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One of the many strategies for marketing beer (or anything else) is to create tie-ins to events, movies, TV shows and celebrities. How often do these work?

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Sat Apr 25, 2015 at 04:30 PM PDT

What's For Dinner? v9.39 - Beans

by esquimaux

Beans, beans, they're good for your heart...
There's more truth in the old grade-school joke than we thought; the health benefits of high-fiber foods weren't well understood then.

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A genre of writing that I have, surprisingly, only recently discovered, is the history of food. I'm sure I'll say more about this in future WFDs, but this week's reference is Beans - A History by Ken Albala (2007).

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Fri Apr 24, 2015 at 06:45 PM PDT

Friday Night Beer Blog - Beer School

by esquimaux

Hi beer fans, another happy Friday to you! Come in and have a cold one with FNBB.

What if, when you went to college, you could really major in beer?

When California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, fired up its gleaming new stainless steel brewery in December, it joined a small but growing number of colleges instructing students how to produce high-quality craft beers. At the same time, it took the movement a step beyond -- kegging the results of their labors and selling it on campus.

"To make the beer here and sell the beer here and have a cafe and have an educational component, we're the first to have put all those pieces together"

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Another Happy Friday to you, beer fans! Stop in and share a cold one with FNBB!

Last year I mentioned when it happened, the homebrew club did what we called the "off flavors tasting".
The homebrew community has lots of competitions, requiring trained judges, and the idea is that if you're judging homebrew, you need to be able to detect, recognize, and describe a variety of flavors that don't belong in the beer. These might be caused by age, oxidation, or various kinds of process imperfection. The worst are sanitation failures where bacteria get into the beer. A number of people from the club (not me) took the first judging exam earlier this year.

We obtained the "Sensory Training" kit from Siebel with 24 flavor samples

Siebel doesn't provide much in the way of description or explanation of what you get. We saw a useful powerpoint slideshow along with the tasting, but this wasn't shared so all I have are my notes.
We worked through those in two sessions of 12 samples each, here are the notes from the first half.

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Fri Apr 03, 2015 at 06:45 PM PDT

Friday Night Beer Blog

by esquimaux

Hi beer fans! Happy Friday again and welcome to FNBB. Come share a cold one with us!

Barstool Mountain may not have been updated in five years, but the Top 100 Drinking Songs are still there for our entertainment. Here's "Who Drank My Beer?", fine 50s R&B that would be at home on any jukebox:

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A couple years ago I googled "butternut squash recipe" and found Baked Rice with Butternut Squash, which is really good. I had the idea to turn it into a Thai coconut milk curry, and I like that even better.

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Fri Mar 27, 2015 at 06:45 PM PDT

Friday Night Beer Blog

by esquimaux

Hi again beer fans! The weekend's here! Come have a cold one with FNBB!

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Fri Mar 20, 2015 at 06:45 PM PDT

Friday Night Beer Blog

by esquimaux

Hi again beer fans, and happy Friday! Come have a cold one with FNBB!

I'll start with maps again. Undoubtedly inspired by the World Beer Map I wrote about last week, Vox has offered America's taste in beer in five maps. Because it's Vox they need 5 maps, one can't possibly be enough. They had 24 maps for weed! "Vox: overanalyzing everything, it's what we do."

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Hi Beer Fans! Happy Friday! Come in and join us for a cold one.

Until about 2:00 I had no idea what tonight's topic might be, but Deadspin saved me with this World Beer Map. As Frank Zappa famously said, a real country has its own beer, and you can see them all here.

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Fri Mar 06, 2015 at 06:45 PM PST

Friday Night Beer Blog

by esquimaux

Hi beer fans! Happy Friday again. Come share a cold beverage with FNBB!

For a few minutes of entertainment, check out this beer label quiz. I only missed one.

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The whole smoked chicken that I diaried a long time ago is my very favorite thing to do with a chicken; here are a couple other good ones.

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Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 06:45 PM PST

Friday Night Beer Blog

by esquimaux

Hi beer fans, happy Friday again! Come have a cold one with FNBB!

I'm still looking for beer news, but I've got a song:

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