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Pairing Holiday Seasonal Beers with Christmas Movies

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It seems that beer pairs well with just about everything. Or at least we think it does. Beer & cheese, beer & pizza, beer & cookies and the list goes on. But what about beers that pair with your favorite holiday movies? Since Christmas is arguably the most wonderful time of the year for seasonal movies (minus maybe Halloween) why not find the perfect beer to compliment each viewing? Here’s our list of picks.

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Ithaca Beer Co. Embrrr with Die Hard

After kicking the crap out of robbers posing as terrorists, jumping off on a roof as it explodes all while smoking like a chimney and befriending Carl Winslow we think John Mclane would reach for something warming with a good amount of alcohol to make him forget his glass shredded feet. So while watching old Roy run through the paces we suggest reaching for an Ithaca Beer Co. Embrrr. We get touches of chocolate, roasted notes, hints of spice and a bracing bitter finish

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German Lebkuchen with Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout Glaze

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In the spirit of Christmas, baking and beer we tweaked and combined a few recipes to come up with these German lebkuchen cookies with a chocolate stout glaze. In case you aren’t familiar with lebkuchen, they are sometimes referred to as “honey cookies” but we think they taste very similar to gingerbread. We used Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout but the recipe would work with any stronger sweet stout you have on hand. Oh, and you only need about 4 oz. of beer for the glaze so you still have a nice sized glass to enjoy with your warm, fresh out of the oven cookies.

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Written by A+K

December 22nd, 2014 at 7:42 am

Craft Beer Gift Guide

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What is the best gift to get someone who loves craft beer? A sometimes difficult question, but here is your answer. We have put together a list of items anyone interested in craft beer, whether they are an avid homebrewer or just getting into the beverage, would be happy to open on any holiday morning.

Spiegelau Beer Classics 19 Ounce IPA Glass

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Speigelau created their IPA glasses with a little help from their friends Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada, guys that know a thing or two about hops. The unique shape of the vessel, which kind of reminds us of a goblet perched atop a shot glass, is designed to showcase hop froward American style IPA’s by enhancing mouthfeel and preserving the head for longer than your average pour. Not to mention the wide opening that allows for that bitter, fruity aroma to really travel straight from the glass to your nose. The best part about these is that Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada are donating all their proceeds from sales of this glass to benefit advances in hop farming. So really everyone wins with this one.

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Cuvaison 2014 by Greenport Harbor Brewing Company: Brewed Using Grapes From Jamesport Vineyards

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GHBC Account Manager Justin Wesnofske and Co-owner John Liegey

Loosely translating as a sense of place, terroir refers to the effect a region has had on the production of agricultural products. In the past such a thing was not possible in beer since brewery consolidation and expansion as well as environmental factors (like downy mildew) caused the closure of many malt and hop producers across the country. In fact, most malt used to brew some of your favorite beer is not made from grain grown in the United States. In recent years however there has been a shift, as in many things culinary, toward local ingredients. Large scale craft breweries like Rogue Ales in Oregon and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in California cultivate their own hops and malt from which they craft beers expressing a sense of place. On a smaller scale, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company has taken the steps toward bringing terroir to the North Fork of Long Island.

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Written by A+K

December 5th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

The Five Beers of Thanksgiving

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It’s almost time for Thanksgiving. Get ready to sit around a table with family, give thanks for all the wonderful things in your life and eat and drink an absurd amount. Everyone knows what foods a traditional Thanksgiving feast consists of, but what would an all beer meal look like? Think Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, only instead of her whole meal being in the form of bubble gum yours is more on the liquid side. And hopefully minus turning blue and having to be rolled away from the table, but we make no promises there.

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Written by A+K

November 26th, 2014 at 11:36 am