Meet the new baby female Masai giraffe born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

first_imgDavid Roark/DisneyBy GMA TEAM, ABC News(BAY LAKE, Fla.) — Meet the new baby female Masai giraffe born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida.Weighing in at 156 pounds and a little over 6 feet tall, the baby girl is healthy and “feisty,” according to the animal care team at the park.“First time I came and saw her, she was moving around well through the stall, nursing well,” Karen Jasmine, animal manager at Disney’s Animal, Science and Environment, said. “At her neonatal exam, she was definitely very feisty and strong. I would say she’s pretty brave and an independent animal.”The yet-to-be-named baby girl giraffe already has a close bond with her mom, Mara. The new giraffe is a third-generation Masai that’s currently at Disney, according to the park.“We’re all super excited here,” said animal keeper Rory Dwyer. “Each [giraffe] is different. I’m really excited to see her personality grow. Her mom is a super confident giraffe, her grandma is a super confident giraffe. This little girl has a whole world ahead of her and we’re looking forward to being there with her.”This little girl marks the 35th giraffe born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom through the Species Survival Plans, overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to ensure the responsible breeding of endangered species.“The giraffe here at Disney are ambassadors for their cousins in the wild. Giraffe are undergoing a silent extinction and some sub-species are considered critically endangered. These guys are really important for getting people excited about conservation,” said Dwyer.You can learn more about how Disney cares for giraffe and other animals and helps protect species in the wild in the new Disney+ docuseries, “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.” It’s a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into caring for over 5,000 animals at Walt Disney World Resort.The news comes as Disney’s Animal Kingdom announced on Sept. 22 that three white rhino are expected to give birth at the park as soon as October 2021 — major news in the world of conservation.Disney is the parent company of ABC News. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Suspect arrested after police find 29 undocumented immigrants held hostage in Houston house

first_imgwelcomia/iStockBy ROSA SANCHEZ, ABC News(HOUSTON) — Immigration officials arrested one suspect in connection to a possible human smuggling operation in southwest Houston Thursday evening.Houston police initially responded to a kidnapping call in the 4800 block of Ridgeton Street, and when they arrived at the scene, they found a man running down the street looking for help, Houston police said on Twitter Thursday evening. The man said 30 more people were being held hostage in the house, police said.Inside the house, police found 28 men dressed in only their underwear, and one woman, police said. They were not bound, but investigators said the windows of the house were boarded up and the doors locked, KTRK-TV reported. There was also food inside the house.Most of the people told police they were being held against their will and had been locked in the house from a few days to a week.Investigators said the victims were picked up in Brownsville, Texas, but originally came from other countries, such as Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Cuba, KTRK reported. Immigration officials concluded Friday the 29 people are all undocumented immigrants.The 29 people were taken to the Ridgemont Elementary School gym for shelter, police said.On Friday evening, immigration authorities arrested 36-year-old Mauro Dominguez-Maldonado, from Honduras for allegedly harboring the 29 individuals inside his Houston residence, U.S. attorney Ryan K. Patrick said in a release.He is expected appear in court on Monday.The criminal complaint alleges Dominguez-Maldonado was in charge of watching over the aliens and performing multiple tasks in furtherance of a human smuggling operation, according to the release.If convicted, Dominguez-Maldonado could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Vicki Hubiak President Of HR Solutions Is Second CCO 2016 “Outstanding Community Service” …

