Mushroom Quinoa Porter Chili & Is Beer Vegan?

 Is Beer Vegan? From an outsiders perspective, the question might seems silly. Beer, after all, is made from plants and water. At its most basic, the ingredients to make beer are simple: water, malt, hops, yeast; all of which are clearly non-animal. And while brewmasters have a way of working everything from bacon to whole […]

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Potato, Porter Caramelized Onions & Beer Goat Cheese Tart

Why beer? I’ve been asked a lot of questions about why I’ve tried so feverishly to squeeze myself into this world. After all, there are a lot of ingredients that make great culinary obsessions. So, why beer? To explain that, we’ll have to talk about collaboration. Craft beer is the only major market that does […]

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Mushroom Steak Pasta with Garlic Beer Cream Sauce

I’ve spent the past few weeks making my way up the West Coast, traveling from brewery to brewery, enjoying the company of Craft Beer’s finest. A journey much less about scribbling my name inside a few hundred books with a black Sharpie marker than it’s been about connecting to this community I’ve fallen in love […]

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Beer Cheese Skillet Potatoes

I’m on a book tour as I write this, traveling the West Coast somewhere between Mexico and Canada, hopping my way from brewery to brewery. Nothing like a good old fashion beer pilgrimage to inspired patriotism and re-ignite the wander lust in my gypsy soul. From the back woods of wine country, to small towns […]

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Mile High Chocolate Stout Pie

This past Sunday, as I stood at a podium in the middle of a convention center talking about the glorious interplay of beer & chocolate  and how to pair the two, I was asked which chocolate stout I recommend. All I could think of was this Rogue Chocolate Stout that I’d spent a day turning […]

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Garlic Beer Cheese Rolls

      My book tour kicks off in a few days and one of my first stops is at Bear Republic, one of my favorite California breweries. On October 10th, from 6:30 to 8:30 I’ll be at the pub in Healdsburg hanging out, signing books, hoping to meet some of you and gleefully consuming […]

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Moroccan Stout Chicken

Moroccan food will always feel a bit dangerous to me because I almost died in Morocco. At least that’s how it felt. A few years ago, after a plane ride, several trains, and a multi-hour bus ride through the back woods of Morocco, I found myself in the middle of the city of Fez with […]

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Beer Caramelized Mushroom Gorgonzola Tart

Food is the one common thread we all share. Since the dawn of time, food, and the pleasure we find in it, has been comprehensively universal. The community and connection found over broken bread doesn’t need explanation. Maybe that’s why beer and food find a seamless union, beer is a communal beverage. Beer begs to […]

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Beer Brat Carbonara Pasta: An Oktoberfest Recipe

Although it seems like most of America sees Oktoberfest as The Festival of Barely Contained Breasts And Bad Beer In October, it really isn’t meant to be any of those things.  Oktoberfest began more than 200 years ago as a wedding celebration, it’s morphed into a celebration of local food and drink. In Germany, they […]

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Stout Braised Pulled Pork Chili

If you want to watch a culinary sports crowd get rilled up, ask what the “right way to make chili” really is. Just meat? Beans? No beans? Pork, vegetables, beef? Tomatoes? Because if you do it “wrong” you might was well be at  Morton’s and ask for ketchup with your steak. Or waltz yourself in […]

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