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…)
Posts Tagged ‘Beer’
Posted in Beer, tagged aged beer, aging beer, barley wine, Beer, cellaring, cellaring beer, Duchesse de Bourgogne, Hel & Verdoemenis, imperial red ale, imperial stout, Jolly Pumpkin, Jolly Pumpkin La Roja, lambics, Lost Abbey, People's Pint 2013 Imperial Stout, Red Poppy Ale, saison, saisons, sours, The People's Pint, White Birch, White Birch 2014 Indulgence Ale on April 8, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Beer, Food History, tagged Beer, D. Carnegie & Co., Entire Butt, Harviestoun, King Titus, Maine Beer Company, Old Engine Oil, Once Upon a Time, porter, Pretty Things, Salopian Brewery, stout on February 10, 2014 | 1 Comment »
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…)
Posted in Beer, Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge, tagged AK Alive, Anchorage Brewing Company, Beer, Beer Buyer, Belgian sour, Brettanomyces, domestic beer, English ale, German wheat beer, international beer, Lectio Saison, local beer, Mikkeller, Saison 7, Saison Athene, St. Somewhere, Upright Brewing on January 20, 2014 | 2 Comments »
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…)
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…)
Here are some posts and articles related to food and drink worth a read from various sources on the web:
- The Truth on Olive Oil Health - a post from Tom Mueller about Dr. Mary Flynn and her work to “…start separating the wheat from the chaff in olive oil health, by building a canon of solid scientific information, and debugging a number of widespread olive oil misconceptions.”
- How to Eat a Porcupine - not only one of the best post titles but a beautifully written travelogue about the emotional progression of eating bushmeat in a foreign land. (more…)
The first Saturday I had off after BBQ season finished, I finally got around to trying Brouwerij Kerkom’s beer Bink Bruin. It is phenomenal. I had it with dinner, a grilled salad sort of thing: grilled steak tips (medium rare) on my own garden arugula with grilled tomato and apple slices, Stilton chunks and a blue cheese mustard vinaigrette. And the beer was a perfect match. (more…)
Posted in Beer, Beverages, Food History, Germany, Producer Profile, tagged Beer, Minim Order, Molasse basin, Munich, Oktoberfest, Paulaner, Paulaner Brauerei, St. Francis of Paola on September 23, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Paulaner Brauerei (Brewery) first opened its doors in 1634, the same year that the citizens of Boston purchased (for 30 pounds!) the land that became Boston Common, the country’s first public park. Like many breweries in Europe, this one was founded by monks – in this case, the Minim friars of the Cloister Neudeck ob der Au. The brewery was named after St. Francis of Paola, the founder of the Minim Order. (more…)
Posted in Beer, Beverages, Producer Profile, United States, tagged Beer, bottle conditioned, Daniel Kleban, David Kleban, hoppy, Maine beer, Maine Beer Co., Peeper Ale, summer beer on August 30, 2011 | 1 Comment »
Posted in Beer, Beverages, Germany, Pairings, Producer Profile, tagged 1809, Beer, Berliner Weisse, bottle conditioned, Chällerhocker, Doemens, Dr. Fritz Briem, German beer, Germany, Grut Bier, historical beer, Napoleon, top fermented, Twig Farm Old Goat, Weihenstephan & Doemens on May 26, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
At the moment, we have in stock two unusual beers crafted by Dr. Fritz Briem of Doemens. Doemens is a food academy and learning center based in Gräfelfing, Germany, just west of Munich. They offer a wide variety of in-depth courses for food professionals, including ones about brewing beer. (more…)
Peak Organic, based on Portland, ME is a relatively young brewery, having started operations in the ’90s. Jon Cadoux, the brewer behind the company, began with the goal of developing something tasty while striving at the same time for sustainability. Even in the early days, he tried to source as many of his ingredients from local, organic farmers as possible. Today, the company’s commitment to producing organic beers remains the same. In 2009, they helped Maine farmers grow the first harvest of commercial hops in that state since the 1860s. This harvest was organic.
Peak Organic focuses on doing “contemporary takes on traditional styles of beer.” Right now, I can’t get enough of their Simcoe Spring Ale. The Simcoe hop is a particular strain grown by the Maine farmers mentioned above. Simcoe hops are amazingly piney and have a dark sweetness like sap honey. Peak Organic has captured the essence of this hop perfectly. Their Simcoe Spring Ale is deep enough and dark enough to be a belly warmer for the first chilly days of early Spring but it really shines on those optimistic 50 degree days when you might think about sitting out on the back porch in the afternoon with a beer and a book.
Among the many hats he wears, Eric Meyer is the Beer Buyer, Grill Master and a cheesemonger at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge.