Best Cincinnati Style Chili Recipe Outside of a Skyline Chili Restaurant

Cincinnati Chili was a certain acquired taste for me. Growing up on a more Texas style chili, Cincinnati style has a very odd assortment of flavors for one to consider it chili. Chocolate and cinnamon? Weird. Served over spaghetti and topped with a mound of cheese? Even odder. But acquire that taste I did. After being around it, and ignoring it for the two years I lived in Cincinnati, I oddly acquired the taste for it not long after leaving. Then moving out west to California, I was once again cut off from it. While I can order it at…

Back Home Again in Indiana(polis) – a beer explosion in my hometown

Indianapolis is the 15th largest city in the USA and it gets the honor of being my hometown. But Indy is not my home. I was born there nearly half a century ago and I lived in or around Indy as I was growing up. I went to went to school there, got my first job there, learned to drive there, and got married there. But to me, beer there was almost exclusively focused on macrobrews. Buying whatever could be had for the cheapest, usually by the case. I guess part of that is that I started to buy beer…

Eat Beer Hot Sauce “Pimiento” Cheese Recipe

Last summer I spent some time in the deep south, Atlanta. I make it there at least once per year to visit family. While a lot of people would say that Atlanta is a metropolitan city and not the south, there is still a whole lot of southern in that very large city. There is a lot to like about that, but unfortunately still a lot to dislike. The good is what I saw as a revitalization of pimiento cheese. It was on the menu at just about every place I went. I hadn’t had real pimiento cheese in what…

IPAs can’t reign forever – So, what style will be next?

At some point this all out craze over IPAs is going to subside. Right now it’s driving growth and keeping more than a handful of mediocre breweries afloat. But the consumer is nothing if not fickle. At some point the preferences will change and another beer style will take the spotlight. Reference barrel aged stout’s and sour beers which were each belle’s of the ball for a hot minute. Neither of those styles are gone, but neither are in the spotlight they once were either. Let’s look into the crystal beer glass and try to figure out what beer style…

A Beergeek in London: Bring Back the Mushy Peas

One thing that an excellent plate of fish and chips needs, is balance, it’s mushy peas. A delightful bit of veg to go along with the golden fried goodness of the perfectly made fish and chips. Good marrowfat peas cooked low and slow to the point that they can be easily mushed into a delightful green mash of pea purée is a thing of beauty. There is just something about the perfectly done and seasoned house made mushy peas. And maybe, just maybe add in a hint of mint. It can be a simple, yet delicious addition to fish and chips.…

Beergeek.com TV — Now available on the web

About a year ago we started to curate some of the vast number of amazing beer related videos on YouTube. The goal was to present them in what we though a TV channel might look like if it were created for Beergeeks. Fast forward a year and we are on Apple TV and now on the web presenting what could be thought of as a beer-related cable TV service, Beergeek.com TV. Just today we’ve expanded our offering to curate 15 different channels with hundreds of videos. Each of the channels focus on an area a real Beergeek would love such…

Sweetly complex: Midnight Sun Panty Peeler Review

Panty Peeler, by Midnight Sun, is a fantastically drinkable beer. One of the best things about living in Anchorage, Alaska is the beer. Seriously, what else are you gonna do when the temperature hovers around 0 degrees and the snow piles up around your porch? Go skiing? Pfeh, I say. Drink beer. With six breweries in Anchorage alone and almost 30 breweries across the 49th state, the opportunities for locally brewed beer are excessive. Er, I mean impressive. It was with great joy that I sat down with one of my favorites this evening, as I prepared a spinach frittata…

Official Inauguration Drinking Game

Well it’s finally here. Wether you voted for him or not, you have to see that he’s been more than a bit of a national embarrassment. Making a mockery of the whole US government by appointing the exactly wrong people to cabinet positions, sometimes people who have no idea that the departments they are to lead even do. And of course there are his late night narcissistic and petulant Twitter outbursts. Each outburst has the potential to become a national crisis once he’s sworn in today. With that in mind, here’s the official drinking game for the inauguration, follow along…

AK Beer Week: Arkose Brewery Happy Hour at Hearth Artisan Pizza

What do you do when the snow piles up more than a foot or so on your car, in your driveway, and on the roads, making driving a roller coaster of a ride down main city streets? You head to Hearth Artisan Pizza in Midtown Anchorage to check out local beer maker Arkose Brewery for part of Alaska Beer Week, that’s what. If you’re like me, you’ll be happy to brave the heaping precipitation to get a chance to meet Stephen Gerteisen, co-founder and head brewer of Arkose Brewery, named for the Arkose Ridge in Palmer, AK. Established six years…

Toronado Barleywine Festival is Alive and coming October 1!

