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

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

Style Study: Oatmeal Stout

Oatmeal in beer!? Yes. You can drink beer for breakfast and tell your boss you had some oatmeal and you would not be lying! Woo hoo! Oatmeal Stouts are currently classified as style number 13C, which means I’m halfway through tasting all six types of stouts, as classified by the 2008 BJCP guidelines! You can see my post on Dry Stouts here and the one I did … Continue reading Style Study: Oatmeal Stout

Style Study: Dry Stout

  I’m kicking off November’s posts with a new series I’m dubbing “Style Study.” And, since this past Thursday was International Stout Day, I’ve decided to start with stouts. According to the BJCP, there are six types of stouts (although, this is apparently about to change–see the first draft of the new guidelines here); Dry, Sweet, Oatmeal, American, Foreign Extra, and Russian Imperial. I’ll be starting … Continue reading Style Study: Dry Stout

2014 Pumpkin Beer of the Year: Ten Ninety De Ogen

Ten Ninety De Ogen 8.4% ABV Pumpkin Saison Appearance: A hazy orange with golden leanings and a huge, fluffy head of lightweight, off white foam (very saison-like in this respect). Aroma: Vanilla extract / Nutmeg / Cinnamon / Earthy Mouthfeel: Dry spices, but smooth Taste: Orangey citrus / Grassy / Funky / Cinnamon / Nutmeg / Clove / Vanilla bean This began to drink as a saison and finished with a pumpkin pie aroma so powerful that … Continue reading 2014 Pumpkin Beer of the Year: Ten Ninety De Ogen

Off-Flavor Fun

Back in mid-March, Matt and I took the Cicerone Off-Flavor course at their Chicago-based Certification Program offices. I’d previously only read about the six off-flavors we studied that day (there are more than six–it was a brief course), and I will say that you truly can’t know what they taste like…well…until you taste them! I took the class to further my skills in off-flavor identification as a home … Continue reading Off-Flavor Fun