npr:

The Alabama Legislature has approved a bill making it legal to brew beer at home, a practice that had occupied a legal gray area. If Gov. Robert Bentley signs the bill, as he is expected to do, home brewing will be legal in all 50 states.
— Home Brewing: Soon To Be Legal In All 50 States : The Two-Way 
Photo: iStockphoto.com
Related: More of our extensive beer coverage. — tanya b.

Yes!

npr:

The Alabama Legislature has approved a bill making it legal to brew beer at home, a practice that had occupied a legal gray area. If Gov. Robert Bentley signs the bill, as he is expected to do, home brewing will be legal in all 50 states.

Home Brewing: Soon To Be Legal In All 50 States : The Two-Way

Photo: iStockphoto.com

Related: More of our extensive beer coverage. — tanya b.

Yes!



coelasquid:

Men’s Journal seriously has the best recipes
12 pasteurized eggs 1 cup plus 3 tbsp sugar 3 pints whole milk 3 cups heavy cream 6 oz Hennessy VS cognac 6 oz Maker’s Mark bourbon 5 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
Separate the eggs. Beat yolks with electric mixer for a minute or so until they lighten in color, then gradually add 1 cup sugar and beat until completely dissolved. Add milk, cream, cognac, bourbon, and nutmeg. Stir to combine. Beat egg whites in separate bowl until soft peaks form. With the mixer running, gradually add 3 tbsp of sugar and beat until peaks stiffen. Whisk beaten egg whites into mixture, and garnish with fresh nutmeg. Serves eight.

Tis’ the season!

coelasquid:

Men’s Journal seriously has the best recipes

12 pasteurized eggs
1 cup plus 3 tbsp sugar
3 pints whole milk
3 cups heavy cream
6 oz Hennessy VS cognac
6 oz Maker’s Mark bourbon
5 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

Separate the eggs. Beat yolks with electric mixer for a minute or so until they lighten in color, then gradually add 1 cup sugar and beat until completely dissolved. Add milk, cream, cognac, bourbon, and nutmeg. Stir to combine. Beat egg whites in separate bowl until soft peaks form. With the mixer running, gradually add 3 tbsp of sugar and beat until peaks stiffen. Whisk beaten egg whites into mixture, and garnish with fresh nutmeg. Serves eight.

Tis’ the season!


Southern Tier Pumking
Southern Tier
Imperial Pumpkin Ale
9%
Strong Savory
$$$$
Found on tap/bottle at Malt & Vine, check local grocers and bottle shops for availability.
 Pumking is a strong and fragrant imperial with everything you’d expect of a traditional ale, but with a little extra magic woven in. It stands out among the predictable slew of pumpkin-flavored goods that overrun baking counters and grocery aisles in Autumn, an excellent tribute to the mischievous spirit of the season!
 There’s no overt sweetness in here, with the brewed pumpkin overlaying the malts to produce more of a caramelized/roasted flavor instead of a the bitter or spiced-pie more commonly found in pumpkin spiced ales. Even a little flavor of toasted pumpkinseed is emulated through the hops, creating an aftertaste that lets the brew come full-circle.
Conclusion:  A fulfilling and authentic ale that’s both amazing on its own and goes great with all the seasonal comfort dishes of Fall! 5 out of 5.

Southern Tier Pumking

  • Southern Tier
  • Imperial Pumpkin Ale
  • 9%
  • Strong Savory
  • $$$$
  • Found on tap/bottle at Malt & Vine, check local grocers and bottle shops for availability.

 Pumking is a strong and fragrant imperial with everything you’d expect of a traditional ale, but with a little extra magic woven in. It stands out among the predictable slew of pumpkin-flavored goods that overrun baking counters and grocery aisles in Autumn, an excellent tribute to the mischievous spirit of the season!

 There’s no overt sweetness in here, with the brewed pumpkin overlaying the malts to produce more of a caramelized/roasted flavor instead of a the bitter or spiced-pie more commonly found in pumpkin spiced ales. Even a little flavor of toasted pumpkinseed is emulated through the hops, creating an aftertaste that lets the brew come full-circle.

Conclusion: A fulfilling and authentic ale that’s both amazing on its own and goes great with all the seasonal comfort dishes of Fall! 5 out of 5.


Southern Tier Blackwater Series
Southern Tier Brewing Co.
Imperial Stouts - Chocolate, Coffee, Cream, Oatmeal, Coffee/Chocolate Blend
9.5 - 11.2%
$$$$
Can be found in bottles or on tap at various craft-carrying bars, bottle shops, and grocers. ST’s distributor locator isn’t accurate, but Whole Foods or Metropolitan Market branches frequently carry their bottles.
 The deep dark volumes of a good stout can contain many delicious possibilities, and Southern Tier covers all the traditional favorites in this series!
Creme Brulee (Vanilla Cream)
9.5%
 Modeled after burnt cream desserts, this milk stout with vanilla bean is on the mild side. It has a great sweet custard smell and a strong vanilla flavor, but stays pretty mellow for an imperial stout. Not exactly bland, or for a lack of volume in the beer’s own base: just as many dark malts went into Creme as the rest of the series. While the other flavors work well as a whole it ends up feeling a bit blunted (in retrospect, it would’ve been great over chocolate or vanilla ice cream).
Conclusion: Not for anyone expecting an especially strong or sweet stout. It’s flavor is very mild, even by the standards of non-imperials, but still good for anyone who likes it that way. It’d probably benefit from a nitro tap, I give it 3.5 out of 5.

Jah*va (Coffee)
10.6%
 A very rich coffee stout that has you inhaling the beans before each sip, with the roast’s character mixing nicely with the main body of chocolate and caramel malts. Sourced from fine Jamaican coffee (Blue Mountain) the bitterness from the roast combines with the malt’s lingering sweetness to hang around for a while, and finishing a glass leaves a pleasant warmth.
Conclusion: Balanced in flavor, yet still strong and potentially overwhelming. I’d recommend letting it age for a bit, though a freshly-bought bottle would be delicious with a few scoops of french vanilla! I give it a 4 out of 5.

Choklat (Chocolate)
10%
 Robust and malty, just like chomping into a big block of quality dark! It even has the satisfyingly fuzzy feel-good warmth of finishing off a nice chocolate bar, further enhanced by the tangy hops emulating the coarseness of high-percentage cacao. The bitterness lingers only as long as it has to, and the bottle will probably be empty before it’s gone.
Conclusion: A chocolate stout that gets it right and doesn’t taste like burnt bread. It could go great with richer desserts, like cheesecake or meringues. I give it a 5 out of 5!

Mokah (Chocolate/Coffee)
11.2%
 Imagine the best mocha you’ve ever had, but with alcohol. You’ll get Mokah.
 Brewed with Jamaican coffee and Belgian chocolate, both of them bold and  assertive in every sip. The malts pair silkily with the chocolate while the hops give extra crispness to the coffee, and every bit as good as boasted in the brewer’s solicit.

Conclusion: The best balance of the whole series, and the shortest review I’ve ever written. In a good way, 5 out of 5.

Oat (Oatmeal)
10.8%
 If you’ve ever eaten burnt caramel, try to imagine condensing half a gallon of that into a pint over blackstrap with a sprinkling of malt grain. For those who haven’t, Oat is thick and heavy with a high ABV and none of the fluffy character often praised in oatmeals. The malts and grain have almost melted into a syrupy molasses, but the tang from hops quickly sours.
Conclusion: Good, but doesn’t distinguish much from the other super-rich stouts in the Blackwater lineup (like Jah*va). Sample this one before ordering it at a bar, because sits heavy on the stomach and would easily disappoint anyone looking for a lighter or more savory drink. A good beer for sharing or baking (or milkshakes!), 3.5 out of 5.

Southern Tier Blackwater Series

  • Southern Tier Brewing Co.
  • Imperial Stouts - Chocolate, Coffee, Cream, Oatmeal, Coffee/Chocolate Blend
  • 9.5 - 11.2%
  • $$$$
  • Can be found in bottles or on tap at various craft-carrying bars, bottle shops, and grocers. ST’s distributor locator isn’t accurate, but Whole Foods or Metropolitan Market branches frequently carry their bottles.

 The deep dark volumes of a good stout can contain many delicious possibilities, and Southern Tier covers all the traditional favorites in this series!

Creme Brulee (Vanilla Cream)

9.5%

 Modeled after burnt cream desserts, this milk stout with vanilla bean is on the mild side. It has a great sweet custard smell and a strong vanilla flavor, but stays pretty mellow for an imperial stout. Not exactly bland, or for a lack of volume in the beer’s own base: just as many dark malts went into Creme as the rest of the series. While the other flavors work well as a whole it ends up feeling a bit blunted (in retrospect, it would’ve been great over chocolate or vanilla ice cream).

Conclusion: Not for anyone expecting an especially strong or sweet stout. It’s flavor is very mild, even by the standards of non-imperials, but still good for anyone who likes it that way. It’d probably benefit from a nitro tap, I give it 3.5 out of 5.


