Author: Tom Ward

Customize your Oktoberfest six-pack

As autumn descends on Lower Alabama and the mercury dips below 90, “Fall Collections,” “Oktoberfest” lagers and the dreaded pumpkin-infused brews appear in local bars and grocery stores. A recent stroll through the beer aisle of my neighborhood market turned up no fewer than six different brands (Shock Top, Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams, Sweetwater, Dundee and Blue Moon) offering fall variety 12-packs. I am a sucker for these collections, and I always end up purchasing a couple of different varieties during the fall months. Most include four different varieties, and, invariably, there is always one totally unpalatable brew (usually...

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The fine art of paring beer with food

In Brooklyn, New York, tucked behind a cozy, wood-festooned beer bar called Tørst, is the 16-seat Michelin-starred restaurant Luksus. It is the brainchild of Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, best known as the gypsy brewer of Evil Twin beers, and Daniel Burns, a well-known chef with experience at some of the world’s greatest restaurants. Luksus isn’t just any Michelin-starred joint; it’s the only one in the world that pairs beer exclusively with each course of every meal. The prix-fixe menu changes weekly along with the pairings, based on what’s fresh and in season. Simply put, Luksus elevates the marriage of beer and...

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