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.
Just a few little menu teasers to whet your palate:
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 …
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:
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
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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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?
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!
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.