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Featured Beer

SweetWater Brewing - 420 Pale Ale
This is Aris' pairing for Black Eye Pea Hummus with Corn Bread Sticks from 700 Drayton Restaurant at the Mansion on Forsyth Park
Producer: SweetWater Brewing Country: United States State: GA Region:
Style:
Predicate: Pale Ale
First brewed on 4/20/97, this lovely pale ale is SweetWater's most popular brew. I usually reserve the terms elegance and finesse for wine but they fit perfectly with this beer's personality. It is light and refreshing yet full flavored and complex with a lovely balance of hops and malt. The finish is long and clean.

Be forewarned, the combination of this beer with this unique hummus will turn you into a couch potato.

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Amber Ale


Carolina Brewery - Copperline Amber Ale
This is Aris' pairing for Ceviche from La Cava Restaurant
Producer: Carolina Brewery Country: USA State: NC Region:
Style: Amber Ale
Predicate: Copperline Amber Ale
It's virtually impossible for me to go to Chapel Hill, North Carolina without making a stop at the wonderful brewery/restaurant, the Carolina Brewery. Their tasty selection of beers made fresh on the premises show an interesting array of styles and flavors. My favorite is their Copperline Amber Ale. A nice balance between malty richness and fruitiness of the ale yeasts is augmented by the tangy aroma and mouth-cleansing bitterness of the hops. The ceviche is just too tart with acidity for most wines but the Copperline balances it nicely and its flavors blend with the cilantro for a most interesting finish.

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American Wheat Ale


Carolina Beer Company - Cottonwood American Wheat Ale
This is Aris' pairing for Pesto and Ricotta Pizza from La Cava Restaurant
Producer: Carolina Beer Company Country: USA State: NC Region:
Style: American Wheat Ale
Predicate: Cottonwood American Wheat Ale
Although I love wine, sometimes only a brew will do. The Carolina Beer Company is top notch in all their beer styles and this American Wheat is no exception. The American Wheat Ales tend to be darker and maltier than their German Hefe Weizen cousins yet still have those hoppy aromatics in the nose and crisp cutting edge to the finish. The beer had just the right amount of weight and flavor intensity for the pizza to blend in with it and refresh the palate but not overwhelm it.

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Blond and Low Down Brown


Carolina Beer Company Blond and Cottonwood Low Down Brown
This is Aris' pairing for South African Jerk Tilapia from Salsa Mexican Caribbean Restaurant
Producer: Carolina Beer Company Country: USA State: NC Region:
Style: Blond and Low Down Brown
Predicate: Blond and Low Down Brown
Well, when you can't decide what style of beer you want, why not try two and see which one works best. Carolina Blond is a lighter styled ale with a balanced mix of malt and hops and is a refreshing style that's great for fish and for cleansing the palate. The Low Down Brown is an American style brown ale brewed with pale malt, crystal malt, and a touch of chocolate malt. It has a forceful palate, rich and malty with a creamy texture.

With the food, the Blond did its job of refreshment and had enough flavor to handle the spicy flavors but was not quite as adept as the Brown in dealing with the heat of the spices. Both beers are impeccably made by this outstanding brewery and proved to be great food partners, each in its own way.

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Bock


Spoetzl Brewery - Shiner Bock
This is Aris' pairing for Creole BBQ Shrimp from Cajun Queen
Producer: Spoetzl Brewery Country: USA State: TX Region:
Style: Bock
Predicate: Bock
Spoetzl Brewery's Shiner Bock is renowned for its affinity for spicy Tex-Mex foods and so felt right at home with this Creole BBQ Shrimp. While a hoppy bitterness may be needed to balance rich foods it often clashes with hot spices, making the food seem hotter and the beer more bitter. Shiner Bock is brewed to deliver a rich and velvety palate that soaks up the spicy heat. It has a deep amber color and a round malty texture that handles the weight of the dish lures you back for more.

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Chocolate Stout


Young's - Double Chocolate Stout
This is Aris' pairing for Tiramisu from Hadco Facility
Producer: Young & Co.'s Brewery Country: England Region:
Style: Chocolate Stout
Predicate: Double Chocolate Stout
While using beer with dessert is not common it works perfectly in this case. Young's Double Chocolate Stout is made with real dark chocolate that compliments and balances the roast coffee nuances of the dark roasted malted barley. These same flavors are present in the dessert but altered by the cheese and Marsala. Not only do all the flavors marry together well but the fine effervescence in the beer helps cut through the richness of the dessert. Young's Double Chocolate Stout is a dessert beverage you should keep in your food-pairing repertoire.

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Irish Red Ale


Carolina Beer Company - Irish Red Ale
This is Aris' pairing for Pasta and Focaccia Pizza Toast from San Francisco Oven
Producer: Carolina Beer Company Country: USA State: NC Region:
Style: Irish Red Ale
Predicate: Irish Red Ale
The Carolina brewery says "A taste of this Fine Irish Red Ale and you will see why those leprechauns are always smiling." I could not agree more. The color and much of the powerful flavors come from the caramel malts which are brewed an extra two hours to extract maximum flavor and a toasty finish.

Carolina's Irish Red has enough richness to handle the spices and weight of the pizza while its balancing dose of hops provides the refreshment necessary to get ready for the next delectable mouthful.

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