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Kombucha Moscow Mules

Kombucha Moscow mule

When I was in culinary school I was exposed to the process of fermentation and wild yeast fairly often. They introduced us to kombucha, kefir, kimchi, and sour dough bread just to name a few. So when I went home I was determined to make my own kombucha and have been brewing kombucha for almost 2 years now!

I was driven to continue brewing kombucha mainly because of all the amazing health benefits that come from drinking it. First off, kombucha is an amazing natural probiotic that is great for digestion. It also has been known to improve weight loss, increase energy, a strong immune support, reduce joint pan, and prevent cancer. Read more

Double Chocolate Soufflé

Bourbon County Chocolate Souffle

I chose to wrap up my food and beer pairing experiment with Goose Island’s Bourbon County, not only because its personally one of my favorite beers, but because I find it fascinating that Goose Island actually pioneered the now so highly sought after bourbon-aged beer. Read more

Summit Brewery- Minnesota

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Summit Brewing Company
910 Montreal Circle
St. Paul, MN 55102
Summit Brewery has a special place in my heart and most likely the heart of most Minnesotans. Named after the famous Summit Avenue in Saint Paul, MN, Summit Brewery continues to stay rich in its hometown roots. If you’re one to visit a brewery every place you travel, I’d mark off Summit Brewery as a must for Minnesota!

In 1986, Summit founder Mark Stutrud was determined to rediscover the traditional brewing methods behind the great handcrafted beers that were once enjoyed throughout the Midwest. Today, after years of experimentation and surpassing all doubts, Summit Brewing Company has become Minnesota’s most beloved beer. Read more

Solemn Oath Brewery- Naperville, IL

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Driven by their passion of Belgian-Inspired and Barrel Aged beers, Solemn Oath Brewery produces some of the most sought after beers in the Chicago suburbs. You won’t believe how small the Taproom is first walking in, but by the end of your flight, you have made great friends with everyone around! Solemn Oath is unique in the sense of its décor with corky stools made out of used skateboards and barrels used as tables, but it mainly stands out for its feeling of community

Solemn Oath Brewery’s tap list is every changing and guaranteed to never be the same every time you visit. The Brewery’s goal is to move swiftly through dozens and dozens of beers across a range of styles for the first few years to really be able master a wide range of styles. They want to give their drinkers more than just the now standard IPA. Read more

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