this ale at The Salty Pig – it was a good accompaniment to the various “salty pig parts” I savored that night. In addition, the evening was damp and rainy; the ale providing a prelude to the coming fall. I knew I would have more of “Tumbler” […]

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“One Last Fleeting Taste of Summer” – Libations for Your Labor Day Celebration

Looking for beverage suggestions for the upcoming holiday weekend? Here are our recommendations to make your celebration more enjoyable – Glenn recommends- As this was the “Summer of Riesling”, I’ve included my current go-to Riesling, the “Girl” having supplanted the lovely “Eroica” which has become too dear for everyday imbibing. Herewith, the 2010 Kung Fu Girl […]

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Bastille Day at the Bastide

July 14 marks Bastille Day (and Stage 12 of the Tour de France) and brings back fond memories of Paris and several La Fête Nationales celebrated at the Bastide.  In honor of the occasion, I opened up a Chimay Grande Reserve AKA Chimay Bleue.  Yes, it’s a belgian beer but it was my first introduction to […]

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Beer Buzz – “Summer of Lager” Cisco Brewers

  My traditional  house beer for the summer had been Allagash “White” –  light, beautifully seasoned and spiced.  At one point, though, I was a devotee of IPAs. When the IBUs of many of these brews went around the corner, I realized  I wasn’t a ” hop head” – for me, drinking beer shouldn’t be […]

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Beer Buzz – Glissade and White Fluffy Rabbits

            During the dark winter, I’d spent time with the mad monk – Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.. It was now time to embrace the light and break out my special vernal pint glass. Once upon a time and long ago, in the nascent days of the […]

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Flight of Fancy

Thanksgiving always brings together a miscellaneous group at our house.  Relatives that aren’t really relatives (although they bear striking resemblances), friends, and whomever else we discover who doesn’t have plans.  To keep the younger crowd entertained, I decided to spice things up and try a beer tasting.  I recently discovered Burt’s Better Beers and headed […]

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Holiday Dither – 2010 Edition

  “The wine world has done a very good job of convincing people that it is the only acceptable beverage for fine dining. And I have to say I do love a nice Langhe Rosso with a great steak. But with everything else, it is time for beer to take its place at the head […]

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