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Jax Beer Week — Day One

jaxBeerWeek2013Pele’s Wood Fire: Bell’s Brewing Co. Beer Dinner

In little over a year, Pele’s Wood Fire has established itself as a true destination restaurant. With over 50 craft beers on tap and many more in bottles, it has also proven itself as a gourmet eatery that is truly plugged in to what its guests are seek. So, it is not a surprise that they are opening this year’s Jax beer Week with an extravagant dinner paired with beers from Bell’s Brewing Co.

The menu, prepared by Chef Micah Windham, features his trademark flair for using organic ingredients with an artisan’s flair.

First Course

Prosciutto basil and tomato sandwich, beer cheese dip paired with Bell’s Amber ale.

Second Course

Arugula shaved fennel salad, spiced candy pecans, grapefruit segments, Oarsman vinaigrette served with Bell’s Oarsman a tart German style beer.

Third Course

Banana leaf wrap trout stuffed, beer bacon risotto, butter sauce paired with Bell’s Two Hearted Ale.

Fourth Course

Brown butter seared gnocchi duck confit, beer duck demi, shaved parmesan reggiano served with Bell’s Best Brown Ale.

Fifth Course

Ravioli with buffalo ragu, fresh tomato, garlic oil, basil, hand-pulled mozzarella paired with Expedition Stout.

Sixth Course

Hanger steak with Tuscan fries and a third coast malt shake, “Steak & Shake.” Paired with Third Coast Old Ale.

Seventh Course

Double Cream Stout infused vanilla pot de crem, beer candied nuts, baked cocoa nib meringue served with Bell’s Double Crème Stout.

The cost for the dinner – if tickets are still available — $75 per person including tax and gratuity.
Reservations must be made by calling 904/232-8545. Only 40 seats available.

Brewer’s Pizza: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Brewer’s will host a night with Grassroots Natural Market. The guys from Grassroots of Riverside will come out and drink some brews, rub elbows and pour some beers for sampling.

M Shack

All week the burger wizards at the Beach’s M Shack will be featuring beer and burger parings. You could eat there every day, all week and still not have them all! But, from the looks of the menu, you sure will wnat them all.

M Shack daily specials include both beer and food combined:
  • Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA paired with Asian Burger, Sirracha Cole Slaw and Hoisin BBQ sauce & pepper jack cheese $9.95
  • Cigar City Maduro paired with Truffle Portobello Burger with Bacon Smoked Gouda and Sherry Glaze $12.45
  • Sea Dog Blueberry paired with super kale salad, apples, avocados,pecans, raisins, ginger garlic dressing $12.45
  • Narragansett Lager paired with classic combo with all beef Hebrew national hotdog $9
  • Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout paired with The Medurable: cheeseburger topped with foi gras and caramelized onions $24.95
  • Julian Cider paired with the Rooster and the Pig sandwich: marinated chicken breast, smoked ham and an over easy egg. $18.50
 

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LetsPour to give away free beer for a year

The Great American Beer Festival is just a few short weeks away. Beer lovers from around the country and the world will descend upon Denver, Colo. in droves beginning Oct. 11. Along with the beer lovers will be a contingent of beer-centric businesses to help make finding and getting beer into their hands easier. One such business is LetsPour, the leading social commerce site for highly sought-after beers.

LetsPour will be in attendance at GABF to introduce themselves to the thousands of beer drinkers that will be filtering through the convention center. Those who visit their booth will have an opportunity to win up to $50 in free beer from the site. You read that right; they are giving away free beer – a lot of it.

“We love beer and beer enthusiasts,” company CEO Raghar Kher said. The company specializes in getting enthusiasts, “…beer they would otherwise have a hard time finding.”

And to make things just a bit more exciting, the company is running a special promotion on its website in which one lucky beer geek could win a year’s worth of free beer. In order to be eligible to win, simply visit www.letspour.com/gabf. As with most promotions, there is no purchase necessary to win. The winner will receive a free six-pack of beer every month for a year.

Based in Seattle, Wash. LetsPour is more than just another commerce site. They are a social site where members can rate and review beers.” Kher says. Members can even ask questions before they buy, read cheeky reviews, and get tasting notes from independent critics.

If you are going to GABF, visit the LetsPour crew at Booth #151.

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2012 in Beer

 

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Gnome Week Continues with Two Events Friday Night

Gnome week rolls on in Jacksonville with a couple of great events Friday night. As you may recall from the previous Gnome Week article, this week is a celebration of a village of Gnomes discovering a spring that produces magical waters in Belgium. Enterprising spirits that they are, the Gnomes decided to brew beer with the magical water and what resulted were particularly tasty brews. After centuries of keeping the beer and the recipe to themselves, the Gnomes decided to give the formula to the founders of Brassiere d’Achouffe (literally Brewery of Gnomes) in Belgium. Now, 6,666 years since the discovery of the spring and Gnome-style brewing began, we celebrate Gnome week by partaking of the beers and, in the case of at least one event, pairing them with great food.

