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Drinking Events This Weekend in Boston

4 Jun

So I saw that The Boston Calendar for the next week has a lot of fun booze-related events and had to share. We will be attending the Bit Fest event tomorrow night!

Image from Bit Fest

Image from Bit Fest

June 4 & 5 – Bit Fest – Night Shift Brewing

June 4, July 16, August 13, September 3 Beer Tastings Aboard Roseway

June 5 – CLINK. Summer Wine Dinner Series in The Yard

June 6 – Summer Boston Sea Party with Social Boston Sports

June 6 – Boston Pirate Bar Crawl

June 8 – Craft Beer for a Cause 

June 9 – Squats & Sangria: Free bootcamp in Seaport

June 11 – Historic Beer in a Historic Place

*Thanks to Boston Calendar for all these great events!

Friday Food Roundup

13 Mar

Photo credit: Chiclfila

  • Apparently today is National Ginger Ale Day. I can’t find much more about it, but Gosling’s Rum is taking advantage of it. 

For other food-related events happening in Boston this weekend, check out the calendar.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Upcoming Events! (That I can’t attend)

17 May

There are so many great things happening while Stud Muffin and I are on our Honeymoon. I’m not complaining because we will be on an amazing trip, but I hate to miss out on awesome events in Boston!

So, if you don’t have plans for May 31 or June 7, or even if you do and you want a good excuse to cancel your other plans… check out these upcoming events.

May 30 & May 31 – times vary – American Craft Beer Fest  – According to EventBrite invite, “The 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest (ACBF) is the east coast’s largest celebration of American craft beer hosted at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston by BeerAdvocate & Harpoon Brewery. The 2-day fest will feature 3-session and 640+ craft beers from 140+ American brewers.”

Saturday, May 31 starting at 5 pmWink & Nod in the South End is celebrating Ardbeg Day (I had to look this up to be honest) by opening a bottle of Ardbeg Galileo, a 12-year old single malt that was ranked best in the world. This will only be served on this day and at midnight, it will be closed and saved until next year’s Ardbeg Day. So if you are into exclusives, hand over $11 and sip it down straight or in a cocktail!

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June 1 2 – 6 PMCREATE – The Waterfront Gallery & Harbor Walk at Fairmont Battery Wharf

CREATE sounds like an awesome event. I have never heard of it before, but apparently this is the 3rd year! So here is the description, “Chef Louis DiBiccari will showcase some of Boston’s brightest rising art, culinary and mixology stars in Boston. Chefs and bartenders will be paired with visual artists to create a dish and drink that corresponds, interacts or interprets the art. There will be six art/food/drink stations set up. Art will vary, may be 2D or 3D, and may be interactive (live). Guests are encouraged to peruse and purchase at their leisure— seeing, sipping and tasting a trifecta of Bostonian culture. Outside of the winery, tunes from Moe Pope and DJ TJ Connelly keep the energy amped.

Participating Artists:
· Ind!v!duals
· Karen Jerzk
· Mark Sebastiano
· Moe Pope
· And more to come….

Participating Chefs:
· Jade Taylor, Bondir
· Alex Crab, Asta
· Scott Jones , Menton
· Jason Cheek , Merrill and Co
· Monica Glass , Clio
· Meg Ward, Coppa

Participating Bartenders:
· Emma Hollander, Trina’s Starlite Lounge
· Palmer Matthews , Drink
· Daren Swisher, JM Curley
· Steve Schnelwar, 80 Thoreau
· Sabrina Kershaw, The Franklin Cafe
· Tyler Wang, Audubon

Tickets are $35

June 7 2:30 – 5 PM – Landmark Center parking structure – Bacon & Beer Festival

I mean it is bacon and beer. What more could you ask for? I have yet to go to this event. BUT that is not surprising because the thing sells out in 45 seconds. YES – THAT IS WHAT I SAID! 45 SECONDS! If you got a ticket, good on you. Tell us how it is.

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Cool Event Alert: HopChef Beer and Food Pairing Competition

8 Apr

I’m all about the puns and well, I’m all about the beer and food too. So, this seems like a perfect event. I’m sad I won’t be able to go, as it it will be a few days before Stud Muffin and I get married, and I’m sure I’ll be a ball of stress. Wait a second, maybe I should go and drink some beer to unwind.

Anywho – here are the deets if you are looking for some good food from some local chefs and for some good beer from Ommegang.

From the press release:

Brewery Ommegang will host its expanded third annual HopChef Competition on Wednesday, May 21 from 7-10 p.m. at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. The event will bring together Boston’s beer-forward chefs under one roof to pair dishes with Ommegang’s Belgian-style ales and compete for the title of Boston HopChef 2014. Tickets, which are now on-sale at http://hopchef2014.ticketleap.com/boston/, are the only way to take part in the HopChef action and experience samplings of each chef’s delectable dishes and a selection of Ommegang ales. 89

A lineup of six chefs from leading, local restaurants has been hand-selected to participate:

Kyle Stamps – Coda Bar & Kitchen
Julie Cutting – Cure (Portsmouth)
Johnny Sheehan – New World Tavern
Alex Jenkins –Foundry on Elm
Brian Reyalt –Franklin Cafe
Jeff Howe –Teatro

Each chef will create one dish showcasing their imaginative beer and food pairing skills. The dishes, each developed to pair with a specific Ommegang beer, will be served to a panel of judges and attendees to taste and score. The Boston judging panel includes StarChef.com’s Will Blunt, Craigie on Main Chef Tony Maws and Brewbound.com Editor Chris Furnari, with more to be announced shortly.

