Cranberry Beer Dressing

Written by Carolyn Smagalski

 Holiday Turkey with Cranberry-Beer Dressing Recipe

Historically, brine is a solution of sea salt, to which is added sugar and aromatics.

Master chefs on large estates created these brine solutions to preserve meats for extended periods, much like villagers did with smoked meats or salted fish. Brining awakens flavors in turkey, and allows spices to penetrate the fleshy parts of the bird. As an old-fashioned Thanksgiving tradition, brining the bird in cranberry and beer is a treat that will gain a memorable place in the halls of Holiday lore.

Holiday Turkey with Cranberry-Beer Dressing


Beer Related Stories

The Professor will provide an occasional odd story: recent or from history, related to beer. This one is from The Professor hopes it was a beer at least worthy enough of losing ones job over.

(Motorcycle hearse: not necessarily the hearse used by the driver in the story.)
(Motorcycle hearse: not necessarily used by the driver in the story.)

Bogota: A dead man’s family had to wait for hours at a cemetery in Colombia, as the hearse driver went to have a few beers, leaving the vehicle carrying the corpse outside a motel.

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Club Update: Escambia Bay Homebrewers

Pensacola Area

Club Events

December 12th – Club Christmas Party at 4:00pm Ozone Pizza
December 18th – 5:00pm Hot Glass Cold Beer event at The Belmont Art Center

I have a Miller Beer Keg for sale $30. It has not been cut for a boil kettle yet. It’s in like new condition and clean. Let me know if you are interested.

Pat Johnson

Club Update: Music City Brewers

Nashville, TN area

Worm’s Way will be moving in January, 2010 to 901 Main Street in East Nashville? The actual opening date is TBA, but we will be operating out of the East Nashville location by February 1, 2010 at the latest. The building used to be a furniture store called Urban Décor. We can’t wait to be more centrally located! Here is a link.

Hello All,

The time is near for this year’s MCB Christmas party. Unfortunately, we do not have a venue to speak of. I am writing to see if anyone in the club is willing to host the party this year. Please let me know ASAP if you are willing to host. The usual 2nd Saturday of the month is not good for December with the Chattanooga competition going on that day.

Jonathan Adams

It’s time for another great beer tasting! This time, we’ll be having the tasting at Cool Springs Brewery — Williamson County’s first brewery. The tasting is at 11 am Saturday November 28th. Bring something rare or Winter Seasonal for entry, — or you can chip in for the food and appetizers which we’ll purchase from CSB which has fantastic food. CSB has five of their beers on tap (as well as a few others including Yazoo Pale Ale).

BA Fall Tasting
When: Saturday 11am November 28 (until)
Where: Cool Springs Brewery
600A Frazier Drive
Suite 135

The Brewery is a block off Cool Springs Boulevard near Thorough Bred Theater. It is next to Sperry’s Restaurant and in the same building as Calypso Cafe.

Should be a blast!

I’m planning to bring a 2009 Sexual Chocolate. 🙂


Brew Biz: Werts and All

Topic: Beer Purity and Purists

Written by Ken Carman

“And the Lord came down and said, ‘Thou shalt only use only hops, malt, water and yeast. Any brewer who does otherwise shall be tossed into brew kettles and boiled for one and a half hours, rapid boil. Hop additions every 15 minutes…'”

“Then the Lord immediately excommunicated himself because his own instructions weren’t pure enough.”

I know. The Bible doesn’t say that, maybe you believe that was my point. Ya, think?

The German Purity Law, better known as the Gesundheitcaflabin… OK, I made that up for fun: the Reinheitsgebot … (Not to be confused with the movie about drinking too much beer: Das Bloat)… was made law in 1516. Here are a few fun facts that some may not know…
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Beer Profile: Biere du Boucanier

Profiled by Ken Carman

This is a Flemish Red Ale, with lots of foam; both visual and on the tongue. It is red; as advertised, and both slightly sour, slightly sweet: as expected. There seems to be a light caramel malt sense here. Another 7% “and you’d never know it” beer. Not quite as complex as the style guidelines call for aroma-wise, but it is on the light side taste-wise.. Could use more aroma; just a light sweet fruitiness to the nose. It is red, though not quite as “deep” red as required. Not a perfect example, but enjoyable.

From the Bottle Collection: Herold Bohemian Black Lager

Without intent, I have collected well over 1,000 beer bottles since the early 70s. When something finally had to be done about the cheap paneling in this old modular, I had a choice. Tear down the walls while, oh, so carefully, replacing the often rotted 1X3s. Or: cover them with… The Bottle Collection.


Written by Ken Carman

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