Beerded Ladies

water + hops + malt + yeast + blog

This website is devoted to craft beer reviews, sudsy events, brewery tourism, stunning beertography, bad puns, offbeat beer pairings, dispatches from behind the bar and general beverage snobbery where we can apply terms like "biscuity" and talk about hop profiles.

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Hoppy Easter!

Beer as blood of Christ and other religious drinking.

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Okay, this is from a blog, but still:

"The original Aramaic text talks about "strong drink" and "lines of ale vats." ... When the Bible was translated, centuries after Jesus had ascended to the throne of heaven, "strong drink" was replaced by "wine." At the time, beer was considered the commoner's drink, while wine was considered an upscale beverage reserved for the elite. At the time of the translation, wine was savored during the fine meals by the culturally enlightened. Beer was swilled by ignorant peasants. Historical accuracy was sacrificed because ignorant peasants were not doing the translating." - Beer Church

So, Jesus most likely turned water to beer, drank beer at the last super and WE SHOULD be drinking beer at communion.

Fun Biblical beer references to share around the dinner table: Numbers 28:7-10Proverbs 31:6Isaiah 24:9.

Easter Beer History:

The Danes brew Påskeøl "Easter Beer," which is usually a 5-6% lager and Bock's are historically associated with Easter, Lent and Christmas. In fact, Doppelbocks, sometimes referred to as Fastenbier ("Lenten beer,") emerged in the late eighteenth century as a powerful lager variant of the old monastic strong beer, monks' "liquid bread" which they brewed for Lent. It would be enjoyed consumed only for religious purposes during the 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. It was the only thing they consumed during that time, because they were holy, and pure. The secular version of this sacred strong bier was called Bockbier.

But let's get back to the Danes, and when women ruled brewing:

"Denmark has a long history with the art of beer making that predates Christianity. It goes back to their own Norse mythology with the goddess Freya who by virtue of her domain being the goddess of harvest was also known as the goddess of beer. ... The role of the woman as brew master of the home continued until the Reformation when their role in brewing gradually began to fade as beer became less a byproduct of food production and more a commodity. This was primarily due to the influence of the church and advent of merchant class." - Water from the Vine

So remember, church = decline of women brewers.

All this history has made me thirsty. So, what beer shall I pair with my upcoming Easter Dinner?

I'm going to phone this one in and refer to the folks at The Good Pour as they put together a fabulous Easter Dinner Beer Pairing list which includes Evil Twin Brewing's "Ryan and the Beaster Bunny."

Also, homemade Peeps.

HOP-y Easter everyone!

-HK

Ugh... It's Saint Patrick's Day!

I don't need another excuse to drink, and you probably don't either.

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I'm not Irish (and you're probably not either.) So, St. Patrick's Day. Why?

Because you're going to anyways...

I want to drink on St. Patty's, but I don't want to be a St. Fatty. What should I drink?

You're in luck! TIME found 7 low carb beers for you to drink this St. Patrick's Day. 

"...we consulted the experts for the best way to satisfy your thirst at the bar for under 200 calories a glass. According to Chris Swersey, the technical brewing projects coordinator at the Brewers Association who monitors beer and health for the Association, stouts are a good option. You might think they're high in calories because they're dark and full-flavored. "But beers in this style actually tend to be relatively lower in alcohol and carbohydrates than other craft styles, and therefore lower in calories," he says. - TIME

Surprisingly, they named 21st Amendment Bitter American as one of the beers! High five for craft beer!

Green beer is SOOO fun!

You just HAVE to be fancy and impress your friends/patrons. Fine. Just, please use natural dyes because artificial dyes SUCK.

"...synthetic chemicals do absolutely nothing to improve the nutritional quality or safety of foods, but trigger behavior problems in children and, possibly, cancer in anybody." said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson." - FOOD SAFETY NEWS

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(I wish they would dye it red for easter.)

So, what beer pairs best with hating St. Patrick's Day?

I don't hate St. Patrick's Day. It's cute, and should maybe only be celebrated by children, like Halloween.  Hate or love, you want to celebrate the Irish, therefore, you should go for an Irish Stout. I hate to let my ladies down, but the best Irish Stout I've tasted is the classic Guinness Draught. BUT, I would love to try Three Floyd's Brewing Co.'s Barrel Aged Black Sun Stout.

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Tasting Notes from Beer Advocate: "Follows the nose with boozy bourbon up front, some dark chocolate, and a light marshmallow. Lots of roasted malts. Finish is boozy bourbon and caramel." 

Sound's amazing, and it's from a local Chicago Brewery that made a recent foray into the film industry

This is kinda my dream. Having a family brewery, using the proceeds to fund film projects. Next time I go home, I'll have to make a trip to Chicago...oh, whoops! Got distracted. Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

-HK

Be(er) Mine

A Valentine for My Favorite Beer Reviewer

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This Valentine goes out to Greg at Greg's Beer Reviews.

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Why yes, I would like to see what's in your fridge today. 

Happy Valentine's Day! Black hair, white hair, it's all good with me! Your beer reviews and the way you wield that bottle opener (where can I get one?!) have my heart hop-in' and foamy.

Keep the fantastic reviews coming and visit us in NYC sometime!

xoxo

HK

New Beer's Resolution

Hayley Kicks off the Brew Year with a Challenge

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What type of beer do you hate?  Well, hate might be a strong word. What type of beer do you completely bipass every time you find yourself staring at a list?  For me it's sours, because, well, ish. Fortunately, there aren't a lot of sour ales out there to which I concluded, no one likes sours... 

But I was wrong. Sour ales are fascinating. The process of brewing sours is painstaking and risky with brewers waiting some three years for ales to develop before they know if they have a high quality sour or undrinkable garbage. The process is also dangerous. While some brewers allow for spontaneous fermentation -- allowing the pre-fermented beer to be exposed to wild yeast already in the air -- most add souring bacteria and Brettanomyces yeast. 

"...Brettanomyces can easily survive in low-nutrient environments — it doesn’t die easily, especially in wood. Working with Brettanomyces risks contaminating everything it contacts — barrels and work aprons, stainless steel tanks and batches of beer.

Russian River uses all four strains of Brettanomyces commercially available to brewers, even though the yeasts could destroy 90 percent of the brewery’s beers that aren’t supposed to be sour. To avoid cross-contamination, Mr. Cilurzo limits Brettanomyces brewing to a specific area and equipment. Brewers working in that space aren’t allowed to enter other parts of the brewery on the same day and are encouraged to wash their clothes after work." - NYT

Danger, uniqueness, history, passion, hate, love: everything I would want in a man beer if I was to choose based off of sheer description. 

Meanwhile...

Meredith hates German Lagers.  

Why? 

They're boring and tasteless and bland and low alcohol and one note and run on sentences

Why should you give them a shot? 

Because they have a lot of history and serious beer drinkers like them. And I work at a museum that just dedicated an entire permanent exhibit to them.

There is not one type of beer that Khara hates.

I am astounded by this, as well as impressed. This is the reason for the New Beer's Resolution -- to begin the journey of opening one's palate to any and every variety; to achieve a of oneness with beer. If you have not yet reached this divine point, I challenge you as a serious lover of beer to begin this journey with me. I'll see you at the top.

-HK