Ale is a category of beer brewed with a top-fermenting yeast. Saccharomyces cerevisiae Ale is one of the two main categories of beer made today, the other being lager, which is brewed with a bottom-fermenting yeast. Other beers are grouped under either Ale or Lager. For instance, stout is categorized under Ale. Alcohol content ranges…
The 14th of August is the feast day of Arnold of Soissons, the patron saint of hop-pickers and Belgian brewers. Why not raise a toast to St Arnold today with a Belgian beer?
The 23rd of April celebrates the Bavarian Beer Purity Law. The law governs what ingredients can be used for beer made in Germany. There are only 4 ingredients allowed.
This is beef braised in beer. A good cold weather dish that is lovely with mashed potato and cabbage.
The 15th of June is Beer Day Britain. Grab a beer from the British Isles to wet your whistle, so you’ll be ready to sing the Beer Day Britain song at 7 p.m.!
Black and Tan is an alcoholic “beer” drink, made from a combination of Stout and Ale. The default beers used are Guinness for the stout, and Bass Ale for the ale. The Guinness used should be the Draught, not the Extra Stout. In America, bartenders are careful to pour the beers together in a manner…
More like a soup, it’s meant to be served in bowls. Best if made a day ahead of time then reheated for serving.
This is one of the cheesiest fondues you’ll come across. Cheddar cheese soup, processed cheese, liquid smoke flavouring — few things in life come cheesier than this, in every sense of the word.
A traditional variation on Welsh Rabbit.
Gruit is an herb mixture used in the making of beer, before the use of hops became common. It was used to add aroma, flavour and bitterness, as well as to act as a preservative. The combinations of ingredients varied (a blender would carefully guard his recipe as a trade secret.) The three most common…
Hops are an herb mostly known for their use in flavouring beer. They provide both bitterness and aroma. Beer made without hops will taste “fruitier.” Hops are also a preservative. They allow weaker alcohol content beers to have a longer storage life. Hops are a member of the hemp family: they are related to marijuana…
The First Friday of August is International Beer Day. It celebrates all those involved in the crafts of beer making and distribution, from the hops growers to the brewers to the bartenders.
The 8th of March is International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day (IWCBD). The day is designed to help reclaim women’s place in the beer brewing world and provide networking opportunities.
Lager is one of the two main categories of beer, the other being ale. Lager is brewed with a bottom-fermenting yeast at lower temperatures; Ale is brewed at higher temperatures, with a top-fermenting yeast. The yeast most often used for Lagers is Saccharomyces carlsbergensis (aka Saccharomyces pastorianus.) Owing to the lower temperatures, Lagers in general…
The 7th of April is National Beer Day. It celebrates the day in 1933 when the sale of beer was allowed again in the United States.
Nitrogenated Beer is beer that has been infused with a mixture of 25-30 percent nitrogen and 70-75 percent carbon dioxide. In the beer trade, they may be referred to as “Nitrobrews.” Nitrogen bubbles are more stable than carbon dioxide bubbles, because the atmosphere is already about 79 percent nitrogen. Consequently, a longer-lasting head is produced…
Oktoberfest starts in the third week of September. It is a celebration of Bavarian drink and food.
Fine for a quick lunch on your own, or serve with a salad and you have a quick winter’s lunch you can serve to guests. Probably each person will want two pieces of toast at least.
A yummy brunch idea. Nice with slices of good fresh tomato on the side.