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Micro Brewery Tour in Northeast Ohio in October

ImageI was asked to relay this information to my readers – its a great cause, and looks to be a really fun event. 

Please contact the person named below for additional information. 

In May,2012, Angel on the Avenue lost one of its founding members in Dick Kemer.  Dick fought a courageous battle for five (5) years against lung cancer.  As a way to honor him and his always “giving” nature, Angels on the Avenue will donate $1000 in Dick’s name to Holy Family Hospice in Parma, Ohio.  In an effort to raise funds for this donation, we will be hosting a micro-brewery tour on Saturday, October 6, 2012.

The date of this year’s event will be Saturday, October 6, 2012.  Cost for the tour will be $50.00 per person and is limited to 50 people.  Your cost includes chauffeured driven bus transportation provided by Touch of Class Limo Service, all taxes, driver tip, draft beer on the bus, and tastings at most of the visited breweries.  Our day will start by gathering at P.J. McIntyre’s Irish Pub (17119 Lorain Road) at 9:00 a.m. You can enjoy drinks and a limited menu.  We will depart promptly at 10:00 a.m. from the back parking lot.  Stops include Indigo IMP Brewery (Cleveland), Cellar Rats (Madison), Chardon Brew Works (Chardon), Main Street Brewing (Garrettsville), and the Buckeye Beer Engine (Lakewood).  We will arrive back at P.J. McIntyre’s between 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.  Special hotel rates have been established with the Hilton Garden Inn on Graton Road which includes shuttle service to and from PJ McIntyre’s for the tour.  This rate is $89.00, plus tax.  If we secure 10 rooms, this rate will drop to $79.00 per night.  Ask me for details!!

Guest may bring any food and/or beverage on the tour for themselves or to share.  Since the majority of these breweries are on small side, food (lunch / dinner) will be “on your own”.

Since this will be a fundraiser, we will have 50/50 raffles, Jell-O shots, and a large basket raffle available during the course of the day.

If you are interested, please either e-mail (jdailey@ppg.com) or call him at (216) 701-3143 to secure your spot.  Again, this will be a first come, first served event.  Act now to secure your spot.  Monies received guarantee your spot.  Final payment will be due by September 22, 2012.

MissWineOH received no compensation for positing this event. 

 

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Selection Sunday demands Craft Brew and Cupcakes

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There was Beer and Cupcakes at Market Garden Brewery on Sunday, March 11. We had a rockin’ time. Here are the notes. I sat with Andy Tveekrem to get information about his beers. If any of these notes are incorrect – this is my fault – and not his.

The Ohio City Room

Friar Power Belgian Tripel with a Saffron and orange cake, topped with Cardamom icing.

This strong light golden ale is the product of belgian history. Originally produced by monks – they developed the distinctive yeast that gives the belgian tripel its ester profile. (Volatile flavor compound naturally created in fermentation. Often fruity, flowery or spicy.) At 8%, the alcohol can sneak up on you. This is Andy’s stealth beer.

The profile of this beer – very floral, slightly bitter, with a lovely citrus kick is paired with the complementary subtle flavors of saffron and cardamom – with a little orange to draw out the citrus.

Pearl Street Wheat with an Almond cake, topped with lemon/orange icing.

The phenolics (Flavor and aroma of smoke, or cloves; caused by wild yeast or bacteria) from the yeasts in this Hefeweisen are nutmeg and clove. Its slightly tart or acidic – the banana nose is characteristic of the yeasts as well. The beer is brewed with about a 65% wheat base in addition to malted barley. This makes for a sweeter beer – but lower alchohol than the first, coming in at 5.5%.

We are pairing this one with almond – in complement to the banana (think banana bread) and the lemon/orange icing is a nod to the tradition of serving this beer with a lemon or orange slice.

Boss Amber Lager with a roasted garlic cake and sundried tomato icing.

Possibly the beer from Market Garden that is most suited for food due to the toasted malt. This one would pair with any roasted meat dish. Its fermented colder and slower than ales – for about six weeks. Andy utilizes a Vienna Malt for this traditional Vienna Lager. A great Session beer, it comes in at 5% – a perfect example of how to make a good lager. This is probably my favorite.

Obviously the roasted garlic and sundried tomato come together to give you a sweet treat reminiscent of your Sunday dinner of roast chicken – without trying to create a meat cupcake!

 

 

This beer is named after Andy – the “Striking Viking” – an American Pale Ale produced with Cascade hops and English yeasts. These yeast typically produce a butter or butterscotch flavor. And he uses a crystal malt for color and body. This one comes in at 5.5% – another easy drinker.

We bring creaminess to this pairing with white chocolate to sooth the hops, and bacon and jalapeno demonstrate an easy pairing with burgers or spicy foods.

Wallace Tavern Scotch Ale with a Five Flavor Cake and Salted Caramel icing.

This beer is named for George Wallace, a Scottish settler to Cleveland from 1806. He owned a Distillery and brewery in the area, and later moved to Brandywine. So this is an homage to Cleveland’s beer history. This ale’s malts are actively caramelized utilizing a prolonged boil. The strong heavy malt is balanced by the addition of other flavors to reduce bitterness. Typically the Scots would use heather or other wild ingredients, though Andy doesn’t hold THAT closely to the tradition. He utilizes a slightly higher alcohol percentage (between 6.5 and 7% depending on the batch) to balance the malt – so that the caramel becomes noticeable in the flavor and neutralizes much of the bitterness.

