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Guinness Brews Limited-Edition Gingerbread Stout For Holidays

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Guinness is releasing two new beers that are sure to brighten the mood on an expectedly bleak holiday season for anyone who lives and breathes stouts. 

The new Imperial Gingerbread Spiced Stout takes the warm flavors of gingerbread and bakes them straight into your beer. Brewed with allspice, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, the stout boasts an 11% ABV. Holiday pairing suggestions for the gingerbread stout include roasted pork with fig, vanilla pan cotta, or creme brûlée. 

I might just have it with some Little Ceasars this holiday if we’re being honest. 

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Also joining shelves will be Guinness’ barrel-aged Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels, which features notes of chocolate, bourbon, coconut, and vanilla. At 10.5% ABV, the Imperial Stout boasts an oaky finish. 

You can find these two new Guinness stouts at retailers nationwide for a limited time. Not gonna lie. That gingerbread stout sounds delightful. 

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Here Are All The Details On Goose Island Beer’s Highly Coveted Release of Bourbon-Infused Beer

As the holidays are now in full swing, everyone has their traditions — whether it’s connecting with old friends or even SantaCon. At Goose Island Brewery, tradition comes in the form of a line of highly sought after, delicious bourbon-infused stouts.

The Chicago-based brewery has been aging this beer in bourbon barrels for its annual release of Bourbon County Stouts since the early 1990s. One of Goose Island’s biggest releases of the year, the 2017 Bourbon County Brand Stout variants has fans lining up across the country for their chance to buy the coveted beers.

This year, Goose Island released six different flavor profiles — their original Bourbon County Brand Stout, a Bourbon County Barleywine, a Bourbon County Stout Coffee, a Bourbon County Northwoods Stout, a Bourbon County Proprietor’s Stout and limited-edition Bourbon County Reserve Stout.

This year’s Bourbon County Brand Stout was made in the barrels that were second use, fresh-unrinsed, 5 to 7-year-old bourbon barrels. It was brewed in honor of the 1,000th batch at Goose Island’s original Clybourn brewpub.

In years past, Bourbon County Brand Barleywine was aged in third use bourbon barrels that previously housed their barrel-aged stout. This year’s Barleywine was aged exclusively in freshly emptied, second use bourbon barrels, so expect this vintage to have a slightly higher ABV and an enhanced bourbon character. According to our Brewmaster Jared Jankoski, this release should have sublime barrel-aged character.

Goose Island teamed with next-door neighbor, Chicago’s Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea for its Bourbon County Brand Stout Coffee. This stout is made with a different coffee blend each year; with the change in coffee comes a change in the flavor profile. This year, they used Intelligentsia’s Black Cat Espresso, which was the bean they used in the first Bourbon County Coffee release in 2010.

The concept for this year’s national variant, the Bourbon County Brand Northwoods Stout, has been bouncing around in Goose Island Brewmaster Jared Jankoski’s head for a couple years. It combines some of his favorite flavors in blueberry and almond.

Its Bourbon County Proprietor’s Brand Stout was created by brewer Quinn Fuechsl and will be available exclusively in Chicago.

Finally, its Bourbon County Reserve Brand Stout is made in 11-year-old Knob Creek Bourbon barrels and will have a limited release in Chicago and Kentucky.

More than 20 years ago, Goose Island Brewmaster Greg Hall met legendary Beam Family Master Distiller, Booker Noe, at a Beer, Bourbon, and Cigar pairing dinner. What began as a conversation about a special 1,000th batch for Goose Island’s Clybourn Brewpub turned into this annual Bourbon County release.

Thanks to Noe’s gift of four barrels, bourbon barrel-aged beer was born. That original collaboration has now come full circle with the 2017 release of Bourbon County Reserve Brand Stout. Aged in 11-year-old freshly emptied Knob Creek Bourbon barrels – the Small Batch Bourbon created by Noe himself in 1992 – this beer is simultaneously a celebration of Knob Creek’s 25th Anniversary and a toast to the chance encounter that brought Bourbon County Brand Stout to the world.

