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Posted: Oct 31, 2013 1:30pm ET
Germany's Oktoberfest may have officially ended on October 6, but for one night last week inside the Nat Sherman Townhouse, the spirit of the sudsy celebration lived on as dozens gathered for plenty of German beer and food, mixed with a few cigars, of course. The event was Quesada Oktoberfest, and on hand was none other than Manuel Quesada, the patriarch of Manufactura de Tabacos S.A (MATASA), passing out Krone, the newest size in his line of Oktoberfest cigars, along with his nephew Terence Reilly. The duo has been traveling the country since August, hosting beer and cigar pairing events in more than 20 states.
Posted: Oct 25, 2013 10:30am ET
Despite the fact that craft beer continues to surge in sales and consumer popularity, there is still one place where it is shockingly difficult to find great craft beer: fine dining restaurants. While some high-end establishments recognize that the craft beer "trend" is actually permanent and have adjusted their drink menus accordingly, far too many places lag behind the times. Wine is still the dominant pairing partner in much of the scene, and while that's not likely to change any time soon, more restaurants should be offering a beer pairing menu for those who want the complex flavors of a well-crafted beer matching their meal. French brasserie Cafe D'Alsace embraced this idea six years ago when it opened with a full-time beer sommelier on staff; someone to expertly pair the hearty, elegant flavors of the Alsatian cuisine that Chef Philippe Roussel, a third-generation chef from Brittany, prepares. Located in Manhattan's Upper East Side, the restaurant does offer a traditional wine list, but the emphasis is on the 125-plus beer offerings, many of which are even aged in an impressive cellar. Broken down by beer style, the menu also states the beer's country of origin, and a separate menu lists the day's draft-line beer.