What’s Brewing: February 2016

I’m excited to launch a new regular feature and share with you what’s in my glass and on my mind every month. In these cold months, I’m drawn to rich, malty beers and hearty dishes. At the same time, our mild winter means I’m spending more time outside in the snow and trying to enjoy all four seasons here in Minnesota. Luckily for me, this weekend is the Winter Beer Dabbler and we’re expecting some cold enough weather, but not quite bad enough to scare me away. I’ll be back soon with my highlights from the fest, but first here’s the rest of my agenda for the month:

{My February Edit}
{My February Edit}

Like a real Minnesotan, the cold doesn’t keep me from enjoying ice cream. Milkjam Creamery is a new shop opened earlier this year by Sameh Wadi, the guy behind World Street Kitchen. If the curry peanut butter cookies at WSK are any indication, these one-of-a-kind and globally-inspired ice cream flavors will be amazing. But even better for my beer girls — Milkjam Creamery makes BEER FLOATS. This gorgeous raspberry Lambic is just one example, but I can’t wait to make my own combo.

Indeed Brewing Co.’s Mexican Honey Imperial Lager is hitting the shelves this month and it’s one of my seasonal favorites. At 8 percent ABV and brewed with Mexican orange blossom honey, it’s not your typical cerveza. This year, I’m looking forward to aging a can or two (should do well for up to a year, according to Indeed) to see how the honey flavor changes.

Later this month, you can catch me at Grumpy’s in Roseville for a beer battle between St. Paul’s Tin Whiskers and Fair State Coop in Minneapolis. For this brew-off, the breweries had to use Cherry, Sumac and Rosemary. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

With Super Bowl 50 on my mind, I’m getting a lot of inspiration from the Beeroness and her craft beer recipes. While I haven’t decided what I will make yet, this Porter Caramelized Onion and Brie Dip is a frontrunner. Check out what she’s cooking!

Though I mostly consider myself a beer girl, I’m happily putting together a bar cart (you know, like an adult with full bottles of booze). This Tattersall Sour Cherry Liqueur will make a great addition to my shelf and the occasional Moscow mule.

This adorable Kate Spade hat has nothing to do with beer. But if I’m not giving up on outdoor drinking just because it’s February, I might as well keep my head cute and warm while doing it.

With Valentine’s Day approaching (yep, I’m a sucker for it), I’m looking forward to indulging in a few rich chocolate beers – like Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout. Why eat a box of truffles when you can get your chocolate fix and a buzz?

I’ll be back soon to dish on the Winter Beer Dabbler and a sweet gift for your Galentine/Valentine.

Cheers!
Cali

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