Q&A: Agrarian Ales’ Jenna Simonson

Words by Skyla Patton | Photo by Michael Davies Are you a beer enthusiast? Tired of having to pick only from the selection in stores? It’s time to roll up your sleeves and become more than just the drinker of beers — homebrewing is calling your name. Homebrewing is an ancient art form that has regained popularity in recent years. We sat down with experienced homebrewer, Jenna Simonson, tasting room manager at Agrarian Ales to get an inside scoop on what goes into the art of homebrewing. Question: When did you first start home brewing? Answer: I started home...

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How To Be a Beer Geek and Create Your Own Pairings

Words and Photo by Anna Glavash Whether you want to chef up your own multi-course gourmet meal complete with drink pairings or just enjoy some quality snacks alongside a couple bottles, you might assume wine is the way to go. Think again. According to Brian Coombs of Alesong Brewing and Blending, beer is actually a better option for food pairing, and he’ll tell you why. “We have an incredible versatility of flavors we can work with because we’re not limited to just the grapes as ingredients. Beer also has carbonation, which acts as such a good pairing tool because...

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Pie Recipes From Home

Words by Kelsey Tidball and Sierra Pedro Nothing feels more homey or nostalgic than homemade pie. But we all know we don’t have time to slave away in the kitchen all day. Luckily, there are ways to get that same homemade pie payoff without all the labor. Here are two of our favorite easy “homemade” pie recipes perfect for a winter weekend night. Easy Apple Crumble What you’ll need: For the crumb topping… ½ cup flour ½ cup old-fashioned oats ½ cup brown sugar ½ tsp. baking powder ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon 1 dash of salt ⅓ cup unsalted...

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The World’s Easiest Gingerbread Cookies

by Kelsey Tidball Ingredients: 1 box of spice cake mix (Betty Crocker, Duncan Hines, etc.) ½ cup room temperature butter 1 chilled egg Icing or chocolate for decorating Mini M&Ms or red hots for decorating Recipe: Sift the boxed cake mix to get rid of flour lumps. Mix the egg and butter in a bowl until completely combined. Add the sifted cake mix to the wet mixture. Mix until the batter becomes crumbly. Do not add any extra moisture. Roll out the dough. Use cookie cutters to create the gingerbread man (or any other) shape. Bake at 350 degrees...

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Herbivore Holidays: A Vegan’s Guide to Surviving Thanksgiving

By Skyla Patton Year after year, dining tables are piled up with mountains of mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casseroles and a huge, recently clucking turkey — leaving vegans and vegetarians in the crowd disgruntled. Fear not, veggie lovers—there is still hope! Check out these plant-based recipe ideas for an animal product-free Thanksgiving that will make any vegan’s mouth water. Appetizers Oven-Fried Zucchini Crisps Ingredients: 1 zucchini, 1 cup of breadcrumbs, 1 cup of almond milk, flax egg, seasoning to taste These mouthwatering chips are so guilt-free and easy to make that you’ll want them daily, regardless of...

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