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 »

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A Hot Day on the Beach Brings the Swing

May 27, 2010

This past May 24 weekend may have showed us the best weather we have ever seen for the epic long weekend. I spend it in Grand Bend Ontario at a cottage on the beach with some of my best friends. Each year we indulge in great food, amazing beer, succulent spirits, full flavored cigars, and a riot of fun in the sun. How can you possibly go wrong.

By the holiday Monday we had feasted and barbecued, shared some rare and special brews, and spent far to much time in the heat. It really was time to sit under an umbrella, open up a rare and exceptional whisky, and enjoy some fine crafted cigars. The menu would be the Johnnie Walker Swing, Rocky Patel’s 1999 Vintage Connecticut, CAO’s MX2, and the Casa Magna Colorado Belicoso. Read the rest of this entry »