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What’s Brewin’ – Australian Pale Ale

From The Australian Brewery in Rouse Hill, New South Wales, Australia a lovely, clean beer, Australian Pale Ale, offers a fresh aroma and delicious, zesty flavors. The brewery has won multiple awards including three gold and two bronze medals at the 2017 AIBA awards, said to be the biggest and most prestigious honors in the country.

It’s Australian Pale Ale, which we recently had the good fortune to taste, won a gold medal and the All-Star IPA, packaged and draught, won two gold medals, while New World Pilsner and Australian Pale also took bronze medals. Head Brewer Daniel Shaw, with the family for more than a decade, is leading the team as they “ride a two-year-gold medal strike rate at every awards event entered,” the company proudly declares.

The Pale Ale is 4.8% ABV and has rich scents of citrus and passionfruit. Characteristic of Australian ale, it is cloudy, crisp and refreshing. Visit http://www.australianbrewery.com/



Best New Products chosen at IHMRS

The International Hotel-Motel+Restaurant Show saw five exhibiting firms take home Editors’ Choice Awards this week, with EcoWall Garden™ winning the Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” honors.
The winners, listed by their categories, were:

GREEN: EcoWalls’ (Bordentown, NJ) Chef’s EcoWall Garden™ successfully blends form with function with its specifically designed system that controls water, nutrients, and lighting to create a sustainable growing environment for a wide variety of fragrant herbs, leafy greens, and other edible plants year-round.

KITCHEN DESIGN: Franke (Aarburg, Switzerland) BKON Craft Brewer’s proprietary brewing process called RAIN™ (Reverse Atmospheric Infusion™) uses reduced air pressure as a brewing or infusion variable that produces deep and layered flavor profiles that are truly unmatched.

OPERATIONS: FlexCart, LLC (New Albany, OH)’s Hotel Engineering Cart is compact, lightweight and very maneuverable, and proven to substantially increase productivity, inventory control, and the overall professionalism of property operations. It includes removable tool bag with 84 tools in 42 labeled pockets, and can carry up to a 6’ ladder.

TABLETOP: VerTerra Dinnerware (New York, NY) offers new collapsible boxes, made from reclaimed balsa wood with a rice paper finish, and feature an innovative reflexive lid and pop-up design, allowing for everything to ship, store, and lay completely flat, saving space while still presenting food well.

TECHNOLOGY: Partender (San Francisco, CA) Bar Inventory & Ordering in 15 Minutes on iPhone, iPad reduces the time it takes owners and managers to do full bar inventory & ordering from 6 hours (or more) to just 15 minutes – all on iOS. While users take inventory of their virtual bars on Partender’s patent-pending system using any iOS device, they can view accounting and order reporting on the web or Excel.

Editors from leading hospitality trade publications reviewed over 120 submissions of the latest products for the industry, and selected winners based on innovative product design, how a product answers a particular industry need, creative use of material or construction, and development or use of a new technology.
Judges for the 19th annual IHMRS Editors’ Choice Awards were Kris Burnett, Hospitality Upgrade; Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News; Beth Lorenzini, Foodservice Equipment Reports; Michelle Renn, Hotel-Online; and Christine Trauthwein, Hotel Business.

Wine of the Week #2 – ‘S’ Sigma Mellasat 2012 White Pinotage, Paarl Coast

To my friend who once denounced my fondness for South Africa’s native Pinotage, I can only say he was totally wrong – Pinotage hasn’t tasted like burnt rubber tires (his words) for a very long time. And this year, we had the good luck to discover white Pinotage – a true treat.
Masciarelli Wine Company’s annual fall tasting in Boston is always a treasure trove of wines and if one takes the time to focus on certain wineries/styles/varietals, they’ll find a myriad of well-worth exploring vintages.
Such was the case this year when we began with the two booths serving South African wines and fell in love with this relatively rare white Pinotage. It quickly became a favorite with the first sip. Terry Seitz Selections presented the wine, noting that production is limited with only 1,800 cases exported to the U.S.

The grapes are whole bunch pressed right after picking the juice from being colored by the red pinotage grape skins. The wine is barrel fermented and held for 10 months, producing creaminess and nutty notes. It’s 13.5% abc and goes for a suggested retail price in the $19 range. It’s been an award winner for the 2010 and 2011 vintages.

The winery dates to ’96 but the vineyards date to 1693. Located 45 minutes from Capetown, it’s in the heart of winemaking country. We loved this wine and would like to see it have broader distribution.

The Spirit(s) World – Bowmore’s Devil’s Casks 10 Years Old

The devil is believed to have visited the Round Church in Bowmore, a village on Islay, once and because it was built without corners, found no place to hide. The congregants of the church saw him and chased him through the village and into a cask Bowmore Distillery’s No. 1 Vaults. It’s said he escaped as warehousemen filled casks, loading them onto a paddlesteamer bound for the mainland.
That tale became the inspiration for Bowmore’s Devil’s Casks, matured exclusively and uniquely in the finest first fill sherry tasks for a decade, brining out intense qualities along with devilish delights!
Bowmore®, the first Islay Single Malt whisky, introduces The Devils Casks Small Batch Release, non chill-filtered and offered at cask strength (56.9% ABV) and matured for 10 years, with a suggested retail price of $89.99. Only 1,302 bottles are allocated for the US late this month or early December, and are expected to sell out quickly. It’s said to have dark fruit flavors, birch tar, fruitcake and maple syrup along with hints of old leather and brandy. This is a beverage that belongs on the bars of restaurants whose guests are discriminating and sophisticated in their tastes, but that really goes without saying!

Wine of the Week – Mud House Pinot Gris 2012

Mud House, maker of sustainable wines from three regions of New Zealand, won a silver medal for this beautifully balanced, delicious Pinot Gris in the Spiegalau International Wine Competition this year.
The winery focuses on the earth and also won best overall New Zealand wines in the Japan Wine Challenge. This Pinot Gris has distinctive spice notes that distinguish it from many others.
Juicy with flavors of pear and quince, this wine’s acidity distinguishes it from other Pinot Gris offerings. Fifty percent of the grapes are from New Zealand’s Waipara Valley with the remainder coming from the two other wine growing regions.
Mud House has a new reduced weight bottle for its wines, reducing its environmental and social footprint. Visit http://mudhousewines.co.nz

What’s Brewin’ – Narragansett Porter

Narragansett Porter, American-style with malty flavor and some hops, will be available in the winter season both on tap and in 16-oz. cans. It’s a brew you’ll find worth trying, brewed in Rochester, NY under the supervision of award-winner, Sean Larkin, brewmaster of Trinity Brewhouse and Revival Brewing, with chinook hops for bitterness, simcoe hops for aroma, black, pale, chocolate, munich and crystal malts, roasted barley and ale yeast.

This tasty and approachable craft brew won the Silver Medal in the 2010 World Beer Championship along with several other honors, most recentlyo the silver at the 16th Annual Beer & Cider Competition in Providence, RI last year.

With chocolate notes and a little smokiness, it’s beeen part of Gansett’s brewing tradition since 1916 when it was called Narragansett Dark and was allowed to be brewed during Prohbition for medicinal purposes. Be well! go to http://www.narragansettbeer.com.