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  • 2019 SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience

    Posted: 2019-03-23 22:42
    This year, the Brewers Association is hosting their annual SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience Friday, May 17th in Washington D.C. -- as usual at the National Building Museum. This week the Beer & Food Menu pairings were released and they look quite delicious - particularly anything with Choptank oysters, Gruyere, or Rabbit Tamale. Looking forward to another great event tasting with old and new friends. from across the United States Cheers.




    2ND SHIFT BREWING CO. St. Louis, MO
    GRAPEVINES (BRETT BEER: MIXED-CULTURE)
    Ricotta Gnocchi | English Peas| Chanterelles
    MLÁDEK(STOUT: AMERICAN-STYLE IMPERIAL)
    Rice Pudding | Horchata | Churro

    4 NOSES BREWING COMPANY Broomfield, CO
    SOMETHING FRENCH (SOUR ALE: FRUITED)
    Passionfruit Panna Cotta | Meringue
    ZWICKY P (ZWICKEL PILSNER)
    Corn Madeleine | Chicken Liver Mousse

    ALLAGASH BREWING COMPANY Portland, ME
    BARREL & BEAN (WOOD- AND BARREL-AGED STRONG BEER)
    Coffee & Chocolate Whoopie Pie
    PICK YOUR OWN (FRUIT BEER: BELGIAN-STYLE)
    Corn Madeleine | Chicken Liver Mousse

    ATLAS BREW WORKS Washington, D.C.
    BLOOD ORANGE GOSE (GOSE: CONTEMPORARY)
    Choptank Oysters
    NINJA SAUCE (PALE ALE: BELGIAN-STYLE)
    Choptank Oysters

    BEAR REPUBLIC BREWING CO. Cloverdale, CA
    OLD BABA YAGA (STOUT: AMERICAN-STYLE IMPERIAL)
    Coffee Crème Brûlée
    SONOMA TART (SOUR ALE: FRUITED AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Chocolate Coconut Macaroon

    BELL'S BREWERY Galesburg, MI
    LARRY'S LATEST FLAMINGO FRUIT FIGHT (FRUIT BEER: WHEAT)
    Bahn Mi Meatball | Toast | Herb Salad
    THIRD COAST OLD ALE (BARLEY WINE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Pork Rib | Honey & Pecan Glaze

    BOSTON BEER COMPANY Boston, MA
    BLACK HARBOR STOUT (STOUT: AMERICAN-STYLE IMPERIAL)
    Bread Pudding | Smoked Oyster
    MANGO GUAVA IPA (INDIA PALE ALE: JUICY OR HAZY)
    Chicken Laab | Thai Herbs

    BOULEVARD BREWING COMPANY Kansas City, MO
    RYE ON RYE 6 (WOOD- AND BARREL-AGED STRONG BEER)
    Country Style Terrine | Plum Mustard
    SAISON BRETT (SAISON: SPECIALTY)
    Boudin Blanc | Crispy Potato | Mustard

    BREWDOG BREWING COMPANY Canal Winchester, OH
    ELVIS JUICE (INDIA PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Peanut Butter Toast | Banana Brulee
    JET BLACK HEART (STOUT: OATMEAL)
    Hand Pie | Braised Beef Bourguignon

    THE BREWER'S TABLE Austin, TX
    MADE IN THE NIGHTSHADE (FIELD BEER)
    Redfish | Creole Fried Green Tomato | Rouille
    VOR ORT (LAGER: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Falafel | Chive Yogurt | Harissa

    BREWERY OMMEGANG Cooperstown, NY
    BRUT IPA (INDIA PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Lobster Roll
    PALE SOUR (SOUR ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Marinated Mussels | Saffron Escabeche

    CALDERA BREWING COMPANY Ashland, OR
    MOSAIC IPA (INDIA PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Redfish | Creole Fried Green Tomato | Rouille
    MOTHER PUCKER RASPBERRY SOUR (SOUR ALE: FRUITED AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Nathan Miller Chocolate

    CAPE ANN BREWING COMPANY Gloucester, MA
    COME HELLES OR HIGH WATER (HELLES: MUNICH-STYLE)
    Malted Chicharron | Fennel Pollen | Whipped Lardo
    SPRUCE TIP BIERE DE GARDE (BIERE DE GARDE: FRENCH-STYLE)
    Bresaola Cone | Soft Herbs | Fresh Cherries

    CAPE MAY BREWING CO. Cape May, NJ
    ALWAYS READY (PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Spicy Green Papaya Salad
    LADY IN ROOM #10 (SOUR ALE: FRUITED AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Curry Squash Samosa