first_imgWe are pleased and excited to announce that Vicki Hubiak President of HR Solutions has been selected as the second CCO “OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD” winner For 2016. Vicki is extremely well thought of in our community and she gives a great deal of her time and financial resources to help those in need.It was 1994, and Vicki Hubiak faced a career crisis. For 15 years she had been climbing the ladder at Peabody Energy, all the way to employee relations manager of the Midwest Division, before the age of 40. In 1990, however, Congress had passed an amendment to the Clean Air Act to significantly reduce acid rain within five years. By 1994, the amendment had taken its toll on the coal industry, and Hubiak was spending much of her time handing out pink slips to employees. The work became, in her words, “overwhelming” and “depressing.”Hubiak resigned from the only employer she had known since attending the University of Evansville, set up a desktop computer in the walk-out basement of her Henderson, Kentucky, home, and went to work as a human resources consultant and certified resume writer. Despite her departure, Hubiak was respected so much by her former bosses that she signed Peabody as one of her first clients.Twenty-one years later, the woman who took a leap of faith in becoming an entrepreneur has turned a business in her basement into a $10 million company. She is president and owner of HR Solutions, Inc. in Evansville, which serves businesses and individuals with five core services: staffing, executive recruiting, outplacement, executive coaching, and training. Hubiak and her staff of 15, including her son, Nicholas, recently purchased and moved into the former Umbach & Associates building on Saint Joseph Avenue near the intersection of the Lloyd Expressway after outgrowing their longtime location across the street. The new building is named the HR Solutions Business Complex with 18,000 sq. ft. and is also an income property for her business.“I never thought it would be to the level it is today,” Hubiak says with a shake of her head and a smile. “One thing I learned early on is that when you go above and beyond, and exceed expectations, you connect with people. I love working with our team. We’re ever-changing and growing and learning every day.”HR Solutions has many clients providing temporary, temp-to-hire, and contract employees ranging in numbers of one to more than 170. More than 100 of these positions are at $18 an hour or more. It’s the job of HR Solutions to advertise for these positions, then review applicants to find the best qualified candidates. Detailed testing sessions, reference checking, background checks, and in-depth interviews by Hubiak’s staff whittle down the list, and clients interview the finalists. Many of their candidates tell them they have never been through such an in-depth hiring process and that the process has a lifelong benefit to them, while providing HR Solutions clients with a highly pre-qualified talent pool and excellent job skills match.“All of our clients feel we are an integral part of their business,” says Hubiak, about the relationships she and her team have built with their clients. “High-quality staffing and recruiting is what we do for all clients. Whether they need one employee or 100, our process of pre-qualification is the same. What we do works, because we are able to give our clients the cream of the crop of candidates. Most of our employees reach the point of being fully trained and are ready to become an employee of the client. By this time, the company can see that the employee is performing at a high level, is a good cultural fit and that they have a good, solid work ethic. They’re high quality.”There are many clients that Hubiak has worked with since the day she started her company in the basement of her home. Hubiak has instilled in her staff a strong desire and commitment to building relationships with clients. These clients range from large manufacturing companies to small family-owned businesses, and include industries such as healthcare, engineering, pharmaceutical, energy, and finance. This spring, Hubiak is heading the search for a new CEO for a major healthcare provider. Clients like this and others have turned Hubiak’s home business into a multi-million dollar operation, but individual successes please her the most.“I just hope we continue to make a difference with people,” Hubiak says about her company’s future. “We’ve helped people who simply don’t understand why they cannot get a job. By listening, and coaching them, giving feedback, and helping them improve their computer skills, we can guide them. We fully prepare people for an interview, not only to speak about their skills and experience, but by making sure they understand the expectations and the culture of the company where they’re interviewing.”As a businesswoman, she is recognized in the community as a driving force for giving back both through her service on nonprofit boards and committees, and monetarily. Over the years, Hubiak and many others on her staff have put in time and resources to help local nonprofits, notably the Women’s Fund of Evansville, SCORE, YWCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, United Caring Shelters, Aurora, Girl Scouts, Ronald McDonald House, Evansville Rescue Mission, American Red Cross, and Tri-State Food Bank.Hubiak is especially proud that her company is able to serve as an H-1B sponsor for Tianlin Xu, a Purdue University graduate from China whom HR Solutions recently placed in a chemistry lab analyst position at a local manufacturing company. Hubiak and staff members BethAnn Langlois and Amanda Smith are working with an attorney through the American Staffing Association to assure that Xu can stay in the U.S. through what is called H-1B status, which allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign citizens in specialty occupations for three to six years.“Tianlin sent BethAnn a big bouquet of flowers; she was so happy,” Hubiak says of Xu. “This employee has made a big commitment through her education and training, and I’m so glad we were able to do this. This process can be complicated and companies will sometimes shy away from the financial burden and the legal process. This was a milestone for us in being able to sponsor her. Our company grows from meeting people, and learning, and listening, and helping others. We exceed expectations and give back. I believe in that. I have a passion for that.”PROFESSIONAL PROFILEVicki L. Hubiak, CMF HR Solutions, Inc., an OI Gobal PartnerEDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONSB.S. – Business Administration/MarketingUNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLECertified Management FellowINTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CAREER CERTIFICATIONCertified Compensation ProfessionalAMERICAN COMPENSATION ASSOCIATIONCertified Professional Resume WriterPROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RESUME WRITERSWomen-owned Business Enterprise (WBE)PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONSMember, Board of Advisors, The Women’s FundMember, Board of Advisors, USIMember, Board of Directors, SCORE; Past Assistant Vice ChairPast Member, Board of Directors, Community Marriage BuildersPast Member, Board of Directors, WorkOnePast Member, Raising Incomes CommitteePast Board of Directors, Junior AchievementPast Board of Directors, Evansville Association for the BlindPast Board of Directors, YWCAPast Board of Directors, Ronald McDonald HouseMember, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)Member, Evansville-Area Human Resource Association, Inc. (EHRA)Member, Professional Association of Resume WritersMember, Metropolitan Evansville Chamber of CommercePast Member, Henderson-Henderson County Chamber of CommercePast Member, ANEW – A Network of WomenThis years awards luncheon will be held at Tropicana-Evansville Walnut rooms A and B. The registration begin at 11:30 am, the event officially starts at 12 noon on October 26, 2015. Last years event was a sellout.Last years winners of the “Outstanding Community Services Awards” were: Vanderburgh County Commissioner Joe Kifer, well respected local attorney Joe Harrison, Jr, Indiana State Auditor Suzanne Crouch and former Vanderburgh County Sheriff and 8th District Congressmen Brad Ellsworth, Dr. Dan Adams, Dr Steven Becker MD, Tracy Zeller-President of Tracy Zeller Jewelry Holly Dunn-National Movation Speaker on Domestic Violence, Cheryl Musgrave who sits on the Vanderburgh County Board of Zoning Appeals and retired political icon Betty Hermann.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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CSM rallies, but volumes in H1 decline

