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Manolo's Food Blog » Beer http://manolofood.com Manolo Loves the Food! Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:01:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.15 Best of the Holiday Spirits to You! http://manolofood.com/best-of-the-holiday-spirits-to-you/ http://manolofood.com/best-of-the-holiday-spirits-to-you/#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2013 07:37:06 +0000 http://manolofood.com/?p=2535 GPOY, as the kids say

GPOY, as the kids say

This really is a gift: the funniest thing I’ve seen in ages. I should start a Tumblr dedicated to this rarefied art form: the inspirational fitness quote, overlaid on a photograph of someone determinedly working their way through a bender.

Originally stolen from TheChive.

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The Vacation so far http://manolofood.com/the-vacation-so-far/ http://manolofood.com/the-vacation-so-far/#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:22:43 +0000 http://manolofood.com/?p=2433 I have not had an actual vacation since 1997, when I celebrated my recovery from cancer with three weeks in Indonesia, so relaxing was a high priority for this time around. You can see how that’s going from these Vine videos.

Phillips Ginger Beer, of which we have blogged previously.

Bombay Sapphire and Tonic with lime, which is a classic.

Yet another Bombay Sapphire and Tonic. Can you ever have enough (apparently on a really hot day you can, and I have the sunburn to prove it).

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Summer Selection: Phillips Ginger Beer http://manolofood.com/summer-selection-phillips-ginger-beer/ http://manolofood.com/summer-selection-phillips-ginger-beer/#comments Sat, 07 Jul 2012 05:20:18 +0000 http://manolofood.com/?p=2173 Phillips Ginger Beer

Phillips Ginger Beer

Finally, after an interminable wait, summer has arrived on the wet coast. You can keep your highballs, your hard lemonade, your Sauv Blanc, your sangriae: Victoria’s Phillips Ginger Beer is what I’m drinking when the thermometer rises and the asphalt sticks to your sandals like a clingy ex.

The original ginger beer from the old Pirates of the Caribbean days wasn’t a proper beer at all, and contained none of your common-or-garden yeast, but instead an interesting combo of microorganisms as explained in the Guardian’s do-it-yourself guide. Allow yourself to be entertained for the moment by visions of legions of British social work professors-emeritus, mid-level NGO operatives, and overeducated eco-fashion bloggers earnestly attempting to do it, indeed, themselves. In $200 Hunter wellies.

God, I love British people (they’re the people, after all, who gave us Traidcraft.)

This offering from Phillips is indeed proper beer, as are all beers from Phillips. It’s also got a bite that would stand off a pit bull, thanks to the ginger infusion. It’s fiery like a good Jamaican ginger beer, and the heat lingers afterwards, as if you’d bitten into a fresh ginger root. The beer itself is a nice ruddy ale, balanced, not too sweet, and with enough body to stand up to the ginger’s volatile nature, so you don’t feel like you’ve been drinking ginger water, but ginger beer.

It’s terrific on its own, but it really comes into its own paired with spicy foods, particularly if they’re really rich as well. Phillips says, “It’s killer with sushi” but I enjoyed mine with some mussels steamed in coconut chili sauce from the Union Bar, and they were perfect for one another. The mussels, which were enormous and full of flavour, swam in a savory broth of coconut and chili: no watery bullion need apply.

My friend April Smith of AHA Media had the snazzy-looking and non-alcoholic Lapu-Lapu: cucumber juice, coconut water, galangal, calmansi pandan syrup, garnished with tender young coconut and lemon grass. Also delicious and refreshing, if lacking in heat. April and I are so different, we are pretty much guaranteed to order from different ends of the menu spectrum every time. Not a bad way to dine out, if you ask me.

Lapu Lapu at the Union Bar

Lapu Lapu at the Union Bar

mussels and phillips ginger beer at the Union Bar

mussels and phillips ginger beer at the Union Bar

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Two Word Reviews: Innis & Gunn Canada Day 2012 Beer http://manolofood.com/two-word-reviews-innis-gunn-canada-day-2012-beer/ http://manolofood.com/two-word-reviews-innis-gunn-canada-day-2012-beer/#comments Sat, 09 Jun 2012 07:44:07 +0000 http://manolofood.com/?p=2149 Innis & Gunn Canada Day 2012

Innis & Gunn Canada Day 2012

Those two words?

Oh. Yes.

Said in the following style.

Note this is only a two-word review temporarily, because I liked the bottle they sent me to taste so much I finished it all without taking notes and ran down to the liquor store to get more. They were sold out. Further, possibly somewhat more refined, tasting notes coming soon. PS: if you can’t get this stuff in your country, I pity you.

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Musical Interlude: Chasing Bars http://manolofood.com/musical-interlude-chasing-bars/ http://manolofood.com/musical-interlude-chasing-bars/#comments Mon, 14 May 2012 16:34:41 +0000 http://manolofood.com/?p=2123 DC Lugi

DC Lugi

Say hello to my old pal DC Lugi, otherwise known as the multitalented Dave Coyne the man who first brought to life the Bono/Samuel L. Jackson bromance. And the world rejoiced.

This is his take on Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” and let’s just say the man is true to his Irish roots. Click over the jump for the lyrics, such as I can make them out. They are a little slurred…

Screw it all
Leave me alone

I don’t need
When I get home.

If I drink beer
If I drink a lot of beer
Would you drink with me
and just forget the year?

I don’t quite know
Where I am
I’m so lit.

I slur my words
I’ve had too much
But not enough.

If I drink beer
If I drink a lot of beer
Would you drink with me
and just forget the year?

Forget that I’m bent
Or where the hell my keys went
Show me the men’s room
Cuz I think I’m gonna puke.

Why waste time
Chasing bars?
This one’s good.

