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It’s (Halfway to) the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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Today is June 25th 2014. That means we are only six months away from what is the best day of the year, Christmas. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, it’s hard to argue the true meaning that has developed around the holiday: caring for family and friends. Definitely something we can all get behind. Well, all the caring and of course the cookies, presents, movies, memories and drinks at least, no? Here at BLC we fully embrace the holiday (to the max) and have decided to unleash a fraction of the holiday spirit jammed within our very souls onto the internet today. You are all welcome.

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Written by A+K

June 25th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Photo Update: National Homebrewers Conference 2014 in Grand Rapids Michigan (NHC 2014)

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We are currently attending the 36th annual American Homebrewers Association National Homebrewing Conference (or AHA NHC) in Grand Rapids Michigan. Between seminars on everything from ice cider to harvesting your own yeast, we have been able to get out and explore the city a bit. They’re not kidding when they say this is “Beer City USA”. Look for a full recap of the conference to come, but for now here is a brief look into our adventure so far.

Want to join the American Homebrewers Association? Discounts, a free subscription to Zymurgy and a chance to attend the NHC next year in San Diego await you. Oh, and you might just get to meet this guy (Charlie Papazian, father of the AHA). Click him if you’re into it.

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John Palmer & LIBME Beer Brunch

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Photos by Jennifer Davis

On Sunday, May 11th author and homebrew guru John Palmer came and visited our homebrew club The Long Island Beer and Malt Enthusiasts (LIBME). The visit was part of a mini book tour Palmer was doing in conjunction with the Brooklyn Homebrew shop Bitter and Esters to promote his new book Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers (Brewing Elements), the fourth installment of the ingredient series being published by the Brewers Association.

As head of the education committee for LIBME, I’ve helped arrange a number of educationally related events for the club and it always surprises me how what at first seems like an obstacle to an event later becomes an asset. When John Lapolla, the owner of Bitter and Esters and the person acting as Palmer’s liaison for the weekend, informed me that the only available time that they could fit us in would be 9:00-11:00 a.m. on a Sunday, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. However, when we approached Pete Mangouranes the co-owner of The Good Life, a local craft beer pub and friend of the club, about using his space he had the idea of creating a three course beer brunch to go along with the talk. So because of this early time slot, not only did we have John Palmer coming to speak to our club but we now had a gourmet three course beer brunch to look forward to as well. Apparently a John Palmer seminar now fits into that rare category alongside fishing and golf as being socially acceptable to consume alcohol at 9 in the morning.

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Written by A+K

June 4th, 2014 at 9:18 am

Pork & Craft Beer Festival at The Topping Rose House

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This past Saturday, the Topping Rose House held its first annual Pork & Craft Beer Festival, which is exactly what it sounds like. The small luxury hotel in Bridgehampton is also home to a farm-to-table restaurant owned by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio and run by executive chef Ty Kotz.

Kotz and crew, including chef de cuisine Kyle Koenig, who along with his wife Jessica created the event, put out an impressive spread where pork was undoubtedly the star. In lieu of flowers, each table’s centerpiece was a vase of homemade chicharrones and melt in your mouth bacon. Muffaletta sliders, four varieties of cut sausages including rich spicy andouille with creamy red beans, and crispy pork belly with chimichurri never ran low and remained artfully arranged all afternoon. However, the real standout was the pork belly schwarma. Tender roasted porchetta had a perfectly crunchy skin and was served with homemade potato rolls and pickles, which complemented the rich pork and added a sweet, tangy element.

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Pork & Craft Beer Festival @ Topping Rose House – May 3, 2014

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Image Courtesy of Topping Rose House

Image Courtesy of Topping Rose House

This Saturday, May 3, the Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton will be hosting the Pork & Craft Beer Festival. The event, which features local food and local beverages, will run from 1-4 pm. However, VIP ticket holders gain entrance at noon for an extra hour of indulgence.

Topping Rose House chefs have crafted a menu showcasing all parts of the pig and when they are not busy preparing and serving, will be mingling with guests. Several key menu elements are coming from local purveyors. DeBragga located in NYC and in operations since the 1920’s is providing meat for items like the pork terrine. Also attending will be Montauk Shellfish Company (proudly billed as the exclusive growers of “Montauk Pearls”). Offerings crafted with these ingredients will include oysters on the half shell, grilled sausages with condiments, hand carved pork belly schwarma and not to leave out everyone’s favorite, there will be chicharrones and bacon sliders.

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Written by A+K

May 2nd, 2014 at 8:41 am