Beer Pairing Tips

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Pair the finest quality blends of barley, yeast, hops and water with the foods you serve! Make it fun and host your own Beer Pairing Party.  Here are some ideas on what goes with what…AdobeStock_159752333.jpeg

Steak, hamburgers, roast beef and turkey: Pale Lager. A pale lager is a very pale or golden colored lager beer. Flavors are subtle, with no one traditional beer ingredient dominating the others. Lightness of body is essential. This makes the beer work well with foods that are more subtle in flavor as well. Favorites: Mecklenburger (available on tap right now at The Casual Pint), Pilsner Urquell, Alpine Wiesen Oktoberfest (currently found on tap at Craft and Draft – get a growler-fill)

Fish, chicken and cheeses: Light Beer. Today’s light beers are no where nearly as flavorless or watered down as light beers of the past. People who are watching their calorie intake or alcohol consumption prefer to drink light beer and will appreciate a host offering good light beer. Favorites: Corona Light, Michelob Ultra Amber, Heineken Light

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BBQ, blackened chicken, Mexican foods: Ale. Ales are sweet, full-bodied and fruity in taste. When pairing with food, think about tastes that complement each other. Sweet and savory, salty and sweet, sweet and spicy… ales work well with strong tasting foods. Favorites: Chocolate Brown (brewed locally at Swamp Cabbage Brewing and available on tap at the brewery), Coast Brewing Kolsch (available at Craft and Draft), Oberon Ale (on tap now by the growler at The Casual Pint)

Desserts: Since desserts can vary wildly in character and level of sweetness, no one beer style works with every dessert. Pair these common desserts with these beers – Carrot cake, caramel cheesecake or crème brulée: Double/Imperial IPA like Stone Ruination Double IPA | Caramel apple tart, ginger spice cake, rice pudding: India Pale Ale… our favorite is Rubrum Red IPA from Swamp Cabbage Brewing, available on tap at the brewery here in Columbia or sold in stores | Dark chocolate desserts like truffles or chocolate raspberry mousse cake: Stout, like Founders Brewing’s Breakfast Stout found at Craft and Draft

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Blaze Pizza

471-1 Towne Center Place (in Village at Sandhill) | 803.834.3235

Busy days mean fast lunches, and Blaze Pizza’s pies are “Fast-Fire’d”, so you won’t beBlaze Pizza taking a long lunch break! We had heard great things about Blaze, both the Village at Sandhill and Harbison locations, and decided to try it for ourselves. Here’s how it works: Pick one of Blaze’s Signature Pizzas, or Build-Your-Own artisanal pizza with their incredible selection of high quality toppings, then their Pizzasmiths go to work, heating it up for you in a massive, wood burning pizza oven for 180 seconds flat! This gives the pizza a crisp crust, the cheese and toppings a good flavor-melding. We tried the Meat Eater, the Red Vine, and a Build Your Own, and were not disappointed! The pizzas are the perfect size for one person, and you don’t feel full of dough at the end. That’s because it’s made from scratch in-house daily, with no additives or chemicals. blaze pizza1They offer gluten-free crust as well as vegan cheese options, and don’t forget about their colorful Simple Salads! They’re available in both Side and Entree sizes, and are full of healthily-delicious fixings like wild baby arugula, kale, dried cranberries, goat cheese, seasonal fruit and more, and can even be added atop a warm garlic pesto and parmesan crust, to make a Salad Pizza if you prefer!

 

In addition to soft drinks, lemonade, blood-orange lemonade, draft beer or wine, Blaze offers fruit-infused, all-natural Agua Fresca beverages. Both the Strawberry and Mango we tried were wonderful. Desserts include S’more Pie, Sea Salt Cookie, and Olive Oil Brownie, all of which, you’ll be thrilled to know, can be heated in the oven for a warm after-pizza treat!

The Casual Pint-Lexington

217 Saluda Springs Rd. Suite A, Lexington | 803.358.233 Casual Pint Food Pic.jpg
Time spent at the Casual Pint is all about fun. Whether you’re there for Karaoke, Reverse Happy Hour, Puzzles and Pints, or a Tap Takeover, you’re guaranteed to enjoy yourself! And now there’s a Casual Pint open in Lexington! As of July 14, Casual Pint-Lexington’s “Beer-tenders” are ready to help you with craft beer by the pint, from the tap wall, by the can or by the bottle. They limit the number of taps so their draft beer selections rotate quickly and always stay fresh, and you can see them all on Casual Pint’s Draft List on their website and App. You haven’t downloaded The Casual pint app yet? You could be missing out on all of the great benefits! If you’re a beer lover, you’ll want to check out the newly opened Casual Pint-Lexington!

Under the Foam: March 2017

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Mr. Friendly’s: Seasonal Beers

River Rat “My Morning” Stout 
wake up your taste buds with notes of cocoa nibs & Madagascar vanilla,
plus the subtle addition of Jittery Joe’s coffee roasted in GA
Bell’s “Hopslam” Double IPA 
specially selected hops reveal tangy notes of stone fruit, grapefruit and
floral notes with subtle malt accents and a touch of honey for a balanced body

The Casual Pint: March Beer Events the-casual-pint-beer

  • March 1st: RJ Rockers Brewing Tap Takover starting at 6pm
  • March 3rd: Devils Backbone Release Party 4:30pm – 7pm
  • March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day Party ALL day
  • March 23rd: Southern Barrel Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at 6pm

Moriarty’s Irish Pub: March Madness Tournament

BEER vs. BEER!! Make sure your favorite beer makes it to the finals, so that you can sip it on happy hour prices ALL YEAR long! Draft Madness ’17 top 25 update coming soon.

Moriarty's Irish Pub1.jpgStay tuned for further updates before Moriarty’s reveals the final field of 32 on Selection Sunday (March 12th). Tournament begins March 14th & the championship is on April 4th.