Much like the hottest gifts of the season, Goose Island’s Bourbon County releases are coveted items for beer drinkers so grab them while you can.

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These Mortal Kombat Beers Are 100 Times Better Than The Movies

Most people my age (28) have pretty fond memories of playing Mortal Kombat as a child. Hell, I even used to love the old movies too, until I watched them as an adult and wanted to vomit into my own eyes thanks to horrendous acting and shit-for-poop graphics.

Sound Brewery in Poulsbo, Washington, has come out with three beers honoring arguably the three most popular characters from Mortal Kombat: Sub-Zero, Scorpion and Raiden. Each beer is a specific flavor, adorned with the character’s signature look on the label.

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The Sub-Zero is an Imperial IPA, the Raiden is an Imperial Saison a.k.a. a Belgian-style, and the Scorpion is an Imperial Stout with hints of vanilla bean and chile flavors. In regards to the style and character pairings, it’s safe to say that each beer represents the essence of these characters pretty well. On top of that, each beer has an ABV of 8-8.5%. Drinking too many of these will surely lead to a…fatality…

Sorry, had to.

 

 

Photo Credit: Geek

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Hit-Or-Miss

How To Make EDIBLE CAKE STEINS With Duff Goldman [WATCH]

“You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.”

Words, I imagine, that cake innovation pioneer Duff Goldman decidedly ignored, and thank the sugary, candy-coated gods above that he did.

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For the three people on this Earth who don’t know, Duff Goldman is a famed pastry chef renowned for his extravagant and over-the-top (in the best way possible) cakes and his countless appearances on the Food Network. His appearances include many of his own shows (Cake Masters, Ace of Cakes, Duff Till Dawn) and as a guest on others (Iron Chef America, Man v. Food, Oprah, etc). Charm City Cakes is Duff’s inaugural bake shop located in Baltimore, while a second location, Charm City Cakes West, was opened in Los Angeles in 2011.

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Melody and Duff eagerly chomp into their sugary glasses.

Recently, the sharp minds at Foodbeast and artistically gifted hands at Charm City Cakes West teamed up to create a mouthwatering innovation tailored to fit the absurd yet inspiringly creative nature of our generation. With the help of some members of the Foodbeast team, Goldman and his colleague Melody created an edible stein made of sugar, stuffed the stein with some chocolate cake and ganache, then topped it off with the espresso-inspired Stone American Stout, enveloping the cake stein with a “casual dessert” aura.

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This unusual yet revolutionary creation speaks volumes about Goldman’s character as a chef and television personality, the type of person that focuses on making good times and memorable moments the endgame. Fun, resolute, deliciously practical and reflective of its maker, the cake stein will take you from thick to rich to sweet, all in one “glass.”

You can catch Duff Goldman and the supremely talented men and women he works with TONIGHT (5/16) at 9 PM PST on the season finale of Cake Masters, only on The Food Network.

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Game Of Thrones Beers Exist, And They Look Amazing

Valar Morghulis. Valar Dohaeris. 

“All men must die. All men must serve.”

Game of Thrones came back on Sunday night, and with it, a flurry of emotions that have carried over since last season’s gut-wrenching finale. The producers of the show knew this would happen, since it happens every season, so they began softening the blow by teaming up with Brewery Ommegang to create their very own line of Game of Thrones beers, and they’re delicious.

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Although the first beer in the series was introduced back in March of 2013, Ommegang has been releasing them slowly but surely, unveiling one to two GOT beers a year. Ommegang recently introduced the newest member of their family shortly before the premier episode of season six, a Belgian/American mix called The Seven Kingdoms.

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The other beers that have come out since 2013 are The Iron Throne (a blonde ale), Take The Black (a stout), Fire And Blood (a red ale), Valar Morghulis (an Abbey dubbel), The Three-Eyed Raven (a dark saison ale), then the most recent addition, The Seven Kingdoms (a hoppy wheat ale).

All six of these beers are now available for sale and come in either 1/6 kegs or large 750 milliliter bottles.

 

 

 

Photo Source: Brewery Ommegang

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This Brewery Made A Beer Mocking Donald Trump, Everybody Wins

With all the craziness happening in the elections right now, it comes as a surprise to no one that the candidates will be mocked thoroughly and with no remorse. Some blonde tuft-haired gentleman in particular has done a tremendous job of drawing the ire of the public’s ever-judging eye.

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One brewery in Philadelphia called Dock Street Brewery seems to be at the forefront of this revolution, thanks in part to an entire series of beers made to pay homage to the Republican frontrunner. The series, called “Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote Drumpf,” was named after a segment John Oliver did on Last Week Tonight in which he points out that the Trump family’s original name was “Drumpf,” and was changed to something (apparently) more attractive and likable.

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Dock Street Brewery even released a tastefully condescending statement regarding their newest creation and the purpose of it’s existence:

“Is it just us, or does this particular celebridential candidate always sound like he’s had a few too many? In his (dis)honor, Dock Street Brewery is brewing up a series of quaffable reminders to exercise your suffrage, and just dump Drumpf.”

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“Short-Fingered Stout,” is the name of the new beer, paying homage to Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s disparaging comments about Trump’s tiny wittle hands.

If you’re a Philadelphia native, expect the beer to be open to the public within the next couple of weeks.

 

 

via Dock Street Brewery, CBC

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Sweets

How To Pair Your Favorite Halloween Candy With The Perfect Beer

Sure, some of us might be a little old to go trick-or-treating. However, if you’ve got a kid of your own to tag along with, there’s an exellent new way to enjoy that Halloween candy. Pair it with some beer.

Let’s Grab A Beer has a few ideas of what to pair your favorite types of Halloween candy with your favorite beers. Actually pretty excited to try these out this weekend. Though if you’re hanging out with your kids, you might want to keep the drinking to a minimum.

Nah, we’re kidding. Go nuts.

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Chocolate Bars with Caramel and Nuts

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Pairing: English-Style Bitter

Notes: The bitter has a fruity hop aroma and rich malt middle that plays off the sweetness of the caramel and chocolate. It also balances the nuttiness of the candy bars.

Peanut Butter

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Pairing: Imperial Stout

Notes: The stout has chocolate undertones that enhance the taste of the peanut butter candy. If there’s two sweets that go great together, it’s chocolate and peanut butter.

Choclate Bar with Wafers

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Pairing: Belgian-style Dark Brown Ale

Notes: The Dark Brown Ale is said to go great with the wafer bar thanks to its slightly sweet flavor and dark roasted malt. It brings the crispy wafter center of the vanilla into focus.

Sour and Fruity

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Pairing: English-style IPA

Notes: When paired with the English-style IPA, the combination of sour and fruity candies set off by a dry malt middle balancing the flavors and allowing for a long hop finish.

Sweet and Fruity

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Pairing: German-style Pilsner

Notes: German-style Pilsner has a round malt character and a robust hop bitterness that makes it a nice pairing for sweets like candy vines. The beer cuts though the sweetness and refreshes the palate.

Candy Corn

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Pairing: Belgian Pale Lager

Notes: The Lager complements the ridiculous sweetness of the candy corn with its own malty sweetness. The result is a refreshing effect that uplifts the flavors of the candy corn.

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Photos: Let’s Grab A Beer

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Packaged Food

Guinness-flavored Potato Chips Are a REAL, Delicious Thing

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One of our biggest vices is munching on pretzels, chips, peanuts and any other snacks we can get our hands on when we go drinking. Imagine our delight when we discovered, at the Fancy Food Show, that Burt’s potato chips had their own line of Guinness-flavored chips.
Not only do they come with the original flavor of Guinness, but also a Rich Beef Chili option. Because nothing washes down a nice, hearty bowl of chili like a glass of beer, it’s understandable that Guinness would want to combine the two.
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Verdict: Not bad. Not bad at all.
The chips are thick cut and hand-cooked, seasoned with roasted barley and hops. Together, these make them taste pretty much like the bittersweet stout from Ireland. They can be found at UK retailers in various sizes or purchased online.
We’re hoping, however, we don’t see any beef chili Guinness cans in the booze aisle anytime soon.