Jah*va (Coffee)

10.6%

 A very rich coffee stout that has you inhaling the beans before each sip, with the roast’s character mixing nicely with the main body of chocolate and caramel malts. Sourced from fine Jamaican coffee (Blue Mountain) the bitterness from the roast combines with the malt’s lingering sweetness to hang around for a while, and finishing a glass leaves a pleasant warmth.

Conclusion: Balanced in flavor, yet still strong and potentially overwhelming. I’d recommend letting it age for a bit, though a freshly-bought bottle would be delicious with a few scoops of french vanilla! I give it a 4 out of 5.


Choklat (Chocolate)

10%


 Robust and malty, just like chomping into a big block of quality dark! It even has the satisfyingly fuzzy feel-good warmth of finishing off a nice chocolate bar, further enhanced by the tangy hops emulating the coarseness of high-percentage cacao. The bitterness lingers only as long as it has to, and the bottle will probably be empty before it’s gone.

Conclusion: A chocolate stout that gets it right and doesn’t taste like burnt bread. It could go great with richer desserts, like cheesecake or meringues. I give it a 5 out of 5!


Mokah (Chocolate/Coffee)

11.2%

 Imagine the best mocha you’ve ever had, but with alcohol. You’ll get Mokah.

 Brewed with Jamaican coffee and Belgian chocolate, both of them bold and  assertive in every sip. The malts pair silkily with the chocolate while the hops give extra crispness to the coffee, and every bit as good as boasted in the brewer’s solicit.


Conclusion: The best balance of the whole series, and the shortest review I’ve ever written. In a good way, 5 out of 5.


Oat (Oatmeal)

10.8%

 If you’ve ever eaten burnt caramel, try to imagine condensing half a gallon of that into a pint over blackstrap with a sprinkling of malt grain. For those who haven’t, Oat is thick and heavy with a high ABV and none of the fluffy character often praised in oatmeals. The malts and grain have almost melted into a syrupy molasses, but the tang from hops quickly sours.

Conclusion: Good, but doesn’t distinguish much from the other super-rich stouts in the Blackwater lineup (like Jah*va). Sample this one before ordering it at a bar, because sits heavy on the stomach and would easily disappoint anyone looking for a lighter or more savory drink. A good beer for sharing or baking (or milkshakes!), 3.5 out of 5.



npr:

Photo Credit: Benjamin Morris/NPRThere’s nothing like running late in the morning, only having time to pack yourself a sub-par lunch, then getting to work and realizing it’s “Pie Day”. As in, it’s ok that you only packed applesauce and a granola bar because THERE WILL BE PIE.That was my experience earlier this week. Yesterday, The Salt published the results of their pie flavor survey as well as the outcome of our intra-office pie competition.First Place: Jessica Pavone in our development office with Bubbe Pavone’s Honey Caramel Peach PieSecond Place: The Picture Show’s Claire O’Neill, with her Easy Peasy Key Lime SqueezyThird Place: Maria Godoy, senior editor on the science desk, for her Medieval Pork Pie (or, as some present dubbed it, ‘Game of Thrones Pie’)—Daisy

I hope they plan to share some winning recipes. Because really, Honey Caramel Peach!

npr:

Photo Credit: Benjamin Morris/NPR

There’s nothing like running late in the morning, only having time to pack yourself a sub-par lunch, then getting to work and realizing it’s “Pie Day”. As in, it’s ok that you only packed applesauce and a granola bar because THERE WILL BE PIE.

That was my experience earlier this week. Yesterday, The Salt published the results of their pie flavor survey as well as the outcome of our intra-office pie competition.

First Place: Jessica Pavone in our development office with Bubbe Pavone’s Honey Caramel Peach Pie
Second Place: The Picture Show’s Claire O’Neill, with her Easy Peasy Key Lime Squeezy
Third Place: Maria Godoy, senior editor on the science desk, for her Medieval Pork Pie (or, as some present dubbed it, ‘Game of Thrones Pie’)

—Daisy

I hope they plan to share some winning recipes. Because really, Honey Caramel Peach!