The first event takes place at Total Wine and More at the St. John’s Town Center where you can taste several beers from Brassiere d’Achouffe. Stop by Friday, June, 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and enjoy samples of these enchanted brews with Marc Wisdom, Jacksonville Craft Beer Examiner, Springfield Brew Crew blogger, and I Know Jax’s The Beer Guy. Distributor representative Carolyn Graham will also be there to answer questions and hand out cookies (think elves here – what do you want there are no Gnome cookies).

The second event takes place both Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9 at Pele’s Wood Fire. The Riverside eatery has dubbed the two-night event as “Gnome Gnights” and Chef Micah Windham has prepared a three course meal that is inspired by and paired with the Gnome’s brews. The menu for the event is:

First course

Bouquet Flower Salad, with La Chouffe Vinaigrette

Second course

Tomato and Rabbit Cappeletti Pasta with Garden Vegetable Ragu

Third course

Warm chocolate cake with La Chouffe Gelato

The special dinner is available for $30 and is sure to be a hit.

In addition to the special dinner, Pele’s is offering La Chouffe and Houblon Chouffe on tap.

 
 

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To Cellar or not to Cellar, That is the Question

Belgian Ale

Belgian Ale (Photo credit: Accidental Hedonist)

Beer in any form, bottled, canned, or kegged, does have a definite shelf life. However, some beers can survive, and even thrive for an extended period of time. Just like wine, beer can be cellared, it just depends on the beer and the conditions in which you keep them.

First, all beers are not created the same: Budweiser, Coors, and the like will not age well. They are meant to be drank immediately and only last 2-3 months. That is why the big brewers have made such a big deal about things like “Born on Date.” The beers that do age well are big IPAs, Barleywines, Strong Belgian Ales, Imperials Stouts, Lambics, and Old Ales. These brews tend to mature and gain complexity as they age. The tannins and hop bite mellows and the malt character takes on a rich caramel character in IPAs and Imperial brews, while Belgian Ales tend to get thicker and more robust. Lambics are a special category all their own, most are not even released for consumption until they have aged for three or more years.

Beer in any form, bottled, canned, or kegged, does have a definite shelf life. However, some beers can survive, and even thrive for an extended period of time. Just like wine, beer can be cellared, it just depends on the beer and the conditions in which you keep them.

First, all beers are not created the same: Budweiser, Coors, and the like will not age well. They are meant to be drank immediately and only last 2-3 months. That is why the big brewers have made such a big deal about things like “Born on Date.” The beers that do age well are big IPAs, Barleywines, Strong Belgian Ales, Imperials Stouts, Lambics, and Old Ales. These brews tend to mature and gain complexity as they age. The tannins and hop bite mellows and the malt character takes on a rich caramel character in IPAs and Imperial brews, while Belgian Ales tend to get thicker and more robust. Lambics are a special category all their own, most are not even released for consumption until they have aged for three or more years.

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2012 in Beer, Beer Education

 

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Beery Treats for Your Best Friend

Beer is a social beverage. Sure, there are those who prefer to drink alone, but for most sharing a beer after work or on the weekend with friends is a ritual they cherish. And now, even if your friends are not available for a night at the local brew pub, you can still share a brew with your best friend – sort of.

Baking Under the Influence, or BUI to the hip and in-the-know, just announced today that is is offering freshly baked dog treats made from the spent grain of Intuition Ale Works. Baking Under the Influence is a local business that bakes a variety of goods including cup cakes with beer or other alcoholic beverages as an ingredient.  The dog treats are made from a recipe with are made from the spent grain, peanut butter, flour, bananas, and eggs. Hops are definitely not in the treats as they are toxic to dogs.

Violet Olds-Skinner, co-owner of BUI, said, “We made them because I always thought it’d be fun to do something for the dogs knowing that the spent grain is usable and good for them…  Making dog treats is something I’ve always wanted to do and what better way to do it than with the beer byproduct!”

OldS-Skinner says that she plans to sell the treats at the King Street Farmers market beginning tomorrow, June 6. The treat will also be available at Park Street Paws later and perhaps even at the brewery. If the treats catch on, BUI would like to create versions from the spent grains at the other breweries in the area. Named for Olds-Skinner’s rescue dog, Clementine, the treats have been tested and approved by their namesake.

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2012 in Beer News, Food

 

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