first_imgThe parent company of Bake-Mark UK, CSM, has reported increased sales for the second quarter of 2009, but volumes in bakery were down 3% for the first half of the year (H1).The Netherlands-based bakery products supplier announced sales for Q2 were €647.6m (£549.1m) compared to €629m (£533.3m) in 2008. Sales for the first half of the year (H1) stood at €1,283.7m (£1,088.3m), up from €1,247.2m (£1,057.4m) last year.Net sales for its Bakery Supplies North America division were down 3.6% for H1 and sales in its Bakery Supplies Europe division were down 3.5%.CEO Gerard Hoetmer said strategic investments in 2007 and 2008 are showing “increased momentum” and that products that respond to healthy trends in bakery are helping to strengthen the firm’s position in the market.last_img read more

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Sonneveld snapped up by Norwegian giant

first_imgDutch firm Sonneveld, which produces bread improvers, mixes and release agents, is to become part of Orkla Food Ingredients (OFI) in Norway.Oslo-based firm OFI, which offers a range of bakery ingre-dients, has acquired the shares in Sonneveld Group BV, based in Papendrecht, the Netherlands, including all its subsidiaries.Peter Egginton, sales manager UK, told British Baker the take-over would not affect operations in the UK in terms of the workforce which currently comprises himself and technical sales manager UK/Ireland Martin Churchill.”Initially, Orkla will run the business as an independent within the group, so there won’t be a name change,” said Egginton. “Everything’s still in the early stages, but the plan is that, going forward, Sonneveld will be able to access the entire range of Orkla products, from marzipan to margarines and cake mixes. On the products side, our strength is in bread, bread improvers and release agents and oils, whereas Orkla’s strengths lie more in confectio-nery marzipan for example.”Egginton added that Orkla did not have any representation in the UK, or a strong representation in Western Europe at present “which is why the two businesses are a geographical fit”.Sonneveld Group MD Cees Hack said the new ownership would present new opportunities, “in particular in the patisserie sector”.OFI has subsidiaries in 17 Euro-pean countries and forms part of the Orkla Group one of the largest listed firms in Norway with a turnover of 7bn (£6.1bn).The takeover is subject to approval by the Dutch Com-petition Authority.last_img read more

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News story: Foreign Secretary’s Christmas message 2018

first_imgThe Foreign Secretary said:“As 2018 draws to a close I want to look back at just some of the work the Foreign Office has been doing around the world to ensure the safety and prosperity of the UK, and to defend the values we all believe in.From securing international backing to uphold the ban on chemical weapons to our support for a political solution to end the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.British diplomacy has continued to respond to some of the biggest issues affecting the world today.We have hosted landmark events at home too, galvanising international focus on ending the illegal wildlife trade this autumn, and reinforcing our bonds across the Commonwealth family with a hugely successful Summit in April.Next year will of course bring further significant challenges with Brexit. I do not underestimate them, but we have faced bigger challenges in our history and will always find a way to thrive and prosper whatever the outcome.As Christmas approaches I also think of all Foreign Office staff and members of the intelligence community working overseas to keep all of us safe. I want to thank them and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”Watch the message:Christmas message 2018last_img read more

