Gumbo is more than a stew and full of history and Louisiana culture. Its origins are a mixing pot—some of the technique is French, its seasoning and flavors hail from Africa and Spain and its vegetables from the South—combining to create an unmistakable dish that varies from family to family.
Its location near the equator, the amount of sun, and the length of its seasons make Brazil rich in fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. Brazilian ingredients are fairly easy to acquire and these dishes pair wonderfully with many types of beer.
Even if you don’t have a home bar with 20 tap handles, it’s great to re-create a beer garden setting in your backyard. Grab a few long folding tables, and turn your yard into the best place around for a pint.
Whether it’s a Fourth of July party or just a regular summer bash, it’s a great time to crack into seafood and beers. Summer beers pair perfectly with seafood, and fresh seasonal produce like corn and watermelon.
On Memorial Day, we honor the brave soldiers who have died serving in the US military. But the holiday has also come to mark the start of a new season, which we might boil down to the three S’s: sun, seersucker and Saison.
Forget the waffle house—you can have a better, cheaper and longer brunch session in your own home. And whether ringing headaches are demanding hair-of-the-dog or it’s a perfectly healthy situation, getting a little buzz from beer or classic brunch cocktails is a pretty good way to ease into the weekend.
Remember the feeling in grade school that you weren’t really allowed to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day if you weren’t Irish? Now that you’ve grown, you can absolutely get down with the true spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, and you don’t even have to wear green. It’s a holiday devoted to drinking, as we all know now.
It’s Chinese New Year on February 10th, but that just means it’s the beginning of the lunar calendar’s annual cycle. And it’s not just the Chinese who celebrate it. So with that in mind, it’s perfectly appropriate to sound the gong and declare a party for the start of the Year of the Snake.
By putting the emphasis on beers, the notion of preparing a fine dinner for guests becomes much less intimidating. The winter is a terrific time for hearty, beer-braised main courses, and after hosting your own beer dinner, you’ll be all the wiser on beer pairings with food.
Wish you could have the holidays your way, instead of some carnival of family dysfunction that rears its ugly head each year? This month, host your own holiday party, with all the things that make season’s greetings sweeter. I’m not just talking about cookies, but malty winter beers. Spices are nice for baked goods, but
Whether you love or hate Halloween, you’re doubtless going to be asked to participate in some way. Anyone can find something to like about the holiday, no matter how opposed you may think you are. Here’s a party formula that no one can resist: fun, scary movies and very good beer.
Fireworks, flags, barbecue and beer. If there’s one time to party, it’s the Fourth of July. Show off a little patriotic spirit by focusing on all-American craft ales, celebrating the country’s colorful brewing heritage. Red Ales, blueberry beers, and Wits, perhaps?
If dancing around a maypole isn’t exactly your idea of a good time, you can still celebrate the holiday by drinking and feasting amid spring bouquets to usher in the new season. Plus, flowers are a prominent tasting note in many of the great spring seasonal beers to flow this month.
Throw a party for spring: an ode to new love and Saison. This beer style means “season” in French (the language of love), and has come to represent a distinctly refreshing category of light ales. Hence, the spring equinox on March 20th will mark the release of these crisp, zesty beers from many breweries.
There’s no time to waste on planning your New Year’s Eve party. But what makes a good New Year’s Eve party? Aside from a healthy stock of good beer, one ingredient to a good party is to start with an inventive theme.
If you’re in the mood to re-create what Thanksgiving might have been like in its earliest years, you could try your hand at making your own beer to share with friends and family, and to have a toast with when the last Thursday of November rolls around.
Here’s a solution for the skeptical fall pumpkin beer party-pooper. Host a soirée with a handful of craft pumpkin brews. Cook up a variety of dishes that focus on just that winter squash, and have some other fun, seasonal activities to pair it all with.