I need to taste
Sweet barley
Hey what’s my name?

If I drink beer
If I drink a lot of beer
Would you drink with me
and just forget the year?

And all that I had
And all that I drank tonight
Is gonna be on your perfect shoes
Oh yeah, it will stain.

I don’t know when
Confused about how much as well
But someone’s got to
Get a mop and clean it up.

If I drink beer
If I drink a lot of beer
Would you drink with me
Oh, just forget I’m here!

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How to: Open a bottle without a bottle opener http://manolofood.com/how-to-open-a-bottle-without-a-bottle-opener/ http://manolofood.com/how-to-open-a-bottle-without-a-bottle-opener/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2011 03:08:39 +0000 http://manolofood.com/?p=1645 That’s “bottle opener” not “corkscrew” because, as you all recall, we’ve already covered how to open a wine bottle using only a handy wall and a finely-made pennyloafer.

Start with: one bottle of imported, yummy beverage (beer is used for demonstration purposes, but any non-twistoff metal capped beverage will work, Orangina or Newcastle Brown, we’re equal-opportunity drinkers in the Manolosphere) and one piece of paper.

You may doodle on the paper if you wish, but not passionately. Structural integrity is important!

Now fold as demonstrated in this video, leverage against your fingers, and wallah! Apply contents of bottle to back of throat and enjoy!

Of course, if you’re lost without your accoutrements, we recommend one of the following:

The multifunctional carabiner bottle opener, very useful on your next expedition, even if it’s only to the mall.

If that’s not your style, how about this one:

This sleek bottle opener is more James Bond than Jon Krakauer, so save it for opening your more upscale bevvies.

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Beer Bottle Sabrage with Matt Stache http://manolofood.com/beer-bottle-sabrage-with-matt-stache/ http://manolofood.com/beer-bottle-sabrage-with-matt-stache/#comments Fri, 20 May 2011 14:30:47 +0000 http://manolofood.com/?p=1619 Yes, it’s perilously close to a commercial, but it’s still awfully fun.

This should liven up the ol’ tailgate party, and who’d dare to boo your team when everyone can damn well see you’re armed to the teeth?

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The Things I Do for You People! http://manolofood.com/the-things-i-do-for-you-people/ http://manolofood.com/the-things-i-do-for-you-people/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2011 04:57:51 +0000 http://manolofood.com/?p=1364

Just a little video of me out and about doing my research. This past weekend I was tucked away at the cushy Serenata Guest House in Canada’s wine country (yes, we do have one, and stop laughing) teaching social media at EatDrinkTweet, a conference for wine pros and foodies, one of whom felt it his patriotic duty to buy me dinner, and who was I to argue? I like to encourage the spirit of hospitality as a matter of principle, as do all right-thinking people. Each evening, in fact, I encouraged it to the hilt, and was rewarded with some very painful mornings in consequence.

Thank god for the Cannery Brewing No Jail Pale Ale is all I can say; concocted in response to British Columbia’s draconian new laws, it’s a high-quality, low-alcohol craft option for people who like their beer hoppish rather than hoppy and medium-bodied. Some thoughtful elf had tucked a bottle into my swag bag, and god bless them for it. 3% alcohol makes a very satisfying hair of the dog pre-lunch. Sadly, the Powers That Be decided that this perfectly pleasant pale had to change its charming name, as “No jail” was “an implied warranty against arrest” or, like, whatever, so now it’s called No Justice Pale Ale.

No Jail Pale Ale

No Jail Pale Ale

A reminder, from the Beer Geek blog:

1.  Yellowtail wine is NOT actually made with any marsupials- specifically, not one Yellowtail kangaroo goes in to the vat.

2.  Baby Canadian champagne is not actually made by, nor does it contain any babies (Canadian or imported).  Actually, it’s not even champagne.

3.  Dr. Pepper is not a real doctor.

4.  Ranch dressing comes from a dressing factory, not a ranch.

Oh, NOW you tell me!

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Happy Hour, Family Hour http://manolofood.com/happy-hour-family-hour/ http://manolofood.com/happy-hour-family-hour/#comments Thu, 06 Jan 2011 05:41:29 +0000 http://manolofood.com/?p=1222 Cheers! I would not want to be the one to wake this family up in the morning

Cheers! I would not want to be the one to wake this family up in the morning

Am I alone in thinking the water in the goldfish bowl is slightly Pilsnerian? That’d make for some super-satisfying soused sushi subsequently! Even Rover, Polly and the Baby are happily sucking down a pint; wait, was this taken at Miley Cyrus‘s house? It would explain an awful lot.

Bormioli Rocco Set of 4 Amedeus Pilsner Glasses
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Beer Run http://manolofood.com/beer-run/ http://manolofood.com/beer-run/#comments Tue, 28 Dec 2010 08:11:21 +0000 http://manolofood.com/?p=1189 You're a drunk one, Mister Grinch

You're a drunk one, Mister Grinch

Looks like somebody wasn’t content with a stocking full of coal this Christmas!

Perhaps it was simply an Oregonian grinch, overcome by Christmas spirit, and determined to provide hostess gifts to a whole town of thirsty Whos.

In any case, we’ve got an APB out on WHOever borrowed an unsecured forklift and used it to bash through the wall of a general store, then burgled the store. The entire take: Beer. Nothing else. Just beer.

From the comments section of the original report comes a clue:

merlyn December 27, 2010 at 12:13PM

I guess they needed the forklift because they didn’t like lite beer. Must have had an eye on the dark porters or stouts.

So, on the one side: Crime = Bad. On the other side: Oregonian beer = very, very good. If the take turns out to be Bud Light or some swill, however, I say we throw the book at them.

via Gawker

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