This post is gonna have to be filed in the “better late than never” department, since it’s announcing the article I wrote on barleywines for the Winter 2012 issue of Edible Westside magazine. (Y’know, the one that came out way back in December?)
Well, needless to say, it’s been a busy few months for me. It’s been so long since I’ve updated my personal blog here that I’ve failed to mention that I recently become the Associate Digest Editor for Los Angeles magazine and that my next book—The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook is finally at the printer and is due out in July!! So, yes, it’s been busy.
But I digress. Writing my quarterly beer piece for Edible Westside has been a sincere pleasure, and I’ve loved watching this publication grow. Four issues strong, and no signs of slowing down. This time, I wanted to cover one of the heartier craft beer styles I know and love: barleywines. Not only are they delicious, they’ve got a wealth of historical significance, not to mention a healthy dose of confusion surrounding their name.
Barleywine: is it a wine made from barley? A beer mixed with wine? A strange hybrid thereof…or something else entirely?
It was questions like these I set out to tackle, interviewing some stellar folks along the way, including:
- Martyn Cornell, beer historian and author of Amber, Gold & Black: The History of Britain’s Great Beers
- Matt Brynildson, brewmaster at Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
- Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and
- Victor Novak, brewmaster at TAPS Fish House & Brewery
In addition to the fascinating history of barleywines, I also delve into food pairings, and discussing how a fresh barleywine differs from an aged barleywine.
You can read my full barleywine article here in the digital version of Edible Westside. It’s all pretty and laid out exactly like the print magazine; feel free to flip through the pages to read the other great articles in there! Or, you can also view it in the standard web layout here. Whatever floats your boat.
(Totally last minute notice, but if you’re around Santa Monica this Tuesday, February 19, you should head to Library Alehouse for Barleywines & Benedicts, because we’ll be having beer and breakfast… for dinner! I’ll be there along with Edible Westside publisher Linzy May Mahoney and Certified Cicerone Alex P. Davis, serving up a nice selection of barleywines. Plus, I’ll be bringing a few special vintage bottles from my collection to share with folks who ask nicely, like yourself!)
Coming up for the Spring 2013 issue is my article on farmhouse-style ales: saison and bière de garde. This one was very special for me, and involved a bit of extra research at Brasserie Dupont in Tourpes, Belgium and Brasserie Castelain in Bénifontaine, France!! More on that soon… copies of the Spring 2013 Edible Westside should start hitting shelves in the beginning of March, and I’ll update with a link here ASAP!