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The Beer Guy

Dave Richmond has combined his work with his love of beer for more than eight years with the Madrigrano families, and is now Global Brands Manager at Beer Capitol Distributing-Lake Country in Sussex. In his position, Dave is responsible for coordinating the marketing and merchandising programs for all the Global brands. The beer products featured in his blog are primarily those distributed but not limited to by Beer Capitol Distributing Lake Country.

Make Your Own Milwaukee Mardi Gras Tonight

Happy Fat Tuesday everyone!

Thousands of rambunctious revelers and painted partygoers will clog the streets of New Orleans' French Quarter and Garden district today to celebrate the last day of Mardi Gras.  But just because you're home in Wisconsin, doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun.  With a little creative thinking, some sizzling Cajun cooking, a few great beers and some spirited, uptempo music, you can host your own Milwaukee Mardi Gras party tonight.

First Things First: The Food
New Orleans has always been known as a hot spot for food - literally.  Full of rich spices and intricate, full flavor dishes, Cajun food is rooted in both southern and French cooking styles.  To make sure your party is a hit, take a page from Fishbones Restaurant Chef Jesse Souza's cookbook and prepare these two stellar Cajun dishes. (For more information on this great Delafield restaurant, visit their site at

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Valentine's Day


Another Valentine's Day will be upon us shortly.  But no matter what you're got planned – whether it’s an exciting night out or a delicious, intimate home-cooked meal – beer can play a part in your Valentine’s Day festivities.  Here are a few ideas.

Red Beer and Red Roses
You may already have plans to get your better half a boutique of long-stemmed, beautiful red roses for Valentine’s Day – but that doesn’t mean you should stop there.  Expand on the color theme of your gift by adding a six-pack or two of some great red beers.  Some of your options include Leinenkugel Red or George Killian's Irish Red

Beer and Chocolate – Obvious and Irresistible
Many of the natural complexities of full-bodied beers are echoed in rich, flavored chocolates and vice versa.  Much like how dark-roasted coffees and chocolates pair well, the roasted malt flavor of stouts and porters parallel the deep tones of dark chocolate, a known aphrodisiac.  For a great gift, combine a few varieties of Godiva or Ghirardelli chocolate in a basket with and a six-pack of Bell’s Java Stout.  Other options to pair with chocolate include Beamish Irish Stout and Negra Modelo.

Pairing Beer with Aphrodisiacs
We’ve covered chocolate, so the next obvious and available aphrodisiac to pair with beer would be oysters.  It’s best to fry the oysters, say experts.  That way, the beer’s carbonation and fizz will temper the oysters’ oily richness, for a unique, flavorful experience.  Oysters are great with porters or Stouts, so try them with a  Bell's Expedition Stout,Breckenridge Vanilla Porter or Tyranena Black Hawk Porter.

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