Beer, Cheese and Fiber

David | Blog | August, 26 2011 | No Comment

Jeez, have I had blogger’s constipation lately!  Coffee and oatmeal this morning might help, but for the most part I’m just going to have to squat … err… sit down at the desk and …. create something.  Some quick hits maybe:

* How painful it was to miss the American Cheese Society conference this year.  Friends who went to Montreal say it was well worth the trip. Rogue Creamery’s wonderful Rogue River Blue took best of show in the competition. This wrapped cheese, which also took top prize in 2009, will be available in most areas by late September. Pair it with a big west coast IPA, maybe Lagunitas’ Maximus.  Of course the Russian Imperial Stout from neighboring Rogue Ales would do nicely too. Or, how about an Oregon Pinot Noir or Syrah? Syrah leaves were used for this year’s cheese. Next year’s conference is in Raleigh N.C. Hope to see some of ya there.

* Visited Michigan again in July– the nearly annual camping trip with the kids in beautiful Ludington State Park. We dined outdoors at the Jamesport Brewing Co., (now a guild member), as we have in the past. Went to Meijer and picked up Triomphe, a Belgian IPA from Brewery Vivant, a relative newcomer to the booming Grand Rapids beer community. Met sis and brother-in-law at New Holland Pub on the return trip. Michigan’s local-loyal consumers have made it the Oregon of the Midwest when it comes to craft beer. More than 80 breweries now in The Great Lake State.  

* Nice beer dinner coming up next Wednesday (Aug. 31) at Marion Street Cheese Market, featuring Chicago’s 5 Rabbit Brewing. We paired the Latin-style wit with a wonderful California cheese in early July. Can’t wait to taste some more food pairings with 5 Rabbit beers. Reservations might still be available.

Okay. I feel better. Kids are back in school a week from Tuesday, so maybe I’ll get more regular.  The summer passed like a wisp of a cloud over Wrigley Field!

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