Howard Stern has done it again. In a brilliant move of great bravado, the “King of All Media” is proving that strippers + anything = more money for the king! showing the great potential of fine beverage and popular culture working synergistically to create a more informed and compelling fine beverage culture.
Mutineer Magazine is lucky to have a killer group of advertisers supporting what we do. These companies have a commitment to fine beverage culture, and make some incredible fine beverages. I was at Wine Library on Thursday, April 9 to film an episode with Gary Vaynerchuk, and here are some of the brands he carries that have been a part of Mutineer Magazine:
Every year the Brewers Association releases two lists of the top 50 breweries in the nation. One is the list of craft brewers and the other for all brewing companies. These show the growth of different breweries within the craft brewing industry itself and their place in the beer industry as a whole.
Brewery: Great Divide Brewing Co.
Style: Saison Farmhouse Ale
Suggested Glassware: Beer Chalice
Originally brewed in Belgium by the farmers of the Wallonia Valley for there own drinking pleasure, saison style ales have found their way to the shores of America and have seen a huge growth over the past few years. Entries in 2006 at the Great American Beer Festival showed saison style ales had a 76% increase. This style of beer is slightly tart and refreshing — just what the farmers from Wallonia were looking for during a hard days work. Saison is the French word for ‘season’ and the beer is named such because it was brewed during the cooler months and consumed during the summer months by those working in the fields.
Beer: Red Poppy Ale
Brewery: The Lost Abbey
Style: Barrel Aged Brown Ale
Suggested Glassware: Chalice
From years of trying Abbey style ales Co-owner of Pizza Port Vince Marsaglia developed a love for them and was set on creating some of his own, but he needed a brewer who could bring his vision to life. When brewer Tomme Arthur was brought on-board in 1997 The Lost Abbey was born. Red Poppy is one of their Non-Denominational Ales and is “Brewed from a brown ale base and aged in our oak barrels for over 6 months.” Red Poppy is modeled after the Flemish Red Ales that have a distinctive sour characteristic. This is my favorite style of beer and Red Poppy is a great representation with its sour cherry flavors.
Coming to theaters for one night only, Thursday April 16th, Beer Wars is a documentary that explores the beer industry and the battle between craft brewers and the big guys. This film features interviews from not only craft brewers like Greg Koch of Stone Brewing and Kim Jordan from New Belgium, but with some of the biggest names in the beer business such as Norman Adami, CEO of Miller Brewing Company and Bob Lachky the Executive Vice President of Anheuser-Busch.
Beer and Food Pairings are springing up at restaurants all across the country. While in the Pacific Northwest I attended just such a dinner at Dukes Chowder House in Tacoma, Washington where Executive Chef Bill Raninger created a menu with each course paired to a unique Deschutes beer, as well as used the beer as an ingredient in many of the dishes. Deschutes is a Pacific Northwest brewery that was founded in 1988 by Gary Fish and has two locations; one in Bend, Oregon and one in Portland, Oregon. Here is a recap of the beer and food that was enjoyed at the dinner.