Showing posts with label Beer Gear. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beer Gear. Show all posts

October 29, 2012

What in the World is Beer Can Chicken?

Photo: Beer Can Chicken Blog
We've got a fun post on the Local Beer Blog today. Eric Moore runs the Beer Can Chicken Blog, but if you're like me, you've probably never heard of beer can chicken. So what the hell is it? Basically, you stuff a chicken with a can of beer and throw it on the grill. Here's Eric to explain...


The first two questions people usually ask about beer can chicken are:

1. "Why would you want to do that?"
2. "How does it work?"

But for the readers of this particular blog, I’m betting there is a third question lurking in the back of your minds…namely, what if we want to rock this recipe using some tasty local brew? You know, a beer that actually tastes like something?! The answers will be revealed readers…along with some tips for how you can use a bottled micro-brew for your chicken, if your favorite small-batch, local beer is not available in cans.

Let’s start with the first question: "For the love of God, why would you do that to a chicken?"

August 31, 2011

Beer Book: The Homebrewer's Garden

The Homebrewer's Garden: How to Easily Grow, Prepare, and Use Your Own Hops, Malts, Brewing HerbsThis book was written for the true Do-It-Yourself-er. The Homebrewer's Garden is all about growing and using with your own ingredients for making beer. The authors explain clearly and in depth what it takes to grow hops, grains, and herbs for your homebrew. Included are diagrams and complete instructions for:
  • building a hop trellis
  • planting hops rhizomes and caring for the bines
  • building an oast (for drying your hops)
  • growing over 40 different herbs to use in your beer (including basil, coriander, mint, and rosemary)
  • growing, harvesting, and malting your own barley and other brewing grains
The authors also include over 25 recipes to get you started brewing with your homegrown ingredients: Mixed Berry Porter, Oregano Pale Ale, Ginger Ale, Quinoa Bitter, Chicha de Jora, Pumpkin Ale, and Dandelion Stout, just to name a few.

Whatever your skill in brewing, this book will open up countless new possibilities! Check it out!

July 28, 2011

Whitsett, NC - Red Oak Brewery

Speaking of fresh, let's talk about Red Oak Brewery in North Carolina, my next stop after visiting Sweetwater Brewery in Atlanta.  Situated on I-85/40 between Greensboro and Chapel Hill, Red Oak is all about the fresh, Bavarian-style beer.  They adhere strictly to the German Purity Law of 1516 (aka Reinheitsgebot), which mandated that all beer made in Germany could only be made using barley, water, and noble hops (yeast hadn't been discovered yet).  Red Oak brews three varieties of unfiltered, unpasteurized lager:
  • Hummin' Bird - the lightest option, made with Pilsener malts and Tettnang hops
  • Red Oak Amber - their flagship, brewed with Munich malts and Spalt hops
  • Battlefield Bock - Red Oak's darkest beer, made using Dark Roasted malts and Czech Saaz hops
After sampling all three, I couldn't resist the chance to buy a growler of the Battlefield Bock.  Having just bought one, I didn't really need another growler, but the smooth coffee and chocolate flavors were right up my alley.  I guess I'm just destined for a growler collection.

While sampling the brews, a helpful employee gave us some history on Red Oak.  What made the biggest impression on me was Red Oak's commitment to doing one thing well.  They're not trying to be the next international brewing conglomerate.  Of course, because of state regulations Red Oak is only available in North Carolina.  See, if they brew more than 25,000 barrels of beer, state law requires that distribution be handed over to another party.  So Red Oak is going to hang right around 24,999 barrels a year and distribute their own product, thank you very much.  That way, they can make sure their beer gets where it needs to be in the proper condition.  I must say I respect Red Oak for sticking to their guns while they battle over the status quo.  With a number of breweries (like this one) selling out to the majors, Red Oak's calculated decision to limit production for the sake of their craft is to be appreciated.

June 24, 2011

5 Reasons to Go Buy a Growler Right Now

A fancy, Euro-style growler.
Wait, what's a growler?  Glad you asked.  A growler is just a big glass jug for taking draft beer to go.  It's debatable where the term comes from -- some say it's from back in the day when a growler was just a pail with a lid and the bucket would growl as carbonation escaped from the top.  Hey, it's what I read somewhere.  I picked up a 64oz growler last night at the Wine Seller in Williamsburg and filled it up with Firestone Walker's Union Jack IPA.  I'm hoping next time I go they'll have some local brews on tap, but this one's pretty tasty.

And now...

5 Reasons to Go Buy a Growler

KegWorks Glass Beer Growler
A simple, screw-top
growler from Kegworks
(click image to buy)
1 - Bring home fresh draft beer from your local microbrewery
2 - It's usually cheaper than buying the same amount of beer at the bar
3 - Prevent glass from having to be recycled or going to the landfill
4 - Makes bottling easier for the homebrewer (less bottles to fill)
5 - Take draft beer to a party or BBQ without having to buy a whole keg

Got a good reason to get a growler?  Leave a comment below...