Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Phwar, check out the rack on that. Also, a change of name?

Here it is! I have been racking all day today and I'm brewing tomorrow so I just thought I would share a couple of pictures with you showing you the bits of brewing equipment that I use on a day to day basis. Here you are brewery fans:

The Copper (left) and Mash Tun (right)

Fermenting Vessels

Conditioning Tanks (these always put me in mind of old fashioned submarines somehow)

I have also been thinking recently that 'Pete's Food Blog' no longer really describes what I write about here anymore. What do you think I ought to do? The options are as follows:

1. Keep it the same, change nothing.

2. Keep this blog going and write about beer in a second new blog.

3. Just change the name of this blog, keeping the same url.

If you do have any suggestions, names for potential blogs would be good!

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Curry and beer

I have been away, now I'm back with a vengance! I promise more updates and on a wider array of topics.

Firstly, my ultimate food and beer pairing:

Curry and beer. Simple, straightforward but impossible not to love. I normally make my own curry but was feeling very lazy and as you can see in the photo, ordered a takeaway. This in itself is a real treat, you see I always order from The Prince Of India in Faversham. These guys know their curry, I would go so far as to say that I have never had better. The curry in this picture is their chef's special; Bombay Flame made with Naga chillies, spicy stuff!

Now to the beer, without trying to sound too egotistical (I make the bloody stuff) Skrimshander IPA is one of my all-time favourites. Hops, biscuity malt, more hops then a really nice slow bitter finish that grows and grows on the tongue.

When put together magic happens, two things combine to create something greater than the sum of their two parts. The curry tingles and heats, savoury with a hint of sweet coconut. The beer washes in, cooling, sparkling, refreshing the palate, the bubbles intensifying the chili zing round the mouth. The sweetness mimicking the curry but opposing it with a massive bitter finish to leave your mouth craving for more heat, then more cool. A sensory smorgasbord.

After the curry is almost my favorite bit, the beer is a natural sedative, alcohol and hops slowing everything down, relaxing you. Capsaicinoids found in the chili increase heart rate, release endorphins and buzz you up. The 'up down' sensation from both is really pleasant, similar to what this beer tries to achieve.

So, I have shown you mine, now show me yours. What do you drink with curry? Lager? IPA? Perhaps something entirely different. Let me know.