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Bohemian Brewery pairs old world fare with their excellent beer.
Bohemian Brewery pairs old world fare with their excellent beer.
Amy Spencer Aspencer@nowsaltlake.com
Published December 9th 2011 9:23 am
If you live in the downtown Salt Lake area, there is a joke that traveling past 3300 South is like crossing the state lines. My jokes of packing a lunch and stopping for a layover resurfaced when we visited Bohemian Brewery on 7200 South, but it wasn't because of the distance, merely a 15-minute drive from downtown.
The atmosphere of Bohemian Brewery reminds me of cozy pubs in Germany and the menu had enough European samplings on the menu to make me feel like I needed my passport to be here. Antler chandeliers and taxidermy animal heads dotted the rich woods of the log cabin-like brewery and restaurant. The only thing that would have enhanced the experience is polka music.
The menu featured traditional bar fare such as burgers, nachos and fries, but we wanted to be adventurous and try the "old world" offerings. We started our lunch with roasted garlic bulbs ($7.75). Two large Gilroy garlic bulbs arrived warm, still wrapped in their skin. We picked out the garlic meats and spread them, along with a tomato-basil tapenade, on toast. The roasted garlic was flavorful and this was a fun way to eat it.
For my entr?e, I ordered a poached pear salad which came with assorted greens, roasted hazelnuts, Brie cheese and blue cheese dressing ($12). The salad arrived in a bowl with large chunks of pears and Brie on top of the greens and all of this covered in a hefty layer of hazelnut crumbs. Magnificent flavors had me devouring this salad and I loved getting a hint of cinnamon every third or fourth bite. The creamy blue cheese dressing was subtle, making the Brie and poached pear flavors stand out.Pierogies and Bratwurst ($15) was what caught my husband's eyes on the menu. In addition to the brats and pastry pockets filled with cheese and potatoes, there was sauerkraut, sauteed bacon and sour cream and mustard for dipping. He raved about each item on the plate, and especially with how amazing the flavors meshed with a pint of Bohemian Brewery's Bavarian Weiss.
With our bellies to full for Czech fruit dumplings or Moravian apple strudel, we left and vowed to come back to indulge our taste buds in desserts, more European dishes and Bohemian's famous beers.
Bohemian Brewery isn't just a nice place to warm up and escape the cold, the patio outside looks like it's also a great place to sip a beer. This restaurant is certainly worth the trek for an incredible and unique dining experience.
The only low point in this visit was the slow and not-terribly-friendly service. And as I mentioned, I would have enjoyed some polka music.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Celebrate Repeal Day: December 5
By Ginger Johnson
Prohibition by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
How Brewers Reacted to Prohibition
Prohibition Timeline (for those of us who need a visual)
Savor the Flavor
Plan Your Own Repeal Day Party
The views expressed in this Muse are solely those of the original author and do not necessarily represent those of CraftBeer.com or the Brewers Association.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The Beer Drinker’s Continuum
Published on Monday, November 28, 2011, by James Norton
Craft beer is the new wine, and the epic rise of the brewfan has accelerated. Which one are you?
LEVEL 1: THE ANGRY POPULIST
• Your only real beer-related quandary is "Bud ... or Bud Light?"
• You get angry when people blow their money on that expensive Blue Moon crap.
• You take pride in your beer being three reliable things: yellow, fizzy, and inoffensive.
• You measure your beer intake not by the bottle, but by the case.
You drink beer ... to forget.
LEVEL 2: THE GATEWAY DRINKER
• You've had your mind blown by Guinness and you're wondering if other dark beers might also taste good.
• You're beginning to think that the Miller Lite Vortex bottle might just be a gimmick.
• You now look at a row of taps and order the beer you DON'T know.
• It occurs to you that you could probably pair beer with food other than pizza.
You drink beer ... because you're beginning to think it may have flavor, and furthermore, that you might like that flavor.