    CHELUNA BREWING COMPANY Denver, CO
    CHILANGO (CHILI BEER)
    Masa Dumplings | Braised Chicken | Avocado
    LOW RIDER LAGER AÑEJO (AGED BEER)
    Lox | Buckwheat Crepe | Salmon Roe

    CHURCH BREW WORKS Pittsburgh, PA
    PIOUS MONK DUNKEL (DUNKEL: MUNICH-STYLE)
    Beef Tataki | Furikake | Seaweed Salad
    THUNDERHOP IPA (INDIA PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Chicken Satay | Pineapple | Peanuts

    CIGAR CITY BREWING Tampa, FL
    ACROSS THE ALLEY (WOOD- AND BARREL-AGED STRONG STOUT)
    Chocolate Coconut Macaroon
    MARGARITA GOSE (GOSE: LEIPZIG-STYLE)
    Masa Dumplings | Braised Chicken | Avocado

    COUNTRY BOY BREWING Georgetown, KY
    LIVING PROOF: OUD BRUIN (WOOD- AND BARREL-AGED SOUR BEER)
    Beef Tataki | Furikake | Seaweed Salad
    PAPAW'S RED (WOOD- AND BARREL-AGED STRONG BEER)
    Gruyere Gougère | Caramelized Onion

    CRANK ARM BREWING CO. Raleigh, NC
    VALVE STEM (LAGER: VIENNA-STYLE)
    Grilled Lamb | Peas | Mint | Feta | Pea Pesto
    WHITEWALL WHEAT (AMERICAN-BELGO-STYLE ALE: PALE)
    Cucumber Gazpacho | Cheese Crisp

    CRAZY MOUNTAIN BREWERY Denver, CO
    HORSESHOES & HAND GRENADES (BITTER: AMERICAN-STYLE EXTRA SPECIAL)
    Cabbage Roll | Pheasant | Farro & Currants
    LAWYERS, GUNS & MONEY (BARLEY WINE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Hamachi Crudo | Tomatillo | Cilantro

    DAREDEVIL BREWING CO. Speedway, IN
    FIRST NOEL OAK SMOKED BOCK (RAUCHBIER: BAMBERG-STYLE BOCK)
    Pork Belly | Red Eye Glaze | Date Bread
    RIP CORD DIPA (INDIA PALE ALE: IMPERIAL)
    Falafel | Chive Yogurt | Harissa

    DC BRAU Washington, D.C.
    SMELLS LIKE FREEDOM (INDIA PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Malted Chicharron | Fennel Pollen | Whipped Lardo
    WAKE UP IN THE FUTURE (STOUT: AMERICAN-STYLE IMPERIAL)
    Pork Belly | Red Eye Glaze | Date Bread

    DESCHUTES BREWERY Bend, OR
    BLACK MIRROR (BARLEY WINE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Blood Sausage | Eggplant | Golden Raisin
    TEMPRANILLO FLANDERS (FLANDERS RED)
    Bresaola Cone | Soft Herbs | Fresh Cherries

    DOGFISH HEAD CRAFT BREWERY Milton, DE
    AMERICAN BEAUTY (PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Rice Pudding | Horchata | Churro
    SUPEREIGHT (GOSE: CONTEMPORARY)
    Potsticker | Green Onion | Ginger | Lemongrass

    DOUBLE NICKEL BREWING COMPANY Pennsauken, NJ
    SUPER MEGA DANK 420 KUSH DADDY SUPREME (INDIA PALE ALE: JUICY OR HAZY)
    Corn Hushpuppy | Pink Peppercorn Aioli
    VIENNA LAGER (LAGER: VIENNA-STYLE)
    Goat Cheese | Pistachio | Strawberry | White Balsamic

    ESCAPE BREWING COMPANY Trinity, FL
    FIVE FLAGS (PILSENER: GERMAN-STYLE)
    Grilled Lamb | Peas | Mint | Feta | Pea Pesto
    GOOFY FOOTED WHEAT ALE (WHEAT BEER WITHOUT YEAST: LIGHT AMERICAN)
    Lox | Buckwheat Crepe | Salmon Roe

    FERNSON BREWING COMPANY Sioux Falls, SD
    CHAMPILS (PILSENER: CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Lox | Buckwheat Crepe | Salmon Roe
    GALLIVANT (INDIA PALE ALE: JUICY OR HAZY)
    Hot Chicken | Pickled Cabbage

    FIRESTONE WALKER BREWING COMPANY Paso Robles, CA
    UNDERCURRANTS (SOUR ALE: FRUITED AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Curry Squash Samosa
    XXII ANNIVERSARY ALE (BARLEY WINE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Corn Madeleine | Chicken Liver Mousse

