The Dark and Stormy of the Beer World: An Excursion into Porters and Stouts

August 4, 2011 6:30 pm
August 4, 2011 9:00 pm
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Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center
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540 President Street, suite 2E, Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11215

Explore the world of beers in our Summer Brewskies Series alongside brewskie aficionado Hagan Blount, of I Taste Your Beer & Wandering Foodie and Nissa Pierson, Managing Director of Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, beer drinking amateur but culinary beer extraordinaire! Tonight, the clouds overhead will darken out of respect for their dark beer friends, the porters and the stouts of the world. Before the 1700s, it’s said that all beers were brown. Not just heavy, winter beers, you’ll see what unifies and divides porters and stouts, and discover what you like best. We’ll navigate the far seas in search of the world’s oldest beers, and taste stouts from climates warm and cold. Stout is the name given to stronger porters, so it’s up to the brewery to decide what they want to call it. We will call it satisfying. Learn which questions to ask when ordering these popular varieties, what’s the difference between a porter and brown ale, what’s a rocket widget, and why porters are so good from Nitro taps. We will taste and compare several porters and stouts and discuss their flavor profiles. Who’s next in line behind the Irish in stout supremacy? Get the answers, and learn why porters and stouts work so well in chocolate baked goods as we bake with beers!

Recipes: Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Porter Frosting

Class Type: Summer Brewskies Series, hands-on cooking class

Class Notes: Deepen your knowledge of the world’s oldest, darkest beers- porters and stout!

Hagan Blount

Hagan began training to be a beer connoisseur before it was legally admissible. His beer snobbery developed more roundly throughout high school and college, beginning to break into microbrews after exposure to the accessible gateway drinks distributed by Allagash, Geary’s, Samuel Adams, and Saranac. A young man can’t help feeling an air of superiority knowing that the beers he’s drinking have a more complex flavor profile than those favored by his peers. As someone who constantly seeks new ways to stimulate his senses, Hagan has come to one conclusion: beer is the least expensive way for a person to have a new, multi-sensory experience every day. He wants to share this with the world, and you can rely on his site ITasteYourBeer to bring you unbiased information on beers with every click.
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Nissa Pierson

Nissa Pierson, Managing Director of Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, has never really fallen in love with a beer, opting instead to use its flavorful nature in her cooking. She’s excited about the possibility of finding the right beer for her and learning more about all of the beers the world has to offer for it at least creates a deeper appreciation for the subject at hand. Noted Marketing Expert, Accredited Recipe Writer, and Herb Farming Extraordinaire, Nissa Pierson has led the way for Ger-Nis International LLC for nearly a decade, pioneering a new course for Fair-Trade & Organic Fruit and Vegetable Distribution. This cat proves that an active curiosity actually just makes you better prepared for the many things life throws at you. This curious approach led her to tending giant basil fields in the California landscape which turned into selling herbs on massive scales for others which turned into selling herbs on massive scales for herself and their growers which, in turn, gave birth to the center we know and love today. She craves travel, seeking fresh herb and organic conversation throughout the world. Nissa is a self-taught cook, employing truly tried-and-true techniques not found in so many other places, lending a deliciously, unique quality to every dish she prepares. She is a big fan of riding the waves and horses but not roller coasters. Contact Nissa

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