Saturday, January 31, 2015

Pic(k) of the Week: Unhappy in the Snow

Unhappy in the snow

A 'Greeky' armless statue appears to be displeased with the snow.

Rosslyn, Virginia.
7 January 2015.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

#VeggieDag Super Thursday

VeggieDag Thursday
VeggieDag Thursday is an occasional Thursday post
on an animal-free diet and ecological issues.

Forget 'deflate-gate.' Today is the day for VeggieDag Thursday's obligatory nod to Super Bowl snacking.

In 2014, 112.2 million television viewers watched the championship game of the National Football League (despite it being a snoozer of a rout), and they ate while they watched the game. They ate a lot. In fact, only Thanksgiving exceeds Super Bowl Sunday in terms of total food consumption.

During the 2013 Super Bowl, here is how much Americans snacked (as compiled by The Street).
  • 1.23 billion chicken wings
  • 79 million pounds of avocados
  • 11.2 million pounds of potato chips
  • 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips
  • 4.3 million pounds of pretzels
  • 3.8 million pounds of popcorn
  • 2.5 million pounds of nuts
Yes, six of those seven are technically 'vegan.' 'Pigging out' isn't limited to animal-eaters.

Super Bowl XLIX (49):
New England Patriots (AFC) vs. Seattle Seahawks (NFC).



Eighteen snacking recipes (equally valid for occasions other than the Super Bowl).
  • Vegetarian 'Haggis'
    Since this past Sunday was the anniversary of Robbie Burns' birth, why not haggis, but vegetarian, keeping the intestines of free-romping sheep intact. The recipe is basically split peas, oatmeal, pearl barley, and Marmite - that last one, the 'intestines' of yeast, if you will.
    — Via The Guardian Food.

  • Vegetarian Chili
    Sorry, Texas: lots of beans. *
    — Via YFGF.

  • Veggie Hot Dogs in beer (2)
  • Veggie Dogs
    If you must go with 'faux' meat: steam some Field Roast Frankfurters in beer.
    — Via YFGF.

  • Tempeh 'Burgers'
    Less faux.
    — Version 1 (grated tempeh patties), via Vegan Dad.
    — Version 2 (baked, marinated tempeh rectangles), via Slate.

  • Cauliflower Hot Wings
    Baked with a chickpea flour batter. Your choice of hot sauce.
    — Via Evolve Vegan.

  • Deviled 'Eggs'
    Hummus-filled potatoes.
    — Via Happy Herbivore.

  • Hoppy hummus
  • Hoppy Hummus
    For those 'eggs.'
    — Via YFGF.

  • Guacamole
    To be one with those 79 million pounds of avocados.
    — Via Washington Post Food.

  • Salsa
    Basic, de rigueur, and easy.
    — Via Vegan Living Today.

  • Kepta Duona: step 7
  • Kepta Duona
    With that hummus, guac, and salsa, try these Lithuanian fried garlicky-bread strips. (Really internationalizing it!)
    — Via YFGF.

  • Pretzels
    For true 'Bavarian'-style pretzels, don't omit the ... lye!
    — Via NPR Food.

  • Smoked Paprika Oven Fries
    A starchy day, but without the grease.
    — Via Washington Post Food.

  • Black Pepper Beer Bread (02)
  • Black Pepper Beer Bread
    An easy, no-yeast recipe.
    — Via YFGF.

  • Black Olive Tapenade
    Lots of garlic.
    — Via YFGF.

  • Green Bean Paté (03)
  • Kasvipasteija
    Green bean paté.
    — Via YFGF.

  • Spinach-Artichoke Dip
    No dairy or tofu. Beans provide the 'creaminess.'
    — Via Oh, She Glows.

Finally, with permission from the author, here's a recipe for Beet Sliders with Avocado Cream, from the cookbook. Dinner in the Beer Garden, by Lucy Saunders, author of several books on cooking-with-beer.
These sliders are inspired by the infamously spicy beet sliders from Gatsby's Diner [unfortuantely, now closed] in Sacramento, California. The original recipe, by chef and co-owners Chuck Caplener and Jared Nuttall, uses 8 arbol chiles for a super-spicy beet. This recipe is moderate in heat, as the hops in Sierra Nevada Pale Ale [Saunders' suggested beer pairing] will accentuate the chiles. To save time, I suggest cooking the whole beets and the avocado spread ahead of time, and sear and assemble the sliders right before serving.

