Thirsty? Grab a beer!Just a few years ago it used to be that simple, but now drinkers want more: flavor, new styles, food pairings, and perhaps a beer’s golden ticket: a local origin.All of these things have become important to serious beer drinkers as the craft beer movement continues to gain momentum.
Fresh, local, island-brewed beers came to Hawaii’s Big Island in 1995 when Kona Brewing Company introduced Pacific Golden Ale (now Big Wave Golden Ale) and Fire Rock Pale Ale.But these two — and the 12 to 16 other styles of beer that the brewery produces — aren’t just beers.
Savvy pub operators nationwide have discovered a simple formula that boosts the bottom line: Serve better food and sell more beer, wine and whiskey.These days, made-from-scratch dishes are commonplace in pubs, and the bar has decidedly been raised when it comes to the talent in the back of the house.
Foursquare, beware—there is a new game in town, and with a sole focus on restaurants and bars, people may stop alerting the media when they get to a location as banal as the convenience store.LoSo is a location-based social media app that competes with Foursquare, Gowalla, and Facebook Places in allowing people to brag about their real time location.
At the second day of the Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C., today, foodies and suppliers packed the Washington Convention Center to taste, sip and test the newest specialty products from around the country.
BJ's Restaurants announced the opening of its newest restaurant in Las Vegas on June 20, 2011. The new BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse is the latest addition to the one million-square-foot Centennial Center in northwest Las Vegas.
Once again, craft brewers from across the U.S. made their pilgrimage to the nation’s capital to celebrate SAVOR Beer Week D.C., enjoy the benchmark of beer and food events, and roll up their sleeves for a little old-fashioned politicking.
Taste of the Nation Los Angeles 2011 takes place on June 12, 2011 in Culver City, California’s Media Park, showcasing 46 of the city’s top chefs, restaurants, and, for the first time ever, bars, mixologists, and local craft breweries.
As I move around the country interviewing restaurant operators, there are a lot of eye-opening, jaw-dropping exchanges. To be clear, it is my eyes, my jaw that drop. It makes me want to steal the tagline of the 1948 film, “The Naked City”: “There are 8 million stories in the naked city; this has been one of them.
Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) announces Great Beer Deserves Great Food, a fine beer and food pairing program.The initiative encompasses a wide range of culinary initiatives, including a sponsorship with Saveur magazine, ongoing support of culinary education programs, a beer and food ‘road-show’ of beer dinners, town hall-style gatherings and educational symposia, and deployment of a roving chef ambassador to serve as the voice of the effort.
Just in time for summer, T. G.I. Friday’s is bringing out the best seasonal flavors by introducing a new line of menu items inspired by, and prepared with, beer and featuring other bold, fresh ingredients.
The Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group that tabulates production statistics for U.S. breweries, released its annual lists reporting the top 50 brewing companies in the country, based on 2010 beer sales volume.
To say Ris Lacoste trusts her gut is probably an understatement. In a career spanning continents, coasts, and all sorts of culinary tastes, Lacoste has lived by the simple rule of instinct.It’s certainly served her well.