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IPA Simple Syrup Grapefruit Cocktail

IPA Simple Syrup Grapefruit Cocktail

I really like craft beer, in case you didn’t know that about me already! My favourite characteristic of craft beer is that the ingredients are usually hand selected, specifically picked to create a certain flavour characteristic. This end goal flavour characteristic is what brings me back to trying new craft beers all the time. One ingredient in beer is hops. Hops will give beer that bitter taste but also can add a level of citrus, floral, herbal or grassy type of flavour. There are over 80 varieties of hops, each bringing their own flavour profile; which brings me back to why I love craft beer so much; the selection of ingredients is so well thought out! A lot of love goes into a batch of craft beer! Now, back to the hops; hops are in a lot of beers, but they really stand out in India Pale Ales, or otherwise known as IPAs. Today I am reviewing the Green Magic IPA from Dead Frog Brewing – a brewery that I have tried many beers from. Bravo and Mosaic hops are used in the Green Magic IPA, giving it a citrus flavour profile. When I tasted this beer, the first thing I really noticed was grapefruit rind flavours. I’ve been wanting to make an IPA Simple Syrup for a while now, and after tasting this beer, I knew this was the one! And then using grapefruit juice and vodka with the IPA simple syrup to make a cocktail just seemed like it would be a winning cocktail! Let’s get right into the beer review and recipe! 

IPA Simple Syrup

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Chestnut Ale Turkey Chili

Chestnut Ale Turkey Chili

For 2017 I am changing the way I review craft beers. What I will do is continue to enjoy craft beers and post my reviews on my Instagram feed, and then once a month I will select one beer to review for Chews and Brews, and also use it in a recipe! That way if you aren’t totally a beer drinker, you are still getting a recipe out of the weekly post from me, and if you are a beer drinker, you are getting a beer review AND recipe! Plus I love cooking with beer, so it’s a win-win all over! For January, I am using one of my all time favourite fall-winter beers and making a chestnut ale turkey chili. It was hard for me to use my favourite beer in a recipe (and not drink it), but I am so pleased with the results!

Chestnut Ale Turkey Chili

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Fabulous Fall Foods

Fabulous Fall Foods

Surprise post! I hadn’t planned on posting anything until I am back from my trip to Peru (less than 20 days away now!) but I got inspired by all the other food bloggers out there posting all their fabulous fall foods! Since my last post of lime basil no churn ice cream, I have been very busy. I’ve recreated some recipes to make a couple posts better – such as the garlicky Guinness glazed chicken sandwich (soooo good!) and the herb and spiced meatballs sautéed with navy beans (also amazing!). Also I cleaned up a few old posts, leaving the recipes the same, but adding better edited photos and pins. I clearly have learned a lot since starting this little hobby of mine. Lastly, I revamped the look of Chews and Brews – what do you think?! Better, worse, didn’t notice a difference? 

While doing all of these updates I have been consistently pinning, probably my most active social media outlet, and I keep finding fabulous fall foods from everyone, which is why I decided to create this surprise, unplanned post of all my own fabulous fall foods! I hope you are enjoying your fall; I know for me, I didn’t really have one. It’s already snowed here…twice… with dumps big enough to say it’s sticking around. So that means a good solid five to six months of the white winter land… best way to embrace it is with some amazing food, such as these recipes. Enjoy! 

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July Craft Beer Review

July Craft Beer Review

Summer beers are out in full force with hefeweizens and witbiers, IPAs, and now I find new sour beers everywhere. My July Craft Beer Review is shorter than my usual beer reviews. I wrote a huge review of 12 beers in the June Craft Beer Review, so I thought I would give you a little reading break! So with that being said, here is my July Craft Beer Review; a review of four very different beers. All can be enjoyed during any of the summer weather you get, even if it is a rainy day or a steaming hot one. 

July Craft Beer

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June Craft Beer Review

June Craft Beer Review

In my May Craft Beer Review I mentioned at the end briefly that in June I was reviewing a 12 pack case of beer from Parallel 49 Brewing. They teamed up with 12 different breweries in British Columbia, and each made one unique beer, named after a rock song. This June Craft Beer review is a long one (12 different beers reviewed); so I don’t want to take any more of your time! If you’ve tried this specialty pack, let me know what your thoughts were on the brews! What was your favourite; which was the most unique; was there one you could have done without? 

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May Craft Beer Review

May Craft Beer Review

Winter is officially gone and spring has come in big with lots of warm weather meaning lots of great beer drinking weather! With winter behind us, so are the dark, heavy stouts and porters; now I find myself grabbing the lighter lagers, wit beers and IPAs. The May craft beer review is an assortment of great beers to celebrate the outdoor weather. Some are strong with loads of flavour and others are the lighter, easy drinking fare. Either way the variety I am reviewing are craft beers that can be enjoyed during these next few spring and summer months. 

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April Craft Beer Review

April Craft Beer Review

April 7th is National Beer Day; perfect timing for Chews and Brews’ April Craft Beer review! April is an interesting month for me and beer drinking. I am starting to want whites and more fruity types of beers, but still can’t kick the darker, heavier beers. This beer review has mostly dark beers – a way for me to say good-bye to the winter types of beers and hello to the summer, lighter beers. This will probably be the last post of my beer reviews where you see dark beers, until about October or November. I’ll be switching to hefeweizen‘s, craft lagers, whit’s and other spring / summer types. 

April craft beer

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March Craft Beer Review

March Craft Beer Review

It seems rather fitting that I am posting my March Craft Beer Review on St. Patrick’s Day, even though none of these beers are Irish! Guinness is a really great Irish beer and has a long history dating back to 1770. It may be one of the most famous beer brands in the world. You can pretty much guarantee you will find it on tap, or in a can, at almost any pub. It’s a reliable, comforting, rich, creamy stout that is probably the stout that all other stouts are measured against. But I am not going to write about Guinness or any other Irish beverage, for that matter in this March Craft Beer Review. I like to review new (to me) craft beers on Chews and Brews and so here is my St. Patrick’s Day, non-Irish beer, March Craft Beer Review. 

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