Beer for your Valentine

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Beer for your Valentine - Sierra Nevade Sidecar Orange Pale AleCan you believe Valentine’s Day is next week? If you ask me… beer is the perfect gift for this holiday!

I have a lot of people ask me for suggestions of what brands of particular beers to buy at Coborn’s Liquor. And if you are buying for a gift you may not know what brand the gift-receiver loves but you may know what type they enjoy. So I have come up with a list of popular beer types and my suggestions for brands and flavors you should try.

Pale Ale

If your Valentine enjoys a Pale Ale, you should pick up Sierra Nevada’s new Sidecar Orange Pale Ale. It’s a Pale Ale with a twist. This hoppy Pale Ale is brewed with Cascade, Equinox and Mandarina hops with a hint of orange peel that adds a zesty pop of bright orange flavor.

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October Speciality Beers

October Speciality Beers

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When people think of fall they think of hunting, fishing and football. I think of Oktoberfest beers. There are many good Oktoberfest beers out there, but I would like to give you some of my absolute favorites:

Surly Fest

Not a German style Oktoberfest Bier
Brewed with 3 different types of Rye and a single variety of American Hops. Malted Rye, Flaked Rye and Crystal Rye impart a distinctive biscuit flavor to the lush Vienna Malt body, and dry-hopping with Sterling Hops adds bright, floral hop aromas.


Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest

A German-American collaboration on the classic festival beer
Sierra Nevada partnered with Brauhaus Riegele, one of the oldest breweries in Germany, to brew this classic fall seasonal.
New in 2015 this beer pours a deep gold color; the aroma is mostly sweet, bready malt. It tastes like a classic Oktoberfest, which is malty and sweet, but with a clean and crisp finish.


Odell Oktoberfest

Brewed with Munich and Vienna malts and herbal noble hops, this Oktoberfest was lagered for over eight weeks. The brew boasts a golden copper color and white head. Hints of biscut and graham cracker blend with a subtle hop spiciness and a touch of yeast in the aroma. The full and flavorful malt is balanced by a crisp finish.


Schell’s Oktoberfest

With its bright copper-orange color, it is quite symbolic of the autumnal shift of the season. A slightly higher strength, and warm malt body make it the perfect companion for the crisp fall weather in Minnesota. The use of Munich and Vienna malts give the beer its toasty malt backbone, and melanoidin-rich flavor and aroma. It has a soft malt sweetness, pleasant mouthfeel and a slight spiciness. Hop character is subdued, as the malt takes center stage with this beer.


Samuel Adams Oktoberfest

Boston Beer’s autumn seasonal is as reddish amber as the turning maple leaves, with a fruity aroma and a malty kick. This Oktoberfest blends hearty malts for a deep, smooth flavor with notes of caramel creating a brew that’s perfect for the season.



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How to pair Beer with Food

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How To Pair Beer With Food - www.cobornsblog.comGreat beer tastes even better when you surround it with the right things – family, friends, music, sports, and of course, food.  The three main ingredients in beer—malt, hops and yeast—are the elements to consider when pairing.


Malt is sweet; it’s often roasted, which caramelizes its natural sugars. Beers like porters and stouts often draw out chocolate and coffee notes from the malt, which, along with their robust character, pair well with barbequed meats.

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The variety of hops used to flavor beer can be bitter, floral, fruity and even spicy. If you are cooking spicy food, you will certainly enjoy an element of spice in your beer. I would highly recommend a hoppy India pale ale here.


The final ingredient is yeast. American wheat beers, Belgian style witbiers and hefeweizens generally have stronger yeast flavors and pair well with lighter foods, such as seafood and salads.

How To Pair Beer With Food - www.cobornsblog.comA few of my other pairing favorites include farmhouse ale with grilled kabobs, pale ale with burgers, a good pilsner with chicken and brown ale with pork or sausage. With endless flavors, aromas, and textures, you can find a beer to pair with practically any food. It’s hard to go wrong with a good beer and grilling on a warm summer day.

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Until next time,

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Cider Beer – The Fastest-Growing Beer Category

Cider Beer - The Fastest-Growing Beer Category.

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Craft beer’s growth in the U.S. has been amazing, rising from 11.5 million barrels brewed in 2011 to more than 15 million barrels in 2013. Over that same time period, production of Hard Cider has tripled. The growth of cider has been in the works for years, hitting a hot streak lately.

Big brewers have joined the trend, introducing cider brands of their own, with campaigns for beverages that are sweeter and more gender friendly. American Cider is having its trend movement with exciting new producers and varieties, from funky barrel-aged styles to dessert ciders. Even as cider has been enjoying a sharp rise in sales, cider makers expect much bigger things to come. A 2012 Nielsen report stated that the “relatively small cider segment is poised for great growth,” in part because ciders “attract a younger, more affluent consumer.”

American Hard Cider Styles


These ciders demonstrate the true potential of the apple by blending French, English, and American varieties, and the best are the most wine-like in style.


An ever-expanding category, producers both big and small are constantly pairing new flavors with the apple from honey to pumpkin to cinnamon, highlighting the fruit flavor of the apple.

Beer Inspired

In the craft beer craze, cider makers are borrowing brewing methods such as whiskey-barrel aging, and the latest craze, adding hops.


The most popular, these easy sippers are effervescent and straightforward, with pronounced sweetness and candied-apple flavors.

And remember… An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

– Wade
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