The HopChef winner from Boston will be invited to the Grand Finale to compete against winners from Miami, Denver, San Francisco and Philadelphia at Ommegang’s annual “Belgium Comes to Cooperstown” festival on Aug. 9, 2014. The 2014 Grand Prize winner will receive a spotlight position on the SAVEURTastemakers™ chef advisory board, a spotlight in SAVEUR Magazine & StarChefs.com editorial, a showcase with Brewery Ommegang at the StarChefs.com International Chefs Congress and a showcase station with Brewery Ommegang at the SAVEUR Summer BBQ, both in New York.

Time for Football… and Beer!

5 Sep

Who doesn’t love football? Who doesn’t love beer? Well, lots of people, but not anyone at this blog. It’s that time of year again, football is back baby, and beer has never left!

Did you know that on Super Bowl Sunday, Americans drink an average of 325.5 million gallons of beer. Congrats, America, congrats.

Check out this fun beer infographic from About.com about beer and Americans and football. Enjoy.

Go Gamecocks! Go Pats! Go Packers!

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Happy 145th Birthday Leinenkugel’s!

7 May

Being from Wisconsin I take great pride in the amazing beer culture that has surrounded me since I was a little girl. Miller, Pabst, Point Brewery – but a name that you may not automatically think of (if you’re not from Wisconsin) is Leinenkugel’s or Leinie’s (as those of us in the know say).

Jacob Leinenkugel established his brewery in Chippewa Falls, WI in May of 1867 and five generations later his family still continues to brew keeping true to the history and heritage established by their great-great grandfather more than 145 years ago.

Living in Massachusetts you may say, Cdog, of course we get Leinie’s beer here. Yes, that’s true, you can find Summer Shandy and Sunset Wheat in many bars and packies across the state. But I have to say, those are not my favorite Leinie’s offerings (sorry guys but you make WAY better – get it to Massachusetts please!). If you are ever in a bar or liquor store and you see Leinie’s Red (Red Lager) or Honey Weiss do yourself a favor and buy them.

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Leinenkugels Honey Weiss

Leinie’s Red is a great beer, great color and a rich malty flavor without being overly sweet. Honey Weiss is a wheat beer made with real Wisconsin honey. It’s the perfect pre-dinner drink or perfect sipping while sunning yourself on the beach. Think Sam Summer, but WAY better.

A Birthday Celebration Like No Other:

This summer, the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company will be hitting the road, bringing Leinie’s to the people in the first ever Leinenkugel’s Family Road trip. Throughout the Road Trip, Leinenkugel’s will be making more than 20 stops around the country to meet fans, sample some great Leinie’s beer and celebrate their 145th birthday.

Fifth generation brewers and brothers Jake, John, and Dick Leinenkugel will join the tour to greet fans and talk beer. The road trip will also feature samples from their year-round offerings Sunset Wheat, Honey Weiss, Berry Weiss, Leinie’s Red, Creamy Dark, and Classic Amber Lager, in addition to seasonal favorite Summer Shandy and their new limited release Big Eddy Wee Harvey Scotch Ale.

Check in here to see where Leinie’s is in their Summer Family Road Trip!

Happy Birthday Leinie’s!

Above, Jake Leinenkugel, president, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. and C.J. Leinenkugel, 6th generation brewer, with a 145th anniversary cake from TLC’s The Cake Boss on a Leinenkugel’s Family Road Trip stop in Hoboken, N.J. on Thursday, April 19.

Happy 145th Birthday Leinie’s! The Eats loves you and we look forward to seeing you out East this Summer!

~cdog

Brewers vs. Writers (Guest Post)

27 Oct

I need to say that I have been super delinquent in writing and publishing. BUT I am here to share with you a guest post written by non other than the Love Muffin! Yes you read that right! How exciting?!?!! His first post is actually something that was written for the Ipswich Ale Brewers Blog. You can find it along with other posts here. He’s planning to keep writing for it so check back regularly.

~cdog

Without further ado…Brewers vs. Writers:

Hello fine consumers of Ipswich Ale!!!  Thank you so much for your support of our product and for reading this blog. As brewers, we do not normally get the opportunity to write.  Something about making beer keeps us from staring at a computer screen all day. With that said, as we try to adapt to an increasingly connected world (you know, that whole dot com thing) we are trying our hand at writing. The goal is to write a new blog every couple of weeks, so please check back regularly to see if our writing skills have improved to match our beer making skills. Topics might include new products, brewery stories, seasonal musings, and other beer related topics.

On that thread, we have started brewing a new series of beers here at the Ipswich Ale Brewery called 5 Mile.  The concept behind these beers is that at least one ingredient in the beer must come from within five miles of Ipswich. Water doesn’t count, unless of course we alter it with another ingredient. We plan to release the beers in 22oz bottles and at limited draft accounts. If you are lucky you might also have a bit of these beers out of a cask!

The first beer in the series we are calling “Stock Ale.” A majority of the malt came from barley grown at Czajkowski Farm in Hadley, MA and malted at Valley Malt. It is dry hopped with hops grown at the brewery hop fields. We are having a release party to celebrate the series and its inaugural beer. As of right now, we are also brewing that day, so the brew house will be up and running. Some of the brewers and employees will be on hand, so come on by, try the Stock Ale, and enjoy a free tour!

So, here it is, our first brewer’s blog. Hopefully, we can start a dialogue about beer because that is more fun than a one-sided conversation but not more fun than actually drinking beer.

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P.S. If you’re around Saturday definitely stop by the brewery for the 5 Mile Stock Ale release party. The Love Muffin will actually be brewing and I’ll be there sampling…I mean supporting the new beer line.

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