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Review: Game of Thrones Fire & Blood Red Ale

Living in Game of Thrones’ land of Westeros can’t be easy. There are icy-sword wielding zombies, winters last for decades, the king is a major jerkface and, fast but not least, there are dragons.  New York’s Brewery Ommegang can help (or at least pay homeage to) some of those complexities with the upcoming release of their newest Game of Thrones-inspired brew, Fire and Blood Red Ale. Ommegang sent a bottle to us early to sample (all hail the brewery in the North!).

Like Khaleesi’s aforementioned dragons who adorn the bottles’ labels (there will be a different bottle for each of the reptilian beasts), the beer is meant to bring some heat since they brew it with ancho chiles and spicy hops. In actuality, it’s a bit more mellow than you’d expect from something called “fire and blood,” but it does live up to its serpentine image with a suitably roast-y bite. There’s also some rye in the mix to add to the kick, or it may have something to do with harvesting the Dothraki plains, or maybe they realized you can’t spell “Targaryen” without “a rye grant.” Anyway, it’s a good-tasting beer and we recommend it whether you’re into the show or not.

The 750ml (over a pint and a half) bottles hit stores on March 31, in time for the April 6 premiere of the show’s fourth season. You can get more info here.

Thirsty Thursday: A Beerly Legal Cocktail for the Super Bowl

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Super Bowl weekend is upon us, which means this weekend is all about this team vs. that team, crazy commercials, halftime shows and yadda yadda yadda. We get it. The Super Bowl is a pretty big deal when it comes to American entertainment. But Game Day also means it’s time to throw on a pot of chili, make some football-shaped foods and slug back a few (or more) beers!

Kick off your party with a Beerly Legal Cocktail that’s simple to prepare for a crowd and refreshing enough to quench your thirst after all those finger foods. This beer-based cocktail is a simple mixture of tangerine juice, an orange aperitif and your favorite brew. For this year’s Super Bowl showdown, don’t let the drinks be an afterthought. Mix up this football-friendly cocktail.

11 Fall Beers to Buy (or Avoid) for Thanksgiving

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.

There are a few reasons to stock up on beer for Thanksgiving. Foremostly, alcohol can numb the effect of your Aunt Fran or Nephew John trying to engage you in debate about Obamacare. Secondly, in the fall, American craft brewers start bottling crisp, soul-warming suds packed with the flavors of pumpkin or cinnamon or, in odder cases, tropical fruit (looking at you, Sierra Nevada) that (hopefully) compliment all those sweet potatoes and cranberry sauces.

Thirdly, Cooking Channel’s staff spent an afternoon guzzling researching some of this year’s most interesting brews so you can know what’s worth pouring (slowly, with the glass at an angle) on November 28th.

Check out the results of our fall beer taste test.

This Beer Tastes Like Fermented Garlic and Dumplings

Beer has come a long way since the days of bearded warriors clinking together chalices of mead. Nearly every day someone, somewhere is trying some new twist on the tried and true formula. We’ve already seen beer made with tons of alcohol, beer made from moon dust and even, uh, elephant poop. Here is a brew created from fermented garlic.

Aomori Garlic Black Beer, which was created by Japanese brewmaster Shoji Kudo, has the unmistakable flavor of fermented garlic. That’s because one of the key ingredients is pungent black garlic extract. What does this taste like? If you said garlic, you get a cookie. However, it’s also said to taste like a bowl of Japanese dumplings. You can get your dinner and beverage all in one glass!

For now, this aromatic ale is only available in Japan at a price of around $6 a bottle. Maybe we can just shove a few cloves of garlic in a bottle of Bud and see if that does the trick.

5 Of The Best Beers You’ll Ever Try

On Log On & Eat with Eden Grinshpan, Eden travels the country to meet the most outrageous and original food bloggers and social media stars who invite her to devour their favorite dishes. We connected with them to pick their brains and score some exclusive advice and tips.

Every time I’m asked to suggest beers to anyone I struggle because we all come from different backgrounds and people tend to be most picky about what they drink. Depending on your region, the season or your palette, you may hate one or all of the beers on this list. To reveal my own bias, I most often drink sour beers, stouts and porters. And while I enjoy a really good IPA, it’s not my go-to style. Here are a few of my picks that span the spectrum of hoppy to malty to unusual.

