The American Craft Beer Cookbook
by John Holl
Storey Publishing, $19.95, 344 pp.
Given his premise that beer goes better with food than wine does, craft beer enthusiast John Holl has put together this book of recipes from dozens of brewpubs across the country. Holl has visited more than 900 of them, so his sampling is wide indeed, from a carbonnade served in Tampa, to bread pudding served on Maui, to baked halibut in Sitka, Alaska. Our only complaint is that Holl skipped Detroit and never got closer than Ann Arbor, choosing to fawn over
Holland, Grand Rapids and K-zoo. Hrmph! Tourist!
Monogrammed Stainless-Steel Cocktail Shaker
Go ahead and say it: “Shaken not stirred!” You know you’re hip, so why not have a well-stocked bar? This classic cocktail shaker can be shaken high, shaken low — all without fear since it’s completely watertight until the lid is removed to reveal a pouring spout. Add a sandblasted monogram for a sleek and distinguished personal touch.
Made of stainless steel. May be engraved with a single- or triple-initial monogram. Dishwasher-safe.
Days of Beer — Don’t forget: The Fifth Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival is coming up, running 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. (As of press time, tickets were still available for Friday online.) Can’t wait? Want to get ready with some quality beer? Never fear. It’s Detroit Beer Week all week long! That means beer-related events at all kinds of local hot spots, including Mudgie’s Deli, Woodbridge Pub, Rock City Eatery, Jefferson House, Grand Trunk Pub, Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop and Green Dot Stables. Getting thirsty? Full information is available at facebook.com/detbeerweek.
Roast and Toast — Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company now has a to-go beer and wine license at its Midtown location. In addition to the fine coffees and alcoholic beverages available for drinking, guests can now pick up beer and wine to drink later. You can expect to find sour beers, sustainably grown wines, funky Basque ciders and more, with weekly tastings and talks to help find what you’ll like. Great Lakes Coffee is at 3965 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-831-9627; greatlakescoffee.com.
Back on Tap — Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery hasn’t produced its Wheat Love Ale for several years. That’s a shame, because the beer, an 8 percent ABV wheat, was rated a respectable 89 (very good) on beeradvocate.com. The good news is that Bell’s has selected a few Michigan restaurants to serve this fall delight on tap, while supplies last. Bagger Dave’s has announced that all of its Michigan taverns will be serving this limited run, until they are tapped out. To find a Bagger Dave’s location near you, see baggerdaves.com.
Fall into Wine — The good people at Assaggi Bistro have scheduled another wine dinner featuring the wines of Beni di Batasiola, with presenter Dan Sobiech. Co-owners Josie Knapp and George Gize know how to create lovely dishes that pair well with wine, so this should be a real celebration of taste. It starts at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 23, at 330 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; $98 plus tax and tip; limited seating, call for reservations at 248-584-3499; assaggibistro.com.
Good Buddy’s — Buddy’s Pizza is opening yet another pizzeria this fall, this time in Shelby Township, a move that will raise the number of locations for the family-owned pizzeria to 10. Perennial winner of our best neighborhood pizza category, after living a full life as a neighborhood speakeasy, Buddy’s has been pumping out its award-winning pizza since 1936. Keep your eyes peeled, it is being built from the ground up at Hayes Road and Lakeside Boulevard, between 21 Mile and Hall roads.