Last night we tried something a little different for Happy Hour...gotta keep those regulars on their toes! Instead of pairing three cheeses with three beers, we paired three cheeses with one beer. Using Cigar City's Jai Alai, we explored how one style of beer reacts differently to different styles of cheese. Forcing ourselves to think outside the box, we discovered some successful pairings in places we least expected to find them.
Many thanks to Gordon and Curt from Nodding Head Brewery for bringing three outstanding beers to play with. Of course, they seem to find themselves here every Wednesday night, regardless of brewery, so the only real difference is that they now stood on the other side of the counter. Anyway, onto the pairings.
Day four in Seattle was all about repeating to myself "I am not worthy, I am not worthy..." Our first class was a charcuterie tasting with the following quartet: Herb Eckhouse of La Quercia in Iowa, Christiano Creminelli of Creminelli Fine Meats in Utah, Paul Bertolli of Fra'Mani in California, and Armandino Batali from Salumi Artisan Cured Meats here in Seattle.
We kicked off the days festivities with our annual town hall meeting. A lively, informative session monitored by Steven Jenkins, we discussed and debated raw milk cheese and regulations, information availability, shipping strains and how to define terms like "farmhouse," "artisan" and "handmade." And you thought the ACS was all fun and games...
Yesterday's food-filled first day in Seattle concluded with an all-you-can-eat seafood display on the waterfront. Good friends from around The States and Europe spent the evening catching up, filling each other in on cheese discoveries, and marveling at the view.
How awesome is it that my “work” entails flying to Seattle, tasting America’s best cheeses, and commingling with fellow cheese nerds? This week Emilio and I are attending the American Cheese Society meetings, and I will post our daily activities right here. Try not to get jealous. With full appreciation for the irony, the first […]
Avenues, all lined with cheese… We here at Di Bruno bros on Chestnut know that summertime is a time when many of our regular customers will seek out some of the more delicate selections from our case. The hot weather tends to make a cheese lover look for the tangy, brighter flavor of a fresh […]
Thank you to Brian McConnell, brewmaster of the King of Prussia Rock Bottom Brewery, for bringing some growlers by for last week’s happy hour. Lets get right to the fun stuff: Saison d’Ete with Ticklemore: This Saison had all the characteristics we expected, and many we did not. The usual notes of yeast and lemon […]
Fegley’s Brew Works have been producing world class beer in the Lehigh Valley since 1998, but have only been bottling for wholesale since 2009. Only in the last year have their beers show up on Philadelphia taps, but we predict that once they get firmly established, they are going to take off. Brewmaster Beau and […]
June 15, 2010 – Today the Italian Trade Commission announced that they will be presenting their 2010 Distinguished Service Award to a select number of American food importers and retailers as a sign of appreciation by the Italian Government for the work performed over the years that enhanced the image of Italian foods in the […]