The Craze that is Christmas Beer

No, Great Lakes Brewery did not invent Christmas Ale….Though many wait in great anticipation for its arrival, the history (and actual requirements) for Christmas beers and ales goes back centuries to the times when our ancestors celebrated the pagan holiday of Winter Solstice. Indeed, over the centuries, the entire notion of “Christmas beer” became ingrained in the holidays as much as yule logs and mistletoe. Norwegian farmers were required to brew juleøl—yule ale—for their workers or face expulsion from their property. And throughout the 19th century, British workhouses—those Dickensian homes for the poor—broke the tedium with free Christmas ale for their residents.

Great Lakes Christmas Ale

The backstory of this iconic style is important because it establishes that Christmas/Winter beer isn’t really a style—it’s a tradition. It’s as fanciful as stockings hung by the chimney with care, or a child’s dreams of flying reindeer. It follows no criteria. Not that some rule-makers haven’t tried.  The Beer Judge Certification Program style guidelines (Category 21B) say its aroma should be “reminiscent of Christmas cookies”, its appearance should be amber to dark brown and it must taste “rich and malty.” Interestingly, the guidelines also demand: “spices are required.” However, some would point out that some brands including the hugely popular Troegs Mad Elf might taste spicy but that sensation is a product of its phenol-producing Belgian yeast strain, not cinnamon or nutmeg.

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Indeed winter spice beers produced by America’s small and independent brewers embody the spirit of the holiday season and folks go crazy for them. Down in Asheville, NC, Highland Brewing Co. unveils the iconic Cold Mountain Winter Ale each November just before Thanksgiving and for the entire month it’s the talk of the town. Fans skip work on Cold Mountain Monday to raid area stores for the spiced amber brew, emptying shelves within hours or even minutes!

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During their annual “First Pour” event in late October, the staff at Great Lakes Brewing Co. brewpub pours about 430 pints of Christmas Ale every 60 minutes for 12 consecutive hours.  That’s one pint every eight seconds.

Suffice it to say, holiday ales are highly anticipated every year and whether or not they stick to the guidelines, they are a tradition that continues to grow by leaps and bounds as more breweries enter into the fray each year, giving us beer drinkers more varieties to try and anticipate!

So whatever your personal traditions may be, raise a glass of one (or more) of these special beers and say “Cheers!” to a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous New Year!

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Spiralized Veggies Recipes to Try!

Spiralized veggies are such a hot trend – served hot or cold! Buehler’s makes cooking with these nutritional “noodles” easier than ever with our prepackaged spiralized zucchini, spiralized beets, spiralized butternut squash and spiralized yellow squash.

 

Benefits of Spiralized Veggies

There are lots of benefits of spiralizing! Here are just a few:

  • Spiralized veggies have far fewer calories than regular pasta.
  • Kids will be enticed to eat their veggies with these neat noodles.
  • They are gluten free.

 

Spiralized Veggie Recipes

Here are some exciting recipes for your spiralized veggies:

 


Spiralized Beet Salad with feta and bacon and tomatoesBEET NOODLES WITH TOMATOES, FETA AND BACON from Inspiralized

 

Butternut Squash Alfredo
CREAMY BUTTERNUT SQUASH ALFREDO PASTA from Joyful Healthy Eats

 

 

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PALEO BUTTERNUT SQUASH PASTA WITH BACON & BROCCOLI RABE from Paleo Running Momma

 

 

Spiralized beet salad
SPIRALIZED BEET SALAD from Fashionable Foods

 

 

Yellow squash with ricotta and grilled tomatoesYELLOW SQUASH WITH RICOTTA SALATA AND GRILLED TOMATOES from Inspiralized

 

 

Zoodle Pasta with Veggie Marinara & BaconZOODLE PASTA WITH MUSHROOMS AND ONION MARINARA AND BACON from Fit Foodie Finds

 

Find even more recipes on our SPIRALIZED VEGGIES Pinterest board.

 

Easy Baked Cod Recipe

Baking cod is so easy! Here’s a recipe to try. Add your favorite herbs and spices so it is just right for you and your family!

Easy Baked Cod

Dip cod in melted butter or margarine. Roll in Ritz Crackers crumbs. Place in baking pan and add a few tablespoons of water to the pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 450 degrees 10 minutes per inch of thickness, or until fish flakes easily.

