The winners of the 2012 World Beer Cup were announced on May 5 in Boulder, Colorado. The competition, also called "the Olympics of Beer," was hosted by the Brewers Association.
Brewers from around the world received awards from an elite international panel of judges in the 2012 Brewers Association World Beer Cup. The ninth bi-annual competition boasted the strongest field of entrants on record, with 799 breweries from 54 countries and 45 U.S. states entering 3,921 beers in 95 beer style categories. A 17.7 percent increase over 2010, the entries were eligible for gold, silver and bronze awards in their respective categories. Judges presented a total of 284 awards.
Karen Lindbo and George Redick of Oak Knoll Farm in Windsor, Vermont, got into the dairy business 24 years ago and now own the largest goat diary in Vermont. While it takes 10 goats to produce the same amount of milk as one holstein cow, goat dairy offers a more stable pricing structure.
Kathleen Squires of The Wall Street Journal takes us on a 105-mile on the Mont Blanc trail through Italy, France, and Switzerland. The trail winds its way through ice-capped mountains and scenic valleys, all the while highlighting some of the world's best cheeses at warming huts and hostels along the way.
We encountered fontina all along the Italian route. In Courmayeur, it was stuffed with ground walnuts into sunflower-shaped pasta topped with cream sauce. In Aosta, its fruitiness emerged when it was folded into a crespelle with ham. When we crossed into Switzerland around day nine, reblochon took the spotlight—in the town of La Fouly, for instance, in a thick tartiflette, wrapping potatoes and cream in an oozy embrace.
French farmers, who typically vote to the right, voice concern over the frontrunning candidates in the current election. Many say they will vote for Nicolas Sarkozy, but say he pales in comparison to his predecessor Jacques Chirac who had a strong record of supporting farmers and farming issues at the national and international level.
"I don't think either is a very strong candidate," says Rachel. "Neither has the stature, the standing, of a Pompidou, a De Gaulle, even a Mitterrand. And their programmes aren't clear; really short on detail. We did look seriously at the other candidates, but there's always something: that idea of Marine Le Pen's and the Front National to pull France out of the EU, return to the franc, for example. Completely ridiculous; just not credible."
Darcy, a stubborn dairy cow from Colorado, escaped from her pen last week and showed up at the local McDonald's, where she opted for the drive thru:
Williams-Sonoma, the brand known for fine cookware ware and specialty foods, recently launched a new product line called "Agrarian" for urban and backyard homesteaders. Are they simply jumping onto the DIY bandwagon or actually making sustainable living more accessible?
Six stores nationwide, including Palo Alto, also started carrying the products and resources for gardening, beekeeping, raising chickens, canning and more. The Post Street location in San Francisco stocks the DIY kits, so you can easily make your own cheese or kombucha. Some of the larger products, like the backyard chicken coop, cedar raised beds and copper-topped beehive, are only sold online.
Dr. Michael Catapano of Catapano Dairy Farm in Peconic, NY, left his day job as an emergency physician for a few years to help his wife build up their farm from 15 goats to 80. They now make goat cheese, yogurt, soap, skincare products, and fudge.
He and his wife, Karen, had spent time on farms as children and were attracted to a more rural life, although the challenge of doing so turned out to be significant. They had to learn from scratch how to manage the goats and turn their milk into something edible.
“We knew nothing,” Dr. Catapano said. “It was a lot of trial and error. I think we underestimated how much work it would take to get it to the point to where we wanted it to be.”
Roxy Todd and Emily Newton are interviewing farmers and families living along US Route 219, a winding Appalachian highway that hugs the ridges of the most rural counties of West Virginia.
They are returning to towns first visited by the Federal Writer's project during the Great Depression, discovering communities largely unchanged, still without a traffic lights, but rich in storytellers. Gathered around kitchen tables, they found a rich history of dairy farming along Route 219:
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You may have heard that Pizza Hut has created a cheeseburger-pizza hybrid called the "Crown Crust Pizza," which is only being sold at franchises in the Middle East. While American foodies may be put off by the melding of these two dishes, NPR's food blog, The Salt, gets behind why it's more acceptable to a Middle Eastern audience.
Many foodies have decried it as a "culinary abomination," "a sign of the apocalypse," or proof that America is finally losing its monopoly on gluttony. A reviewer at Serious Eats, who tried the Crown Crust in Dubai, wrote: "There seems to be no rational explanation as to why this pizza was created."
Fuchsia Dunlop at The Financial Times has the story on an ongoing scientific project surrounding the relationship between metals and taste. The most recent culmination of the project was a seven course meal of delicately spiced Indian food served alongside spoons with different metal coatings at Quilon, the Michelin-starred restaurant in London. Materials scientists, culinary mavens, and psychologists thoughtfully sucked on their spoons throughout the meal. Suffice it to say, the results were fascinating, and may make you think twice before you set the table at your next dinner party
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