November 3, 2012 by bri
Every fall I look forward to two things with an equal amount of excitement: pumpkin beers and fresh hop beers. Luckily, living in Seattle means I don’t have to worry about going without.
Another fantastic element of life in Seattle is the abundance of beer festivals. My favorite is held in the autumn — the Elysian Great Pumpkin Beer Festival (GPBF). Breweries from all over town and across the globe come together and provide us Seattleites with the nectar of the gourds, sweet fermented liquid of squashiness. A true beer-lover’s celebration of the great fruit of fall.
This year did not disappoint. My favorites (in no particular order) included some new local breweries. Reuben’s Brews made a Pumpkin Rye that had an obvious rye spiciness to compliment pumpkin pie spices in the concoction. Bainbridge Island Brewing aged a pumpkin ale in a whisky barrel and dubbed the brew Whisky Jack. Just enough whisky to warm your senses and amplify the pumpkin flavor. Epic Ales made a Pumpkin Pie Gose, a sour and salty beer that benefited from the squashy and spicy undertones.
I left the festival hungry for a sweet and tart pumpkin ale inspired dessert, and this cranberry upside-down cake made with Two Beers Pumpkin Spice Ale really hit the spot.
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December 7, 2011 by bri
Apple tea cake with caramel sauce. It sounds so delectable this time of year. The leaves have mostly fallen from the trees and are covering the ground in a mass of crunchy brown. They have lost the vibrant oranges and yellows of October and November. The sky is usually grey here and invokes thoughts of “Brrr” (the beer is good, too). I start to load up on winter warmers and find myself scouring the shelves of grocery stores for the new release of the Abyss (even after I’ve found our quota of bottles for the cellar). I’m excited to get to drink Auld Acquaintance again. I’m making plans to make Wassail this year, or maybe even Flip!
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November 10, 2011 by bri
Recently, it was Ian’s (Mr. Beerfordessert) birthday and he requested a rum-raisin cake made with one of his favorite beers, Hair of the Dog’s Adam. It was such a great idea, because Adam has some serious rum-related flavors. Adam makes this cake unique in a way that rum cannot – you get a hit of bitterness from the hops that is balanced delightfully by the sweetness of the raisins and the rich nuttiness of the brown butter in the cake batter. I topped this cake off with an Adam-infused Italian buttercream. The whole recipe ends up using about 9 oz of the beer, meaning you’ve only got 3 oz left to drink if you just buy one bottle. So buy two.
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