Seattle Beer-cation →
I went to Seattle once, and I will admit it was a very quick stop over - but I did not do my research and I felt disappointed. I knew there were probably loads of amazing consumables and activities - yet somehow they eluded me.
This time I have dedicated a lot of time to research. Thanks to the insights of the lovely @seattlebeergirl, @SeattleTap, @DaveNguyen206 (this guy also has a tumblr- Foodhipster206), some tips from my dad, and a @NYTimes travel article - I have a hell of a to do list.
The to-dos range from free outdoor activities, coffee shops, brunch spots, upscale dinners, fancy cocktail spots, craft beer bars and bottle shops. I will not even get to 1/10th of the things on this map - which is why I am sharing it with you. If you have 12hrs or 12 days in Seattle, this map is for you!
I’m super excited I get to go back and check out these places - thanks to all who contributed to this project. Check back for photos and updates later this week.
#beer washed cheese
Cut The Cheese
Beer and cheese, they’re two best buddies like PB&J or zebras & stripes. Point being, in case you forgot to class-up your superbowl party with cheese there’s still time to class up your palate (it probably needs it after all those buffalo wings you ate last night). Here’s a fun tool to help you with beer and cheese tasting at home - just choose your beer and see what it pairs with! The best part - you probably never knew that processed cheese food paired well with so many beers (duh). Thanks Wisconsin Cheese for sharing this often under rated pairing with us!
And what happens when beer and cheese become one? Well, that’s we call cheese washed beer. It’s dank. Want to try it? Well you’re in luck, because there’s still tickets to 61 Local’s beer washed cheese tasting, hosted by Saxelby cheesemongers, this Wednesday Feb 8. You can still get tickets online.
Pairing your Thanksgiving dinner with beer
Thanksgiving is coming up, and a lot of families with gather for dinner with a fine bottle of wine, or perhaps a bit of eggnog. Maybe you’re going to go home and wonder, “where’s the beer?” You’ve discovered craft beer, but Uncle Joe’s knowledge of beer goes no further than the confines of the Anheuser-Busch factory, and Aunt Maude turns her nose at the mere mention of beer as she sips her glass of merlot. Family gatherings like this are a great opportunity to make believers in beer, break down the stereotypes of craft beer, and introduce people to new aromas and flavors that they never associate with beer.
And let’s get to the real point here: beer is far more friendly to food pairings than wine. With all the different styles - some that lend themselves well to pairings with an endless number of types of cuisine, beer shouldn’t even be optional on the Thanksgiving Dinner table, especially when you consider the wide variety of foods that end up on your plate.
Here are some tips and suggestions for beers to put on your Thanksgiving Dinner table:
#cooking with beer
Back to the Kitchen
The quickly dropping temperatures of fall and rainy weather in New York is my signal that outdoor beer drinking is quickly coming to an end. It’s time to return to the soups, stews, and kitchen drinking - which is fine with me. To start my seasonal departure away from the beer cocktails and transition to cooking with beer, I thought I would share this amazing recipe for short rips with beer and buckwheat honey from food52.