The artful science of beer and food pairings

Taste begins with chemistry. Esters, phenols, aldehydes, linear-terpenes, ketones, lactones, thiols, and a host of other compounds lock into olfactory receptors, sending electric pulses through the olfactory bulb and into the inner sanctums of the brain. On the tongue, a different set of chemicals stimulate sensations of bitter, sweet, sour, salty, and umami. These stimuli—smell […]

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Girl Scout Cookie beer pairings at Sisyphus Brewing

Sisyphus Brewing knows how to speak our language—our love language, that is. The brewery announced today on their Facebook page that they will be hosting Girl Scout cookie flight pairings Wednesday, February 24, and Thursday, February 25. It’s true. All of your dreams are coming reality. This Wednesday and Thursday. Posted by Sisyphus Brewing on Monday, […]

A Brewmaster’s Guide to Thanksgiving Beer Pairings

The turkey is in the fridge, the guest bedroom is clean, and the grocery list has been checked and double-checked. With the dinner menu set, it’s time to turn your attention to more important things: beer pairings to complement the bounty that is Thanksgiving dinner. While the spreads may vary from household to household, Thanksgiving […]

Just in time for Halloween: candy and beer pairings

Beer is kind of like candy for adults, but who says you have to lose your sweet tooth when you turn 21? If you weren’t one of the lucky few to snag tickets to Badger Hill Brewing Company’s now-sold out “Halloween Candy and Beer Pairing” event, fear not, the people at Craft Beer & Brewing […]

Slay to Gourmet: Venison

Story and Slay photos by Jon Wipfli Gourmet Photos by Matt Lien Driving through the silo-dotted Wisconsin landscape in the fall and early winter months is incredible. Fresh falling snow coats the roofs of the barns and blankets the harvested fields with a layer of pristine white, untouched by human activity. My destination is central […]

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Food With Beer—From the Brewer’s Perspective

This edition of Deep Thoughts explores the delicious, delicious interplay between food and beer By Dave Hoops This issue, we are going to touch on beer and food, two topics I sure love. My name is Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, Minnesota. In this issue we address two of my favorite topics: […]

Campfire Cooking: Streamside with The Wild Chef

A “Stream to Table” recipe, presented by Dinner on the Farm By Jonathan Miles, The Wild Chef The adventurous eaters who dine with us in the farm fields all summer long may be getting a case of cabin fever right about now. Not only are we pining for warmer weather, but also the local food […]

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Food Meets Beer: The Sample Room

By John Garland Photos by Daniel Murphy Eleven years ago, The Sample Room began serving a “small plates” menu before it was trendy. Now, a former sous chef returns to make his mark on the ever-evolving Northeast barroom. A century ago, the Gluek Brewery occupied three acres of riverfront land in Northeast Minneapolis. The north […]

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Beer vs. Wine

By Michael Agnew I teach people about beer. Most of the people that I teach are not beer-savvy, brew nerds. They are ordinary people (admit it, we beer nerds are a bit unordinary) who have a curiosity to learn something about which they actually know very little. I teach many of these classes with a […]

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