    FIVE BOROUGHS BREWING CO. Brooklyn, NY
    PILSNER (PILSENER: BOHEMIAN-STYLE)
    Hamachi Crudo | Tomatillo | Cilantro
    TINY JUICY IPA (INDIA PALE ALE: SESSION)
    Cheese Crêpe | Cranberry Almond Granola

    FLORIDA AVENUE BREWING CO. Tampa, FL
    BOAT BEER SEA SESSION ALE (EXPERIMENTAL BEER)
    Seaweed & Crab Salad | Kombo | Cucumber
    PASSION OF THE HEIGHTS (HERB AND SPICE BEER)
    Goat Cheese | Pistachio | Strawberry | White Balsamic

    FOOTHILLS BREWING Winston-Salem, NC
    JADE IPA (INDIA PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Tuna Taco | Fried Red Onion | Garlic | Sesame
    SEXUAL CHOCOLATE RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT (STOUT: AMERICAN-STYLE IMPERIAL)
    Rabbit Tamale | Black Mole

    FOUR FATHERS BREWING Valparaiso, IN
    BARREL-AGED WHEELHOUSE 2018 (STOUT: AMERICAN-STYLE IMPERIAL)
    Red Hot Beef Sausage | Creamed Corn
    JUDO NOT SUMO (INDIA PALE ALE: JUICY OR HAZY)
    Chicken Laab | Thai Herbs

    FREMONT BREWING Seattle, WA
    B-BOMB COCONUT EDITION (WOOD- AND BARREL-AGED STRONG BEER)
    `Chocolate Coconut Macaroon
    VIRTUE (WOOD- AND BARREL-AGED SOUR BEER)
    Blue Cheese Cake | Crispy Shallot | Rye

    GEARHOUSE BREWING COMPANY Chambersburg, PA
    NATHAN MILLER CHOCOLATE PORTER (CHOCOLATE BEER)
    Nathan Miller Chocolate
    SPIRAL HAM PROJECT VOL. 1: THE BELGIAN QUAD (QUADRUPEL: BELGIAN-STYLE)
    Country Style Terrine | Plum Mustard

    GNARLY BARLEY BREWINGHammond, LA
    DDH JUCIFER IPA (INDIA PALE ALE: JUICY OR HAZY)
    Hamachi Crudo | Tomatillo | Cilantro
    KOROVA MILK PORTER (PORTER: ROBUST)
    Endive Panzanella | Sausage Vinaigrette | Rye Crouton

    GOODLIFE BREWING CO. Bend, OR
    DESCENDER IPA (INDIA PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Corn Madeleine | Chicken Liver Mousse
    SWEET AS PACIFIC ALE (WHEAT BEER WITHOUT YEAST: LIGHT AMERICAN)
    Cacio e Pepe Croquette

    GREAT LAKES BREWING CO. Cleveland, OH
    GREAT LAKES IPA (INDIA PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Goat Confit | Coriander & Burnt Orange BBQ
    HOLY MOSES RASPBERRY (WITBIER: BELGIAN-STYLE)
    Bresaola Cone | Soft Herbs | Fresh Cherries

    GREAT RHYTHM BREWING COMPANY Portsmouth, NH
    PERPETUAL GRÜVEN (KOELSCH: GERMAN-STYLE)
    Redfish | Creole Fried Green Tomato | Rouille
    TROPICAL HAZE (INDIA PALE ALE: JUICY OR HAZY)
    Potsticker | Green Onion | Ginger | Lemongrass

    HARDYWOOD PARK CRAFT BREWERY
    Richmond, VA
    BUT DOES IT MAKE SENSE
    (INDIA PALE ALE: JUICY OR HAZY IMPERIAL OR DOUBLE)
    Hot Chicken | Pickled Cabbage
    FOOLERY
    (STOUT: AMERICAN-STYLE IMPERIAL)
    Duck Prosciutto | Potato | Cherry

    HOPEWELL BREWING COMPANY Chicago, IL
    PER DIEM (PILSENER: CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Goat Confit | Coriander & Burnt Orange BBQ
    STONETHROW (WOOD- AND BARREL-AGED SOUR BEER: FRUITED)
    Blue Cheese Cake | Crispy Shallot | Rye

    HOPS & GRAIN BREWING Austin, TX
    HAZE COUNTY (INDIA PALE ALE: JUICY OR HAZY IMPERIAL OR DOUBLE)
    Red Apron Charcuterie
    VOLUMES OF FUNK: BERRIES (SOUR ALE: OTHER BELGIAN-STYLE)
    Red Apron Charcuterie

