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Pairing Food and Beer at CVP Towson

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Texas Red Chili on a PlateEveryone has heard about pairing wine with food. There are some restaurants that base their whole menu on it. For some people, wine and food pairings are the perfect way to go; not everyone is a huge fan of wine, though. Some people prefer to pair beer with food. Since craft beers started to make a resurgence, people have been focusing more on what flavors of food to pair with which kinds of beer. Since there are so many different options for pairings out there, we wanted to share a few of the best that you can try from the CVP menu.

Blue Moon with My Big Fat Greek Salad – Blue Moon has quickly become a favorite beer for those who like something a little bit lighter in flavor. Because of the orange/citrus flavor of the beer, it pairs well with salads another light meals. It goes especially well with feta cheese, which is why we’ve chosen My Big Fat Greek Salad to pair it with. The two will complement each other well and give you a whole new appreciation for both!

Guinness with Wild West Burger – Stout beers, like Guinness, have a nutty, smooth flavor that goes well with brown sauces. We’re thinking barbecue sauce. The smooth texture of the beer pairs well with the flavor of the barbecue sauce and will help to balance out the spicy jalapeno bottle caps. You may not know that Guinness is also considered a light beer and has less calories than most other stouts and heavy craft beers.

New Belgium Fat Tire with Philly Fry Cheese Steak – Amber ales are very balanced beers; they combine sweet and bitter to get a smooth, even taste. Fat Tire has some caramel notes that will pair great with a cheesesteak to bring out the flavor of the beef as well as complement the grilled onions and provolone cheese. Having hand cut fries on the hoagie roll is just icing on the proverbial cake. An amber ale also goes great with grilled chicken and smoked meats, so don’t be afraid to get adventurous and try it with something like Chicken Chesapeake.

Wine shouldn’t have the monopoly on food pairings. Adding beer to the mix can give you a whole new outlook on both your food and your beer choices. If you’re looking for more information on how to properly pair food with beer, check out this website. It’ll give you some more great ideas on what foods on our menu can work with our vast beer selection!  Charles Village Pub is located at 19 w. Pennsylvania Avenue, Towson, MD 21204. If you need directions or are curious about upcoming events, our website contains all the information you need or you can give us a call at 410.821.8155

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A Brief History of Beer

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

history of beerIf you ask most people what their favorite alcoholic drink is, they’ll tell you that it’s beer. Craft beers have become extremely popular in the past few years with the resurgence of microbreweries and an overall great craft selection. But where did beer get its start? It’s clearly one of the most popular drinks today for everyone from college students to seasoned veterans of the alcohol world. There’s a beer for just about everyone. To talk about the beginnings of beer, we have to go waaaaay back.

The history
It appears that beer may have actually existed before bread – there’s evidence that ancient nomads started brewing it using water and grain. It’s the first alcoholic drink to ever be invented, with roots even farther back than wine. Recipes for beer started to show up among different civilizations somewhere around 4300 BCE. Think about that. It means that people have been creating recipes for beer for over 6,000 years. It’s pretty impressive. Some early cultures brewed up to 20 different kinds of beer and paid workers in beer rather than money.

Germany, Austria, and England were among the first to actually make an industry out of beer in around 1200 AD (no surprise, there). Once the industry was established, it exploded, becoming more popular throughout the Renaissance era up until what we know beer as today. The “modern brewing era” started in 1800, when people came up with ideas for refrigeration and bottling; it was originally popular among those who worked the railroads. Beer cans were introduced in 1935 to replace some bottles, though it seems that bottled beer is still the more popular of the two choices for quality. In 1992, beer consumers drank almost 6 billion gallons of beer – and yes, that is billions with a b. Beer brewing is one of the most lucrative industries in the world still today and people are becoming more innovative at every turn.

Come order a beer at CVP Towson and celebrate a world renowned classic. We’ve got a large selection on tap as well as bottled. You’re bound to find a favorite and maybe even try something new. Pair a cold beer with one of our delicious menu items and you’ll be set to go! Our menu consists of traditional pub fare ranging from crab pretzels (a Maryland favorite,) to burgers, chili, sandwiches and more with specials changing weekly. Our kitchen is open until 1:30am daily and even boasts a special late night menu.

Charles Village Pub is located at 19 w. Pennsylvania Avenue, Towson, MD 21204. If you need directions or are curious about upcoming events, our website contains all the information you need.

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Source: http://www.beerhistory.com/library/holdings/raley_timetable.shtml

 

What Alcohol Can I Drink On My Diet?

