Tag Archives: Beer

Shepard’s Pie

30 Sep

We’ve always enjoyed the good tasting homey feeling of a good Shepards pie. Often it can be found on pub menus where it pairs nicely with a tall pint of your favorite beer. 

Today I decided I’d try and make it at home. Here’s my go at it in photos below. It turned out pretty good although next time I think I’ll add more herbs. 

Cooking the potatoes to mash  
 Everything prepped and ready

Cooking it all up  

 All the ingredients  
Baked deliciousness  

 Here’s a basic recipes for Shepards pie below. (I used fresh vegetables for mine.)

* 1 lb ground beef

* 2 cups mashed potatoes, hot

* 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed

* 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

* 2 garlic cloves, minced

* 4 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed

* 1 cup beef gravy


Preheat over to 375°F 

Brown meat in skillet and drain.
Mix potatoes, cream cheese, 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese and the garlic until well blended.

Stir vegetables and gravy into meat.

Spoon into 9-inch square baking dish.

Cover with potato mixture. Don’t worry about it being perfectly even, the more rustic it looks, the better.

Sprinkle with remain 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through.



How to be a beer snob in one simple chart

22 Dec

Tap Folsom Craft Beer Fest

17 Aug

Tap Folsom Craft Beer Fest in Historic Old Town Folsom California

My home town threw a great beer festival this past week and I attended both the first day VIP Beer Brewing with the Brewer Sessions and the second day VIP Access to the Beer Tasting event showcasing 25 craft beer vendors from all over the country.

Tap Folsom

Tap Folsom

In addition to the great beers there were some really good food trucks representing, and some really good bands that played all night long.

Some of the breweries attending were 21st Amendment, Deschutes, Ballast Point, Ninkasi, Dogfish Head, Avery, Knee Deep, Mraz, Lockdown, Anchor, Anderson Valley and many more.  A good time was had by all.

Here’s a little film I made showcasing the brewers and their beers, some really good local bands, the local scenery and more.

Folsom Tap House

31 Jul


There’s a new beer place in Folsom.

Brought to you by a local restaurant owner who we already know knows how to build and run a great place – Jeff Back of Back Wine Bar & Bistro.

Folsom Tap House is located in the old Sports Bar building is in the same business area as Back Wine Bar & Bistro. The site of the new Tap House had also housed several other restaurants before including an old French Bistro run by a couple from England.

Needless to say, Jeff has done it again.  It took a few weeks to iron out the new opening bugs but the place is running very well and we have enjoyed visiting, dining and enjoy some very good beers at Folsom Tap House.

To summarize, Folsom Tap House is a very nice place. The ambiance was good, the service outstanding and the food and beer were excellent.

As soon as we walked in, we were immediately greeted and seated. Waters arrived right away and beers were ordered and served quickly. It took us a while to pick what we wanted to eat (great selections) and every few minutes someone would stop by and ask if we needed help or were ready to order – I could not ask for better service then that.

We tried a couple of the beer samplers which happened to be 50% off that day – nice! The beers were great, we enjoyed them all and it was nice how all the styles and brands were explained in detail.

The draft beer list AND the bottled beer list are fantastic! This place has a lot of great beers available.

For food we ordered the salmon sliders and chicken wings and wow they were good!
I’m not even a fan of chicken wings but theirs were great and I already looking forward to going back and having them again.

Through out our evening we were checked in on often by staff which was great. The beers we ordered never sat empty and overall we had a very enjoyable time at Folsom Tap House. We plan to be frequent flyers at this place – it’s that good! and well worth it.

Folsom Tap House
25005 Blue Ravine Rd #140
Folsom, CA  95630

Beer Flavors

17 Jun

When you drink a beer you do it mainly for taste. Nobody likes tasting a crappy beer, but each of us enjoy certain beer types with flavors that appeal to our taste buds the most while also quenching our thirsts.  Beer types can vary from IPA, Wheat, Pale Ale, Brown Ale and so on.

It’s often difficult to describe the flavors you are tasting, or know their origins and how it all fully impacts the taste and quality of the beer you are drinking.

Here’s something that should hopefully help you better determine the flavors of the beer(s) you are tasting.

This is a Beer Flavor Wheel taken from the book Craft Beer World by Mark Dredge

Beer Flavor Wheel

Beers and Pubs in Amsterdam

1 Aug

I recently traveled to Amsterdam for work during June and again in July and found the food and dining there to be absolutely outstanding!  So many choices of great food and beverages were to be found everywhere all within walking distance while staying at the city center in Amsterdam.

This is the beginning of a series of articles and photography of restaurants and pubs I visited during my travels to London and Amsterdam in June and July of 2013.

This first in a series of foodie related photos I’ll be posting. This first set are photos of various brew pubs and beers that I visited and tried while in Amsterdam.

FLB Entertainment Center and FLB Sports Bar & Casino

30 Jul

Folsom is fortunate to have a long time family owned and operated bowling alley that has been around for many years and over the past several, has evolved into a state of the art family entertainment bowling center.

Come check out the new FLB Entertainment Center, with comfy couches, and a remodeled bowling center & party room.  You can now reserve bowling lanes directly through their website!  www.FLB365.com

Located in the very same complex you will also find (for the adults) FLB Sports Bar & Casino which has a new 20 tower super cold draft system featuring many great local craft beers.  Did you know they have been voted Best Sports Bar 5 years in a row now.  (why haven’t you been there yet?)

Watch all your favorite sporting events & UFC fights on one of their 37 HD TV’s & their New GIANT 80″ LED HD TV for the best viewing experience in town!

FLB Casino has a very popular $1,000 guaranteed tournament every Saturday starting at 8:00pm only $15 to get in! (ask Floor person for details). They offer Texas Hold’em, Double Deck Black Jack & 3 Card Poker daily.

FLB Entertainment Center & FLB Sports Bar & Casino are located at:

511 E. Bidwell St.
Folsom, Ca 95630
T: 916.983.4411



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