Spring Into Beer: Pairing Local Seasonal Beers with Food

first_imgYes, the flowers are blooming and trees are budding, but here’s what’s really important about spring: your local breweries are pumping out tasty seasonal brews. We’ve sorted through the field of spring beers and found eight exciting seasonal releases and suggested a local food that pairs well with each beer. Eat, drink, and get dirty.Nooner IPASierra Nevada • Mills River, N.C. This March, Sierra Nevada is releasing a variety pack with four different IPA’s in a variety 12 pack. You’ll probably recognize the Torpedo, Sierra Nevada’s popular IPA, but you’ll find three new beers in the pack, the Snow Wit White IPA, Blindfold Black IPA, and the Nooner Session IPA, which has a lighter body and lower alcohol by volume than your typical IPA, but is still loaded with citrus and grapefruit flavor from the whole-cone American hops. Lighter IPA’s go great with grilled asparagus and mushrooms from local farmers.Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse AleTerrapin Beer Company • Athens, Ga.Terrapin’s spring seasonal hits the shelves in April, and Terrapin, which is known for its fun-loving experimentation, pays homage to its home state by dropping 10 pounds of peaches per barrel into this wheat beer. It’s an easy-drinking, slightly sweet, slightly tart beer that explodes with peach notes. Douse a salad of fresh greens with a vinegar based dressing to cut through the sweetness of the Peach Farmhouse.Gruffmeister MaibockFoothills Brewing • Winston-Salem, N.C.The maibock is a traditional German spring beer, known for its malty-sweet character and (typically) high alcohol content. Gruffmeister doesn’t disappoint with big hits of malt in this deep, golden beer that has been classified as “dangerous,” because it’s incredibly easy to drink, but has a wicked ABV of 8.5 percent. Can’t wait for May? Foothills has introduced an IPA of the month club, promising a different fresh, experimental IPA every month. Find the March IPA at the brewpub or in big bomber bottles. Maibocks work well with seafood. May we suggest a big bowl of shrimp and grits?Double IPAHi-Wire Brewing • Asheville, N.C.Everyone loves an IPA in the spring, and brewers are typically happy to accommodate. Hi-Wire, one of Asheville’s newest breweries, is falling all over themselves to deliver that fresh hop goodness in their new, seasonal Double IPA. You can expect soaring IBU’s and an ABV that nears the 10 percent mark. This is a serious beer for serious hop-heads. Bitter, citrusy Double IPAs pair well with smoked beef and sharp cheeses.El Hefe Speaks!DC Brau • Washington, D.C. El Hefe is a traditional German-style hefeweizen that’s become one of D.C.’s most welcome seasonal’s, thanks to DC Brau’s flawless execution of the beloved hefe style. It’s a hazy beer, with light notes of banana and a crisp, carbonated finish that screams for warm weather and a sunny patio. It’s easy on the hops and relatively sessionable at 5.3 percent, so it goes down easy on a warm day after a long run or ride. Look for it this spring in cans and 22-ounce bombers. Hefeweizens go hand in hand with light food (salads, chicken, seafood) and soft, rich cheeses.UberPilsBlue Mountain Brewery • Afton, Va. Take your standard pilsner (light, crisp, easy drinking) and crank it up to 11, and you get UberPils, an imperial pilsner with 7.5 percent ABV and an unexpected, but welcome, 40 IBU’s. You’ll find plenty of malt backbone followed by a bit of fruity citrus from the hops. This is the pilsner for people who think pilsners are for pansies. Look for it on draft and in big, 750ml bottles in March and April. It’s hard to find a food that doesn’t pair well with a pilsner, but bratwurst is the classic coupling. You’re in luck, Blue Mountain has a restaurant with a killer local bratwurst that’s boiled in its own lager, sandwiched in a locally-baked bun and topped with kraut and ale mustard.Chin MusicCenter of the Universe Brewing • Ashland, Va. This Vienna-style amber lager pays homage to the Richmond Flying Squirrels, a double-A minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. It’s a session beer, malty but crisp, with a low ABV (4.5 percent), made for warm weather and long days. Center of the Universe (COTU) is a young, but growing brewery—the Richmond Squirrels served their Ray Ray’s Pale Ale last season. The beer launches March 1 on draft and in cans. Ambers pair well with salty snacks and grilled meat. In other words, most of the food you’ll find at a baseball game.  Little Red RooStarrStarr Hill • Crozet, Va. Most breweries lean toward IPA’s and hefe’s when the weather turns warm, but Starr Hill is going the other direction by bringing us their dense and delicious Little Red RooStarr coffee cream stout beginning March 1. You’ll get everything you want from a milk stout—notes of chocolate, caramel, and a strong malty backbone that’s balanced by locally roasted coffee. Find it in 22-ounce bombers. Coffee stouts are great with dessert, particularly chocolate.last_img read more

