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Chimay Grand Classique Cheese + Chimay Grand Reserve 2011

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chimay cheeseThanks to our friend Matt Bollerman and a trip to the cheese counter at Whole Foods, we recently found ourselves in possession of both a bottle of Chimay Grand Reserve from 2011 and a portion of Chimay Grand Classique Cheese, hopefully not with quite as much age on it. We had been saving the bottle for a special occasion, and once the cheese found it’s way into our shopping cart we knew this pairing was what we were waiting for. It did however lead us to ponder the fact that it seems like many cheeses are now made with beer, but we have yet to see a beer made with cheese. Do you think we may be onto something, Long Island breweries? Yeah, probably not, but if we see any gorgonzola IPAs floating around this summer we want some credit.

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Written by A+K

March 31st, 2014 at 8:15 am

The 35th Annual A.H.A. National Homebrewers Conference: The Aftermath

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Last month (Saturday, June 29) the 35th annual A.H.A. National Homebrewers Conference wrapped up in Philadelphia. The commencement dinner banquet was preceded by three full days of seminars, events, tastings, meet & greets and vendor exhibits. Overall it was a hectic, information filled weekend that was hosted at the downtown Marriott but the festivities and craft beer enthusiasm quickly spilled out into much of the city of Philadelphia.

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Our time in Philly actually kicked off on Wednesday morning, a full day before the conference began, when we arrived to take the tasting portion of the BJCP exam. After passing the online test the previous week, and practicing beer tasting for the better part of the last couple years, we arrived a bit anxious but ready to go. The exam was 90 minutes long and the largest BJCP tasting exam yet, with over 60 participants. Six beers were served and each exam taker had 15 minutes to judge each brew as if it was a BJCP sanctioned homebrew competition. Though the experience was a bit intimidating, and after comparing notes after it seems everyone had their own opinions on the beers, it was definitely a fitting way to kick off the weekend. Plus, we don’t find out our scores for at least a couple months so the outcome wasn’t able to negatively effect anyones conference experience.

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