Beer–er, Book Club

by Renee on January 12, 2011

A lifelong reader, I have belonged to a monthly book club for nearly ten years now–and at one point I was part of two book clubs!  Ten to 12 of us get together the second Wednesday of every month to discuss the latest title and share a few laughs. Yes, we actually talk about the books we read out here in suburbia. (After things get warmed up with a few adult beverages of course. Book club night is a cherished mom’s night out with the girls.)

Wine is always plentiful at my book club meetings, and there are usually a few beers offered as part of the beverage selection. But as I continue my self-appointed role as a craft beer evangelist, I have taken it upon myself to occasionally bring something a little more exciting than the typical Corona or Labatt the hostess might set out.

This past October, I brought several kinds of seasonal pumpkin ales for the girls to sample: Southern Tier’s Pumking, Dogfish Punkin Ale, and Thirsty Dog’s Pumpkin beer.  The ladies were surprised at how different each tasted from the other–and by how much they enjoyed them.

Tonight we’re in the middle of yet another wintery blast, and I thought it might be fun to bring along a few selections a little more out of the ordinary than your average winter warmer. Just trying to open their palates a little.

Here’s what I’ve decided to take:

The other night I made Pampered Chef beer bread using the Well’s Banana Bread beer–it was delicious! I’m going to bake a loaf to bring tonight, and let them sample the beer as well. Meanwhile, I thought they might enjoy the nuances of the Stone Brewing Smoked Porter and the coffee/chocolate notes of the Southern Tier Mokah.

When I host the group in another couple of months, they may be lucky if I put out any wine at all–and they may not even mind!

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CLEgal @ Why CLE? February 9, 2011 at 4:58 pm

All those pumpkin beer selections are solid…I enjoy every one! The stouts sound good too. And I’ve definitely taken Pampered Chef Beer Bread to book club, made with GLBC Christmas Ale.

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Renee February 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Oooh, I’ll have to try that one in the beer bread!

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Steph @ Hungry in Cleveland February 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Those are great pumpkin ales. I have a post from way back in October/November (when I really was a rookie blogger) about pumpkin beers. LOVE Southern Tier Mokah too.

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Renee February 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm

That Mokah was a hit!

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