Posts Tagged ‘Porsche’

The Perfect Pairing

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

My article on some creative pairings was published today at Porsche Perfect. If you want to skip my rant about pairing and go straight to the article then click here.


One thing I’m adamant about is not turning this blog into another beer rating/beer pairing thing. There are plenty of people out there who will gladly spend what feels like hours describing the flavor profile of a single beer. They will go on and on about obscure notes while trying to think up abject ways to express what they’re tasting. They will go on about a bold IPA that has toffee and pine flavors and is a bit “cheeky” on the back of the tongue. They’ll use words like rogue, or catty to describe hop profiles. This crap doesn’t help anyone really. Taste is subjective.

The fact that taste is subjective is also why I don’t do pairings. I think beer is meant to be enjoyed, with or without food. It shouldn’t matter if I pair my Summer Steam Style Ale with a burger or with something a little classier. I always found it silly when wine snobs went on about pairings either with food or cheese. Sure some beverages will bring out the flavors in certain foods, but if people aren’t tasting the same flavors then what good is you telling them what to drink with their meal? While I’m on the topic. What is it with beer and cheese pairings? I just don’t get it.

So anyway all that ranting to say I wrote a pairing guide the other day for the PorschePerfect blog. Instead of pairing beer with food though I thought it would be fun to pair it with cars. Check out the article here.

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Friday, June 5th, 2009

crcawebOk, I just gotta get my wits about me by recapin the mead process day

The first thing I learned today is making mead is different then beer.

Mead needs yeast nutrients and energizer. It also needs oxygen which is a no no for beer once fermentation starts. It would have been smart to look this stuff up before hand, but instead I waited till almost 12 hours after I pitched my yeast.

I learned that I’m a confident driver when no one’s in the car.

I don’t drive…. ever. So driving to Homebrew Heaven for yeast nutrient today was nice without anyone in the car.

All the training I did may not be for nothing.

I got a call Wednesday saying the home we were working on opening was dead in the water. Turns out there is still potential signs of life.

When one homebrews, one makes due.

This should be the homebrewers motto. I needed to stir my must today. Turns out a sanitized carboy brush does wonders.

I can’t pair beers with food, but I can pair beers with cars

Today I wrote a post that may get published at PorschePerfect where I paired different beers with different Porsche models. I think it turned out rather well. When it does get put up I’ll post the link here so you guys can read it.

Lastly, don’t post after 10 pm when you are bored and have a buzz.