Variation: Add a sprinkle of your favorite seasoning (herbs, Parmesan cheese, etc.) to the Ritz Crackers, or brush with Dijon mustard before coating with the crackers.

Buehler’s Gift Ideas

Looking for gift ideas? Let us help! We’re going to add a new gift idea each day, through Christmas eve. And best part about our ideas – you can pick them up at Buehler’s when you’re doing your grocery shopping. Talk about time savers. We have something for everyone!

 

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Gift Idea #10 – Earbuds

These earbuds are a great stocking stuffer! Who do you know who likes music? Pick up some earbuds at Buehler’s!

 

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Gift Idea #9 – Shopkins

Yes, Buehler’s carries teeny, tiny, little groceries!  Children love to collect Shopkins!

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Gift Idea #8 – A Poinsettia from our Floral Department

Whose day would you make bright with a poinsettia from our floral department? Poinsettias are a great gift for neighbors and friends.

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Gift Idea # 7 – Blue Nun 24 K Gold Edition Sparkling Wine

24K GOLD!
For someone VERY special, Buehler’s wine department has a limited number of bottles of the elusive Blue Nun 24 K GOLD EDITION Sparkling Wine. Effervescent, with fine pieces of 24-carat gold leaf this is the perfect wine for celebrations, special occasions and life’s golden moments.

 

 

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Gift Idea #6 – Fresh Fruit Baskets

Buehler’s fresh fruit baskets come in lots of sizes, from this Fresh Fruit Sampler to our Ultimate Snack Combo Basket – which is perfect for an office party. Our fruit baskets are beautiful and so healthy!

Click here to see our 2016 Fruit Basket line up.

(And remember we can create a custom basket featuring your favorite items! Just ask!)

 

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Gift Idea #5 – Gift Box filled with Meats, Cheeses & more!

We think food is a perfect gift! And these prepackaged boxes with cheeses, meats, crackers and jams are super easy to wrap. Look for them in our produce department or in our holiday display at the front of the store.

 

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Gift Idea #4 – Certified Angus Beef Stainless Steel Steak Knife set

Lookin’ sharp! Yes, these stainless steel Certified Angus Beef steak knives are perfect for cutting into a delicious steak! They are available for purchase in our meat department…along with lots of delicious cuts of Certified Angus Beef.

 

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Gift Idea #3 – Nativity Sets

We are so happy to have Willow Tree Nativity Sets available in our gift shop. What a meaningful gift!

 

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Gift Idea #2 – A Fresh Christmas Wreath

Brighten someone’s day with a gift they can enjoy throughout the holiday season! Buehler’s has beautiful, fresh holiday wreaths on display out side our stores. What a perfect gift for teachers, neighbors or special friends!

 

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Gift Idea #1 – Gift Cards

It’s a tradition at Buehler’s – Black Friday through December 10 you’ll earn DOUBLE Rewards when you buy gift cards! We highly recommend “Double Dipping” – purchasing gift cards for stores where you will be buying gifts for friends and family – then using the gift cards to purchase your gifts. Say you’ll be buying a new laptop for your husband at Best Buy. Get a handful of Best Buy gift cards at Buehler’s (and earn Double Rewards) and then use the gift cards at Best Buy to purchase your laptop. Now that’s some smart shopping!

 

Mr. Dell’s Original Hash Brown Casserole

It’s an Ohio tradition…. This potato casserole recipe will please young and old, and it is so easy to stir together and bake. It is the original recipe from Mr. Dell with their famous all natural hash browns!

Mr. Dell’s Original Hash Brown Casserole

Ingredients

  • 10 c. Mr. Dell’s Shredded Hash Browns
  • 1/4 c. + 2 T. butter or margarine
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 12 oz. sour cream
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. chopped green onions
  • 2 c. grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 c. crushed corn flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Pour 1/4 c. melted margarine into 9×13″ baking dish.
  2. Add 5 c. of frozen Mr. Dell’s Hash Browns.
  3. Mix soup, sour cream, milk and green onions in separate bowl.
  4. Pour 1/2 of the mixture over hash browns.
  5. Sprinkle 1 c. cheese on top.
  6. Add remaining hash browns, then top with remaining mixture.
  7. Sprinkle on remaining cheese, then cover with crushed corn flakes.
  8. Drizzle 2 T. melted butter or margarine on top.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for 55 minutes.

