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Archive for February, 2011

Column as guidepost

Believe it or not, the goal of this column is not to frustrate you. All I want, in my own semi-literate way, is to get you excited about a subject I am passionate about.

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Beer Pick: Mad River Jamaica Red Ale

Mad River Jamaica Red Ale
Mad River Brewing Co., Blue Lake, Calif.
$10.99/ six-pack

madriverjamaicaProfile: Brewed in wild and wonderful Humboldt County, Mad River Jamaica Red Ale recalls Red Seal Ale, another well balanced beer from coastal northern California. Rich caramel malt, spicy aromatic hops and bold bitterness combine with grassy, herbal and citrus notes in this food friendly ale. A hazy redwood color and thick, creamy head add to its appeal.

Pair with: Match the sweet malt and spicy hops of Jamaica Red Ale with jerk chicken, pizza, hot wings or any number of Mexican dishes, including tamales and chiles rellenos.

— by Bob Townsend, Drink blog

Bob Townsend is editor of Southern Brew News, a bimonthly beer publication distributed throughout the Southeast: brewingnews.com/southernbrew

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KJ Avant Chard

Founded by fluke in 1982, the Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay was a monumental success selling tens of millions of cases, defining what chardonnay means in the United States. But all good things must come to an end [sniff]. Rest in peace, Vintner’s Reserve.

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Beer Town: Catching up with Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione

Since he founded Delaware’s Dogfish Head as a tiny upstart brewpub in 1995, Sam Calagione has gone from young Turk to respected figurehead of the American craft beer movement.

Along the way, Calagione harnessed the gonzo energy of the Dogfish motto, “off-centered ales for off-centered people,” to build his passion for big, bold beers with exotic ingredients into the fastest-growing independent brewery in the U.S.

But if the past 15-plus years were a wild and dazzling ride to success, last year landed Calagione another step closer to beer superstardom.

Photo: Dogfish Craft Brewery

Sam Calagione (Photo: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery)

Premiering in November, the Discovery Channel show “Brew Masters” featured his globe-trotting exploits. It’s produced by the creative team behind “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.”

For much of the rest of the year, Calagione also was busy collaborating with restaurateurs Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich and Italian brewers Leonardo di Vincenzo and Teo Musso to …

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Wine Sparkle In New Mexico

While the wine savvy New Year’s crowd oohed and ahhhed over the riesling, the Chablis and the Napa cab I selected, they were most fascinated by the Gruet, which shouts “Champagne” with a capital “C,” but for a quarter of the price. Most of them were incredulous at the idea that wines can come from New Mexico.

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Beer Pick: Heavy Seas Black Cannon Black IPA

  • Heavy Seas Black Cannon Black IPA
    Clipper City Brewing Co., Baltimore, Md.
    $9.99/six-pack; also available on draft and in casks at select beer bars
Clipper City Brewing

Clipper City Brewing

Profile: The new Heavy Seas winter seasonal, Black Cannon Black IPA, is a take on Clipper City’s well-regarded Loose Cannon IPA. Brewed with black malt and a variety of hops, it combines the roasted flavors and aromas traditionally associated with dark ales and the citrus and pine essence of bright pale ales. The result is a flavorful hybrid brew with earthy chocolate and coffee notes.

Pair with: Match the bold flavors of Black Cannon with similar foods, such as wood-grilled meat, sharp cheese or dark chocolate.

— by Bob Townsend, Drink blog

Bob Townsend is editor of Southern Brew News, a bimonthly beer publication distributed throughout the Southeast: brewingnews.com/southernbrew

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Jade Mountain Cabernet

High-quality Napa grapes that may have cost $5,000 a ton a couple years ago are now barely selling for $1,000. Even worse, the pressure is immense to sell wines sitting in storage facilities at any price.

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