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Vulfpeck Dances With Jack Stratton’s Mother In Wild L.A. Performance

first_imgLoad remaining images You don’t have to listen to Vulfpeck’s records or even hear their sound live to understand that there’s something special about this band—though either would be more than worthwhile. The audience, in its reaction to the music and interactions with the artists on stage, will tell you all you need to know about where this funky outfit from the University of Michigan is headed.The Teragram Ballroom in downtown Los Angeles was packed to the gills on a Thursday night, long before Vulfpeck took the stage at the 600-seat venue. They were treated to a splendid opener from LA native Joey Dosik to get things started.Dosik pulled a second tour of duty as a spot vocalist/keyboardist/sax man during Vulfpeck’s mind-bending, hip-swinging set.The group took great but worthwhile pains to put on an interactive show for a crowd that lead singer/drummer/guitarist Theo Katzman suspected was crawling with “industry” people. Time again, Katzman tested the audience’s musical acumen with a slew of call-and-response exercises.He scatted, and the crowd scatted back. When he needed a “G” for “Back Pocket,” folks in attendance gave it to him in perfect pitch. Then, when he wanted more backup for the chorus, he split the audience into thirds, assigned each a harmony part and transformed the paying public into participants in a makeshift chorale—and a beautiful one at that.Katzman and company took a similar tack to “Christmas in LA”, which they introduced with the sad news that this would be the band’s last show in town for a while. But rather than be glum about it, Vulfpeck once again whipped their fans into a three-part harmonic frenzy, enough to transport the Teragram Ballroom to some far-off tent revival.The band pulled plenty of other tricks, too. There was a spoken-word crowd chorale for “I Know Where to Go,” a dance lesson from Alice Stratton, the mother of Vulfpeck singer/keyboardist/drummer extraordinaire Jack Stratton; and cameos for the soulful vocals of Antwaun Stanley on “Funky Duck” and covers of Al Green’s “Love and Happiness” and the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.”As it happens, the crowd didn’t need any added encouragement to chime in at any moment. They repeated every word of every vocal track and reliably reproduced almost every note of the band’s instrumentals. Even Joe Dart’s face-melting bass jams, Woody Goss’ key tickling and Cory Wong’s guest work on guitar got their proper respect from the congregation.And for good reason. Vulfpeck proved to be nothing if not a collection of superbly talented—and, at least for Stratton and Katzman, versatile—musicians. Together, they put on a performance that deserved every ounce of pseudo-religious fervor that rose from the floor in front of them. What a show!Check out a full gallery of images, courtesy of Brandon Weil, below.last_img read more

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Local bishop speaks at Saint Mary’s about being authentically Catholic

first_imgKevin Rhoades, bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, addressed students, members of Belles for Life, faculty and members of the South Bend community Wednesday at Saint Mary’s in a lecture entitled “To Be Authentically Catholic is to be Pro-Life.” The talk was part of a series presented by Belles for Life, a student organization that “promotes the culture of life on campus, especially the life of the unborn,” senior Bonita Murphy, the group’s treasurer, said. In the past, individuals such as Lisa Marino, who led a discussion about authentic womanhood, have come to speak and give different perspectives on different topics. Margaret Cicchiello | The Observer Belles for Life Treasurer Bonita Murphy, right, poses with bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend Kevin Rhoades. Rhoades lectured Wednesday at Saint Mary’s about the pro-life movement.“Everyone is welcome to come and listen,” Murphy said.Senior Morgan Chicester, president of Belles for Life, said the event presented a chance for the community to explore how to best protect life.“We have the opportunity to learn about how faith and justice can empower us to fight for the value and dignity of all human life,” Chichester said.In his remarks, Rhoades said contemporary political divisions have manifested themselves in debates within the Church.“There’s a terrible split that has taken place among some in the Church, a division between so-called ‘pro-life’ and ‘social justice’ Catholics,” Rhoades said. “This is a false dichotomy. The cultural and political polarization in our society has creeped into the Church. I can’t think of a saint of the Church who was not passionately committed to the love of the poor and needy and also to the love and protection of the unborn. We can’t be ‘either-or’ Catholics. One of the great strengths of Catholicism is that we are ‘both-and.’”Rhoades defined “pro-life” as a commitment to protecting human life in a variety of ways.“We believe in the sacred value and dignity of every human life, at every stage of life,” he said. He went on to emphasize the importance of combating social and pro-life issues such as euthanasia, abortion, deportation, subhuman living conditions and human trafficking. He quoted “Gaudium et spes”, saying these “infamies … poison human society … and are a supreme dishonor to the Creator.”During the question and answer portion of his presentation, Bishop Rhoades described the large refugee service in the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese. He recounted how, in the past, they resettled about 300 refugees a year and how that number has decreased by approximately half since Donald Trump became president. He described how a couple thousand Burmese refugees have been resettled in this diocese and how he has learned from them and from his work on the board of Catholic Relief Services. He said he thinks being “pro-life” includes standing up for these refugees.“What they went through; that persecution in their own country, and then waiting for some nation to welcome them, I’m so happy when we can do that in the United States. It really deeply saddens me that we have these families and these children …who are displaced,” he said. “There are people whose lives are in danger [and] I feel that we as a nation have a moral obligation to be open to refugees. I think it is a pro-life issue; it is a matter of life or death for some of them. And I think we need to be a lot more generous.”A key part of the human experience is showing love in a selfless way, Rhoades said.“We’re only truly fulfilled as human beings through self-giving love,” he said.Murphy, who organized the event, was happy that so many were able to attend. “By inviting Bishop Rhoades to speak at Saint Mary’s, Belles for Life has incorporated all of Saint Mary’s core values: learning, community, faith and spirituality and justice,” Murphy said. ”The talk supports learning by expanding one’s knowledge through strengthening one’s viewpoint or gaining a better understanding of a differing one. The talk strengthens community by bringing members of Saint Mary’s to a respectful, welcoming conversation. Bishop Kevin Rhoades has had longstanding commitment to the pro-life movement on a national level and is well versed in speaking in a way that honors the college’s Catholic foundation. Belles for Life, dedicated to pursuing justice and protecting the right to life of the unborn, is honored to host him in our fall 2019 speaker series.”Tags: bishop kevin rhoades, Pro-life, Refugees, saint mary’slast_img read more

