Ingredient Study: Coconut

“Are you suggesting that coconuts migrate?” – Monty Python and the Holy Grail No of course not. But they have managed to find their way into quite a few modern-day craft beers! Some of them taste like sunscreen juice (not naming names here) and some of them taste like a tropical breeze that wafted through your head holes, touched down on your tongue and gave … Continue reading Ingredient Study: Coconut

Ceylon Cinnamon and Cassia Cinnamon

Ingredient Study: Cinnamon

“People who live where the bird comes from say that there exists a cinnamon bird which brings the cinnamon from some unknown localities, and builds its nest out of it; it builds on high trees on the slender top branches. They say that the inhabitants attach leaden weights to the tips of their arrows and therewith bring down the nests, and from the intertexture collect … Continue reading Ingredient Study: Cinnamon

Ingredient Study: Coffee in Beer

Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water. –The Women’s Petition Against Coffee, 1674 OK, that quote was just too hilarious not to share. I love coffee, and I don’t know what those women were drinking but it sounds horrifying, and nothing like coffee at … Continue reading Ingredient Study: Coffee in Beer

Brewing with Love (Ingredient Study: Chocolate)

“Chocolate releases the same dopamine chemicals in the brain as romantic love does, and beer tends to reduce social inhibitions. If that doesn’t sound like the makings of an interesting evening, I don’t know what does…” – Russ Menegat, Rogue Ales Public House manager No one can deny that the combination of beer and chocolate is pretty genius. But in fact, according to National Geographic, … Continue reading Brewing with Love (Ingredient Study: Chocolate)

Chili Peppers

Baby, It’s Chili Outside (Ingredient Study: Chili Peppers)

“A pepper is a fruit filled with air instead of juicy flesh. … The fruit gets its heat from capsaicin, a substance that appears in highest concentrations in the inner membrane of the fruit and in its seeds. While capsaicin doesn’t cause a physical burn, it does send a signal to the brain that something’s on fire. The brain responds by issuing pain signals in … Continue reading Baby, It’s Chili Outside (Ingredient Study: Chili Peppers)