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New Belgium, Chef Sean Z. Paxton and The Sonoma Film Festival

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When people think of food in Sonoma, beer not the first place their mind goes to. This Thursday evening New Belgium and the master of beer cuisine Chef Sean Z. Paxton “The Home Brew Chef” will turn Sonoma upside-down with a dinner at Ramekins to celebrate the Sonoma International Film Festival. Chef Sean will prepare a 4-course meal inspired by the films New Belgium will be premiering at the festival. The menu boasts dishes such as “Unicorn Sashimi,” “Birds and Business” and “The Man Who Lived on His Bike.” Check out the menu below to see what more Chef Sean and New Belgium have in store.

You can purchase tickets for the New Belgium Brewery Dinner here.

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“Under My Host” Interviews Marty Nachel for Drink Careers 101

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Cori Page and Matt Williamson are the dynamic duo behind “Under My Host” a fantastic podcast focusing on small production wine, beer and spirits makers. We are pretty big fans of the show and are excited to share this clip from a recent interview.

Cori also holds the distinction of serving on the Drink Careers 101 Project Advisory Board, and as such she has brilliantly started putting together a series of short conversations with her guests about their journey and experiences working in the beverage industry.

In this clip, Cori interviews Marty Nachel, author of Brewing For Dummies and Home Brewing For Dummies. Marty is also a certified beer judge and the founder of BeerExam.com. Listen to Marty discuss how he got started in the craft beer industry.


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“Under My Host” Interviews Drew Fox for Drink Careers 101

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If you haven’t heard of “Under My Host” yet, it is high time you did. Host Cori Paige and her trusty Producer Matt Williamson put together fantastic shows featuring small production wine, beer and spirits makers.

Cori also holds the distinction of serving on the Drink Careers 101 Project Advisory Board, and as such she has brilliantly started putting together a series of short conversations with her guests about their journey and experiences working in the beverage industry.

In this clip, Cori interviews Drew Fox of 18th Street Brewery in Gary, IN. They discuss his life as a brewer so-far and his experience with the Kickstarter campaign for the 18th Street Taproom.

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“Under My Host” Interviews Patrick Donagher for Drink Careers 101

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We’ve become big fans of “Under My Host” since being introduced to it a couple months back. Host Cori Paige and her trusty Producer Matt Williamson do a great job curating conversations with some very cool, small production wine, beer and spirits makers.

Cori also holds the distinction of serving on the Drink Careers 101 Project Advisory Board, and as such she has brilliantly started putting together a series of short conversations with her guests about their journey and experiences working in the beverage industry.

In this clip, Cori riffs with Guest Host Patrick Donagher of GetRealPresents.com about his experience launching his craft beer / local food events company in 2011. Patrick is also co-owner of Alewife NYC, a beer-centric gastropub located in Long Island City.

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“Under My Host” Interviews David Yarrington for Drink Careers 101

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We’ve become big fans of “Under My Host” since being introduced to it a couple months back. Host Cori Paige and her trusty Producer Matt Williamson do a great job curating conversations with some very cool, small production wine, beer and spirits makers.

Cori also holds the distinction of serving on the Drink Careers 101 Project Advisory Board, and as such she has brilliantly started putting together a series of short conversations with her guests about their journey and experiences working in the beverage industry.

In this clip, Cori interviews David Yarrington of Smuttynose Brewing in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Listen to David’s story about how a college chemistry professor got him started down the path to home brewing and ultimately a career working in craft brewing, and what excites him on a day to day basis.

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Sean Z. Paxton The Home Brew Chef – Spotlight on a Drink Careers 101 Project Advisory Board Member

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Sean Z. Paxton The Home Brew Chef

Sean Z. Paxton “The Home Brew Chef” is a larger than life chef, craft beer personality, and is one of those rare people that attracts a crowd when he so much as looks at a brewery. He believes in giving back to the industry that has given him so much and takes the time to connect with his audience, mentoring chefs and home brewers alike.

I saw him in action for the first time at the New Albion release party in January; it was very inspiring to see that he is as devoted to his fans as they are to him. When I first met Sean in a class at the Fatted Calf Charcuterie in Napa three years ago I had no clue that I was in the presence of celebrity. He has been a friend and mentor ever since. His ideas on flavor and deconstructing beverage to get an amazing dish have influenced the way I view beer and food. He is a herald of the craft beer industry and we are pleased to have him onboard as an Advisory Board member for Drink Careers 101.

Where did you learn the skills that allowed you to become the Home Brew Chef?

First I learned to cook, next to brew, then to cook with the beer I brewed and finally to write about it, for recipes, articles, website, etc.. Then from there, I had to learn how to talk about it to be able to do my podcasts.

I am self-taught. I learned what I did through obsessive study whether it was studying a new beer style, a cooking/brewing technique or a category of cuisine like vegetarian or vegan. You have to immerse yourself, research flavor profiles, organize them in your head (how are they different, what does this do, what that doesn’t do) and ultimately riff off of them. Just looking at the constructs of an idea and then reverse engineering it to find what you are looking for. These are the things that keep me up late at night.

At what point in your career did you discover your passion for cooking with beer?

I discovered my passion for cooking with beer pretty early. I was about 21, brewing beer and had a lot of excess beer from brewing 5 gallons at a time. I thought why use wine when I can use beer instead? In learning about each beer style, I learned what elements make up that flavor and how to make those flavors and manipulate those ingredients to make different flavors. I had an excess of a homebrewed German dopplebock, and started using it in my cooking. What that malty lager did in combination with morel mushrooms to make a sauce to go over grilled milk fed veal chops was insane. This showed me to look at beer as an ingredient. Through progression of trying tons of new things (Malts, hops, yeasts, water profiles to all the culinary ingredients) and discovering different flavor profiles, it was sort of crazy. Blend the brewing with the cooking and add a side of science and a dash of creativity, it all fell into place!

