Haw River Farmhouse Ales

Located in lovely Saxapahaw, NC (just West of Chapel Hill), Haw River… “specializes in crafting special brews steeped in Belgian tradition, but elevated by local creativity. Full of flavor and native ingredients, we believe beer is more than just something you drink. It’s an experience meant to be shared with those around you. It’s about community….

Holiday Cheers!

  It’s our (1st) Annual Holiday Beer & Food Advent Calendar!   Unwrapping holiday treats all month! All month long we’ll be opening our Holiday Beer & Food Advent calendar and sharing what we find on Pair & Ale, along with our Facebook and Instagram pages.  Follow along for all the great holiday beers, food…

Biere de Bird

Being someone who revels in the enjoyment of good food and beer, I’m always grateful when Thanksgiving Day rolls around.   I love all the traditional holiday fare!  Turkey, mashed potatoes, oyster dressing, cranberry sauce, deviled eggs and, of course, dessert.  With such a broad range of flavors served on Thanksgiving, it’s truly a day made…

Sweet Potatoes & Event Horizons!

It’s Halloween, arguably the sweetest time of the year around here!  It’s time for Goblin Green Key Lime Pie, Dead Velvet Cake, and Spider Web Macaroons … and more!   Sugar Island Bakery’s Halloween menu is up!   Just in time for all the Fall Festivals, Halloween Parties, and/or (insert holiday themed celebration).  We celebrated a…

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…

Freak of Nature?

Yes!  And it’s so, so good. The first thing that comes to mind with Freak of Nature is “juicy.”  The lovely orangeish gold color hints at this, followed by an aroma of tropical hoppy dankness.  There’s a strong malt backbone nicely balanced by hop bitterness on the first sip.  But it quickly leans more towards a…