Tres Fem
Hales Ales & Der Blokken
Belgian Blonde w/Cherries
8.5%
Savory/Mild Tart
$$-$$$
Drank at Red Hot and Parkway Tavern, found in bottle at Tacoma Boys
 Hale’s Ales and Der Blokken put their heads together to produce the limited Tres Fem, a pleasant light Belgian Ale brewed with cherries.
 Tres Fem is a tawny ale with fluffy foam and all the pink-cloud dreaminess of a traditional Belgian blonde, but grounded with a smidge of tartness from sour cherries. The smell is sweetly vague, like vintage bubblegum, and the aftertaste is like black tea (only fruitier!). It’s not a strong sour or tart beer (and will disappoint those expecting one) and the cherries complement the base ale flavor much like the pomegranate juice in HeBrew’s Origin.
Conclusion: Much as I personally like stronger flavors, this is a nice subtle happy medium that is often overshadowed by sweets and sours in fruit-brewed beers. Overall I give it a 4, and look forward to similar endeavors!

Tres Fem

 Hale’s Ales and Der Blokken put their heads together to produce the limited Tres Fem, a pleasant light Belgian Ale brewed with cherries.

 Tres Fem is a tawny ale with fluffy foam and all the pink-cloud dreaminess of a traditional Belgian blonde, but grounded with a smidge of tartness from sour cherries. The smell is sweetly vague, like vintage bubblegum, and the aftertaste is like black tea (only fruitier!). It’s not a strong sour or tart beer (and will disappoint those expecting one) and the cherries complement the base ale flavor much like the pomegranate juice in HeBrew’s Origin.

Conclusion: Much as I personally like stronger flavors, this is a nice subtle happy medium that is often overshadowed by sweets and sours in fruit-brewed beers. Overall I give it a 4, and look forward to similar endeavors!


atzomatic:

Here’s the mini comic I’ve been chipping away at for the past month! It’ll be debuting at Wonder Northwest in Portland OR next weekend, along with whatever other goodies and wares I can get together. Hope to see some of you there!

Now back to regularly scheduled drawings of beer :)

atzomatic:

Here’s the mini comic I’ve been chipping away at for the past month! It’ll be debuting at Wonder Northwest in Portland OR next weekend, along with whatever other goodies and wares I can get together. Hope to see some of you there!

Now back to regularly scheduled drawings of beer :)


Wild Turkey Peach Ice Cream

hopelarson:

I wrote this recipe for my friend Satya, an amazing actor and hard-core foodie. I don’t know where he got the idea for it, but it’s delicious!

Recipe after the break!

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rip1514-titanic:

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Banana Bread Beer
Wells & Young’s Brewing Co. 
Ale 
5.2%
Savory
$$
Found at Safeway
 Wells & Young’s, well known for their Chocolate Stout, have another little treat from the UK that can be found easily at a local Safeway (may vary).
 Wells Banana Bread Beer is an aromatic and hearty ale made with malted barley, a decent dose of hops, and brewed with bananas. The flavor is unique, because it is the most obvious both before and after each sip. Before, when the aroma of a fresh banana bread slice hits your nose, and after, when the taste of sharp fermented banana lingers on your tongue. The bulk of this ale’s flavor is the toasty barley and hops, but the bitterness doesn’t last and backs off in time to enjoy the mellowness of that favorite yellow fruit bringing up the last solo of each pint.
Conclusion: A tasty beer for anyone wanting something warm and robust with a twist, to enjoy alone or with food. Not a dessert drink, and not for anyone sensitive to bitterness. Definitely cleanse your palate before a round of different beer because the aftertaste can go a little sour. I give it a 3.5.

Banana Bread Beer

 Wells & Young’s, well known for their Chocolate Stout, have another little treat from the UK that can be found easily at a local Safeway (may vary).

 Wells Banana Bread Beer is an aromatic and hearty ale made with malted barley, a decent dose of hops, and brewed with bananas. The flavor is unique, because it is the most obvious both before and after each sip. Before, when the aroma of a fresh banana bread slice hits your nose, and after, when the taste of sharp fermented banana lingers on your tongue. The bulk of this ale’s flavor is the toasty barley and hops, but the bitterness doesn’t last and backs off in time to enjoy the mellowness of that favorite yellow fruit bringing up the last solo of each pint.

Conclusion: A tasty beer for anyone wanting something warm and robust with a twist, to enjoy alone or with food. Not a dessert drink, and not for anyone sensitive to bitterness. Definitely cleanse your palate before a round of different beer because the aftertaste can go a little sour. I give it a 3.5.


Cheddar Apple Pie Ice Cream

hopelarson:

This is one of the first custom flavors I made, and it’s still one of my favorites. It was requested by my husband, whose birthday it is today! This is a very mild cheddar-flavored ice cream with small bits of pie crust and sweet, gooey apple pie filling.

Recipe after the break!

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Besides kicking ass on comics, Hope Larson experiments with homemade ice cream! Bet it’d go great with some cider.