What is the best part about your career?

I have to choose?

Probably first, meeting all the wonderful people in our community. To me this is about creating memories, creating things with a unique beer style and finding the possibilities to express an idea through food with different cuisines. I love seeing what people take away from every dinner, every time each time I finish an event. All the work that goes into each event/article/recipe (beer and food) takes a ton of R&D and time. I try to create the ultimate menu, which I don’t get to sit down and enjoy, for all my guests. It is very self-less, a giving experience and I like being able to do that for them. I like coming up with that dish or that concept that gives them that great experience, whatever that maybe. Second, to work with so many creative people, both in the breweries, in the field selling beers to behind the scenes in the restaurants/hotels I get to work in across the country.

What collaborations have you done that you are particularly proud of?

All of them!

When I did Saucerfull of Secrets with Firestone Walker Brewing Co; it was the first Belgian beer they had ever brewed and we were able to create this wild homebrewed beer into a 50-barrel brew that was able to be shared with lots of drinkers. Next, I would say brewing with Tonya Cornet from Bend Brewing (now 10 Barrel Brewing) in Bend, Or. We’ve done 3 beers together and they’ve all been amazing (Desert Rose, Sexi Mexi, TBD Beer of Fall 2013).

I’ve had the opportunity and pleasure to collaborate with Allagash and De Struise Brouwers, brewing a Belgian-style blonde called Fedeltá. I collaborated a lot with Peter Hoey at Sacramento Brewing (since passed), and we did several really fun beers. One great one was Old Pappy, a wheat wine aged in 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle wheat bourbon barrels and a really cool sour project. Then there was Monk’s Blood with 21st Amendment. I’m actually brewing in Santiago, Chile with Matt Brynildson (Firestone Walker), Fal Allen (Anderson Valley Brewing Co.) and Pete Slosberg (Pete’s Wicked Ale) on my trip to South America in May with Kross Brewery.

If you could offer one piece of advice to student thinking of a career in the beer industry, what would it be?

Follow your dream, even if you don’t know what it is yet. What I mean by that is, everyone has their own unique taste and experiences that make them who they are. To follow what drives us, no matter what, being passionate about our hobbies and what and how that can lead us to what our next chapter in life could be. You never know what might happen with all you learn and are able to share with everyone, in a glass, on a plate or typed in words.

Courage, dedication, and my love of the craft are the reasons why I have gotten where I am today.

Learn from your mistakes, because you will make them. And remember, there is no perfect. We are our worst critics.

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Tiffany Adamowski of 99 Bottles – Spotlight on a Drink Careers 101 Project Advisory Board Member

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Tiffany Adamowski

The Mutineer Team has known the husband and wife duo behind Washington State’s 99 Bottles since we first wrote about them when they opened their specialty beer store in 2007. Several years later, they are one of Washington’s most prominent beer stores and one of Mutineer’s favorites. Here is our interview with Tiffany Adamowski, co-owner of 99 Bottles.

How did you get your start in the beverage industry?

My husband, Craig, had been working for a beer and wine beverage wholesaler for five years. As a delivery driver, he was in and out of mom-n-pop owned wine stores and got to know a lot of the husband-wife owners. He knew I was interested in getting out of consulting-type of business and opening a retail shop. He thought, “There are a lot of beers out there. We both love the beverage. Why not open a beer store?” At that time we weren’t familiar with any beer stores in the region.

Craig ran his idea for a specialty beer store by several of the wine store owners, friends and family. Everyone thought it sounded like an interesting concept.

We came up with the name, 99 Bottles, which wasn’t yet in use for a bottle shop. In 2006, we started exploring our options, taking evening and weekend business courses, researched and authored a comprehensive business plan, sourced funding, found our ideal location, and started build-out.

We opened 99 Bottles specialty beer store on January 20, 2007.

What were you doing before you opened 99 Bottles?

Prior to 99 Bottles, I worked as lead writer on the Olympic Cool-Cap, a device that provides hypothermia treatment for newborns suffering hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, plus more than twenty additional medical product lines. I’ve also managed information architecture, writing and editing teams at an international marketing-Web design firm, managed multi-language translation projects, authored hundreds of technical manuals for everything from software to cockpit equipment to medical devices, created templates for software giants, and created brochure-ware websites for small companies. I guess you could call me a jack-of-all trades in the writing field, which has prepared me for the “jack-of-all trades” aspect of running a retail shop. I have owned and operated a freelance writing business, Styles & Scribbles, since 1993, and still maintain two clients for whom I do template creation and marketing.

I once believed that my background working with the FDA and FAA were well-suited to working with another regulated product: beer, which is controlled by the ATF and State Liquor Control Boards. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that laws and guidelines are much more “black and white” in the regulation of food and drugs and airplanes as opposed to the many “gray” areas of liquor. Liquor laws vary from state to state, and within your state there are “laws” and there are “recommendations to be treated as laws.” Sometimes this makes my head spin.
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SF Beer Week Kicks Off Tonight

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SF Beer Week

Tonight kicks off the beginning of the 2013 SF Beer Week with a few thousand of your closest craft beer loving friends and 78 of your favorite breweries at the SF Beer Week Opening Celebration. San Francisco craft beer, along with four special guest breweries, food, music, and more, collide in a celebration of all things San Francisco craft beer. From there, the celebration will be unleashed upon The City by the Bay with hundreds of craft beer-fueled events happening at every corner of the greater Bay Area.

For more information on tonight’s events, and events happening throughout SF Beer Week, visit the SF Beer Week website.


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