Tuesday, November 18, 2014

All I Wanna Do is Drink Beer for Breakfast...

The Replacements are my all-time favorite band.

Beer is my favorite beverage.

Scrapple is my favorite breakfast "meat".

Leave  it to the folks at Dogfish Head – who already make what we call at THG HQ "The Precious" – to combine all those things in the awesomely named "Beer for Breakfast".

No videos of The Mats performing it that I can find but here's The Get Up Kids doing a very faithful rendition...


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Free Beer for Life? Now That's a Kickstarter I Can (Hic) Get Behind!

How many of you have contributed funds to a Kickstarter campaign?

I've done it a few times and I've received: a nice t-shirt or two (and in one case a nice t-shirt ruined with a graphic telling people I supported the Kickstarter campaign); a couple books; a DVD about my favorite band that I have yet to watch (actually, two DVDs because I contributed twice); and, some zines/self-published comics.

All of these things are nice and I probably could have done without all of them and saved whatever money I contributed. But, to be frank, I'm a little burned out on the whole Kickstarter thing thanks to people like certain directors who shall remain nameless that can surely find the funding for their latest movie but go this route instead.

But a savvy entrepreneur in Texas has caught my attention with his crowd-funding pitch. In an effort to raise $30,000 for his brewhouse, Cory Hodgson is offering those who pledge $2000.00 – get this – three beers a day for four days a week (plus 25 growler fills).

With less than a month to go, the campaign has raised half of its goal.

Check out CrowdBrewed – a crowd-funding site for craft beer projects – for more info.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Moriarty's in Philly Makes List of Nation's Best Wing Joints

I've never been a huge fan of wings.

Most places tend to go overboard with the sauce, making it either too hot or too vinegary. Plus, they're a lot of work for the end result, which is probably why I only eat steamed crabs once every couple years, too.

It might also have something to do with multiple trips to Wing Bowl, the annual chicken wing eating event held in Philadelphia on the weekend before the Super Bowl. There's something about that Buffalo Sauce stench and grown men eating wings till they puke that leaves its mark on your psyche.

You can read my original report on Wing Bowl 2000 here as well as our "triumphant" return in 2007.

Anyway, was glad to see a Philly joint like Moriarty's make this list of the best wing joints in the nation. It'll come as no shock that a good portion of the list features wing joints from NY state and the Northeast, but I was a little surprised LBI's Chicken or The Egg didn't make the list, especially after they gained some notoriety for being on one of those dumb eating challenge shows.

You can check out the full list here.

What's your favorite wing joint? Comment below to be entered in our random monthly drawing for The Complete Hungover Gourmet featuring all 11 past issues.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Supermarket Guru Predicts Top Food Trends for 2015

With 2014 drawing to a close – stores couldn't get Christmas displays up fast enough once trick-or-treating was done – it's time to turn our attention to 2016.

Just kidding! We won't skip 2015 like the stores and television channels are skipping Thanksgiving. Which just happens to be one of my favorite holidays. Hence the bitterness.

Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert has issued his picks for the Top Food Trends we can expect to encounter in 2015. Luckily, the list appears light on bacon, paleo, no-carb, low-carb, etc., though I'm sure one or more of these trends will come to annoy the living stuffing out of us over the next 14 months.

Lempert's picks include:
  • An increase in grazing among older shoppers
  • A turn towards online grocery shopping/delivery services
  • More fermented foods like sauerkraut being added to diets
  • Craft foods with specialized, local ingredients
  • And, smoked foods
You can read the whole list here.

Which of the trends listed are you most interested in? Comment below to be entered into a random drawing for The Collected Hungover Gourmet featuring all 11 past issues.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Thrillist Ranks Best Small Beer Cities in the US

I used to go to Asheville, NC for the annual ActionFest film festival.

Unfortunately, we would spend pretty much every waking moment either sitting in a theater watching a movie, in the lobby of a theater waiting for the next movie to start, chatting with folks like Michael Jai White (see photo), or stuffing our faces at Fryz so we had enough food in us to last through nine straight hours of movies.

But everywhere we turned in Asheville there were signs, magazines, brochures and tourism types telling us how it was one of the best beer cities in America. I always told myself that the next time I went back I'd spend some time appreciating the surrounding beer culture.

Naturally, they've never had another ActionFest. Sad trombone.

Anyway, when Thrillist popped up in my inbox this morning with the headline "The 9 Best Beer Cities in America?" I had a feeling that Asheville would be on the list.

No surprise, there it is, along with Burlington (VT), Bend (OR), Hood River (OR), Longmont (CO – home to my beloved Oskar Blues), Missoula (MT), Portland (ME), Santa Fe (NM), and Traverse City (MI).