The obvious pairing on this beer is salted caramel, one of my favorite flavors – we added in the five flavor cake to show the diversity of pairing possibilities. A traditional southern dessert, this has lemon, butter, rum, coconut and vanilla in the cake. Any rich saucy dish would pair up nicely with the Wallace Tavern.

Forest City Brown Ale with a nutty carrot cake and cream cheese icing.

This beer is named after Cleveland’s moniker – back when it was all about the lumber here. This brown ale is born from the roasted flavors of a coffee malt which literally can be roasted like coffee beans, providing the brewmaster with differing degrees of flavor to work with. This English style beer is bold and expressive, coming in at 5.8% – and is Andy’s favorite.

When I first tasted this beer, all I could think about was roasted vegetables. Pair this one up with any roasted veg – like a lasagna. The pasta will sooth the bitterness on the finish. We give you a nutty carrot cake with cream cheese to attain the desired affect.

A Cookie and a Cupcake made these incredible treats. Visit them in Tremont. 

Its a Beer and Cupcakes Kind of Day!

You knew it had to happen!

You knew that sooner or later, Northeast Ohio’s most innovative Chief Tasting Officer, MissWineOH, and our number one destination for craft beers, Market Garden Brewery would come together to create the most unique and exciting pairing event of 2012. The wait is over.

On March 11th, you’re invited to join us in Ohio City to take part in the introduction of Cleveland’s newest pairing experience – Beer and Cupcakes!

This is sure to be a pairing adventure that will excite everyone from Cleveland’s avid craft beer aficionados to MissWineOH’s oenophile friends. A carefully chosen selection of Market Garden’s handcrafted brews will be paired with sinfully seductive gourmet mini-cupcakes to create Cleveland’s most unique and refreshing pairing experience.

From Pearl Street Wheat to Forest City Brown Ale, we’ll be pairing Brew Master Andy Tveekrem’s amazing craft brews with unique, one-of-a-kind flavors in mini-cupcakes.

You’ll even get a preview of the latest and greatest yet to be named Belgian Triple.

Cupcake recipes will be designed and developed specifically for this event by MissWineOH and will be lovingly baked by Cleveland’s favorite, A Cookie and A Cupcake in Tremont. This is sure to be the most unique and enjoyable pairing event of this New Year. Don’t wait to buy your tickets!

For the price of your ticket you will get 6 beers and 6 perfectly paired mini-cupcakes, and perhaps a special guest. This is a formal tasting, so we start promptly at 3pm in order to keep everyone on the same track. The tasting will run approximately 2 hours.

Register for Beer and Cupcakes in Cleveland, OH  on Eventbrite

Beer Love for Valentine’s

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Throughout February I’ll be putting up guest posts from some great women I know who know their beer. While I don’t necessarily agree that beer is a better pairing <ahem> I am a fan of the brew, and have some great craft beer and cupcakes events coming up soon!  This is a completely different pairing adventure – Enjoy!

If you are looking for a creative pairing that isn’t winecentric  – perhaps your significant other is a beer fan? Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to try a new adventure. This first post is from the wonderful Renee DeLuca, the Brewer’s Daughter. See more about her at the end. Many thanks to Renee for this great creative contribution!

His and Hers Beers

Valentine’s Day often brings to mind Cupid, roses, romantic dinners, chocolate and wine for two…but let’s not forget about delicious craft beer pairings that will romance any palate! Men and women alike are discovering that beer and food go better together than wine ever could—think about it: wine is always going to have that grape note. With beer, the flavor possibilities are endless.

Your options for fantastic food and brew combinations have never been greater. Here are some of my favorite pairings for beer lovers. Get to your local beer specialty store and ask for further recommendations when it comes to specific breweries.

Valentine’s Day Brew Menu for Two

Starting with a nibble on some cheese and crackers? Each type of cheese longs to be paired with a different type of beer. Some of my favorite combinations include an aged Gouda with a brown ale, Marscapone or an herbed cheese with a Hefeweizen, or a sharp blue cheese with a crisp IPA.

Add a burst of romantic red to your salad by tossing in some dried cranberries or tart pomegranate seeds. Pair with a light Kolsch or cream ale.

Sharing a seafood dinner? Try those aphrodisiastic oysters with a dry stout. Or pair a blackened fish with nice porter for balance. Perhaps crabcakes and an Abbey Tripel. Mild fish or some steamed mussels and a witbier.

Lovers with a hearty appetite for roast beef or lamb will appreciate a Scotch ale with dinner. Or how about a petite filet and strong ale to balance out?

Dessert on Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to include chocolate, but it often does. There are many delicious chocolate stouts, bocks and porters. Don’t just drink them with your dessert—cook with them! Add beer to your brownies? Oh yes! But dessert pairings go beyond the obvious.

Top that bread pudding with an Abbey Dubbel reduction. How about ice cream made with beer? Several brands are now including brews in their ice cream recipes too—why not make a beer float? Fruit desserts call for a nice Helles or Dortmunder style beer.

The key to enjoying delicious beer and food pairings is to keep your mind and your taste buds open to all the possibilities. And as in romance, you never know when an unexpected pleasure will surprise you and become a lifelong love. Cheers and happy Valentine’s Day!

Renée M. DeLuca, is the daughter of pioneer microbrewer Jack McAuliffe. As owner of The Brewer’s Daughter Marketing & Public Relations Agency, she offers media and marketing services within the craft beer industry. She lives in NE Ohio with her husband, two teenagers, a 100 lb. yellow lab, two cats, and a refrigerator full of beer. You can find her on Twitter or read what she’s got to say here

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