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Monday, May 23, 2011

Beer Tasting Notes {Allagash Curieux}

The heavens hath opened...  On Thursday of last week, I met my hubby for a dinner date at The Shack in Sacramento (if you love beer and you haven't been, you haven't lived), and since the end of the world was supposed to be coming (ha!) I decided to indulge in a truly spectacular beer... on TAP no less!  Woo hoo!  I am definitely taking a bottle of this beer on my next camping trip.  This has just rocketed to #1 on my favorite beers list.  Hands down.  I truly don't see any other beer topping this one.

Allagash Curieux
This 11% ABV Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Style Tripel is truly heaven sent.  I watched at the bar as it poured a beautiful golden orange, with a fleeting foamy head.  The nose is filled with clove, light honey, sweet floral orange blossoms, Belgian yeast, and sunny grain and wheat fields on a hot summer day.  Yes, it is that complex and wonderful.  The flavor matches the amazing scent - with an added bonus of a faint bourbon alcohol heat surrounding your taste buds, but no where near overpowering them. 
Dear Allagash, I wish you were in California, not Maine, so I could come thank you in person for brewing this gem of a beer.  Cheers!


Photo taken with Vignette for Android, using "Vintage Summer" effect.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Beer Tasting Notes {Anchor Summer Beer}

Anchor Summer Beer
Sunshine in a bottle!  This 4.6% ABV Pale Wheat Ale pours a hazy golden honey color like a lazy sunshiney day, with a perfectly clean white head of foam like a single perfect cloud in the summer sky.  It has a light citrusy wheat flavor and is very light bodied, which makes it very sessionable and thirst-quenchingly perfect for a hot summer night (or day).  It has a very faint hint of honey, as if a bee dipped its toes in to cool them off for a spell.  Bliss.

Photo taken with Vignette for Android, using "Vintage Summer" effect.


Beer Tasting Notes {Stone Brewing Cali Belgique IPA}

Stone Brewing Cali Belgique IPA
This 6.9% ABV Belgian Style IPA pours a hazy sunny yellow-orange with a light white head of foam.  The nose is filled with floral and grapefruit citrus hops paired with sour Belgian yeast.  The hop flavor mixed with some light coriander spice and a faint malty sweetness makes for a very tasty beer.  It is crisp and thirst-quenching, and paired very well with a Bacon Kobe Beef Burger.  Cheers!

Photo taken with Vignette for Android, using "Vintage Summer" effect.


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Recipe of the Day: Chili Egg Puff

This is a perfect recipe for Mother's Day Brunch!

I wanted to quickly write this up to share before tomorrow.  It's SO GOOD! 

10 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, melted

8 oz cottage cheese
1 lb pepper jack, shredded
1 small can diced green chilies
8-10 slices cooked bacon, crumbled

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix first five ingredients in a large bowl.  Add remaining ingredients.  Pour into buttered 9x13 dish.  Bake for 30-40 minutes until set and golden brown at the edges.  Serve with fresh salsa.