    IVANHOE PARK BREWING CO. Orlando, FL
    SUCK IT, TREBEK (SOUR ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Choptank Oysters
    TUPAC SHAPORTER (PORTER: BALTIC-STYLE)
    Choptank Oysters

    LA CUMBRE BREWING CO. Albuquerque, NM
    SIBERIAN SILK (PORTER: BALTIC-STYLE)
    Rabbit Tamale | Black Mole
    SUN FADE (INDIA PALE ALE: JUICY OR HAZY)
    Goat Cheese | Pistachio | Strawberry | White Balsamic

    LAND-GRANT BREWING COMPANY Columbus, OH
    HELIOS (PILSENER: GERMAN-STYLE)
    Chicken Laab | Thai Herbs
    THIRTEEN.ONE (GOSE: CONTEMPORARY)
    Fried Rice Style Grains | Carrot | Cilantro | Black Garlic

    LEGAL DRAFT BEER COMPANY Arlington, TX
    FREE & CLEAR (GLUTEN-FREE BEER)
    Masa Dumplings | Braised Chicken | Avocado
    GINNED UP CHARGES (WOOD- AND BARREL-AGED STRONG BEER)
    Tuna Taco | Fried Red Onion | Garlic | Sesame

    LIC BEER PROJECT Long Island City, NY
    CODED TILES (PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Bahn Mi Meatball | Toast | Herb Salad
    HIGHER BURNIN'(INDIA PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Shrimp & Grits

    LICKINGHOLE CREEK CRAFT BREWERY Goochland, VA
    NUGGET ON RYE (WOOD- AND BARREL-AGED STRONG BEER)
    Hand Pie | Braised Beef Bourguignon
    REDNECK HIGH SOCIETY (WOOD- AND BARREL-AGED STRONG BEER)
    Malted Chicharron | Fennel Pollen | Whipped Lardo

    LISTERMANN BREWING CO. Cincinnati, OH
    NUTCASE RASPBERRY JAM (PORTER: PEANUT BUTTER W/ FRUIT)
    Cheese Crêpe | Cranberry Almond Granola
    TEAM FIONA (INDIA PALE ALE: JUICY OR HAZY)
    Hot Chicken | Pickled Cabbage

    LORD HOBO BREWING COMPANY Woburn, MA
    GODMOTHER (STOUT: AMERICAN-STYLE IMPERIAL)
    Potsticker | Green Onion | Ginger | Lemongrass
    MUSEUM (INDIA PALE ALE: JUICY OR HAZY IMPERIAL OR DOUBLE)
    Tuna Taco | Fried Red Onion | Garlic | Sesame

    THE LOST ABBEY San Marcos, CA
    CITRUS SIN (WILD BEER)
    Bresaola Cone | Soft Herbs | Fresh Cherries
    ZINNERS AND SAINTS (SOUR ALE: OTHER BELGIAN-STYLE)
    Cheese Crêpe | Cranberry Almond Granola

    MADTREE BREWING COMPANY Cincinnati, OH
    HAPPY AMBER (AMBER/RED ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Red Hot Beef Sausage | Creamed Corn
    JOON (KOELSCH: GERMAN-STYLE)
    Angel Food Cake | Macerated Berries | Lime Zest

    MAINE BEER COMPANY Freeport, ME
    WOODS & WATERS (INDIA PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Marinated Mussels | Saffron Escabeche
    ZOE (AMBER/RED ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Red Hot Beef Sausage | Creamed Corn

    MONDAY NIGHT BREWING Atlanta, GA
    PERVASIVE SPECIES (SOUR ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Grilled Lamb | Peas | Mint | Feta | Pea Shoots
    SITUATIONAL ETHICS - MAPLE RUM BARREL AGED (STOUT: AMERICAN-STYLE IMPERIAL)
    Coffee Crème Brûlée

    MOTHER ROAD BREWING COMPANY Flagstaff, AZ
    DAILY DRIVER LOW OCTANE IPA (SESSION BEER)
    Ceviche | Calamari | Chili | Lime
    LOST HIGHWAY DOUBLE BLACK IPA (BLACK ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Ricotta Gnocchi | English Peas| Chanterelles

    NESHAMINY CREEK BREWING CO. Croydon, PA
    MISADVENTURES & MISSTEPS (BELGIAN-STYLE GOLDEN STRONG)
    Corn Hushpuppy | Pink Peppercorn Aioli
    ZIEGEMEISTER MAIBOCK LAGER (BOCK: TRADITIONAL GERMAN-STYLE)
    Red Hot Beef Sausage | Creamed Corn