In the past, I lamented the death of the 22 year Toronado Barleywine Festival, probably at the hands of organizers of SF Beer Week. But, phoenix has risen and the Barleywine Festival is alive!!! Starting at 11am, October 1, 2016 the 23rd Toronado Barleywine Festival kicks off at the greatest beer bar in the world. Featuring barleywines on tap and new this year, in bottle from breweries such as Lost Abbey, Clown Shoes, JW Lees, and many more surprises. Here’s the fill announcement from Toronado: After 22 years of hosting the Barleywine Festival on the second Saturday in February, we…

Now open: Standard Deviant Brewing in the Mission District, San Francisco

It’s always a cool story to hear when a some homebrewers get together to open their dream, a real production brewery. It’s an even better story when that brewery opens to great support from the community. Include with that a solid lineup of launch beers and we have Standard Deviant Brewing, now open on 14th Street in San Francisco. Located in the shadows of the Kink.com headquarters, the ominous armory building at 14th Street and Mission, Standard Deviant Brewing opened last weekend quietly. As they work out the kinks (pun not intended), finish the styling and seating, and add a…

SF Beer Week’s growth may have smothered the annual Barleywine Festival at Toronado

I got news recently that the 2016 edition of the Toronado Barleywine Festival in San Francisco , a festival that has been running for 21 years, has been cancelled. It seems that the growth of SF Beer Week into a 700+ event liver endurance test may have been the main reason. I went to my first Barleywine Festival 15-ish years ago. The exact details are a bit fuzzy. Possibly due to 15 years of going to said Barleywine Festival. It was always a fascinating look at the style with 50-odd examples on tap at once from all over the world.…

Announcing Beergeek.com TV – Apple TV channel for beer geeks around the world

We’re proud to announce the latest source of entertainment for beer geeks all over the world — well at least the ones with the new Apple TV, the Beergeek.com TV app. This app curates the best of the best of beer related videos shared on the Internet puts them into a channel just for beer geeks like you and I. Already with over 100 videos and 40+ hours of content, it’s a great place to dig into while sipping your favorite cold beer. The videos are organized into channels and categories. The large banners at the top of the screen…

Shower beers and millennials 

Millennials are talking a lot about shower beers lately. It’s not like this hasn’t been done before. But really, who wants a beer at 6:30 in the morning? Ok, maybe the 20-somethings don’t get up because they are working alternative hours. But still… I think I had my first shower beer in college. It was a Milwaukee’s Best, in a can. And it was so much better since alcohol wasn’t allowed in that dorm. That was… I dunno… 1988? Most of the millennials talking about shower beers were born 5-10 years later… Only one bit of advice – drink can beer in…

Musings on Duvel and Firestone Walker

I know that all three of you that read this blog are interested on my “hot take” on the Duvel / Firestone Walker merger. Well I’ve given it a lot of thought…. Meh. I don’t expect it to change anything other than the distribution area of Firestone Walker. Duvel isn’t stupid – they bought a successful brewery, why change it? Yeah, I know, mergers almost without exception have lead to messing up beers people loved. But to be fair, most of the acquisitions have been by InBev/AB.  And if it does get screwed up? How very doubtful, but there will…

America’s New Favorite Beer Snack

Well in the America I live in, pretzels have been replaced by Cheez-Its. Not any regular Cheeza-Its, but Cheez-Its Extra Toasty. You’d think this was a paid endorsement, but it’s not.  Extra Toasty Cheez-Its match perfectly with high IBU beers. Cutting the high alpha acids with just the right amount of carmalized cheesy cracker goodness.  Is your mouth watering yet? Here I am, as usual, sitting in a bar drinking and wishing I had Cheez-Its. But they tend to frown on bringing in food from outside. Usually I sneak them in anyway – a pocketful or two to get me…

Would you get a bottle opening tooth replacement implant?

In an ad created for an Argentine beer company, Salta, rugby players had missing teeth replaced with a specially designed tooth that functioned as a bottle opener. Not a bad idea for an ad, but would you do it? Notice the grimaces on their faces as they open the bottles. Maybe it still needs a little work.

Cans of Craft Beer Are The Future / Past 12oz at a Time – Official Top 5 Cans of Craft Beer

Seems like more and more craft beer is coming out in cans. And this beergeek approves. The cans are safer, lighter, and you can fit more in a small space (like a small cooler or a large pocket). Not to mention there are a few places that cans go that bottles can’t — like poolside. The most important reason may be that you can shotgun a can of beer — don’t try that with a bottle. Beergeek’s Official Top 5 Cans of Craft Beer 5. Lomaland Saison by Modern Times, San Diego, CA This brewery is pretty amazing. For one,…

Don’t Try This At Home — Or Anywhere

Paste Magazine has a post up about crappy things people put in crappy beer to make it taste better? Better? How can putting a Jolly Rancher in beer make it taste better? And how bad is the beer that you need that. Perhaps that particular beer is not the beer for you. It happens. Move on, try something else. You’ll find your beer. In reality you should never put anything in beer — not even an orange slice, or a lime. But a Corona with a lime in it is the only way it’s served in most places. Perhaps if…

San Francisco Beer Week 2015 Rages On – Day 3

While the city awakens to day three of a 10 day hangover, it’s time to plan my day three of Beer Week 2015. Well at least the rain is gone. It seems like half of the people attending Beer Week are crazily looking for Pliny the Younger — the other half are just looking for good beer. Not that Pliny The Younger isn’t a great beer, it is. But the anticipation may outweigh the actual a tiny bit. Today I’ll be seeking out new and exciting beers at City Beer Store, perhaps a stop at Cellermaker, 21A if I can…

SF Beer Week – it starts now!

Here we are again, the start of SF Beer Week. I’ve gathered my itinerary on the surprisingly good SF Beer Week site. Well, it’s not pretty. I’m going to somehow need to be in about 4 places at all times to make every event I want to. Wouldn’t you know it, just when I sent my 3 clones out for dry cleaning. It should also be noted that smack dab in the middle of this, Toronado is hosting there always amazing ‘Tion night — a night filled with beers ending in -tion from Russian River. Russian River Tion Night 20+…