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White wine: Sniffing out the unusual suspects for summer

ChriStine Moore/Special to the Town Crier Credit
White wines offer the perfect antidote to summer heat.

Some sounds make me long for white wine: the crack of a bat against its intended canvas-covered target, the swell and subsequent crash of an ocean wave repeated again and again and the wooshing of blossom-heavy branches swaying in the wind.

Saison strain produces uniquely flavorful beers

Derek Wolfgram/Special to the Town Crier
The Bruery’s Saison Rue, a Belgian-style, bottle-conditioned ale, features a complex flavor with subtle but distinctive hints of earthy barnyard funk from the wild Brettanomyces yeast.

Saison is a refreshing beer style for warmer weather, with origins in the farmhouses of Belgium, where it was brewed during the winter and stored until summer as part of the provisions for farmworkers.

Food Brief

Off the Grid, the Bay Area’s network of street-food markets, has scheduled its newest dinner market in Mountain View.

In partnership with the Computer History Museum, Off the Grid will bring 10 food trucks and live music to the museum 5-9 p.m. Fridays beginning this week.

Gateway brews for people who (think that they) don't like craft beers

805 Blonde Ale

Spring is a time for new beginnings, which means it’s a great time to introduce a friend or family member to craft beer.

While beer lovers might enjoy super-hoppy double IPAs, viscous imperial stouts or mouth-puckering sours, such beers can intimidate newcomers to the world of full-flavored beer.

Better bites with bitters

courtesy of Rita Held
Deviled eggs, a springtime tradition, take on a new twist with subtly flavorful Angostura bitters.

Los Altos resident Rita Held has spent her career in test kitchens and culinary consulting. She develops recipes for food companies in the Bay Area and nationwide, and blogs at getcookingsimply.com. This is her first column for the Town Crier – welcome, Rita!

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