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)

Almanac Brewing Farmer's Reserve Citrus

Quick Draw: Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus

(a sour Belgian Blonde ale aged in wine barrels with Buddha’s hand citron zest, yuzu, and blood oranges) Hoppy New Year, beer-lovers! (See what I did there? I said “hoppy” instead of … oh, you get it? … K.) Well anyway, welcome to 2016. December was a busy month for me, and I slacked off quite a bit when it came to this here blog. I produced … Continue reading Quick Draw: Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus

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

Recipe: A Belgian, Wit a Little Too Much Marmalade

About two months ago, I was honored to participate in an event at the Brew Camp classroom, put on by Kim Leshinski of Hail to the Ale. And now, a mere 60-ish days later, I am writing about it! 😉 Kim and I met at the 5 Rabbit Iron Brew Challenge, and when my husband and I won the challenge with our mole stout, (<–a post on the subject is … Continue reading Recipe: A Belgian, Wit a Little Too Much Marmalade

Brewcation 2014

  This year we took our 2nd annual “Brewcation” to Michigan, and I’ll describe this year’s trip by saying that there were four breweries, three days, and two beer geeks! That was super cheesy…but accurate, so it’s cool. Matt and I decided to once again spend the weekend of his Spring Break (Matt is a teacher) in Michigan bouncing from brewery to brewery, sipping samples and collecting and … Continue reading Brewcation 2014