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Six Things We Learned From Lea Michele’s Book Brunette Ambition

first_img 1. Bad skin made her ‘nearly suicidal’ Michele may have been a Broadway star during her teen years, but she still got zits like the rest of us. “I’ve been on Accutane twice,” she admits. “In fact, you know those kids who become nearly suicidal about their acne? I’ve walked that fine line.” The star got so desperate, she once used black eyeliner to turn 16 pimples into beauty marks a la Sex and the City. Star Files 6. Cory Monteith helped edit the book Michele says some very sweet things about her late boyfriend, Glee star Cory Monteith, in the pages of Brunette Ambition. “To Cory, I’m so happy to know that you got to read this book,” she writes in the acknowledgements. “Thank you for all your notes. I promise I made every single one. I love you.” 3. Jonathan Groff had skin cancer Speaking of BFFs, Michele writes heaps about her Glee and Spring Awakening co-star—but the most surprising tidbit she reveals is that he was diagnosed with skin cancer. “His doctor told him that if it had gone unchecked, he could have been dead within a few months,” she writes. “The cancer was removed and he’s OK now, but he made me promise to have my moles checked.” Hear that, guys? Call your dermatologist. 4. Her toughest Glee scene involved pasta Nope, it wasn’t belting “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” It wasn’t pouring her heart out while singing Rihanna’s “Take a Bow.” It wasn’t even the tearful tribute to her late boyfriend Cory Monteith. Her toughest Glee scene involved shoving her face into a lunch tray full of fettuccine Alfredo. “I know it’s theoretically not hard, but it really was the most disgusting thing in the entire world,” she explains. 5. Idina Menzel didn’t make the cut Michele lists her top five favorite Glee guest stars of all time: Kristin Chenoweth, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jonathan Groff. Wait, Lea, aren’t you forgetting someone? You know, your on-screen birth mother?! Lea Michelecenter_img 2. She almost peed on the president Yep, right before singing for President Obama, Michele got tickle-attacked by her bestie Jonathan Groff, causing her to pee her pants. “I assure you, I showered,” Michele writes. “But 30 short minutes later, I was in front of the president.” In a word, ew. Lea Michele isn’t only a Glee star and Broadway babe—on May 20, she officially becomes a published author. Her new book, Brunette Ambition, is part how-to guide, part photo scrapbook and part memoir, so you can now eat, sleep and condition your hair just like the Spring Awakening alum. Although we don’t envision ourselves making her recipe for shaved radicchio, parmesan and truffle whole-wheat pizza with a sunny-side-up egg and quinoa pasta anytime soon, we did learn a few important lessons from Michele’s book. Check out our cheat sheet! Jonathan Groff Idina Menzel View Commentslast_img read more

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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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