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American Craft Beer Week


If you don’t live in Minnesota and weren’t celebrating MN Craft Beer Week last week, you can celebrate American Craft Beer Week this week!

In honor of American Craft Beer Week, I thought I’d share with you my personal favorite craft brew right now. It comes out of this brewery in Wisconsin:

CW - Overview

Talk about craft brewing, eh?! You’ve seen Central Waters Brewing before on this blog, when I wrote about barleywine.

It’s not always easy to find Central Waters beers in Minnesota, but they do distribute here. So when I saw both of these available at the same time, I decided to pick both…

CW - 4pks

And do a little side-by-side tasting…

CW - BB beer bottles

But then I realized rob had a leftover bottle of this…

CW- Satin Solitude

So we had to do a little tasting of all three.

CW - BBS Color

Left to right: Central Waters Satin Solitude Imperial Stout, Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout, Brewer’s Reserve Barleywine Ale

Let me just say that ALL of these beers are absolutely extraordinary.

There is one that wins out for me, but only by a narrow margin.

CW - BB Stout

Yes, the Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Amherst, Wisconsin is my favorite American Craft Beer right now.

I need to take a brewery road trip.

  And now it’s time for….




  • MondaySan Marzano Tomato Pasta
  • Tuesday – Dinner either in or out – TBD – with a friend
  • Wednesday Andouille Sausage with Red Beans & Rice and Creole Roasted Veggies
  • ThursdayChops with Butter Sauce and Pesto Green Beans
  • FridayCheeseburger Wrap at Carbone’s – It’s our Final Poker Tournament and I am so lucky to have snagged a seat at the Final Table!
  • Saturday – 5k Race – Yes, we signed up for a 5k the morning after our Final Poker Tournament. Crazy? Probably. Brunch afterward – I’m guessing here.
  • Sunday – TBD


  • Leftovers – We’ll have a lot this week!
  • Snacks – fruit, nuts and dark chocolate



We completed Couch to 5k – Week 8 last week. I haven’t run a full 5k in a year and a half. I thought about trying one on tonight, but fear I’ll wear myself out for Saturday’s race. Runners, thoughts on this one? I can do a shorter run on Wednesday and rest Thursday and Friday.

  • Monday – Run – 5k
  • Tuesday – Yoga
  • Wednesday – Run – 2mi? 20 min? Not sure if I want to do a time or distance run.
  • Thursday – REST
  • Friday – REST
  • Saturday – Challenge Obesity 5k Race
  • Sunday – Yoga

What is your favorite craft beer right now?


Beer & Food Pairings…


We interrupt the usual Wine Wednesday for a little info on beer, since it is American Craft Beer Week and all…


Let’s start out by saying that I know nothing about food and beer pairing. Okay, so really I know nothing about it compared to what I know about food and wine pairing. What I do know: An IPA makes we want to eat salty foods! And a nice Chocolate or Oatmeal Stout pairs nicely with chocolate cake… Or it can be a good replacement for chocolate cake. I’ve been known to order a stout as dessert from time to time. 😉

Still, I wonder if true beer snobs cringe when I order X beer and then a meal that ruins the flavor. {I proclaim I’m a beer snob, but don’t really know much more than that I don’t like the run-of-the-mill lights and lagers.} I mean, when I see people ordering a sweet Riesling with their Prime Rib, I cringe… even if I profess that the best pairing is one that you like.

So it’s time I get educated. First, I went to the Google. Not surprisingly, there are many guides online:

Men’s Journal offers a great basic guide.

Beer Advocate allows you to search by cuisine, type of cheese, meat or course.

You can download a Food & Beer Paring Chart at CraftBeer.com.

Still, just like wine, I know that to really learn and understand beer and food pairings, you need to experience them. So, who wants to be my company? I’m looking for a beer dinner to attend this summer! If a brewery out there wants to sponsor me, I can most certainly write about my experience. 😉

Otherwise, a beer and food pairing night may just have to be in the works. It helps to have a guide, though…

Lastly, here is a recipe for Blue Moon Orange Chicken from Kristin at Iowa Girl Eats. I’m not sure that Blue Moon is considered craft beer because it is mass produced, but I love it just the same. I can’t wait to try out this recipe!


What is your favorite beer and food pairing?

(Beer and Pizza does not count!)

Have you been to a beer and food pairing dinner?

Happy American Craft Beer Week!