Beet sliders (recipe)
Click on the graphics for larger, printable versions.

Avocado Cream (recipe)

And (not that you might need reminding), don't forget the beer, itself a fine vegetarian foodstuff.

But, what to have?

The game will feature the American Football Conference champions, the New England Patriots, taking on the winners of National Football Conference, the Seattle Seahawks. So, one wonders, should the beer choices be Boston Beer vs. Anheuser-Busch?

  • * Kristin Capps of The Atlantic takes all of us to task about putting beans in chili (that's stew, not chili, she says), and, by implication, the exclusion of meat. Published on-line by Slate, January 2015: here.
  • Dinner in the Beer Garden is available for purchase at the webstore of the Master Brewers of the Americas (MBAA). Read YFGF's review: here.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pic(k) of the Week: Heavy Seas' kettle door.

Heavy Seas kettle door

Looking at the glass door on one of the two new kettles at Heavy Seas Beer, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Baltimore, Maryland-area brewery, celebrating the official launch of the brewery's new brewhouse, bottling line, and expanded production area.

The new system consists of a mash mixer, a lauter tun, two 60-barrel kettles, and a whirlpool tank. Having two kettles gives the brewers a more flexible brewing schedule. That and the larger kettle size yield a daily production capacity of two-hundred-forty barrels.

The original brewhouse was a 3-vessel system with a 50-barrel kettle. It was installed at Heavy Seas, new, in 1995, when the brewery, then known as Clipper City Brewing, began operations. The brewhouse will be dismantled and shipped to Texas, where it will get a new career, in its retirement, at a 'craft' distillery.

16 January 2015.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It's official! Virginia now has more than 100 breweries.

Hot off the presses, well, keyboards, from our friends at the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild: There now are more than one-hundred 'craft' breweries operating in the state of Virginia.

Release Date: January 21, 2015

RICHMOND, VA –The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild announced today that the Commonwealth is now home to over 100 craft breweries. This important milestone was celebrated at the Guild’s annual meeting and Craft Beer Caucus legislative reception, attended by over 150 brewers and legislators from around the Commonwealth.

“100 craft breweries is a huge milestone for Virginia,” said Cassidy Rasnick of the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, an affiliate of the Virginia Manufacturers Association. “We have seen exponential growth in the last few years, not only in the number of craft breweries, but also in the quality of the beer being produced and the cooperation and collaboration in the industry.”

The number of craft breweries is calculated from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s report on brewery licensees, available on their website.

Growth of the craft beer industry has exploded in the last few years. The Guild attributes some of the growth to the passage of SB 604 in 2012. The legislation, also known as the tasting room bill and sponsored by Senator Jeffrey McWaters and Delegate Jennifer McClellan, allowed breweries to sell their products for on-premise consumption. Since the law went into effect in 2012, the number of craft breweries in the Commonwealth has more than doubled. The craft beer industry now supports over 8,000 jobs in the Commonwealth and has a $623 million economic impact on the state.

The 100th craft brewery licensed in Virginia is Garden Grove Brewing Company, expected to open in Richmond in February.

“We are extremely excited to be opening the 100th craft brewery in the Commonwealth,” said Ryan Mitchell, owner of Garden Grove Brewing Company. “We can’t wait to share our unique and unforgettable line up of beers.”


Is Cizauskas shilling for Boston Beer?

This is a photo of me pulling slurry from a fermenter.

High Prime (02)

And, here, below, is a screenshot of a gentleman pulling a sample of beer from a barrel. It's a still from a currently running Sam Adams beer ad called "Be Original. Stay Independent.

He looks remarkably like me.

Cizauskas in Sam Adams ad?

Am I now shilling for Boston Beer? Am I eligible for residuals?

No! That is not I. Are we looking at a doppelganger?