Beer: Discover Brewtopia at Central Market

For the official start of the NFL regular season (Who Dat?), Joe fixed burgers, queso and guacamole.  A quick meal so we could get down to the business of watching football. When I asked if we were having wine, he said, “This meal would be better with beer!”

Did you know that last year there were nearly 1600 breweries operating in the United States? That’s the most ever since Prohibition! When Joe first visited me in Texas (in 1999) I introduced him to his first Shiner, as well as our local microbrewery, Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Soon he was joining me in the Saint Arnold Pub Crawls and helping me collect glasses for completing the crawls! In fact, most of our “casual” glassware sports a Saint Arnold logo (we made a lot of the crawls in the past 10 years.)  Joe even brews his own beer from time to time.

Joe with Shiner in Austin, Texas December 2002

Craft Brewers are good for the economy! Including brewpub serving staff, craft brewers provide an estimated 100,000 jobs in the United States. Now I’ve never been a big beer drinker, but I do like craft brews.  Although I usually “nurse” one glass of beer through an entire football game, I love to cook with it (when Joe lets me in the kitchen). And I’m always up for a beer tasting or pairing.

Including brewpub serving staff craft brewers currently provide an estimated 100,000 jobs in the United States!
Lucky for me, Central Market is hosting it’s first ever “Discover Brewtopia” in celebration of all things beer.  For two weeks, beginning with a Beer Roundup on September 22, there will be beer tastings and samplings, beer pairings and cooking classes including those with Saint Arnold’s owner Brock Wagner and Jimmy Mauric, Brewmaster of Shiner Beer.  Chef Kent Rathbun of Abacus, site of our Dallas Urban Wineauxs trip last year, will also be visiting.  There’s even a Beer and Chocolate Pairing set for October 2.  Now, that’s something you don’t want to miss.

Here’s the line-up for the First Annual Discover Brewtopia Celebration:

* Sept. 22 – Beer Round Up
* Sept. 23 – The St. Arnold’s Gastro Pub Dinner: Beer Tasting and Food Pairings
* Sept. 25 – The Victory Gastro Pub Dinner: Beer Tasting and Food Pairings
* Sept. 26 – Home Brewing Workshop
* Sept. 27 – Brewtopia: From Pint to Plate with Chef Kent Rathbun
* Sept. 28 – Tailgating Pleasures with Molly Fowler, The Dining Diva
* Sept. 29 – Shiner Beer Dinner with Brewmaster Jimmy Mauric, Shiner Beer
* Sept. 30 – Beer 101
* Oct. 2 – Beer and Chocolate Pairing

We’re told there will also be Brewmaster samplings from experts like John McDonald and Jeremy Marshall throughout the two-week event. For more information visit the Central Market Cooking School website!

And stay tuned as we report on our adventures during the Brewtopia celebration!

The WineWonkette

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Amy Corron Power View posts by Amy Corron Power

A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world's wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and legions of twitter, Instagram and Facebook friends and fans. Amy holds certifications through the International Sommelier Guild, and is also certified, with honors, as a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). She is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events. Amy is also a contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books, and was most recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude.
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