Practical Food Pairing: Leftover Chinese Food and Shoals Pale Ale

The Beer: Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale The Food: Leftover General Tso’s Chicken and Shrimp Lo Mein   Today I’m going to try and start a new series on the blog. These posts will be random, and completely dependent on what I have in my fridge. As a poor beer enthusiast, I realize that a perfect meal pairing cannot always be planned, and that sometimes you … Continue reading Practical Food Pairing: Leftover Chinese Food and Shoals Pale Ale

Spencer Trappist Ale (Spencer Brewery)

Style: Belgian Pale Ale/ Trappist Patersbier/ Enkel 6.5% ABV Brewer’s Note: “America’s First Trappist Beer/ Our recipe was inspired by the traditional refectory ales known as patersbier (“fathers’ beer” in Flemish). These sessionable beers are brewed by the monks for their dinner table and are typically only available at the monastery. Spencer is a full-bodied, golden-hued ale with fruity accents, a dry finish and light … Continue reading Spencer Trappist Ale (Spencer Brewery)

Sea Hag IPA (New England Brewing Company)

Style: American India Pale Ale 6.2% ABV Brewer’s Note: “Sea Hag IPA is one of the first craft brewed American India Pale ales to ever be packaged in cans. Hand made with 3 malts and a generous amount of hops throughout the brewing process lends a crisp finish and a big floral aroma.” The beer’s label is a bit generic for a canned craft beer … Continue reading Sea Hag IPA (New England Brewing Company)

Genghis Pecan (Clown Shoes)

Style:  Pecan Pie Porter 7% ABV Brewer’s Note:  ”Our new Pecan Pie Porter no longer uses extract, but rather brown sugar and pecans roasted by friends at The Gallows in Boston.” This bottle is strange, in true Clown Shoes fashion, but I’m not really a fan.  I like the turkeys wearing clown shoes, but why the hell is Genghis Khan throwing pies at them, and … Continue reading Genghis Pecan (Clown Shoes)

Smoke & Dagger (Jack’s Abby Brewing)

Style: Rauchbier / Black Lager 5.8% ABV 25 IBU’s OG: 14.5 Plato Bronze Medal Winner for Best Smoked Beer at 2012 GABF   Brewer’s Notes: “Cloaked in mystery, this dark black beer skirts the line between a schwarzbier and smoked porter. The use of a small percentage of traditional Beechwood smoked malt adds complexity and balances the liberal use of chocolate malt. Notes of roasted … Continue reading Smoke & Dagger (Jack’s Abby Brewing)

2012 Madame Rose (Goose Island Beer Company)

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin 6.5% ABV 25 IBU’s Color: Deep Crimson Hops: Fuggles Malt: 2-Row, Caramel, Wheat, Dark Chocolate, Victory Brewer’s Notes:  Ale is fermented with wild yeast and aged on cherries in wine barrels The bottle is classy and elegant, with a lovely light gray oval displaying a simple yet pretty branch with cherries on it.  I like how the bottle carries the year, as this is … Continue reading 2012 Madame Rose (Goose Island Beer Company)