LEVEL 3: THE BREWFAN
• You actively seek out opportunities to camp at breweries in order to buy cultish, limited-release, superintoxicating Russian imperials.
• You hear that a friend of a friend once tried Westvleteren 12 and you spend the better part of a cocktail party trying to trap them into giving you an exhaustive play-by-play.
• Your RateBeer app gets more play than your email app.
• The liquor store clerk has you pegged as a lush, but your fridge and cellar are filled with half-finished six-packs and unopened bombers.
You drink beer ... to be part of a secret club.
LEVEL 4: THE DABBLER-CRITIC
• You spent four hours last week trying to convince someone that a wild yeast beer that tastes like hay caked with sun-dried manure is actually totally amazing.
• You're over Westy 12, and are now searching Belgium for beers made by smaller, less accessible monasteries staffed by even grumpier monks.
• You spend hours online every night hunting down people who express incorrect opinions about beers that you care about.
• You get in heated arguments about whether the 2007 or 2009 Sam Adams Utopias had a more distinct note of burnt raisins.
You drink beer ... to feel superior to other people.
LEVEL 5: THE MAD HOME-BREWER
• When you have guests over, it's not a question of serving home-brew—it's whether the brew-paired dinner is four courses or five.
• Your tolerance is such that you have to remind yourself that to normal people, drinking beer counts as "drinking."
• You yell at neighborhood kids when they get too close to your hop bines.
• You're just one small-business loan away from having a brewery and/or losing your life's savings.
You drink beer ... in order to make future beers taste even better.
From Chow.com http://www.chow.com/food-news/98793/the-beer-drinkers-continuum/
Friday, November 25, 2011
- Category: Lifestyle
- Released: Sep 16, 2009
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 2.2 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: StoneRaven, LLC
- © 2009 StoneRaven, LLC.
- Frequent/Intense Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 2.2 or later
Beer Match: Beer, Food and Cheese Pairings
By StoneRaven, LLCView More By This DeveloperOpen iTunes to buy and download apps.
BEER BEER and MORE BEER
We've paired 31 beer styles from around the world with over 500 foods. A smattering of cheeses are included as well. What beer goes with the pretzels on the bar, or that smoked salmon you're having for dinner? How about with pumpkin pie? OK, what are you going to eat with your Saison?
Choose your food, and you'll be instantly shown beer styles that complement your selection. Another click brings you additional detail if you need it. Alternately, choose a beer style from the beer list, to be shown foods and cheeses that pair with that style.
BEER STYLES NOT BRANDS
We're not promoting any beer companies, we're hoping to introduce you to different styles of beer. Try a smoked beer with your meal, or have a lambic with dessert. We'll present the styles, and you choose the brand and the beer.
IS THIS APP FOR YOU?
If you love beer, and you've tried them all, but still don't know what foods work with your favorites, this app is for you. If you want to venture away from the light bubbly clear and flavorless stuff they call beer and don't know where to turn, this app is for you too. If you want to impress your girl at the micro brewery, you've come to the right app. If you want to show up your studly date, download this app now!
HELP US OUT
If you're a beer pro and you feel the app needs some help, we'd love to hear from you. If you have some pairings of your own, please contact us and contribute your ideas.
INTERNET NOT REQUIRED
You never know when you'll find yourself at a village pub in the Romanian countryside. So you'll be happy to find that all the data resides within the program so your pairings are available without an internet connection.
5 out of 5 Stars: Beckett Guide to Phone Apps
"On your next trip to the pub, don't get overwhelmed by the beer choices. This app suggests beers that go with cheeses and foods - so when you order fish and chips, you'll know to pick out a sweet, rich porter or a hoppy pilsner. And it works the other way as well, so when you're in the mood for a pale ale, you'll know which foods or cheeses to pluck from the menu. Browse lists of foods, beers and cheeses to find the right match."
Beer match by yawlas
This is a very well put together and complete application for matching different beers with all kinds of food. Overall an excellent piece of software for the price.