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Just because you’re watching your weight, that doesn’t mean you have to completely cut out the drinks you enjoy from your diet. It’s the opening day for the Orioles here in Baltimore and there’s no better way to celebrate than with good friends and a nice cold drink. But if you’re committed to your diet, it’s key to know which drinks can help your progress.Group of friends at bar talking to barman, smiling

You may want to head over to Charles Village Pub in Towson and immediately crack open a Natty Boh. That’s what baseball is all about, right? Food, beer, and cheering for your favorite team. Instead of starving yourself the entire day just to enjoy an alcoholic drink, choose a drink that will give you the same satisfaction and rest easy knowing it won’t do damage in the long run.

Vodka and Soda Water- Used with diet soda water, this drink will hit the spot and keep you from calorie overload. The vodka comes in at about 56 calories per shot and is a better alternative to rum. If you need a little flavor in the plain soda, squeeze a lime in for a tart burst.

Gin and Tonic – This is your lowest calorie option if used with diet tonic. A normal gin and tonic you would order at a bar is about 100 calories. Ask the bartender to muddle blackberries and put a splash of simple syrup into the drink for a nice spin on a boring taste.

Martini – Before you say this drink is impossible to make low-cal, read a bit further. If you tell your bartender to use ingredients that match your diet, a low calorie martini can be constructed. The diet version of this drink can come to about 160 calories.

Handle your liquor – Stay away from sugary drinks and darker beers. Try to stick with a light beer if you must have beer; a Michelob Ultra Light Beer has only 95 calories and tastes just as decent as a Natty Boh.

Looking for a place to grab a drink and watch the Orioles game today? Come to CVP Towson, we offer light drink options for those of you who may be watching your weight.

About CVP Towson

Charles Village Pub is the hottest bar in Towson. It is located in historic downtown Towson, Maryland and is a neighborhood favorite for college students and Towson locals. We have been proudly serving Towson and the local community since 1985.

Our menu consists of traditional pub fare ranging from crab pretzels (a Maryland favorite,) to burgers, chili, sandwiches and more with specials changing weekly, our kitchen is open until 1:30am daily.

Charles Village Pub is located at 19 w. Pennsylvania Avenue, Towson, MD 21204. If you need directions or are curious about upcoming events, our website contains all the information you need.

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Source:

Fiftysomething Diet: What Alcohol Can You Drink While Dieting?,

How Does a Stout Differ From Other Beers?

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Beer festival

Are you a beer lover? Then it’s about time you learn how stout differs from other beers. For starters, Stout has the lowest calories and alcohol of any beer. It is also the lightest in weight.

Even those that do not like dark beers can find delight in drinking stout. Just because a beer is dark in color, it does not mean the body of the beverage is heavy. Unlike traditional beliefs about dark beers, stout is not heavy and full of calories. In fact, the color of beer has nothing to do with the amount of calories but more so the amount of malt content. Craft beers include fermentable sugar, which comes from malted barley. The color and malt flavors vary more depending on the amount of roasting the craft beers experience.

You can identify whether your stout is  a full-bodied beer or light bodied beer by taking a look at the ABV ( Alcohol By Volume). Full bodied beers are more likely to have a high sugar content. There are plenty of stouts that are light bodied and low

At Charles Village Pub in Towson, the only stout we currently carry is Guinness.in sugar content for you to enjoy. If you are a fan of chocolate and coffee, you can certainly appreciate a pairing with Stout.

Here are some fun facts you can share with friends and family as you drink Guinness:

  • 3 out of the 5 Guinness breweries in the world are located in Africa  – Nigeria, Ghana, and  Cameroon to be exact.
  •  Guinness has fewer calories than orange juice with only 125 calories. Orange juice has 183 calories.
  • Guinness is known to have a flavor of perfection because the recipe includes roasted/ malted barley, hops,yeast and water from the Wicklow Mountains.

If you don’t find Guinness an enjoyable drink, CVP has  plenty of other beers for you to enjoy, stop in and see for yourself! You learn more about CVP Towson and grab an ice-cold brew today! We are open daily 11am – 2am.

About CVP Towson

Charles Village Pub is the hottest bar in Towson. It is located in historic downtown Towson, Maryland and known to college students and locals as one of the best neighborhood pubs in Towson. We have been proudly serving Towson and the local community since 1985.

Check out our  menu of traditional pub fare such as crab pretzels (a Maryland favorite,) burgers, chili, sandwiches and the specials changing weekly! CVP’s kitchen is open until 1:30am daily!

Charles Village Pub is located at 19 w. Pennsylvania Avenue, Towson, MD 21204. If you need directions or you are curious about upcoming events, our website can provide you more details!

Follow us on Facebook, TwitterGoogle+ and Pinterest to keep posted on events and specials right here at CVP!

Sources

http://www.craftbeer.com/craft-beer-muses/the-lighter-side-of-dark-debunking-the-myths-surrounding-dark-beer

http://www.askmen.com/entertainment/special_feature_300/336_guinness-5-things-you-didnt-know.html

http://www.foodrepublic.com/2012/12/27/getting-know-oyster-stout-beer-made-oysters