Monday, February 4, 2008

Ramblings: BBQ and Beer

February is Beer Month at the Home of BBQ!

We are very grateful to have the input of beer experts offering their opinions on pairing of beer with BBQ. We will be posting four different recipes (three sauces and one rub) and our featured guests will be presenting their views on what beer best compliments the sauce and meats.

Our first expert is Michael Payne. Michael is a former ceramic artist who's interest in beer first took a serious turn when he read Garrett Oliver's "The Brewmaster's Table". This book changed his perspective on beer and taught him the importance of good food in bringing out the best in beer. In 2006 Michael made a career switch to professional brewing, attending the World Brewing Academy in Chicago and Munich, Germany in the spring of 2007. He currently works for the Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, Georgia.

Our second expert is Tim Bisson. Here is what Tim had to say:

I am a Recognized Judge in the Beer Judge Certification Program who has brewed at home for about 10 years. I brewed professionally for three years while living in Colorado. Currently, I live in Anchorage, Alaska and think beer is the second greatest liquid on Earth. (H2O, you rock my world!!)

My interest in pairings started when I saw a beer dinner being advertised for $80 a head and decided if I hosted one at home, it would be cheaper and more fun. So a friend, my wife and myself put together a five course dinner for ten people and had a wonderful time. Since then, I continue to eat and drink while trying to create delicious duos.

Ok! Our thanks to Tim and Michael for their help. We will be covering a mustard vinegar sauces, a white sauce a traditional red sauce and a dry rub. We will be doing one pairing a week, starting Friday.

What beer do you usually drink with BBQ?

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