Live Oak Brewing Company: HefeWeizen

HefeWeizens are great German-style beers that are easy drinking, especially in the Texas Heat (#shoutout). Named after the German term for wheat beers (weissbier), Live Oak HefeWeizen has a strong banana and clove flavors with a crisp finish. This is the beer that changed my outlook on craft beer and will be one I drink for life. The catch is, you can only get it in bars or at the brewery because they do not bottle or can it (yet). Look out for the classic Live Oak wooden tap handle next time you are in the Lone Star State.

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25 Ways to Use Beer


Oktoberfest may be over in Germany, but we’re continuing the celebration for the rest of the fall (and maybe even winter). Beer is a year-round beverage, and October’s crisp days are a perfect excuse for hoppy pumpkin ales in my house. Dip the rim of a frosted beer mug in a cinnamon-sugar mixture for a tasty presentation of your favorite pumpkin beer. But why leave all your beer in a glass when it is the perfect partner for all things hearty, like cheese, meat, marinades and stews? Sunday football bashes mean you’ll be braising, beer battering and mixing cocktails (like the Classy Ladies’ Beer-ly Legal Cocktail) all season long.

An ID is required for several of these recipes, but most of them are appropriate for all ages. Drink (and eat) up!

  1. Beer Can Chicken and its slightly larger cousin Beer Can Turkey are simple standbys that produce flavorful, moist meals every time: place beer can in poultry, roast, then feast. Fancy Beer Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue Sauce (pictured above) and Barbecue Beer Can Chicken are always options for the ambitious cook.
  2. Beer Braised Szechuan Chicken Wings are braised in beer and then deep-fried to perfection. This dish packs a punch, so if you need to take down the heat, skip the chiles.

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Thirsty Thursday: A Beer and a Ball Cocktail

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Since Oktoberfest means there’s no point in drinking anything except beer, let’s raise a glass (ahem, a beer stein) to this beer-based sipper that will help us celebrate the drinking traditions of Germany. This Beer and a Ball cocktail offers some refreshment and variety, but it will also help you hold onto the traditional values of this beer-filled holiday season.

Start by muddling sage and grapefruit together, and add Campari, Aperol and a touch of simple syrup to round out the bittersweet flavors. Splash some pale lager into the mixture, and garnish the glass with a fragrant wedge of grapefruit. Sage-kissed and touched with sweetness, all you’ll need with this cocktail is a soft pretzel and a sausage to celebrate Oktoberfest in style.

Bottoms up, folks!

P.S. This cocktail would also make a great addition to your next football party spread.

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Alie & Georgia’s Favorite Fall Beers

What comes to mind when you think of fall beverages? A libation that’s comforting and complex with spices and toasty notes, that’s refreshing but also wholesome and deep? Well, while you’re picturing warm ciders and mulled wines, we’ve got a suggestion for you. How about a drink that’s one of the oldest recorded in human history — one that’s said to be partly responsible for the development of civilization. That complex enough for you?

While some may consider beer something watery that tastes faintly like a penny — something Dad used to down in great quantities in front of the game — we’re intrigued by the craft beer movement that’s taken over the industry, and the many small breweries that are making something wholly different from your daddy’s beer, some of which is just perfect for autumn. We recently visited our neighborhood storefront and tasting room that specializes in all things craft beer, Sunset Beer Co. in trendy Echo Park, Calif., to find the perfect beers to sip as the leaves turn orange and the weather gets chilly. OK, fine; we’re not judging — you can also down them in front of the game. We’re looking at you, Dad.

Here are some of our favorites:

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The Food-Focused Bride: Cocktails, Wine and Beer

I am getting married in 81 days. Yes, the countdown is on. And while I’ve been slowly trying (albeit unsuccessfully) to phase alcohol out of my wedding diet, I’m certainly looking forward to all of the options on the big day.

First, the signature cocktail. As I’m not a fan of naming my drink after myself, my fiance or my marriage, we’ll just be serving Sangria. Since stone fruit will be in season around Sept. 7, I’m going to serve a modified version of a traditional White Sangria (pictured above), adding in peaches and plums, if they are available. I suppose I could call it Wedding White Sangria, but it would taste exactly the same.

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Hump Day Snack: Iron Maiden Beer

The song 2 A.M. by seminal British heavy metal band Iron Maiden begins “I get in from work at 2 AM and sit down with a beer.”  The middle of the night is a fitting time to sit down and drink the seminal British heavy metal band’s new ale since it would be too dark to see the terrifying unwrapped mummy mascot staring at you from the label. Curiously, the beer’s namesake is a different Iron Maiden song, The Trooper, that doesn’t mention beer.

Here’s their singer, Bruce Dickinson, talking about how it all came together:

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