Elk and rabbit and duck: Oh yeah!

Curious folks eating game and drinking beer at @theCorner in Litchfield, Conn.
Curious folks eating game and drinking beer at        @ the Corner in Litchfield, Conn.

I love a good beer pairing dinner, and on Wednesday I had a chance to drink some hophead gold and eat… elk.

It was a game dinner at @ the Corner, a fantastic restaurant in Litchfield, Conn. The staff had the brilliant idea to pair the courses Stone Brewing beers.

At first, I was surprised at the choice. Stone is known for bitterness especially popular among breweries in the San Diego area. I would not have expected that to go with the sweeter, fall-inspired fare. Continue reading “Elk and rabbit and duck: Oh yeah!”

Pairing beers… with people!

(The following column was originally published in the Waterbury (Conn.) Republican-American on Dec. 12, 2012.)

Your aging cousin?www.beeradvocate.com
Your aging cousin?

Let’s admit this much: shopping for some people is arduous and draining.

Uncle Larry? The one who’s hosting Christmas Eve this year? All you know about his new “lady friend” is that she seems to have a condition that does not allow her to stop talking. What do you get for someone like that?

And then there’s your best friend’s cousin… Cliff or Clive or something. He’s hosting a get-together that will be completely vegetarian. He brags about not wearing shoes since 1995. How do you get anything appropriate for barefoot wonder?

You already know my answer. Yeah, it’s beer.

Matching the gift with the receiver isn’t difficult and can be rewarding, if only for you. Now for some recommendations that allow you to find your match.

1. For your aging cousin who lives on the Maine Coast: New England Brewery’s Sea Hag IPA. Like her, it’s bitter and might overwhelm anything it’s paired with.

Cover your turkey

(The following column was originally published in the Waterbury (CT) Republican-American on Nov. 14, 2012.)

Beer Snob about to tuck into some turkey with beer marinade.
By Will Siss

Craft beer is rarely humble.

Bold, complex, sumptuous ales love to show off. Their rocky heads erupt with the aromas of grapefruit and cinnamon and baked bread. Their amber, golden and chocolate brown hues cavort in the waning sunlight.

A single sip of an expertly created doppelbock or imperial stout commands your attention.

However, as we celebrate abundance while recognizing scarcity this season, beer can play a supporting role. It’s only appropriate as we appreciate the joys of comfort food during a season that’s been anything but comfortable for millions of Americans.

I had a chance to try out a turkey marinade that costars beer, which you might want to incorporate into your Thanksgiving meal. I’d like to share it with you, along with some beer recommendations. Continue reading “Cover your turkey”