October 4, 2010
One of my all time favorite meals is brunch. It is such a delicious combination of foods from all courses coming together in perfect harmony. Everything from eggs and pancakes to bacon, roast beef, shrimp, pastas, desserts and more make it onto the table. Beyond that, there is usually a wide selection of juices, coffees, cocktails, beers, spirits, and usually mimosas; the classic brunch drink of orange juice and champagne.
I do love champagne, but honestly the classic mimosa leaves something to be desired. It always ends up a bit to sharp, and unless you are using very expensive sparkling wine, a bit to tart. Ah ha, beer to the rescue. Here is one of my most favorite beer cocktails that people are always shocked, and then astounded by; the Blanch de Chambly Mimosa! It is smoother, creamier, has a soft vanilla and warm spice character to it, and just compliments orange juice better than champagne can. Read on for the directions, and I dare you to try it! Read the rest of this entry »
August 26, 2010
One of my favorite brewing styles is Belgian. And one of the most beautiful things about Belgian brewing is that these days, you don’t need to be a Belgian to brew like one. Unibroue, located in Chambly Quebec, has been brewing Belgian Style beers since 1990. Unibroue prides themselves on using only the finest natural ingredients, absolutely no preservatives, only partially filtering and bottle conditioning the majority of their beers.
Among their lineup of unique and exciting beers is the Ephemere Cassis, a wheat beer brewed with blackcurrant. Blackcurrant is a berry native to central and norther Europe, as well as Asia with a tart, mildly sweet deep raspberry like flavor. The Ephermere Cassis is really a thing of beauty. It is crisp and refreshing, sweet yet dry, and exceptionally quenching. It is a treat every time I open a bottle, and people are always stunned by its color and appearance – “I had no idea that beer could look like that!”
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August 24, 2010
A few weeks ago I was in the mood to do some beer cooking (as usual) and whipped up a Spaghetti Squash with Veal Meatballs, Unibroue Maudite and San Marzano Tomato Sauce. I’ll tell you this much, it was delicious! So delicious in fact, than Uniboue has just posted it in the recipe section of their website! Thanks Unibroue! It should be no surprise by now that I love Unirboue’s beers, and the Maudite is for sure among my favorites. Next us I am going to find something spicy to make with the Fin du Monde!
August 20, 2010
My love and passion for real beer… In video form.! Read the rest of this entry »
August 17, 2010
Unibroue has many more beers than most of us are typically aware of. But the Quatre-Centieme is not considered one of their specialties, it is a lesser known classic that begs for some well deserved attention. Classic though does not mean a lack or heritage. This beer was created to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the foundation of Quebec City, a city which has welcomed a widely diverse range of immigrants since 1608.
So what you have here is a vintage Belgian-style strong golden ale crafted by arguably the best Belgian-style brewers in Canada. It comes in a classic Belgian 750ml corked bottle, is 7.5% and tells you very little about the beer itself. It was actually a bit of a mystery until I was able to read a bit about it on Uniboue’s website – but even before that I was excited. I have had a few of these commemoration beers from Unibroue before, and these guys know what they are doing. When they create a beer in honor of their heritage, they mean business. Plus, I consider them to be the best Belgian-style brewers in Canada. Read the rest of this entry »
August 9, 2010
For 4 years this beer has sat eagerly in my cellar. It was pushed to the back a long time ago, and had only seen the light of day a few days ago when I brought it forth, out of exile. Although I would hardly consider it exile, more like thoughtful maturation. It is the Unibroue 15, a Belgian-Style Tripel which Unibroue crafted to celebrate their 15th anniversary in 2006.
This beer was designed by one of the best brewers of Belgian style beers this side of Belgium, and beer after beer they always blow my mind. I have had a few of the anniversary Unibroue Vintages before, so I was very excited to try this one; it would be the oldest I have ever be able to enjoy. I didn’t really know how long I would save it for, and really, it probably would have enjoyed its rest for a few more years. But with my brother and some good friends over I decided that the time was right, and I would let this magical beer shine. Read the rest of this entry »
August 4, 2010
Not only is beer a wonderful pairing with food, but it can also be a wonderful ingredient to incorporate in your cooking. Real beer has a distinct range of flavors that few other beverages can match, and certain dishes simply call out to a certain flavor.
A spaghetti squash has been sitting in my pantry for a week or so now. I was getting sick of seeing it there, so I decided to finally cook it. If you have never had spaghetti squash before, it is exactly what it sounds like. After 40 minutes in the oven this squash’s flesh will fork into strands of spaghetti like vegetable noodles. Its a low carb, and light way to replace your pasta but still get the pasta sauce! It also gave me an idea for a new pasta sauce, one with San Marzano tomatoes and Unibroue’s Maudite! Read the rest of this entry »