Eat + Drink This, Episode 1: Szechuan Peanuts + Meantime Coffee Porter

In addition to our normal stories and interviews we’ve decided to share something we’re obviously crazy about – food and drink pairings. We run a beer snack company that is dedicated to this concept, but to tell you the truth, we like all kinds of food & drink pairings – from cookies and milk to bourbon and BBQ.

We’re easing into this by discussing our own Szechuan Peanuts and pairing it with a beer we’re particularly fond of, Meantime Coffee Porter.

What inspired this pairing was actually an early morning of roasting our peanuts and drinking coffee. We thought, “damn, these Szechuan Peanuts go pretty well with coffee.” Not a complete shocker, but caught us off guard in the early morning hours. Continue reading

Integrity, In Four Acts of Food & Wine (errr…make that Wine, Cocktails, Beers & Shots)

Twisted Spoke’s Chila-Killas

A night at a local bar entitled Malort Night 2: The Cheap Beer Festival. There is room in this man’s heart for a night like that. Honest & forthright.

A tasty dinner where the bartender goes above & beyond in fixing a mistake that we, the patrons, made. That’s service and integrity.

A large, gorgeously decorated, upper-end restaurant, with failed service, food that was overpriced and flavor combos that were meh. How does this happen?

A ridiculously tasty Bloody Mary. Beer & customers that are understood by its bartender. Food that is reasonably priced & executed with precision. Period.

What do these four experiences have in common? They all occurred over the last week at dining establishments and seemed to underscore what integrity is or is not. Continue reading

Dress for the Job You Want?

Dress for the job you want, not the job you have, is a popular saying. I recently pulled the trigger on having some awesome American Apparel shirts made with our logo on it. I did this not to sell online (although, now that I think of it, let me know if you think we should – our logo is pretty sweet), but to wear almost everyday of the week. I guess I did it because I want to run a successful snack company and am proud to endorse our products. Continue reading

5 Tips for the Ultimate Pie Pairing Party

The wifey & I love having people over to our place for dinner & drinks. We enjoy going out to the new restaurants around town or hitting up The Map Room for whatever new beer is on tap; however, having people over to your home is way more intimate and let’s you cook & drink whatever you want. It’s a selfish thing.

We pretty much have stuck to “dinner parties” (is that too antiquated for 2012?) and I will often make a signature cocktail &/or try to pair wines or beers with our food.

Last weekend we wanted to try something different. My wife is a HUGE fan of pie – apple, blueberry, whatever. I am a HUGE fan of craft beer – West Coast IPA’s, Barley wines, whatever.

We wondered if we could pair the two ideas together and throw a party around it? So, that’s what we did. We held our first Pie Pairing Party on September 29th. Each guest (or couple) was required to bring a pie and had to pair it with a beverage. Goofy but simple premise. Continue reading

Why BeerSnackBlog?

Chipotle + Lime Peanuts

I sit here with my 6 month old puppy laying on my lap, making it difficult to type. I’ve been thinking about what sort of articles or blog entries to write for our newly developed website over at my small food company Bee’s Knees Food Co.. Instead, I’ve decided to write on Beer Snack Blog about the intersection of food, drink and people.

I’m not a critic, although I have my opinions. I get annoyed by the word “foodie”, but love the art of food and the people who create it. I love beer, but don’t know enough to be considered a beer geek (I’m trying to get there, trust me). There are tons of sites out there that give amazing reports of beer events and restaurants – shout out to you all. Beer Snack Blog is not that.

Generally, the stories and experiences I’m going to share will be about what moves me when it comes to food and drink & the awesome people who make it enjoyable. I’ll share some ridiculously tasty recipes, amusing tidbits, and even business concepts; my hope is that this blog enables a connection and ability to share with amazing people in a deeper way.

This summer I had some awesome times at Chicago Craft Beer Week, Hop Juice Fest and hit up some tasty restaurants (a personal record of 6 restaurants in 2 nights of dinner – yeah, gained about 5 pounds), but am holding out for the quality stories that move me, so I can share them with you.

I’m not going to put out words just to do so. Like our foods at Bees Knees Food Co., I’m going to share what I think is quality and what I think resonates on a deeper level.