Daily Archives: December 9, 2009

New Glarus Unplugged Cran-Bic Ale

Today was extraordinary!  I had several good things happen that really gave me a lift; one being the arrival of an amazing gift from Midwest Micro Brews containing New Glarus Beer.  I have coveted New Glarus since my first encounter with them at GABF.  I decided I was “worthy” of having one to myself tonight!  It was, afterall, a most excellent day 🙂

I decided to use one of my Riedel Champagne Flutes for this auspicious occasion.  Riedel really knows how to make the finest glasses for bringing out the very best in the beer, champagne, wine or whisky that you are drinking.  This style is non-stemmed and I really like them because they have flair!

Tiny Bubbles! New Glarus Cran-Bic Ale

The Cran-Bic Ale poured beautifully into the glass with tiny, perfect bubbles spiraling effortlessly to the top of the glass.  The color is a “sassy” pale pink/red that speaks to my girly nature.  There is a large head that dissipates quickly leaving a foamy ring to circle the bubbles.

I can smell the berry goodness even though my nose is not close to the glass as I pour it.  As I pull the glass toward me, I smell more than just cranberry on the nose.  It’s a bouquet of mixed berries (Cherry, Strawberry, Blackberry) and a subtle tartness. The bubbles tickle my nose as I take in the beautiful aroma.  <Audible Sigh of Contentment>

There is a very light mouthfeel and the cranberry is prominent as it slides across my tongue.  I love the effervescence!   Tart & sweet at the same time but with a little oakiness that gives it an interesting balance.  The finish is sweet and sultry.  I am amazed at how “fruit like” this beer is without it being overpowering.   It is extremely well-proportioned.  Mmmmm…

This is an extremely drinkable beer that would be delightful paired with a light salad course or dessert but frankly I could be happy sipping this just for the sake of having it.  I like to drink things that make me feel good and that sums up exactly how I feel right now!  New Glarus Cran-Bic Ale is beautiful! If I move to Indiana next year, I foresee road trips to Wisconsin being a big part of my future.

TheArtofBeer - In Love With New Glarus Cran-Bic Ale!

Special thanks again to Michael Bergman from Midwest Micro Brews for making me one happy girl!

Midwest Micro Brews Santa Claus! aka Michael Bergman

Twas two weeks before Christmas in my unemployed house….days were spent posting resumes and wishing I had a spouse.  What is that noise at my door that I hear?  It’s Midwest Micro Brews Santa with a box full of Beer!!! Away from the door I flew like a flash.  I tore open the box in awe of the stash!

Midwest Micro Brews!

The heave of my breasts and the after sex-like flushed glow,  do justly describe how I felt as I looked into the box below.

Now Cran-Bic , now Coffee Stout & Imperial Saison, On Spotted Cow, On Cracke’d Wheat – next Fat Squirrel – Damn Right On!

Leading the pack with an unbelievable might – Hinterland Pale Ale leads us straight into the night! And as I exclaim this so outta sight, Merry New Glarus Belgian Red to us all and to all a flippin’ awesome craft beer night!

Hinterland Pale Ale & New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red - OMG!!!!

When the worlds got you down and your life is in tatters…Reach out to great friends cause they are truly what matters!  Who would think that a box of beer could bring so much joy?  Those who know this wonderful community full of great girls & boys!

What Heaven Looks Like!

My sincerest thanks to Michael Bergman for such a generous gesture that truly made this day fantastic.  I will see this as yet another sign that the job in Indiana is my destiny…


Grilled Cheese Obsession

Grilled Havarti with Caramelized Onion & Oven-Dried Tomato

The weather turned chilly in San Diego this week and in spite of my unemployed status, I am feeling very happy about things!  Whenever it is cold and rainy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches come to mind and we’re not talking Kraft processed cheese on wonder bread in this beer geek’s casa.  Today I whipped up a yummy little creation that was simple, delicious and affordable.

I started with a few slices of organic purple onion from California and caramelized the rings in a saute pan with about 1 tablespoon of my staple item, Trader Joe’s President’s Reserve Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Add Salt and Pepper to taste.   Be careful to cook slowly so they get that yummy look of perfection. While doing this I placed about 8 (cut in half) small cherry tomatoes on a tray sprayed lightly with olive oil and baked them in the oven for about 15 minutes until soft and slightly shriveled.  You can also add them cut side down to the pan with the onions (after caramelized) and let cook for a few minutes until they turn into sweet deliciousness.  After mine are finished in the oven I add them to the pan with the onions and mix gently to add the caramelized goodness to the tomatoes 🙂

Remove onions and tomatoes from pan and wipe clean.  I use olive oil in place of butter because I try to watch the foods I eat and also because I am an olive oil whore err…fan!  I pour enough to coat bottom of pan and then place two slices of Trader Joe’sSourdough Wheat Bread, flat ends touching in the pan.  Heat is set on Medium.  Place one slice of Trader Joe’s Lite Havarti on each side of the bread. I choose lite again because I try to watch what I eat but regular is great also.  I have to save calories for my stupendous craft beer selections!!!

Trader Joe's Lite Havarti

Cover the pan for a minute or two until the cheese melts and the bread begins to brown. I like to see it start to bubble but be sure to pay attention to the bread browning also.  Once ready, spoon the caramelized onion and tomato mixture onto one side of the bread, on top of the cheese.  Add to taste but remember to be sparing enough that it doesn’t make the sandwich mushy.  Flip the opposite of the bread over onto the side with the mixture.  Flip the entire sandwich once to check that both sides are sufficiently browned.  Remove from pan and place on a plate.  I used the extra caramelized onion and tomato mixture as a side on my plate because I absolutely adore the combination.  Let the sandwich cool for a couple of minutes while you admire the pure beauty of your delicious creation.  If appropriate…pair with your favorite Craft Beer Selection.  I would likely choose a divine California IPA like Stone Ruination – a staple item in my home. Cut in half, curl up on your favorite chair and enjoy!