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December 21, 2009

FLOYD COUNTY FOOD: Holiday Helpings

<b>SPIRIT OF THE SITUATION</b>

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Colder air and grayer skies give savvy hosts the perfect reasons for getting people together every holiday season. Choosing the right beverage isn’t always easy though, so local restaurateurs, brewers and others weighed in on how to warm up holiday socials in each of the following situations.



ROGER BAYLOR

Owner, New Albanian Brewing Company

PARTY WITH FRIENDS “If you don’t know what you’re eating, a good European-style pilsner, like Pilsner Urquell, goes with everything, and won’t offend anybody. If you have a specific dinner party theme in mind, you might get something a little more adventurous, like an American-style pale ale with Tex-Mex.”

WRAPPING GIFTS “I think the cold winter night is the key here, which I’d suggest a higher gravity beer, like a Belgian trappist ale. There’s something plummy or raisiny to them that goes well in keeping with a cold winter night.”

GIFT BASKET “I would put in gift cards or certificates from the five breweries we have in metro Louisville. That’s something you can use to get a couple of appetizers and beers.”

FAMILY HOLIDAY DINNER “Gale’s Hard Cider from the Thomas Family Winery in Madison, Ind. I think that’s one of the best alcoholic beverages made hereabouts that no one knows exists. It’s fantastic.”



MICHELLE CHASE

Bartender, Korner Pub, Georgetown

PARTY WITH FRIENDS “My friends would like beer and mixed drinks. Obviously, if you’re having a barbecue, you’re going to have cold beer.”

WRAPPING GIFTS “Cherry bombs, which are vodka and Monster [energy drinks]. I like it, and you can mix cherry vodka with just about anything. It’s especially good if you’re wrapping presents on Christmas Eve and you need to keep going. That’s what the Monster is for.”

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