    NEW BELGIUM BREWING COMPANY Fort Collins, CO
    MURAL (FRUIT BEER: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Corn Hushpuppy | Pink Peppercorn Aioli
    VOODOO RANGER JUCIFER (INDIA PALE ALE: JUICY OR HAZY)
    Curry Squash Samosa

    NEW HOLLAND BREWING CO. Holland, MI
    DRAGON'S MILK WHITE (EXPERIMENTAL BEER)
    Coffee Crème Brûlée
    KOMBUCHA IPA (EXPERIMENTAL BEER)
    Beef Tataki | Furikake | Seaweed Salad

    NEW REALM BREWING CO. Atlanta, GA
    BELGA ROSE (FIELD BEER)
    Angel Food Cake | Macerated Berries | Lime Zest
    OAXACA CHOCA MEXICAN CHOCOLATE STOUT (CHOCOLATE BEER)
    Rice Pudding | Horchata | Churro

    NIGHT SHIFT BREWING Chelsea, MA
    NITE LITE (LAGER: AMERICAN-STYLE LIGHT)
    Shrimp & Grits
    WHIRLPOOL (PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Gruyere Gougère | Caramelized Onion

    NINKASI BREWING Eugene, OR
    BRIGHTBERRY (GOSE: CONTEMPORARY)
    Tuna Taco | Fried Red Onion | Garlic | Sesame
    HAZY DOMINATION (INDIA PALE ALE: JUICY OR HAZY)
    Cacio e Pepe Croquette

    O.H.S.O. EATERY + NANOBREWERY Phoenix, AZ
    89ALE (CALIFORNIA COMMON BEER)
    Country Style Terrine | Plum Mustard
    PEANUT BRITTLE BLONDE (FIELD BEER)
    Chicken Satay | Pineapple | Peanuts

    ODELL BREWING COMPANY Fort Collins, CO
    MOUNTAIN STANDARD (INDIA PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Deviled Egg | Arugula | Potato Chip
    SIPPIN' PRETTY (GOSE: CONTEMPORARY)
    Ceviche | Calamari | Chili | Lime

    OLD STOVE BREWING COMPANY Seattle, WA
    HOP CONVOY - GUAVA EDITION (PALE ALE: JUICY OR HAZY)
    Ceviche | Calamari | Chili | Lime
    SWORDS AND WHISKEY (WOOD- AND BARREL-AGED STRONG STOUT)
    Hand Pie | Braised Beef Bourguignon

    PALE FIRE BREWING CO. Harrisonburg, VA
    RED MOLLY IRISH RED ALE (RED ALE: IRISH-STYLE)
    Gruyere Gougère | Caramelized Onion
    SALAD DAYS AMERICAN SAISON (AMERICAN-BELGO-STYLE ALE: PALE)
    Marinated Mussels | Saffron Escabeche

    PERENNIAL ARTISAN ALES St. Louis, MO
    ABRAXAS (STOUT: AMERICAN-STYLE IMPERIAL)
    Curry Squash Samosa
    LA COSECHA (WOOD- AND BARREL-AGED SOUR BEER: FRUITED)
    Potsticker | Green Onion | Ginger | Lemongrass

    PORT CITY BREWING CO. Alexandria, VA
    FRANCONIAN KELLERBIER (LAGER: UNFILTERED GERMAN-STYLE)
    Corn Hushpuppy | Pink Peppercorn Aioli
    RIVERSHED ALE (PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Smoked Scallop Risotto Cake | Crab Salad

    THE RARE BARREL Berkeley, CA
    ACROSS THE SEA (SOUR ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Ceviche | Calamari | Chili | Lime
    WISE GUISE (SOUR ALE: FRUITED AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Short Rib Grilled Cheese

    RIGHT PROPER BREWING COMPANY Washington, D.C.
    RAVAGED BY WOLVES (BRETT BEER: MIXED-CULTURE)
    Fried Rice Style Grains | Carrot | Cilantro | Black Garlic
    SCENICRUISER (BRETT BEER: MIXED-CULTURE)
    Short Rib Grilled Cheese

    RIVER DOG BREWING CO. Ridgeland, SC
    LOWCOUNTRY AMBROSIA (HONEY BEER)
    Pretzel Roll | Fennel & Apple Sausage
    MIDNIGHT MARSH (WOOD- AND BARREL-AGED STRONG BEER)
    Chicken Satay | Pineapple | Peanuts

    ROADHOUSE BREWING CO. Jackson, WY
    RASPBERRY BERET (WOOD- AND BARREL-AGED SOUR BEER: FRUITED)
    Cheese Crêpe | Cranberry Almond Granola
    THE WALRUS (INDIA PALE ALE: JUICY OR HAZY IMPERIAL OR DOUBLE)
    Bovine & Swine Sausage

