Today the Star-Ledger ran an article about NJ’s first all-female homebrewing competition, sponsored by New Jersey Craft Beer, Wyerbacher Natalie, Copper Mine Pub, etc… I’m a judge. No experience needed; Becky Pedersen from Turtle Stone Brewing has offered to coach a team or individual. It’s time to get started!
Official Historian for the Pink Boots Society! (Ed. Note: It’s the international organization for professional women in beer).
Gary spoke about pairing beers with Irish food on Stripped Down Kitchen, hosted by Rocky Fino, author of the Will Cook for Sex series, and Chef Geoff of Cape May. Recipes included. G’s so good on the radio, even when he’s exhausted. Click here to listen.
My favorite New Jersey restaurant couple, Janet and Kevin Meeker, have totally overhauled Westmont’s Cork. It’s now South Jersey’s first barnyard dining room, called Keg & Kitchen. Read my post in Foobooz.
NJ Senate committee votes on brewery regulation overhaul today. Details in my story here that ran on NJSpotlight.com, and hence appeared on Philly.com.
On Tuesday, Unibroue regional rep extraordinaire invited Gary and me to be his guests at a five-course dinner to celebrate the release of Unibroue’s first collaboration. A few months ago, Master Brewer Jerry Vietz came to Jersey to brew Jerry Chris Mas (sounds like a Dead reference, doesn’t it?) with Iron Hill Maple Shade Head Brewer Chris LaPierre, who returned from Belgium like five minutes before the dinner started. It was sort of an unofficial collab, as Unibroue won’t be selling it but if you’re close enough to Maple Shade, you sure as shit want to get some at Iron Hill while you can. Also, they’re aging some in bourbon and wine barrels so expect more goodness throughout the year. Some noted personages in attendance were Mark Haynie, Andy Calimano and Tom Peters, and Jeff Linkous stopped by to take pictures. Gary took some amazing pics, and I’ve included the menu as one of the shots.
Kudos to Chris and the chef, the pairings were some of the best I’ve experienced, especially the Blonde de Chambly with the seared monk fish and micro greens with ginger vinaigrette, and the Jerry Chris Mas with the roasted elk loin. The only bad thing I have to say is that the dessert — brown sugar pie — was so unimaginably good that pairing it with La Terrible, another one of my favorites, was an overkill of goodness. Each one stands on its own so much that neither could possibly enhance the other. I think the only thing you could have paired with that brown sugar pie was more brown sugar pie.
On another note Jerry has extended his stay to attend the Starfish Junction beer fest at the Navy Yard on Saturday so look for him if you’re there.
The people at the Swarthmore co-op (third oldest in the country) invited me to this beer and cheese paring thing tonight and I’m really bummed I can’t go. So I wrote about it for Foobooz instead.
Let me see if I can upload the invite. I’m excited for this on Saturday, as it’s a black-tie optional gala and I think Reading Terminal is one the city’s most unique and endearing attractions (I’m plagiarizing myself from Foobooz here). Erin O’Shea and others will be participating in a mystery-ingredient cookoff challenge and I’m judging with a bunch of TV/radio personalities and newspaper food critics like Klein and Nichols. It’s during the VIP session. I’d see you there but I don’t know if you can afford the $300 ticket. Also, PBC is brewing a dark chocolate stout for the occasion. Yum. Reading Terminal Invite