Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Bars & Spirits

Beer Week: Good to the last drop

RECOMMENDED READING


Cell phone light was the most reliable way to see the tiny white labels on the brown beer bottles and match them to their respective names on the list of over 90 beer choices. The castoffs offered up at Friday night's Best Florida Beer Championship Leftover Party weren't inferior quality — just soundly beaten by other brews.

For $10, beer weekers got to sift through the best of the rest. Most bottles didn't have brewer labels, so tiny white tags with category numbers and letters identified each brew. Dim lighting outside Southern Brewing and Winemaking in Seminole Heights made finding the brew you were looking for challenging. The beers were stacked in coolers on several tables along the fence line and it also seemed to be a bring your own bottle opener event.

From the three column double sided beer list, the Saison (16C) from the Belgian and French Ale category had a light, citrusy taste — a palette cleanser for the roving taster.

Off book on a (well lit) indoor tasting table sat a Cold Storage Brewery Betchy Brown among other offerings from all over the state. The home town beer had almost been sampled down to its last drop.

Comments
Holiday brews: 6 merry pours, and a Scrooge

Holiday brews: 6 merry pours, and a Scrooge

Winter beers are always worth looking forward to, since thereís nothing nicer during the holidays than drinking a festive spiced beer with friends and family. The ever-changing selection of beers brewed for the season means that youíll always have so...
Published: 11/22/17
Five ideas for easy Thanksgiving appetizers

Five ideas for easy Thanksgiving appetizers

Thanksgiving can put a heavy burden on the host. We’ve assembled five appetizers that are quick and easy to prep. Some, like our risotto balls and goat-cheese figs, cater to vegetarian diets, so you can be sure to please all your guests. Even i...
Published: 11/21/17
Five ideas for cooking with fresh cranberries

Five ideas for cooking with fresh cranberries

Cranberry sauce has long been a fixture on the holiday table. According to the Chicago Tribune, Ocean Spray, the popular producer of cranberry sauce, cans about 70 million tins of the stuff a year, 85 percent of which gets sold between Thanksgiving a...
Published: 11/21/17
Dining news: More poke coming, Frogman Feast raises money for SEALs and Gold Star families

Dining news: More poke coming, Frogman Feast raises money for SEALs and Gold Star families

FUNDRAISER: FROGMAN FEASTLast year, the first celebrity chef charity event called Frogman Feast raised more than $12,000 for Navy SEALs and their Gold Star families. Ken Bowen is spearheading the effort again this year from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 3 Da...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/22/17
Tips for first-time Thanksgiving hosts (or really, any of us)

Tips for first-time Thanksgiving hosts (or really, any of us)

Take small bites.This may be the most crucial advice for Thanksgiving hosts who donít have years of cooking and coordinating experience to provide the confidence that comes with leading the charge on the yearís biggest cooking day.Itís the first thin...
Published: 11/20/17
American wines red, white and sparkling for your Thanksgiving table

American wines red, white and sparkling for your Thanksgiving table

Youíve dusted off Grandmaís good crystal for the Thanksgiving table. Or youíve pulled out all your mismatched stems to have enough for every place. Now what to pour?For this most American meal, based on foods native to America ó turkey, pumpkin, corn...
Published: 11/20/17
How to make a pie from scratch: filling ideas, decorating tips, crust recipes and more

How to make a pie from scratch: filling ideas, decorating tips, crust recipes and more

Perfect your crust. Try new filling recipes. Learn some decorating tricks. And prepare for the biggest pie day of the year: Thanksgiving. † From apple to thyme You’ve got the crust down. Now it’s time to choose a filling for your holid...
Published: 11/17/17
Updated: 11/20/17
Thanksgiving 101: Everything you need to prepare for the big cooking day

Thanksgiving 101: Everything you need to prepare for the big cooking day

From appetizers to pies and everything in between, we’re here to help you put together a low-stress Thanksgiving spread. Here are a few ideas, and be sure to check out our Thanksgiving special report for more tips on preparing for the big day. ...
Published: 11/17/17
Updated: 11/20/17
Thanksgiving sides beyond the classics: corn casserole, Brussels sprouts salad, pecan pie carrots

Thanksgiving sides beyond the classics: corn casserole, Brussels sprouts salad, pecan pie carrots

There are probably a handful of essentials, things you must have on the Thanksgiving table lest some family members begin to riot. But I find there are often a couple of slots open for new things, chances to get weird or creative or, gasp, healthy. ...
Published: 11/17/17
How to make solid turkey gravy before Thanksgiving Day

How to make solid turkey gravy before Thanksgiving Day

As far as we’re concerned, anything you can make in advance of actual Thanksgiving Day is a good thing, and this make-ahead gravy fits the bill. Plus, Tucker Shaw of America’s Test Kitchen says it tastes just as good as if you made it wi...
Published: 11/17/17