Mead all about it: Fermented honey drink earns a spot in the cellar

Lost Cause
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Sweet Reckoning raspberry hazelnut mead boasts a simple yet elegant taste.

While beer, wine and spirits get most of the attention in the world of craft alcoholic beverages, San Diego’s Billy and Suzanna Beltz believe that mead’s time has come.

Mead is a beverage made with fermented honey and various adjunct ingredients, and while it is often associated with Renaissance fairs or Vikings, it has a long, storied history through many cultures.

Local options to bring home the love this week

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Cascal’s family meals, above, include a choice among salads, bread with dipping sauce, a variety of desserts and entrees ranging from paella to beef short ribs. Taste Catering & Event’s French-inspired Amour Box, right, includes the option of Champagne or cocktails.

As we’ve been living this sheltering-in-place life, love has been front and center. It’s love that has us wearing masks for the sake of protecting not just ourselves, but the more vulnerable in our communities.

Ghostwood Beer turns to crowlers, local fans under ongoing lockdown

Ghostwood Beer Co
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Ghostwood brewmaster Tommy Domingo, right, hands the mash paddle to Stanford University biochemist Ouma Onguka as they collaborate on brewing Old Forgotten Words West Coast IPA.

Ghostwood Beer Co.’s taproom opened on Brewster Avenue in Redwood City in September 2018 and quickly established itself as a favorite among Peninsula beer drinkers.

Oh, Zoom all ye family

Snacks for a Zoom party
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Pack a wine split, gluhwein or to-go-cocktail with snacks for the drop-off preamble to a party on Zoom.

There’s an entirely new kind of magic fueling this holiday season – creative ways to connect with family and friends over Zoom. The ingenuity comes as little surprise given the beautiful adaptability of what “together” has become under COVID restrictions.

Perfect beers for a Thanksgiving feast

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Lagers like Floodcraft Brewing’s Festbier complement rich food and oven-roasted fall feasts.

For a few years now, I’ve been projecting that craft lagers would be the “next big thing” in the beer world, something to dethrone hazy IPAs from their dominant place on brewery taplists everywhere.

It took a global pandemic to make it happen, but lagers seem to have moved into a more prominent spot, at least for the moment.

Taking time for fresh, fluffy pita bread

Pita Bread
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Pair homemade pita bread with labne, za’atar and olives.

If there is one consistent item that has been missing from supermarket shelves during the lockdown, it’s yeast.

People have been buying yeast like never before, and social media has been saturated with home cooks posting warm and fuzzy photos of baguettes, pizzas and banana bread baked from scratch.

These longer baking projects have the extra bonus of permeating the home with beautiful scents and tapping into fond childhood memories.

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