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UPDATE: Dionicess VII Beer Pairing Event Dogfish Head & The Foundry on Melrose
7 years ago

UPDATE: Dionicess VII Beer Pairing Event Dogfish Head & The Foundry on Melrose

By  •  Eat, Beer
Dionicess VII Poster

Dionicess VII: Dogfish Head & Decadence

Hey guys! My beer pairing event for LA Beer Week, Dionicess VII, that is being put on with my good buddy/craft beer guru Gev Kazanchyan, is this Sunday, October 10th at The Foundry on Melrose! Gev and I had a chance to sit down with Chef Eric Greenspan to taste through the beers and plan out a menu. If you’d like me to sum it up in one word, well, I’d have to say, “Wow.”

We had a blast shooting ideas back and forth between us and with his sous chef, and this event will be nothing short of epic. We’re promising five courses and five beers, but we might have a little something extra up our sleeves as well. Let’s just say Eric liked every Dogfish Head beer we served him, and wanted to do something with each of them.

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Beer Pairing Event | Dionicess VII: Dogfish Head and Decadence
7 years ago

Beer Pairing Event | Dionicess VII: Dogfish Head and Decadence

By  •  Eat, Beer

It’s official! The latest in the famed series of beer pairing events, Dionicess VII, will be taking place during the second annual LA Beer Week! Craft beer gurus Gev Kazanchyan and Randy Clemens have …
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Dionicess VI — Beer Pairing: Sausage & Fries
7 years ago

Dionicess VI — Beer Pairing: Sausage & Fries

By  •  Beer

I once again have the pleasure of working with my good friend Gev Kazanchyan (not to mention a few other dear beer peeps like Firestone Walker’s Jace Milstead, as well as the lovely Paige Reilly and David “The Gueuzehound” Watrous) to put together a beer pairing to help raise money for a good cause.

After working with Gev at the recent beer vs. wine showdown at College of the Canyons, we talked about what would be next. Well, here it is!

From the Real Medicine Foundation website:

Dionicess VI – Beer, Sausage & Fries Pairing

Sunday, June 27, 2010 – 01:00 PM
Hosted by Gev Kazanchyan

Tony’s Darts Away
1710 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank CA 91506

$35 per person, all inclusive
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Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey (Aged 12 Years)
7 years ago

Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey (Aged 12 Years)

Friends of mine know that I am quite a fan of craft beer and single malt scotch, but I have not ventured much into Irish whiskey — yet. Armed with …
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Grilling With Beer: Tryout for “Grill It! With Bobby Flay”
8 years ago

Grilling With Beer: Tryout for “Grill It! With Bobby Flay”

By  •  Beer

I’m trying out to be on Food Network’s “Grill It! With Bobby Flay” and I need your help! Please watch my video on the Food Network site, and be sure …
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Beeramisu Recipe: Beer + Tiramisu = Beeramisu
8 years ago

Beeramisu Recipe: Beer + Tiramisu = Beeramisu

By  •  Beer, Recipes
Beeramisu -- My kind of dessert

Beeramisu — My kind of dessert

I believe it was the great Archimedes that famously postulated Beer + Tiramisu = Beeramisu, thenceforth enlightening the masses to the goodness of desserts made with beer. Some historians contend with this belief, arguing that beeramisu was nothing short of divine creation, citing an obscure heretical version of the Bible which reads, “And on the seventh day, He rested… and ate some wicked awesome beeramisu.”

The fact is — the exact origins of beeramisu are unknown and shrouded in mystery. OK, so it probably didn’t derive from some mathematical theorem or antediluvian Biblical verse, but it certainly is no original creation of mine. It was Paul Barbano’s The Bartenders Beer Cookbook that originally turned me onto the idea years ago. Armed with this inspiration, I’ve ventured to make my own on many occasions, tweaking the recipe ever so slightly and testing out different craft beers to find my favorite version.

About two months ago, I was asked to host a beer and dessert pairing for the first-ever LA Beer Week. I was happy to oblige, and I immediately set out to concoct the best damn beeramisu recipe I possibly could. Having experimented with porters and bocks in the past, I wanted to try an even darker beer, perhaps one brewed with coffee beans for extra depth. There it was. The little light bulb in my brain had a flicker of rare genius — AleSmith Speedway Stout. Rich with flavors of roasted chocolate and coffee, it proved an excellent complement to the espresso and cocoa powder called for in my adapted recipe.

As an added bonus, you’ll have a good few glasses of beer to wash it down with. Why not have your cake and drink it too? Read More

This Year in Beer: Worst of 2009
8 years ago

This Year in Beer: Worst of 2009

By  •  Beer

After reading through beernews.org’s Craft Beer 2009 Year in Review: The Top 10 Stories, I wanted to put together a list of some of the worst stories that infected the beer market this past year.  Read on, grab a pint, and hope for the continued growth and success of your favorite microbrewery in 2010! Read More

Iichiko Seirin Shochu Review
8 years ago

Iichiko Seirin Shochu Review

Last night, I was invited to an Iichiko Shochu tasting at The Izaka-ya by Katsu-ya. While I’m quite familiar with its Korean counterpart, soju, this was my first experience with …
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Book Essentials: Michael Jackson’s Great Beers of Belgium
8 years ago

Book Essentials: Michael Jackson’s Great Beers of Belgium

By  •  Beer
Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium

Michael Jackson’s Great Beers of Belgium, 6th Edition

For someone who doesn’t read nearly as much as I’d like to, I sure do have a helluva lot of books. While the occasional novel or work of fiction slips its way in, a majority of my collection naturally focuses on three of my favorite things. Over the years, I’ve had a lot of friends ask me to recommend books about food, beer, and wine, sometimes for themselves and sometimes for gift giving. Whatever the reason, I am always happy to oblige.

Certain books have and always will stand out for me, because they represent exhaustive research, extreme dedication to one’s craft, and a lighthearted tone that is both witty and educational. While the author’s passion is evident, it never leans toward overbearing obsession, and the aim is obviously to instruct and introduce rather than put down the reader for not knowing as much as the writer.

Michael Jackson — the late, great beer writer — was a master at not only evaluating beers, but telling a wonderful story about each brew, as well as the story behind it. In his epic tome, Michael Jackson’s Great Beers of Belgium, Jackson takes you to some of the world’s oldest and most revered breweries, offering a unique combination of sensory experience, historical background, as well as a touch of humor and lore that is both engaging and entertaining.

Rich with photos of celebrated beers, brewers, and breweries, Great Beers of Belgium is just as visually appealing as it is informative and profound. Read More

New Wine Grape Varietal: Petite Pearl
8 years ago

New Wine Grape Varietal: Petite Pearl

By  •  Wine

Imagine yourself surrounded by sprawling vineyards, basking in warm sunlight and savoring the natural beauty of your favorite wine region — perhaps Napa Valley, Bordeaux, or Rioja. OK, now take …
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