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Queenslanders finding grass is greener on the artificial side

first_imgLouie Cush, 3, with his sister Vivie Cush, 5, at an open home at7 Hopetoun Way, New Farm, that’s among many inner-city properties that have opted for artificial grass. Picture: AAP/ Ric Frearson.QUEENSLAND is seeing a rise in households giving up the old lawnmower in favour of fake grass that looks as good as the real thing without having to lift a finger.Time poor households, lifestyle choices and practicality have led to a surge in growth of synthetic grass use across Aussie backyards — with developers also cottoning on to the trend with fake grass lawns in common space on apartment building roofs now very popular.For homeowner Kylie-Ann Frawley — whose award-winning property in New Farm’s prestigious Hopetoun Way attracted buyers because of its location, luxury and low maintenance — it was all about an easier life.“The reason we went down this path was it’s easy to maintain and looks healthy all the time,” she said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoSynthetic grass improvements now made them relatively indistinguishable from the real thing, according to real estate agent Christine Rudolph.“Fake grass these days is just so realistic. It’s permanently green, ideal for shady areas, safe, all-weather, and you can have any variety of trees around it and the shade won’t affect the lawn with patchy areas. It’s so popular.”She said people were swapping acreage for a low maintenance lifestyle.“The last thing they want to do is spend all weekend out maintaining manicured lawns.”Synthetic turf displays were expected to be among the popular attractions for visitors to the three-day Brisbane Home Show which begins this Friday — running from 9am to 5pm daily at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Online and concession tickets cost $16, at the show it’s $20 while kids under 14 are free.— The Courier-Mailis a partner of the Brisbane Home Show.last_img read more

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ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Trent Bridge weather? Rain to dominate India vs New Zealand

first_imgIndia and New Zealand are currently undefeated in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.New Zealand has a 4-3 head-to-head record against India in World Cups.New Zealand has never lost to India in World Cups in England. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: India and New Zealand are all set to clash on Thursday in Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The Kiwis have won their first three games and are on top of the group while India is also on a roll having won games against South Africa and Australia. New Zealand also has a 4-3 head-to-head advantage against India in World Cups and they have never lost in England. This makes for a mouth-watering contest. Virat Kohli’s team are dominant while Kane Williamson and his tactical acumen make this side dangerous. However, there is a problem heading into the clash and it has to with the heavens.The rain, which has been lashing England in June, is all set to play a major part in this clash between India and New Zealand. The weather forecast for Nottingham is not good for June 13. There are intermittent showers predicted throughout the day, the kind of rain that settles down and refuses to go away quickly. Trent Bridge was lashed with heavy rain for two days prior to this match. Although it is not expected to be heavy, the rain could be consistent. The start of the day is expected to be cloudy but the rain could pick up as the day wears on. The India vs New Zealand clash could be affected by rain. (Image credit: Accuweather UK)The rain has played havoc in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with three games getting washed out. The Pakistan vs Sri Lanka clash and Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh clash in Bristol have all been washed out due to the rain. In fact, even a toss could not take place and this became the first World Cup in which two games were washed out without a ball being bowled. The South Africa vs West Indies clash in Southampton was also washed out but 7.3 overs were bowled in the Proteas innings.New Zealand is currently on top of the table while India is in the third spot. Looking at the weather situation, things could remain the same but fans would be hoping that the rain gods have mercy and allow the match between India and New Zealand to take place. highlightslast_img read more

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