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Oktoberfest 2014

Monger and resident Germanophile Katrina dresses up for Oktoberfest!

This past Saturday, September 20th, marked the start of Munich’s most famous festival – Oktoberfest! Sixteen days celebrating Bavarian culture, agriculture, and, of course, BEER.

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Ipswich's Celia, Element's Plasma and Glutenburg American Pale Ale

I’ve always eaten whatever I want, from ants to Uni, and all the more mainstream foods too. I grew up in a family famous for massive plates of steaming pasta and the ubiquitous bowl of warm bread to sop up the sauce my mom made. I’ve loved beer and wine equally as an adult; but more recently, beer was my focus as local craft brewers began popping up and producing amazing brews both traditional and far out.

However, over the past few years, I’ve had some digestive challenges that have forced me to change what I eat and drink. Based on elimination diets, I’ve learned my body has difficulty processing gluten, among other things. After several months of attempting to remove gluten from my diet, I feel great empathy for anyone who must remove one or more food categories from their diet.

No pasta, no bread, no beer, no crackers, no cakes, no cookies, no cannoli. Yes there are substitutes and some are very good, but corn or rice pasta doesn’t come close to traditional durum wheat pasta. Bread is one of the biggest challenges. Sometimes all I want is a slice of good levain toasted up and slathered with great butter… not gonna happen. Similarly, all I want is a cold glass of beer. (more…)

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Aged Beers at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge

Aged Beers at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge

Spring is here – at least that’s what the calendar says. For me, spring means cleaning, dusting off the shelves and in general, clearing out the gray left by the long, cold winter. While preparing for a white-glove inspection at Formaggio Kitchen this year, we happened upon two curious cases of beer. They were filled with an assortment of barley wines, sours, and stouts from 2010 and 2011 that had been stashed away by one of our previous beer buyers. Old beer? Why, of course! (more…)

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Porters

L-R: Maine Beer Co.’s King Titus, Pretty Things’ Once Upon a Time 1855, Harviestoun’s Old Engine Oil, Salopian Brewery’s Entire Butt, and D. Carnegie & Co.’s Porter.

Poor porter.

If there was a contest for most misunderstood beer style, the woebegone porter would probably win. IPA’s are perennial favorites, stouts are synonymous with winter, but porters are the forgotten little brother, constantly fighting for attention and respect.

A quick scan of beer literature (don’t worry, I did it for you) reveals a mess of confusion about exactly what the difference is between porters and stouts. A little more reading and you start to get to the bottom of it: there is no clearly delineated difference – in fact, it’s often in the eye of the beholder. (more…)

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Teddy in the Beer Section

In the Beer Section

I am excited about what 2014 will bring. As the new beer buyer at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge, I will be delving further into an area of food and drink that has fascinated me for a long time. I look forward to continuing our strong focus on American craft beers – at the same time, I will be reintroducing select imports to our shelves. (more…)

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Uinta Brewing - Sum'r Ale

For your summer enjoyment, we would like to recommend a fantastic seasonal six-pack from Uinta Brewing in Salt Lake City, Utah – a blonde ale appropriately named Sum’r. It’s a “session beer” by definition which means it’s low in alcohol, very clean –  essentially, a brew designed for a “drinking session,” in which the modern idea is to try an array of beers. (more…)

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Ardrahan, an Irish washed-rind cheese

Ardrahan

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with an Irish cheese plate? Our team at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge have put together a selection of some of our favorites and Eric, our Cambridge beer buyer, has given us a list of fantastic beers to pair with them. Best wishes for a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day. Éirinn go Brách! (more…)

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