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November 2015


Booze and Food: A Love Affair…

November 27, 2015

So we have come to the fork in the road…meaning…WHAT BOOZE AM I GONNA SERVE WITH DINNER!

This can be a tricky situation ESPECIALLY if you have no idea what people like or where their tastes lie.

I’m gonna be honest. And don’t let anyone in on this secret….If the booze is free and flowing, they will drink it.  Simple. 

So now that we have that figured out, let’s do some quick and easy holiday food and beer pairing.

I’m very elementary with how I pair food with beer on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Sweethearts Day or National Hat Day.  Because of my low level way of doing things, I like to revolve everything around the oven roasted foods. So, I’m going to highlight the roasted character of both the foods and the beer and go from there. The Maillard Reaction is a type of non-enzymic browning that adds color and flavor to foods. The beers I have picked all have delightfully roasted grains or candied sugar added and all of the food on my holiday table will be delightfully oven roasted…minus any of the delightful stuff my Mom burned. 😉

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One Minute Beer Buzz Eps 3 – My Top Ten Breweries in MI: Part 2

November 20, 2015

You have been chomping at the bit for the second part haven’t you?

Just say you have, so my feeling won’t be hurt.

No matter if you have or have not, it’s here now, so grab a pen and paper and enjoy the last part of my beloved list.

So you know, ALL of my lists are beloved…and there will be more to come! Yeah!!!



IPA Giveaway Time!!

November 15, 2015

For all of you lovers of DogFish Head 120 Minute IPA, who could NOT get your hot little hands on a bottle this past year…..

Guess what?

I’m giving away a beautiful, cellared August, 2014 bottle!

Yes. I’m serious.

Giveaway Rules:

So…What do you have to do???

Send a very short blurb by 12/30/15 on why you would LOVE to have this beer to  Simple. 

It can be your first time or your 50th time drinking DFH 120. I don’t care because everyone has a reason on why they need it…Good Reason (“I need it for a celebration”.) or Bad Reason (“I’d like it to break it over someone’s head”.) Whateve, just make it good!  The winner’s name, picture and reason may or may not be posted on the site, based on the winner’s preference.

Cheers and Good Luck!!!

Giveaway Guidelines:

Must be 21 to enter and be able to produce a valid ID.

Must be located in the contiguous 48 States, preferably Michigan. Contest ends November 30, 2015

For those of you that would like a little back story on this amazing IPA, here ya go…

Although 120 Minute IPA is brewed a few times a year, it gets sold out quickly because of its pure deliciousness. Due to its high alcohol content, 15-20% ABV, it stores and ages excellently and just gets better and better. This 120 IBU beer is a hop lover’s dream come true. Per it is “boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops.”

Food Pairing Recommendations:  Smoked almonds, smoked meats, grilled lamb, gingersnaps
Glassware Recommendation:  IPA glass
Wine Comparable:  More whisky than wine



One Minute Beer Buzz Eps 2 – My Top Ten Breweries in MI: Part 1

November 13, 2015

Oh…Didn’t I do a blog post about this?

Well guess what?

NOW I’m doing a VIDEO post about this! And let me tell you…it’s oh-so much more entertaining…says me.

Grab a drink, some hot popcorn, a friend and in 1 minute it will be all over.

On the other hand, don’t bother with the refreshments. That’s a waste of time.


P.S. All OMBB Episodes can be viewed, savored and enjoyed over at YouTube Adventures N Ales Detroit.



Halloween 2015 – Go Hard or Go Home!

November 4, 2015

I think you guys know I love to re-live stuff…also known as beating a dead horse. SO…let’s re-live Halloween 2015 in all of its grand detail! Sorta.

I FINALLY have a glass/screen door. Why is this important to Halloween? Not only can it can seal out the cold and rain, but you can also see the little kiddies running up your front steps!  That I’m excited about this, tells you exactly what type of life I lead nowadays.

Every Halloween, for years, I had been at a party or bar or some “thing” doing something and this Halloween I was excited to just be at home. I made hot cider and homemade brownies with dark chocolate frosting (my first time making frosting by the way), turned on the apple pie candle heater thingy and arranged the Halloween candy in a large Tupperware dish to look oh-so appetizing.

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