    ROGUE ALES & SPIRITS Newport, OR
    BATSQUATCH HAZY IPA (INDIA PALE ALE: JUICY OR HAZY)
    Passionfruit Panna Cotta | Meringue
    DEAD GUY ALE (BOCK: TRADITIONAL GERMAN-STYLE)
    Bahn Mi Meatball | Toast | Herb Salad

    SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAIN BREWING Santa Cruz, CA
    ADMIRAL SMASH (PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Falafel | Chive Yogurt | Harissa
    MADAME GREY (STOUT: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Short Rib Grilled Cheese

    SARANAC BREWERY/FX MATT BREWING COMPANY Utica, NY
    GREEN THUMB DOUBLE IPA (INDIA PALE ALE: IMPERIAL)
    Goat Confit | Coriander & Burnt Orange BBQ
    SARANAC IPA 100 (INDIA PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Dirty Rice | Chicken Skin | Celery Salad

    SAUCY BREW WORKS Cleveland, OH
    B.F. HEFE (HEFEWEIZEN: SOUTH GERMAN-STYLE)
    Banana Cream Pie
    LOVE YOU, BYE (INDIA PALE ALE: JUICY OR HAZY)
    Corn Madeleine | Chicken Liver Mousse

    SECOND CHANCE BEER COMPANY San Diego, CA
    MULLIGAN IRISH-STYLE RED ALE (RED ALE: IRISH-STYLE)
    Gruyere Gougère | Caramelized Onion
    THE BARREL EXPERIENCE JOURNEY 2 - COCONUT MACAROON (WOOD- AND BARREL-AGED STRONG STOUT)
    Chocolate Coconut Macaroon

    SIERRA NEVADA BREWING CO. Chico, CA
    HAZY LITTLE THING IPA (INDIA PALE ALE: JUICY OR HAZY)
    Crab Cake | Mango | Jalapeno
    SIERRAVEZA (LAGER: LATIN AMERICAN)
    Rabbit Tamale | Black Mole

    SOCIETE BREWING COMPANY San Diego, CA
    THE HEIRESS (PILSENER: BOHEMIAN-STYLE)
    Pretzel Roll | Fennel & Apple Sausage
    THE PUPIL (INDIA PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Hot Raclette | Fingerling Potato

    SPENCER BREWERY Spencer, MA
    MONKS' RESERVE ALE (QUADRUPEL: BELGIAN-STYLE)
    Country Style Terrine | Plum Mustard
    PEACH SAISON (SAISON: SPECIALTY)
    Chicken Laab | Thai Herbs

    SQUATTERS CRAFT BEERS Salt Lake City, UT
    SQUATTERS HELL'S KEEP (BELGIAN- AND FRENCH-STYLE ALE OTHER)
    Marinated Mussels | Saffron Escabeche
    SQUATTERS TROPICAL HOP RISING (INDIA PALE ALE: IMPERIAL)
    Blue Cheese Cake | Crispy Shallot | Rye

    SUGAR CREEK BREWING CO. Charlotte, NC
    DARK REFLECTION (ABBEY ALE: OTHER BELGIAN-STYLE)
    Coffee Crème Brûlée
    SUGAR CREEK WHITE ALE (WITBIER: BELGIAN-STYLE)
    Goat Confit | Coriander & Burnt Orange BBQ

    SWITCHBACK BREWING COMPANY Burlington, VT
    BISOU (SMOKED SAISON)
    Deviled Egg | Arugula | Potato Chip
    SMOKE 40 (SMOKED IPA)
    Dry-Aged Rib Eye | Mushroom Crust | Shallot

    TAMPA BAY BREWING COMPANY Tampa, FL
    REEF DONKEY APA (PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Deviled Egg | Arugula | Potato Chip
    TWISTED STRAWBERRY FEST (FRUIT BEER: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Goat Cheese | Pistachio | Strawberry | White Balsamic

    THREE WEAVERS BREWING CO. Inglewood, CA
    KNOTTY (INDIA PALE ALE: IMPERIAL)
    Red Apron Charcuterie
    SEAFARER (KOELSCH: GERMAN-STYLE)
    Red Apron Charcuterie

    TWO ROADS BREWING COMPANY Stratford, CT
    BRETT NOIR (BRETT BEER)
    Passionfruit Panna Cotta | Meringue
    LIL' JUICY (INDIA PALE ALE: JUICY OR HAZY)
    Ceviche | Calamari | Chili | Lime

    UNION CRAFT BREWING Baltimore, MD
    DIVINE (INDIA PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Shrimp & Grits
    OLDER PRO BLACK CURRANT (SOUR ALE: FRUITED AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Blue Cheese Cake | Crispy Shallot | Rye

