Sunday, October 25, 2009

Beer News: Michigan Beer & Food

As seen on NBC 5 Chicago, featuring the New Holland Brewing Co.
To read an article based on what you see in the video, please click the link to the NBC 5 Chicago website.
Special thanks to the New Holland Brewing Co. for posting the video to youtube !


Beer Website: is exactly what it says to be: a database of beer menus for a variety of bars. Although it is only limited to NYC, Philadelphia, Chicago and Milwaukee, they seem interested in adding new cities in the future. You can browse the site by suburb or area, the most popular bars or most popular beers, or you can see what's new. And if there's a place that you really love that isn't shown, you can add it!
So for now, if you are in any of those four areas and want to know what kinds of beer to expect at a restaurant or bar, check this site out!


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Beer Recipe: Alton Brown's Beer Bread

This recipe looks amazing and I cannot wait to try it!

Via the Food Network

Prep Time:
15 min
Inactive Prep Time:
25 min
Cook Time:
55 min
10 to 12 servings


  • Nonstick spray
  • 8 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 4 ounces whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
  • 4 1/2 ounces sharp Cheddar, grated
  • 12 ounces cold beer, ale or stout (Alton recommends a lager)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds, optional


Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat the inside of a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan with the nonstick spray and set aside.

Whisk together the all-purpose flour, wheat flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and dill in a large mixing bowl. Add in the cheese and stir in the beer just to combine. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Sprinkle with the sunflower seeds, if using.

Bake on the middle rack of the oven until the bread reaches an internal temperature of 210 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, about 45 to 55 minutes.

Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Transfer the loaf to a cooling rack for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing and serving.


Friday, October 16, 2009

Beer News: Seasonal beers: Kalamazoo-area Halloween and autumn fun

Courtesy of

By Kalamazoo Gazette staff

October 15, 2009, 8:57AM
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Sure, Halloween may be mostly a children’s holiday, what with all the dressing up and candy consumption.

But adults also know how to get down with their inner-goblin. For all those grown-ups who spend more on their costumes than holiday gifts, here’s a list for you — everything from the freaky haunts to burlesque shows to local seasonal beer:

  • The Livery’s Oktoberfest, a lager with an amber/copper color and nutty malt flavor with a 5.5 percent ABV. Available through November at The Livery, 190 5th St., Benton Harbor. (269) 925-8766.
  • Olde Peninsula’s Pumpkin Ale, a golden ale, lightly hopped with spices added with a 5.5 percent ABV. Available through November at Olde Peninsula Brewpub, 200 E. Michigan Ave. (269) 343-2739.
  • Bell’s Brewery Inc.’s Octoberfest, “a coppery amber lager” with a 5.5 percent ABV. Available through October at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., and area retailers.
  • Arcadia Brewing Company’s Jaw-Jacker Ale, pours an orange-amber color with a blend of nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon with a 6 percent ABV. Available through the fall at the brewery, 103 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, as well as some area bars and retailers. On special at Harvey’s on the Mall, 416 S. Burdick St., all month. (269) 963-9520.
  • New Holland Brewing Company’s Ichabod, combines malted barley, real pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg with a 5.2 percent ABV. Available through the fall at the brewery, 66 E. Eighth St, Holland, and at area retailers and bars. (616) 355-NHBC.
  • The Old Hat Brewing Company’s Pumpkin Ale, rolls in at 5.6 percent ABV. Head brewer Tom Fuller said it “tastes like grandma’s pumpkin pie.” It’s available through November at the Lawton microbrewery at 114 N. Main St. (269) 624-6445.

Pumpkin Ale, Olde Peninsula Brewpub

A glass of Pumpkin Ale sits on the bar at Olde Peninsula Brewpub.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Beers in my Fridge Right Now

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. The beer news has been particularly slow.

The beers currently in my fridge:
Corona Light, Bell's Octoberfest, Busch Lite, Miller High Life, Guinness, Leinenkugel's Honeyweiss


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