I haven't had a lot of time to write my own words.. but this was a nice write up last week by Amber Turpin of the Metro in my favorite food column...
In July, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing held its second Homebrew to Probrew contest. After six months of aging and refinement, the winning organic American-style barleywine was finally unveiled. Dave Bossie , the champion home brewer responsible for the creation, started his hobby in 1992 after his wife bought him a home-brew kit. "It's been downhill ever since," he jokes. The March 19 release party featured more than just an opportunity to sample this bold yet delicately fragrant and floral ale; it also featured six diverse food stations demonstrating both good and bad flavor pairings with the beer.
The brewery increasingly emphasizes food and beer pairings, in keeping with the new trend that sees beermaker dinners with special menus at top restaurants. Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing is among 48 independent craft brewers in the United States invited to the culmination of this movement at Savor: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience in Washington, D.C., on May 16-17. "We've always felt that the robust flavors of our organic ales are perfectly matched with brilliant foods. We're excited to be a part of this groundbreaking event," said owner Emily Thomas .
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