East meets South!

We just got back from Saigon Market and Sam is making dumplings! What to drink… Staccato Signals, an unoaked sour ale from Steel String Brewery in Carrboro, NC.  It’s made with “locally foraged Southern yuzu zest, NC made white miso, local ginger and NC malt.” It’s kind of the perfect pairing, East meets the South! So good! #eastmeetssouth…

Lunatic Beer Pairings!

Dessert course tonight:  @sugarislandnc Raspberry White Chocolate Cupcakes and @wickedweedbrewing Lunatic Belgian Blonde Ale. The dessert’s tart raspberries, creamy chocolate, and light vanilla cake complement the Belgian spices, slight sweetness and lighter malt bill in this golden ale. Individually, the flavors in the sweet wouldn’t work as well with the beer… but all together they…

My scone has a Napoleon Complex.

Every so often, Sam makes these wonderful savory scones incorporating her latest food finds.  Readers of Sam’s blog (at sugaronfrontst.com) will already know that there is a new Farmers Market in Wilmington at Ogden Park and we’re taking part!  This gives us a chance to see all our farming friends on a weekly basis and…

Pair + Ale = Beer… made for food.

Beer, Food, & Books! That’s what I go hunting for when I’m in a new place.  Local places with cool stuff I can’t find at home, or anywhere else if it’s really special!  Finding the local brewery, hole-in-the-wall cafe, or small used bookstore that fits the bill… That’s the memories I enjoy taking home. You…

Belgian beers and blue cheese.

We made some new friends, and heard from some old ones this week! Haw River Farmhouse Ales came all the way from Saxapahaw, NC to see us at the bakery… and they brought beer!  Haw River specializes in Belgian-style ales made with NC creativity (and ingredients).  Haw River sources everything possible from farms within 100 miles…

Aged cheese & wild ale.

For two decades, the Tate family has been making delicious cheeses at Goat Lady Dairy in the rolling hills of central North Carolina.  We’ve been in love with their Smoky Mountain Round goat cheese for a long time; but now we find ourselves compelled by Providence… an aged goat milk cheese.  The Tates call Providence a: “A…