The El Dorado 15 Year Old Rum with two Delicious Cigars

August 7, 2010

Flavor is why we love real beer. Theres no question about it. Regardless of what that flavor is, or what emotions or sensations it ignites, its the real flavor of true beer that drives us to it. But real flavor doesn’t only live in beer. Among my other favorite sources of flavor are cigars and spirits. Both are backed with rich and ripe flavors that defy all categorization and pump your palate full of deep aromatic and succulent flavors.

A couple weeks ago we had a gorgeous sunny afternoon just teasing me that summer is finally here. So my good friend and I sat out on my balcony and enjoyed the Eldorado 15 Year Old Rum with two cigars; La Aurora Barrel Aged Belicoso and the Ashton Classic Majesty.

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How to Pair Beer and Cigars Perfectly (Part 4, the pair)

July 29, 2010

Its a warm Thursday evening after a long day at work, and the sun is just beginning to crest below the horizon. All you want to do is kick back and enjoy the smooth, relaxing, and calming sensations of a good cigar. You have plenty of cigars to choose from, but you’ll probably go for one of your old favorites. Your patio chair is ready, the weather is right, and all you are missing is the appropriate beverage to match your cigar.

A spirit is the typical pair, but you’re feeling rather saucy tonight, and you don’t want the potency of a 40% whisky. So you open your fridge and look to your beer selection. Yes, there are a huge range of beers that will perfectly match a cigar for you. In Part 1 we over viewed the primary characteristics of a cigar that influence its flavor. In Part 2 we examined beers that work well with long or short cigars. In Part 3 we looked at larger ring gauge and earthy cigars. Now to complete the gamut we will enter the world of complex and milder cigars. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Pair Beer and Cigars Perfectly (Part 3, the pair)

July 28, 2010

This is a beautiful world of flavor we are talking about here; real beer and cigars that is. Both crafted by hand and passion to create memorable and enjoyable sensations. Both capable of igniting any situation and enriching your life. But beer is not the typical pairing thought of when smoking a cigar – spirits, brandy and cognac are usually reserved for that honor. But today we are going to continue to look at the amazing, and relatively unheard of pairing that is beer and cigars.

In part 1 we broke down the various aspects of a cigar that contribute to their flavor and smoking experience. Then in part 2 we examined the beers that would best suit long and short cigars. Today in part three we will create beer pairings for large ring gauge cigars and earthy cigars. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Pair Beer and Cigars Perfectly (Part 2, the pair)

July 26, 2010

Just like beer, there are limitless varieties of cigars available to us today; when you begin to consider the range of sizes, shapes, flavors, strengths, and origins it becomes clear that there is so single rule for what cigar will go with what beer. We can however build generic rules, or guidelines to help you experiment – because the only best pairing is the one that you enjoy the most.

In part 1 we examined the 3 primary aspects of a cigar which most powerfully influence its flavor, body, and smoking experience. Now we will actually create some delicious beer and cigar pairings. For the purpose of this guide we will begin with 6 different generic cigar characteristics, and match a variety of pairing beers to each one. These characteristics are Long Cigars, Short Cigars, Large Ring Gauge Cigars, Earthy Cigars, Complex Cigars, and Milder Cigars. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Pair Beer and Cigars Perfectly (Part 1, the cigar)

July 21, 2010

Yes, beer has many friends; snacks, cheese, hamburgers, pasta, chicken, fish, etc.. Really any food can find the appropriate beer pairing. But if you are a beer connoisseur, and also love cigars, do you ever find it challenging to match a beer, rather than a more potent spirit with your stogie? Its easy to see why this can cause issues.

Cigars by nature are hugely aromatic and potent creatures. Even the lightest shade claros are going to be filled with a variety of perfumey tobacco smoke. Then when you start to get into Colorado or Maduro wrappers you really begin to unleash the full power and potency of a cigar. I mean, thats why we love cigars in the first place. And they do fit the world of spirits exceptionally well. But what about beer? Read the rest of this entry »

Tasting the Het Anker Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw

July 9, 2010

I’ve never been disappointed by anything bearing the name Gouden Carolus. Actually, more accurately, I have always been severely impressed by everything bearing the name Gouden Carolus. Their latest beer to grace Ontario was the Ambrio, which came here for the Spring Release and was really spectacular. Then when I think about the Classic, and the Hopsinjoor I get goosebumps.

This past weekend, for my 25th birthday, one of my best friends brought me a bottle of the Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw, which is essentially their dark vintage ale. It is brewed on February the 24th every year to commemorate the birthday of Charles the Fifth. Het Anker calls it an “exclusive adaptation of the traditional Gouden Carolus Classic”; my knees just buckled from under me.

I was fortunate enough to enjoy this beer on my quarter century mark, in Grand Bend, at my buds cottage on the patio, by the lake, under the sun, with my good friends, and also with a nice fine cigar. It don’t get much better than this! Read the rest of this entry »

The BrewDog Paradox Smokehead with a CAO Brazilia

July 2, 2010

This is the case where a big, dark, deep, and overpoweringly rich beer finally meets its match with the equivalent cigar. Or if you are a cigar aficionado, here is a beer that can finally stand up with the CAO Brazilia. I’m talking about the Paradox Smokehead by BrewDog. This is really an instance of Goliath and Goliath. Each of these products stand out as some of the richest in their respective field; this is why I thought it would be best to enjoy them together.

Pairing a beer with a cigar is not always easy. Most of the time I will look to a spirit to do the job for me; the natural strength and huge aromatic properties of a fine whiskey or Cognac seem to match a cigar’s strength and aromatics so naturally. But, there are beers with these same strengths. Beers which cannot be tied down by commercial classification. These beers stand proud and bellow their flavor from the mountain tops. Let me tell you what this BrewDog stout is yelling, and why it was the perfect match for the Brazilia. Read the rest of this entry »