Five on Friday: Philly Beer Week

Happy Friday and if you’re in Philadelphia– Happy Beer Week!  The week got me thinking about how we could integrate beer week activities into our lives for more than just one week.
As homebrewers we love seeing the microbrews being highlighted during the week.  Did you know that some of humanity’s earliest known writings refer to the production and distribution of beer: the Code of Hammurabi included laws regulating beer and beer parlours, and “The Hymn to Ninkasi”, a prayer to the Mesopotamian goddess of beer, served as both a prayer and as a method of remembering the recipe for beer in a culture with few literate people.06072013FOF
So onto the five!

1. Beer Tasting Kit

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With this kit, you can host your own beer tasting event!  Invite a few friends over, ask them to bring a six pack, and break out the kit.  We learned this method introduces you to interesting (both good and bad) beers.  We entered the summer months and a beer tasting event would be ideal at any BBQ.  Just remember to drink and drive responsibly.

2. Beer Float

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I know what you are thinking, “Beer float??  Eww.”  Normally I would agree with you if we were taking about a non fruity beer.  This beer float calls for a lambic beer which is like drinking a dessert.  Now that you can put ice cream in it, it is a dessert.  In case you are wondering where to find the lambic beers are carried at most Wegman’s.

3. Beer Fact

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Just a lovely thought.

4. Pretzel Necklaces

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If you ever go to a beerfest, make a pretzel necklace because it is the perfect palate cleanser and friend maker.  People will ask you about them and want them.  If you’re single and ready to mingle, share your pretzel necklace.  We’ve seen people make pretzel necklaces with soft pretzel and the larger hard pretzels.  The best pretzels are the mini ones.  We found that you can get about 6 necklaces out of a pound bag.

5. Cheddar Ale Soup

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After all this drinking, you are going to be hungry.  This cheddar ale soup recipe was introduced to me by a friend’s parents.  At the time, our friend still lived at home and her parents had journeyed to the mall with a visit to Williams Sonoma.  They found this recipe at the store and decided to make it for dinner (which luckily included us).  It was heaven in a bowl– warm and creamy and best of all cheesy.  I recommend this for any rain day.

Have a great weekend!

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