You can check out the full list here.

Monday, November 03, 2014

National Sandwich Day Brings THG Out of Self-Imposed Exile!

It wasn't until the other day, when somebody mentioned the paucity of posts at THG lately, that I took a look to see when my last post... holy shittake! August 1?!

Well, unlike previous years when long breaks were for something boring like work, this year's self-imposed exile can at least partially be blamed on publishing a magazine. Just not the one you were hoping I'd say.

Yes, sister publication Exploitation Retrospect issue 53 (!) debuted this fall and I've been busy promoting that, filling orders, co-hosting a mangled media podcast and doing all that goes along with being a self-publishing mogul. In addition to my 9-to-5 (or more like 5-to-2) job and Ryan wrangling, of course.

But anyway, when Friend of THG Dara Bunjon of Dara Does It (which is a food marketing and pr biz, get your head out of the gutter) mentioned that today was National Sandwich Day, well, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to list – in no particular order – The Hungover Gourmet's Top 10 Sandwiches.
  1. Roast Pork with Provolone and Sauteed Greens (from Dinic's in Reading Terminal Market)
  2. Egg Salad
  3. Cold Meatloaf
  4. Reuben
  5. Monte Cristo
  6. Bologna
  7. Tuna
  8. Roast Beef (Hot or Cold)
  9. Shrimp Salad
  10. Oyster Po' Boy (from Mama's On the Half Shell in Baltimore)
Update! Overlooked Honorable Mentions... Pulled Pork, Corned Beef, Chicken Salad with Bacon on Rye (the "New Dan" at Wawa), Grilled Cheese, Scrambled Egg and/or Pepper & Egg, Fish Sammich... I could go on all day!

What's your favorite sandwich? Comment below to be entered into a random drawing for The Collected Hungover Gourmet featuring all 11 past issues.

Friday, August 01, 2014

John Steven Closed in Fells Point?

Sorry to read the report from Richard Gorelick's 'Baltimore Diner' blog that Fells Point eatery John Steven Ltd. has been closed since the beginning of the week with the owner citing the "difficult economic climate".

The restaurant had been one of our "go to" destinations whenever we entertained out of town visitors and I have fond memories of the Irish stew around St. Patrick's Day as well as their fish and chips. But it's the Cream of Trout Soup I had there many, many years ago that will always stick in my mind as one of the finest dishes I've had during my years visiting and living in the region.

I always crossed my fingers the dish would be listed as a special when we passed by so I'd have an excuse to go in. Here's hoping I get that chance again.

Flying Dog Devoted 65% of Production to Old Bay-Flavored Dead Rise Summer Ale

When it was unveiled earlier this summer it might have been easier to actually see dogs fly or the dead rise than find Flying Dog Brewery's Dead Rise Summer Ale flavored with local fave Old Bay on your beer store shelf.

My first experience with the brew was courtesy of a lonely single bottle in the sampler fridge at Fairgrounds Liquors across from the State Fairgrounds. The guys at the counter assured me that I'd dig it – and they were right – but told me it was almost impossible to keep in stock – right again.

Subsequent trips saw THG come away empty handed, until one morning visit when it must have just been delivered and I snagged a six-pack from the cooler. When I brought it to the counter even the owner, who was working the register, expressed shock that I found it.

These days, though, Dead Rise is a pretty common sight at the store with a display as you walk in and plenty available for crab feasts, shrimp boils, cookouts and simply lounging around Charm City.

Turns out that Flying Dog was as surprised by the beer's popularity as anyone and – at one point this summer – ended up devoting 65% of their production to churning out the subtle but tasty seasonal brew.

Between the popularity and what Flying Dog CEO Jim Caruso suggested might be "hoarding", the beer flew off the shelves at such a rapid clip that the company had to suspend sales to states outside the Maryland / DC / Northern VA corridor.

Read the full article at Baltimore Business Journal.

Baltimore Casino to Offer Charm City Cakes for "Street Cred"

I'm not a "cake guy" so I have no idea if people actually go somewhere because of the cakes offered. Is that a thing?

Well, Horseshoe Casino thinks it is because they've partnered with Baltimore's own Charm City Cakes (run by Duff Goldman) to offer their sweet treats in the casino's Baltimore-based Jack Binion's Steakhouse.

Horseshoe Casino GM Chad Barnhill (which sounds like a character James Spader or Craig Scheffer would have played) said the partnership gives the steakhouse "a little bit of that automatic street cred".

When explaining the intended Charm City menu offerings, Duff remarked "you put red velvet on a tire and you're gonna sell it".

I hope that's not what he thought "street cred" meant.

Read the whole article at Baltimore Business Journal.