Holiday Gift Ideas

Good Grief, Charlie Brown!! It’s the giving season again….

And where ever and however quickly it came from (seriously, only 300+ days ago??), tis the season. While I give the gift of books in particular year round, I want to share a few favorites with you today for beer & flavor lovers everywhere.

Books:

yum yum yum...Beer Pairing, by Julia & Gwen

yum yum yum…Beer Pairing, by Julia & Gwen

Beer Pairing, The Essential Guide From The Pairing Pros, Julia Herz & Gwen Conley *just* released  (2015 Voyageur Press). I’ll have Julia sign my book when next I see this dynamo of the beer gospel. Both she and Gwen have cut a smart swath to helping people enjoy beer. It’s a comprehensive book on what, why, when, how and why not of beer and food pairing. A great read and flavorfully inspiring, once you buy one for yourself get a few for others.

Cheese & Beer, Janet Fletcher (2013 Andrews McMeel Publishing). Janet’s written a few dozen books on food – cheese being her forte and oh-so-deliciously so! Others include Cheese & Wine, The Cheese Course, Yogurt (a personal fav go-to), and Four Seasons Pasta. All dandy and mouthwateringly fun and functional. Her writing style and the information she gives us is timeless and well rounded by smarts and broad world view.

Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer, Maureen Ogle. Maureen is an historian and was inspired to write about beer upon wondering what her next book was – and at that moment having a Budweiser truck cross her path while driving. Inspiration struck and she’s tells the story starting in the 1880’s to modern times. Great read like many with herstorian context: you learn way more about way more than you think.

The American Craft Beer Cookbook, John Holl (Storey Publishing 2013). John’s an accomplished journalist and definite flavor lover. I’ve had the pleasure of sharing many beers with him as well as having hosted a book signing party when the book came out. He’s collected recipes with beer in them and paired with beers from brewpubs across this fine country. With sidebar stories and additional beer suggestions included, this book is a winner winner beer for dinner.

Beyond books, I’d invite you to find a few Women Enjoying Beer & Men Enjoying Women Enjoying Beer goods on our shopping page. Since we’ve exited a very successful festival circuit run, we’ve got a few goodies remaining looking for great homes. Be ahead of the curve as they may be collectors items soon!

Your Local Brewery

SSBC Gift Six pack

SSBC Gift Six pack

Our local breweries need our business. They pump ridiculous amounts of effort & money into our local economies, all the way up to the federal level (ask them about excise taxes, for example). Visit them all, as you can and see fit. Ask them questions, listen, share, buy and support. One of my locals, Standing Stone Brewing Company, sells Brewer For The Day packages as well as the holiday Gift Six Pack. Order a keg in advance to help celebrate in tasty fashion, give the gift of lovely glassware.

Homebrewing

Home brewing abounds in America! It’s a fabulous opportunity to learn to cook a whole new recipe: Beer. Locate your local shops and go to a demo, hang out with the local clubs, and start making your own. Like food cooks, many professional “beer cooks” start by homebrewing. The American Homebrewers Association is a super place to start.

Whatever you do, give the gift of flavor this season – and year round. Start with flavor first, experiment, try, share and repeat. Beer changes as does everything else in life so pour it on.

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Beer Workshops: Resources Cited

At the workshops last weekend, the questions asked prompted me to recommend some resources. That and the fact that I had brought a few along to support the beer workshops. Here they all are listed below.

Resources:

Cheers to beer education ~

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ABC’s of Women, Beer & Food: Letter B

B is for Beer. Of course!

It’s also for Brewing which is cooking. Hence a food connection.

If you like to cook, perhaps you like to homebrew. If you homebrew perhaps you like to cook. I like to cook with food and beer and am not interested in homebrewing. Respect them I do – the brewers of the world. And women have always brewed beer. The World over.

Ashleigh Carter, Brewer at Prost/Denver & Ginger during GABF 2012

It’s our collective short memory that doesn’t recognize that women are the brewers in households and communities literally everywhere. One of the best books I can recommend that comprehensively covers this as a matter of course in the entire book is Chris O’Brien’s Fermenting Revolution: How To Drink Beer And Save The World.

WEB’s own Emily and Kat are both homebrewers and I love that they do and enjoy hearing about their exploits and discoveries. The contagious enthusiasm that brewers have, professional and home, is universal.

If you’re interested in learning more about home brewing, contact the American Homebrewers Association. They’re chock full of info, knowledge, opportunity and fabulous people who come together over beer making.

Here’s another recent book release that can help you learn more about beer.

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Saturday Support

It’s Saturday. What are you planning to do?

One great thing to do for yourself and the greater community at large is to get some friends together and get to a local brew fest.

Get your beer fest on!

We’ll be at the 3rd annual Umpqua Brew Fest today doing our part.

Here are a few sites to help you find one in your area.

Remember!!! Homebrewers love to throw a party too – be sure to check the American Homebrewers Association calendar here too.

There are myriad resources – so search the net, the newspaper, your beer magazines, the app of choice and get your beer on ~

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Stats and Information from the Brewers Association

What associations and organizations are you supporting? What groups claim you as a member?

One of the organizations that we are members of is the Brewers Association. One thing I like about them is that they provide plentiful and easily accessible information. Yesterday I got a mailer with updated ‘good stuff’ so I want to share some of it today.

Not a member yet? It’s worth while if you are a consumer who enjoys beer, a business in the beer community, a brewery, or a distributor. As with any membership, you get out of it what you put into it too.

  • US Beer Market = $101 Billion
  • 203,576,450 Barrels of Beer
  • 1753 breweries in operation for some or all 2012, the highest number since the late 1800’s
  • Well over 100,000 jobs surround the beer community in the USA (including the fabulous service staff of pubs)

Other Beer Related Resources We Recommend:

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Home Brewers Celebrate

fermentation

Here’s a good look at the American Homebrewers Association. Today we can all celebrate all things home brewing, with the modern movement pushed forward by Charlie.

Many professional brewers got into the fray by starting first as home brewers. Alex is one and there are tons of others out there.

As a business, be sure to include the home brewing community in the conversation about beer.

They feed, support, push, drink and want to be involved.

So cheers to all you home brewers (we have a regular in our monthly meet ups as well – keep it up Sue!).

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