    UPLAND BREWING COMPANY Bloomington, IN
    CHAMPAGNE VELVET (LAGER: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Cucumber Gazpacho | Cheese Crisp
    RASPBERRY (SOUR ALE: FRUITED AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Country Style Terrine | Plum Mustard

    VISTA BREWING Driftwood, TX
    SEEKING SAKURA - WINE BARREL AGED CHERRY BRETT ALE (WOOD- AND BARREL-AGED SOUR BEER: FRUITED)
    Bresaola Cone | Soft Herbs | Fresh Cherries
    VELO DE FLOR (LAMBIC: BELGIAN-STYLE)
    Pork Belly | Red Eye Glaze | Date Bread

    WALLACE BREWING COMPANY Wallace, ID
    1910 BLACK LAGER (SCHWARZBIER: GERMAN-STYLE)
    Rabbit Tamale | Black Mole
    HUCKLEBERRY SHANDY (FRUIT BEER: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Ricotta Gnocchi | English Peas| Chanterelles

    WALLENPAUPACK BREWING COMPANY Hawley, PA
    HAWLEY HEFEWEIZEN (HEFEWEIZEN: SOUTH GERMAN-STYLE)
    Pork Belly | Red Eye Glaze | Date Bread
    PACK & BRASS (INDIA PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Short Rib Grilled Cheese

    WEST SIXTH BREWING Lexington, KY
    PENNYRILE PALE ALE (PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Hot Chicken | Pickled Cabbage
    SIXFOLD VI: WILD SOUR WITH BLACKBERRIES (WOOD- AND BARREL-AGED SOUR BEER: FRUITED)
    Angel Food Cake | Macerated Berries | Lime Zest

    WINCHESTER BREW WORKS Winchester, VA
    BIG RUN BRUT IPA (INDIA PALE ALE: AMERICAN-STYLE)
    Cacio e Pepe Croquette
    COFFEE CANOE LOVE (COFFEE BEER)
    Pretzel Roll | Fennel & Apple Sausage

    WOODEN ROBOT BREWERY Charlotte, NC
    JARRAHDALE PUMPKIN SAISON (SAISON: SPECIALTY)
    Curry Squash Samosa
    THICKET AS THIEVES (WOOD- AND BARREL-AGED SOUR BEER: FRUITED)
    Angel Food Cake | Macerated Berries | Lime Zest
  • #DrinkLocal at Whole Foods Market -- Well sort of

    Posted: 2019-03-19 06:00
    This weekend we visited our local Whole Foods Market Brew & Brau Pub intending to try the Big Poppa Biggie S'mores Imperial Stout produced by Charlottesville's Three Notch'd Brewing Company. Unfortunately, their tap system had failed, so it was time for wine. Examining the wine list, I noticed several possible local wines from New York, Oregon, and Mendocino in California. After returning home and further research yes, the grapes were indeed, mostly sourced from within local wine regions, but not necessarily estate driven.

    Madame Liberté Brut ($16.99)
    There isn't much information about the wine except that it is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir using American grapes. Thus not a local wine except it is apparently made by Gruet Winery even though the winery doesn't list it on their website. In any case, it is a delicious sparkling wine: creamy apples and depth.

    Empire Estate 2017 Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes  ($19)
    Empire Estate sources fruit from across the Finger Lakes - a cool climate region well known for their Riesling production as it is very similar to Alsace and Western Germany. (See Viticulture in the Cold Climate Finger Lakes) This wine is excellent, dry with racy minerals, some petrol. and uplifting acids.

    Elouan 2017 Pinot Noir ($24)
    Elouan is a brand that sources their grapes from three terrains in Oregon’s Western vineyards that are well suited for growing cool climate varietals. The first is the NW region - most likely including the Willamette Valley AVA -- with a temperate climate and cooling marine influences. The second is the West-Central Hills consisting of diverse microclimates through the many mountains and valleys. And finally, SW Oregon, where the elevated landscape and volcanic soils are derived from the convergence of three mountain ranges. The grapes were fermented separately, blended, then aged ten months in a mix of new and seasoned French oak. The result is fantastic: the cherry fruit turns to chalky dirt with a long lingering tail.

