First of all—Krista’s new book is out, y’all! It’s The Diva Paints the Town, is phenomenal, and you can buy it here.
Super Bowl time is here, y’all. At least…I’m pretty sure it is because I saw Avery’s post on it. :) Unfortunately, I’m usually the clueless bystander in the room—doomed to cheer at inappropriate junctures for the wrong team and forever asking about ‘downs’ before immediately forgetting what they are again!
One thing I do enjoy about Super Bowl parties? The beer. Oh believe me, I do like wine, too…but let’s face it—it just doesn’t fit the Super Bowl spirit.
I usually end up bringing my own beer since I’m no fan of the light, American varieties that are usually popular at these venues.
Interested in trying different varieties of beers? The nice thing is that many stores that stock microbrews or international beers will allow you to make your own six packs of different bottles. It’s a great way to sample something new without committing to buying six of something you’re not sure you’ll even like.
Beer (although it’s subdivided into many groups); made of yeast, starch—like malted grain, water, and hops; can be divided into two different groups: pale lagers and ales. Did you know that it’s full of history, too? It’s believed to date back to 9000 BC and is even mentioned in the ancient writings of Egypt and Mesopotamia.
Because I’m devoted to the Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen readers, I have made the sacrifice to purchase different types of my most favorite kinds of beers. No thanks are necessary! Yes, I suffer for my art. :)
Lager: I’ll admit lagers aren’t my most favorite, but I know they’re very popular with most casual beer drinkers. They’re frequently lighter-colored and mild tasting. They’re fermented at a lower temperature and with a different yeast than ales are. The Brooklyn Lager to the left is a good one.
Ale: There are many different types of ales: Belgian, Scotch, and brown ales are among the most popular. They frequently taste sweeter than ales and can have an almost fruity taste.The Trappistes Rochefort is great…you just might want to consider halving it with a friend. It’s 9.2% alcohol.
Stout: Variations include imperial stouts, dry stouts, oatmeal stouts, even chocolate stouts. They’re very dark beers with highly roasted malts—Guinness is probably the best known of the stouts, and my personal favorite. Is Guinness good for you, as the ads have stated? I’m not so sure about its medicinal value, but it’s wonderful tasting.
Porter (in the stout family): Dark in color, porters are brewed with dark malts. I’m a fan of honey porters. In fact, I’m such a fan that I mistakenly thought I had one in the fridge to take a picture of. Oops! The picture to the right is Sierra Nevada’s honey porter. It’s a beer I enjoy, although I didn’t take the picture.
Wheat: As the name suggests, wheat beers are brewed with a large wheat ingredient and usually quite a bit of malted barley, too. Witte is a tasty wheat beer.
Enjoy the Super Bowl, and see if you can find a new drink to enjoy while you “watch” the game! :)
Now—on to Truth and Lies. :)
So….truth or lie?
2. Elizabeth won $100 playing Bingo at the Cloister in Sea Island, GA, when she was 4 years old. All she wanted with the money was a Donald Duck coloring book.-–True! What was I thinking? I remember being really little, winning Bingo and not wanting to say anything because there were so many grownups in the room!
3. Elizabeth’s years of experience as an assistant funeral director at the Amazing Grace Funeral Home was the inspiration for her murder mystery writing.—Oh, I lied about that, too. :) This lying can be fun!
Pretty is as Pretty Dies –Elizabeth Spann Craig
Delicious and Suspicious (Summer 2010) Riley Adams
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