When Cookie Met Beer, It Was Love at First Bite

On Monday, March 25th, on an early Spring* Monday in Chicago, I attended the Barley’s Angels “Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Pairing” event at the Fountainhead in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. Fountainhead’s Chef Cleetus Freidman introduced his chorus of five Girl Scout cookie-based bites, each paired with a beer that either complimented or contrasted with his cookie creation. When Chef Cleetus said, “I looked at the Trefoil … Continue reading When Cookie Met Beer, It Was Love at First Bite

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

In honor of my second-favorite holiday (Halloween is first), Matt and I brewed a traditional dry Irish stout that we named “Lucky Ewe.” (Haaaaahahah, see what we did there?!) In the past we’ve brewed a few iterations of an Irish red ale, but decided to switch it up this year to try something darker and roastier. Lucky Ewe came out with some really nice coffee and … Continue reading Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Style Study: American Stout

For this style study, I actually skipped forward by one to try American Stouts (currently style number 13E as classified by the 2008 BJCP Guidelines) simply because I had a handful of them ready to go and didn’t have any Foreign Export (13D) styles in my fridge. I have to admit, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to illustrating what I thought would be another pile of coffee beans … Continue reading Style Study: American Stout