A beer lover’s dream! Foaming over with craft brew reviews, trivia, and more beer-related fun, this calendar fills every day of the year with a refreshing cheer. Belgian ales with coriander, orange peel, and lemongrass; Japanese Koshihikari Echigo Beer, brewed with rice in addition to barley malt; and pints with unexpected sweetness, like cola-colored Over the Moon Vanilla Milk Stout. Includes food-pairing tips (instead of white wine with a summer salad, try a fruity but tart Belgian gueuze), plus recipes, rhymes, quotations. Beers from microbreweries and brewpubs, both American and imports, are featured, as are beer labels. A slam-dunk gift for beer geeks.
A celebration of fine wine, food pairings, tasting notes, and more, compiled by Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible. Savor aromatic reds like cabernet franc, prized for its minerally, dark-chocolate flavors, and California whites like chenin blanc, which makes for a refreshing Watermelon White Sangria with slices of nectarine and lime. Master the art of pairings—did you know that dry sparkling wines go well with the salty crunch of popcorn? Or that cherry-flavored Côtes du Rhône goes best with warm stew? And expand oenophilic knowledge with quotes, tips on spectacular bottles within a budget, and wine horoscopes that match each sign with the right wine. Plus Ask Karen—Q&As that address wine queries and curiosities.
So much great beer—for every season and every occasion. Cool down with Magic Hatâs Pistil Dandelion Ale, which boasts distinctive herbal notes and refreshing tartness and astringency. Warm up with Chocolate Hazelnut Porter (not too sweet, and creamy as a latte). Plus, what to drink with spicy tacos (Vienna-Style lager), Hop, Skip, and Go Naked and other beer cocktail recipes, beer fundamentals, quotes, drinking games, and beer recommendations the whole year round.