I’ve told you once before about SAMPLE’s monthly Supper Club, an occasion on which the restaurant's bite-sized portions are served at a more typical size. Their five course prix fixe dinner is not only a great deal, but in my opinion, a fantastic dining experience.
When people complain about the lack of modern food in Buffalo, I simply point them to SAMPLE. It’s not just the chic décor and innovative portion size that sets SAMPLE apart; it is the clean preparations and modern flavor pairings.
This month, they’ve tried something new. Chef Adam Goetz has worked closely with the Village Beer Merchant to bring you a delicious meal replete with solid beer pairings. Vinny from the Village Beer Merchant will be on hand to describe each pairing and answer any qu…
Old, room temperature beer. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? It actually is- if you’re drinking the right kind. This week, we’ll talk about a few of said “right kind;” Gale’s Prize Old Ale, Olde Suffolk English Ale, and Old Speckled Hen English Fine Ale. All British; all to be enjoyed around 50 degrees; and all fine choices for an autumn evening.
Gale’s Prize Old Ale touts itself as a champion beer of Britain and a first prize bottle conditioned beer. Awards can be deceiving in the beer world, but this ale lives up to its reputation quite nicely. Served in a corked, 9.3 ounce bottle, this 9% ABV ale is dark with a heavy mouthfeel. The aging is apparent, as the beer exhibits a wine-y tinge which sets it apart from most ales. There is little to no hop presence and carbonatio…
Editor's Note: We had a number of writers attend Buffalo Brewfest this weekend. Two of them sent me articles, both interesting and both from a different perspective. The first went up this morning, written by contributor John Aramini. The second, which appears here, was written by BR's own Beer in the City Dude, Adam Fix. Enjoy!
A palpable sense of excitement filled the air as thousands of people formed lines that were Golden Spiral in appearance. When the doors finally opened at 2 PM, the mass of humanity unraveled itself and rushed headfirst into what is quickly becoming one of the biggest (and happiest) events in the city’s Broadway-Fillmore district: The Buffalo Brewfest.
Editor's Note: We had a number of writers attend Buffalo Brewfest this weekend. Two of them have sent me articles, both interesting and both from a different perspective. The first is here, written by contributor John Aramini. The second, which will appear on the site later in the day, was written by BR's own Beer in the City Dude, Adam Fix. Enjoy!
This past Saturday, the Buffalo Central Terminal was bustling with activity as throngs of thirsty people turned out for the Sixth Annual Buffalo Brewfest. Even though the taps did not begin to flow until 2:00 in the afternoon, people were lined up well before 1:00, anxiously awaiting refreshment.
Once the taps opened, people were allowed inside the Terminal. The frustration regarding the wait was quickly forgotten and replaced by a spirit of friendliness only a crowd of thousands of beer-drinkers can provide.
Are you (or a friend) looking to start trying out some better beers, but don't know where to start? The two amber lagers profiled below are both better than that PBR that's been sitting in your fridge, and you can buy them nearly anywhere! They might be a little more expensive than 35 cents a can (see Willowbrook Farms Beverage Center) but they won't break the bank, either.
Amber lagers are widely accessible brews; complex enough for the seasoned beer veteran to enjoy, but simple enough (as a cousin of the pilsener) for anyone to pick up and drink. Because of this, amber lagers have gained a widespread popularity that is sure to only increase in the coming years.
As we continue our countdown to the '07 Buffalo Brew…
Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed - Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, 'It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver. -Jack Handey
Apparently, others are just as compassionate as Saturday Night Live's Mr. Handey- craft beer is a growth industry, even though overall beer sales have been stable for the past decade. More and more people are drinking craft brews every year, and it's no wonder- the difference in quality is well worth the extra dollar or so you may spend (I say “may” because it is not uncommon to pay four dollars for a mainstream pilsener at a dining establishm…
Remember, in Chinese philosophy, the paradigmatic dichotomy of yin and yang does not generally give preference or moral superiority to one side of the dichotomy (thanks Wikipedia!). Rather, there must be a continual interaction of the two, resulting in a more balanced life. Therefore, drawing on Taoist principle as part of my constant quest for self-betterment, I have decided to drink more beer (makes sense, right?).
Yang, or, The Light Side
I've written previously about enjoying wheat beers in the summertime, and I'd like to add another to the list- Great Lakes Holy Moses, a Belgian-style Witbier brewed in Cleveland. Great Lakes Brewing Company's product can be found all over Buffalo, from Wilson Farms to Premier Gourmet and m…