    The Federalist Bourbon Barrel-Aged Zinfandel ($21.99)
    Part of the Terlato Wines family, Federalist Vineyards produces several wines from throughout The Golden State. This Alexander Hamilton labeled wine is a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Merlot sourced from Mendocino County and aged six months in American oak and finished six months in bourbon barrels. The later barrels impart noticeable vanilla, baking spices, and caramel with the dark black fruit rounded out by approachable tannins.
  • Budweiser Budvar Brewery vs Anheiser-Busch

    Posted: 2019-03-16 11:05
    Who's familiar with the famous Budweiser trademark dispute between Czech brewery Budweiser Budvar and Anheiser-Busch InBev? In 1907 Budvar and Anheiser-Busch agreed that Budvar could use the name Budweiser in Europe (the can) but that A-B could use the name in North America. Since then there have been over 100 trademark disputes or procedural issues. In countries where A-B InBev has Budweiser rights, Budvar uses the Czechvar brand name. I usually prefer German style pilsners, but this Bohemian style works nicely. And you can read more about the trademark dispute at Budvar and Time. Cheers.









  • Explore #WeAreMarylandWine During Maryland Wine Month

    Posted: 2019-03-13 21:11
    The Maryland Wineries Association has designated March as Maryland Wine Month and to follow the action they are promoting the #WeAreMarylandWine (in addition to #MDWine #MDWineTrails & #MDWineMonth) tag on all social media platforms. There are also numerous events and activities scheduled at various wineries and retailers across the state -- all listed on the MD Wine website. So we decided to dedicate more time this month to visit the Free State and visited two that are open seven days a week - navigating with theCompass Craft Beverage Finder.

    We started at Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, located north of Frederick on the Route 15 Wine Road. Being a club member, our tastings were complimentary so we went through both their Signature ($10) and Sweet ($8) tastings. After previous visits, I have discussed their wonderful dry Estate Syrah, Estate Cabernet Franc, and Chardonnay among others. So let me venture into the Sweet Wine tasting and the first impression is that out of the five, only the two meads comes across as sweet. For instance, the 2016 Rhapsody ($24) contains only .5% RS which is easily balanced by the Chardonnay's acidity. The sugar just rounds out the wine. The same is also true with the 2016 Bolero Blend ($22), a 50-50 blend of Syrah and Merlot. And finally, the 2017 Prelude Vidal Blanc ($20) has a Riesling character in that once again is balanced by the grape's acids. The two meads are definitely sweeter but the 2010 Honeymoon Mead ($25) is cut with orange juice providing more relief and the spices in the 2010 Amber Mead ($23) blend nicely into the honey flavor.

    From Catoctin Breeze, we navigated the back roads, through a couple covered bridges to Linganore Winecellars. Interestingly, this winery is traditionally known for its sweeter festival friendly wines but has mad a concerted effort to enhance its dry wine portfolio. These wines were our focus through the Reserve Tasting ($10), which consisted of nine wines. These ranged from the dessert 2015 Midnight Bramble ($46) through a couple off-dry to several dry.  The 2017 White Raven ($14; Cayuga & Chardonnay) and 2018 Terrapin ($14; Melody & Vidal) were both light and refreshing with the later providing a distinct apple profile. The crux of the whites was the 2017 Reserve Chardonnay ($27) fermented in oak then aged an additional six months in barrel. This is a full bodied wine, depth and creamy with lifting acids. Nicely done. The reds were Chambourcin centric with three wines showing the flexibility of that prolific grape. The 2016 Exposure ($46) is a classic Bordeaux blend but I preferred the 2017 Cabernet Franc ($35) that we received a sneak peek and has more creamy texture than green character.  The fact that Linganore produces 50,000 cases of wine using practically all estate grapes is worth a visit and tour - whether festival season, Maryland Wine Month, or year round. Cheers.
  • Revisiting the 2011 Ventosa Vineyards Estate Lemberger

    Posted: 2019-03-04 21:01
    In August 2015 the annual Wine Bloggers Conference was held in New York's Finger Lakes and consisted of a pre-conference excursion to the Seneca Lake AVA. I participated in this trip which included a visit to Ventosa Vineyards - located on the Northeast shore of the lake. At this winery, we tasted their 2011 Estate Lemberger. Now as readers know, we are immediately drawn to this grape varietal whether named Lemberger, Blaufränkisch, or Kekfrankos. And we particularly gravitated to this wine when we learned that it had just been awarded the 2015 New York Governors Cup. That day winemaker Jenna Lavita (co-owner of Lake Drum Brewing) mentioned that the "blue" grape is planted on warmer sites because of its early budding nature, although it ripens later - translating to longer maturity time. My tasting notes refer to a dark black cherry wine, with subtle spice and tobacco, decent tannins, and generous acids. Naturally, I purchased a bottle to bring home and four and a half years later I pulled the cork. The acids have kept the wine fresh, with similar dark cherry fruit, textured, with more leather and spice instead of tobacco. The wine finishes with chewy tannins and still decent acidity. Nicely done Jenna.

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