The shorter days of winter are coming and the winter beers are out. These beers are usually darker and spicier than the fall brews. They include Brown Ales, Porters, Stouts and Winter Warmers. Having beer of the season ensures that you are drinking fresh beer. These beers also go well with the holiday season. Maybe it's the malty character that satisfies the palate, evoking rich aromas and flavors of toasty caramel, toffee and chocolate in Brown Ales, the addition of roasty coffee - like notes in Porters and Stouts, and the complexity of spices and alcohol warmth in Winter Warmers. They add up to some great beer experiences during your holiday celebration. Try some different pairings with various holiday foods. Below, I share a unique holiday food and beer pairing. Whatever your beer, enjoy the cooler days to come and drink good beer at your holiday celebration.
This month has some great events. Miami's latest hot beer spot is South Miami, with Cervezas
leading the way with craft beer tastings and events. They celebrate their second anniversary on December 7th, and the monthly beer tasting is on December 13th. Over at Town Kitchen and Grill
, they are having a Beer and Black Truffle dinner on December 6th. That should be a good one; interesting pairings with truffles in each course. Several new places are opening in the next few months; the World of Beer Dadeland location has been put off until March 2012. Their website can keep you updated as opening approaches. January is coming and that means the best beer festival in South Florida is happening in Jupiter. The Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival
is in it's 5th year and it will be better than ever. Get your tickets early as it sells out every year. The night before, the "Brew it and They will Come" beer and food pairing event is also happening. Wynkoop Brewing in Denver Colorado is searching for the Beerdrinker of the Year for 2012.
Do you qualify? Event details are below.
Make your party a craft beer event!
Serve craft beer to add variety to your guests choices. Have a beer tasting where your guests can try a selection of craft beers then choose one they like. The possibilities are almost unlimited and can be fun. Most craft beers can be paired with different foods being served at the party. Beer and food pairing can be challenging and rewarding. Tasting sheets with beer descriptions and room for notes can add to the fun. Contact
me for more details.
Last year I tried a different type of beer pairing: beer with breakfast foods! It sounds strange but really works. This doesn't mean that you are having beer for breakfast, it is a pairing done with traditional breakfast foods. Around the holidays everyone has different visitors and things to do. After a long day of work, shopping or just spending time with family, who wants to start making a full dinner? Try breakfast foods instead. They are easier and faster to prepare, and your guests will also be able to "wind down", enjoying a tasty beer paired with the foods. My first pairing was Duvel Belgian Golden ale with scrambled eggs. This surprised everyone and it is a great pairing. The light ale doesn't overwhelm the eggs and the alcohol cuts through the butter. Another pairing is spiral sliced ham and Delirium Noel, a Belgian Dark ale that is sweet and fruity. This went well with the honey spicing on the ham. This is a strong beer at 10% ABV, but it isn't evident when drinking it. There are many pairing ideas; sausage will pair with almost any German beer, preferably darker malty ones. There is a page on Beer Advocate
that discusses more ideas; just remember that some of these folks are actually drinking it at breakfast!
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