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By admin, 14 years and 10 months ago

Sour Ale - a tart experience

I've recently had the pleasure of drinking a type of beer that I'd never had before. I had this beer in Wisconsin and again in San Diego, and have been unable to locate it anywhere regionally. The beer is a Flemish Old Brown, also known as a Sour Ale. Drinking this type of beer is like discovering beer all over again. (Before people start correcting me about what kind of beer it is, let me say that I arrived at this style definition after doing a LOT of research on what type it is - and I reserve the right to be wrong.) The best way to describe it is "pucker" beer. It has a tart taste, sour like a SweeTart sour. Excellent!

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By admin, 14 years and 10 months ago

Why Homebrew?

Why brew your own beer? You can buy zillions of varieties of beers, there's no hassle to doing it, and if you buy a bad beer, you're only out the cost of a six-pack.

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By admin, 14 years and 10 months ago

Show #1 - Good Brews and Barbecues

Here's the first podcast! Okay, it's actually about the second or third, but they're in pieces. This is our first completed podcast where we cook some Hefeweizen, discuss barbecue grills and smokers (and what your wife will let you buy), provide some rib cooking tips, and take a trip to Belgium with the Chimay samplers. It's beer and barbecue on your iPod.

Beers we sampled on this show...

  • Chimay Rouge (Red), 7% ABV dubbel. In the 75 cl bottle, it is known as Première.
  • Chimay Blanc (White), or Chimay Triple, 8% ABV golden tripel.
  • Chimay Bleu (Blue), 9% ABV darker vintage ale. In the 75 cl bottle, it is known as Grande Réserve.

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By admin, 14 years and 10 months ago

Show #2 - Smoked Riblets and Beer Can Chicken

Chicken and RibletsThis is a show that was actually recorded before the first two, but I've only just now gotten it put together. Smoked Riblets and Smoked Beer Can Chicken with a spicy rub! We do a test cook to try out the Basic Rub recipe and it turns out great. Plus we have a few excellent Belgian-style beers from Unibroue, a French-Canadian brewery. They make light flavorful beers that are full of alcohol. This may have had an effect on my sense of timing...

Beers sampled during this show...

  • Unibroue La Fin du Monde
  • Unibroue Don de Dieu

For info, recipes and pictures, read page 2 of «The Big Cook».

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By admin, 14 years and 10 months ago

The Beer Culture

Culture? What culture?

Beer is probably the most devalued of all intoxicants, next to the bottle of Shady Pete or Wild Irish Rose. It's viewed as a drink of the working class, or the undereducated. We've never seen James Bond order a Bud Light, have we? Peer pressure has somehow pushed beer ever downward and we forget where beer came from, it's place in history, and it's cultural status it really should have.

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