Beer for Lent

The Right Lager or Ale for Seasonal Observance Lent is a time for somber reflection, fasting and repentance, but does that mean that the devout have to forgo their favorite beverage? In the tradition of fasting, drinking “liquid bread” is not only allowed, but appropriate during the Lenten season. Doppelbock In Munich, brewers hold true to this tradition by creating strong spring beers inspired by Doppelbock, a beer fashioned by Roman Catholic monks which was specifically designed for liquid fasting during lent. In the seventeenth century, Minim friars created this strong malty beverage that was dense enough to be considered…

Tasting & Evaluating Beer

A Quick Rundown of Beer Characteristics Beer has been around for thousands of years, but a more formal approach to beer tasting only began to truly take shape in the last 40 years or so. In the 1970’s, Morton Meilgaard designed the Meilgaard Flavor Wheel, dividing aroma and taste characteristics into 14 sub-headings. Michael Jackson published World Guide to Beer in 1977, creating a numerical rating system for beer based on five categories. The American Brewers Association began compiling beer style guidelines, providing a consistency for descriptions, and the Beer Judge Certification Program was established to provide consistency in judging. But you…

How to Host a Beer Tasting

Enjoy some Suds with Friends with This Guide Beer used to be thought of as a lesser choice of beverage, one that was drank out of convenience, but not usually known for its taste. But the microbrewery movement and the popularity of craft beers has spurred a revolution, and it’s time you got your friends involved and in the know with this fun party. Educate Yourself First, you’ll need to learn a little about beer, but don’t be intimidated by it. You can buy some great books that will tell you all about the beer-making process and the history of…

Ales and Lagers 101

From Budweiser and Coors to fruity ales Whether you’re new to the beer world or have been enjoying beer for years, it can be overwhelming to be confronted by the selection of beers available at a beer bar or liquor store, especially if your beer experience has been restricted largely to the American mass-market beers. And while you don’t have to know the lingo to experiment and enjoy new beers, learning the basics may make it easier to pinpoint your preferences and help you search out your own ultimate beer. Despite all the different styles, colors, and flavors, in the…

Ten Classic Beer Styles to Try Before You Die

If you haven’t tasted these types of beer, you don’t know beer Most beer drinkers don’t know the difference between a lager and an ale (and many couldn’t care less!). Even more mysterious and intimidating to most beer drinkers are the many, many beer sub-styles that exist. And don’t confuse beer styles with beer brands. Budweiser, Heineken, Beck’s and Corona may be different brands, but they are all the same style of beer: pale lager. All told, there are approximately 70 styles and sub-styles of beer in the world. The only way to truly understand and appreciate this variety and diversity is to be…

The Basics of Ale

Pale Ale, Dark Stout, and Everything in Between The history of beer dates back almost as long as the history of civilization, with beer recipes being found dating as far back as 2050 BC. And these early beers were all ales. In fact, the term “beer” didn’t come into being until the 1400s, when it was used exclusively to refer to fermented beverages that were made with hops. There are many varieties of ale, and it can sometimes be difficult to group them into tidy categories. Generally, the easiest way to divide them is by their color or by the…

Christmas Dinner Beer and Food Pairing

Making your meal merrier with malted beverages Many chose to open a large meal with a light dish. If you plan garden greens and vinaigrette dressing, for instance, look for a thirst-quenchingly tart and light-bodied, Berliner Weiss to pour alongside it. Similarly at home with a salad is the relatively rare Belgian gueuze, another effervescent brew with hints of citrus and rhubarb that finishes tart and dry. Should your first course consist of fresh fruit or crustaceans (shrimp, prawns, or lobster), consider serving witbier (Flemish for “white” beer, the sweeter and more complex Belgian cousin to German Weissbier, also known…

Best Italian Beers – Craft Breweries In Italy

Top Italian Ales: Artisan Brewers and Bottled Beer from Italy Think of Italian drinks and you think of sparkling Prosecco (Italy’s ‘champagne’), fine wines like Chianti and Brunello, or sunny liqueurs such as Limoncello. You certainly don’t think of beer. However, Italian beer is on the up: a growing band of craft brewers in Italy are producing the sort of delicious and inventive ales of which mama (and certainly papa) could be proud. In fact in his book World’s Best Beers (pub. Jacqui Small, £25) Ben McFarland declares that: ‘of all the up-and-coming brewing nations in the world, Italy is the one…

We have expanded!

Come in to see the Bistro more than doubled in size!!! Lights, Stage, Bathrooms…HUGE DANCE FLOOR!! New Kitchen…did I say HUGE DANCE FLOOR?? Well, it is. Lots of room now to have fun and even reserve space for a private party! And we have 8 beers on tap!! Check it out: Dry Dock Hop Abomination Dry Dock Apricot Blonde Coors Light Odells 90 Shilling Stella Artois Blue Moon Angry Orchard Hard Cider Great Divide Titan IPA

Welcome

The site is organized into major sections according to the menu you see just left of the slideshow above including a complete list of wines and brews & booze we offer (many from this site), a current food menu and entertainment calendar. Plus, you can find ads in the left column for special events we’re planning such as our wildly popular Open Mic event every Tuesday night! When you’re in a section that has a lot of information about some of our best vineyard partners, try clicking on the little pictures on the right side of the page for more information. I think you’ll love how the site is designed and organized now. Hopefully,…