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Ooh, Grill!…

“One of my favorite times and places to drink a beer during the Summer is with friends and family at a barbecue. There is something comforting and classic about the smells and flavors of the grill alongside a crisp, cold and refreshing beer. Big name cold bubbles are sufficient enough…

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Oh my Michelada!

“We’ve all experienced the lime and salt additions to a light lager, but how about a michelada? It’s traditionally a mix of beer, hot sauce, lime and salt that makes for a deliciously interesting thirst quencher. Finding your preferred balance of flavors along with your favorite base beer is part…

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What the Helles?

THE TASTING I’ve done a handful of these style tastings and have had good results with this format. What I do is go to both the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) and Brewer’s Association websites to get style guidelines. https://www.bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Beer.pdf https://www.brewersassociation.org/resources/brewers-association-beer-style-guidelines/ These are the parameters that are used to judge…

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Flavors of Fall

  • October 17, 2017
  • Beer

As excited as we get about some beers, they aren’t the focus of every event and sometimes they only play a supporting role. Having just entered Autumn, we wanted to look at the beer styles we’re looking to be drinking and figure out which of our favorite foods they might…

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Oktoberfest: Story of a Party

It might come as a surprise to many of you, but Oktoberfest didn’t start as a beer festival and it is celebrated more in September, than October, in Germany! The first “Oktoberfest” was a wedding reception for Prince Ludwig I, who married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The marriage took place…

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Tropical beers for Tropical Storms

With Harvey, the Texas Gulf Coast’s first major tropical storm of the season, looming off the coast, we’ve started thinking about what beers we’d like to make sure and have in our fridge just in case things get rough, and the thought struck us… Why don’t we stock up on…

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what’s the HAZE about?

With the introduction of the pilsner hundreds of years ago, the look of a beer became a point of focus for drinkers. At the time, it was an interest in having brilliantly clear, golden beers like liquid sunshine. In recent years, starting in the American Northeast, a move towards cloudy…

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Juxtaposed!

In my last two articles I have introduced you to my curiosity in the science of perception and flavor, and expanded upon that idea with, hopefully, a fun shot-and-beer pairing (tequila shots and sour beers? Yes!). This time around, I’d like to get a little bit nerdier about a portion…

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Everyman’s Doing It!

How best to find a food pairing for a beer is a constant topic of conversation and debate among those at Spec’s, whether employee or guest, and all of us, myself included, would benefit more from basic information. There are a handful of “rules” I do my best to adhere…

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Mind’s Playing Tricks On You…

I have a healthy level of curiosity in what we taste, how and why, when eating and drinking. How is it that I taste different fruits, flowers, herbs and spices in my cup of coffee? Why does this beer taste different today than it did last time I had it?…

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