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Month: March 2014

3 Common Beer Myths Busted

3 Common Beer Myths Busted

Beer is a beautiful thing – A perfect balance of four ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, and yeast. Recently I have been hearing vicious lies circulating about this wonderfully complex and diverse beverage causing people to dismiss entire categories or even colors of beer. Tragic, […]

Citrusy Olive Tapenade & Stout Bread {Chef CollaBREWation #2}

Citrusy Olive Tapenade & Stout Bread {Chef CollaBREWation #2}

The other night when Chef Dan and I were prepping our St. Patrick’s Day feast, we whipped up this simple, yet glorious tapenade as an appetizer. It was an unplanned, throw a bunch of stuff in a food processor kind of thing – but it […]

New Beer, New Outlook at Bella Luna Restaurant

New Beer, New Outlook at Bella Luna Restaurant

Bella Luna, a mainstay Italian style restaurant on the East Side of Cincinnati celebrated 13 years last night by launching new menu items, a new bar area called La Bettola with specialty happy hour cocktails and appetizers, and most importantly: new beers brewed exclusively for the restaurant!

new beers from Listermann brewed exclusively for Bella Luna

The restaurant chose none other than Listermann Brewing Company to craft their exclusive tap beer offerings.

For those of you who don’t know the history of Listermann, let me indulge you for a minute. Dan Listermann started his homebrew store in 1991 and quickly became one of the largest homebrew supply stores in the Mid West. About six years ago they took the natural leap and started their own craft brewery.  Listermann Brewing Company was founded in 2008. Ever since, they’ve been pumping out unique offerings like the popular Nutcase, a peanut butter porter, Leopold a Belgian blonde, and my personal favorite, Planetary – a beautifully balanced and hop flavor forward American India Pale Ale.

Jason Brewer of Listermann was at the launch to share more about the beers and what else to expect from the collaboration. (His last name is seriously Brewer. Fate? I think so.)

Jason Brewer of Listermann Brewing Company (more…)

Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf – Cooking at the Glendalia Culinary Studio

Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf – Cooking at the Glendalia Culinary Studio

This week I was invited to my first ever cooking class at the Glendalia Culinary Studio by my friend Heather, aka The Food Hussy – she writes a fantastic blog all about travel and food. The Glendalia is a relatively new cooking studio located in the quaint village square […]

Irish Whiskey Crème Brûlée {Chef CollaBREWation #1}

Irish Whiskey Crème Brûlée {Chef CollaBREWation #1}

I have the most exciting news for you, my beer and food loving friend! Over the next few months, my good friend and mentor Chef Dan Higgins and I will be collaBREWating on some absolutely amazing recipes. Basically, he’ll teach, we’ll cook, and I’ll write […]