 

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes – Pumpkin Pies!

Get a peek behind the scenes of our bakery department as we make a batch of Buehler’s famous Pumpkin Pies. Made with real eggs,  sugar and Smith’s Dairy milk, our pies are a “must have” for many of our loyal customer’s Thanksgiving dinners. And pumpkin fans crave them year round! Check out this video and learn a special bakery tip at the end for filling your pie shells!

 

How to Brine a Turkey

Buehler’s head chef, Mike Merritt, demonstrates how to brine a turkey and shares tips and his brine recipe – so your bird will be tender, juicy and flavorful.

Chef Mike’s Turkey Brine Recipe

2 gallons cold water
3/4 c. salt
3 T. whole peppercorns
5 whole bay leaves
4 fresh sprigs rosemary, stems removed
2 c. brown sugar
3 c. apple cider or apple juice
2 whole oranges, cut into quarters
1 turkey

Watch the video to see how easy it is to brine a turkey!

Chippewa Valley Angus Farm Welcomes Meat Managers

Buehler’s Fresh Foods meat managers recently visited Rod and Laurie Ferguson’s Chippewa Valley Angus farm along with staff from Certified Angus Beef. Rod greeted the group as they gathered inside his barn to hear how this local veterinarian first got involved with the Angus breed.

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As a young teen, a neighbor’s black Angus cow caught Rod’s eye. His family farm already was home to a small herd, but no black Angus cows. That was soon going to change! Rod, with his father’s help, obtained a loan to purchase his first Angus cow – and never looked back! He and his Angus cows won many awards throughout the years. Rod was thrilled to see the popularity of these black cows grow and grow. It has been on the upswing for decades!

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The goal of Chippewa Valley Angus farm is to improve the already excellent breed. The farm breeds for small calves who grow strong quickly. He knows these small, healthy calves can thrive without a lot of human intervention.

The Fergusons also breed for increased marbling found in the beef (tiny white flecks found in beef that augment flavor and tenderness). Did you know the monounsaturated fatty acid, oleic acid, found in beef is the “good” kind of fat found in olive oil. Yes, eating beef is good for your health!

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Throughout the visit, Buehler’s meat managers could observe the herd grazing and resting peacefully in grassy, spacious pastures. Rod emphasized that he concentrates on doing what is best for the animals. He referred often to animal expert, Temple Grandin, who has advised ranchers around the world on humane care of animals. She is highly respected in by Angus ranchers.

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Rod takes great care to make sure his Angus cows are happy. He asked the group of guests to stop for a minute and just listen. There was silence. Rod explained that “Mooing” would have indicated distress in the herd. All the cows were calm.

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Rod feeds his beef locally produced grain and minerals. The vet declared, “Animals eat a healthier diet by far than humans. Not as varied, but healthier.”  That’s thanks to the intensive science that goes into studying what’s best for producing the best beef.

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Rod and Laurie have hosted groups from around the world – spreading their knowledge about the Angus breed. Supply and demand for the Angus beef is effected by many things around the globe. Drought makes farmers and ranchers sell off their herd, initially increasing supply, but in the long run, breeding stock is reduced and take years to rebuild. A drought in Australia or a high demand for beef in Japan can effect the price of beef in the USA. And Certified Angus Beef is the mark of quality wherever you find beef!

Buehler’s is so fortunate to have Certified Angus Beef’s corporate office just up the road. The organization oversees selection of beef for the program – with high standards that guarantee shoppers who purchase CAB beef that they will be getting high quality meat!

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Thank you to Rod & Laurie for the opportunity for Buehler’s meat department mangers to visit Chippewa Valley Angus farm and learn first hand about the program.

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Buehler’s Medina River Styx opens Liquor Store

Buehler’s Fresh Foods is home to the Medina Liquor Agency

The Buehler’s Medina River Styx location at 3626 Medina Road, Medina, Ohio, officially opened the Medina Liquor Agency, inside of the supermarket, on Monday, November 7, 2016. This completes the transfer and relocation agreement with the Wine Reserve to purchase the Medina Liquor Agency.

Dan Shanahan, President, and COO of Buehler’s Fresh Foods stated, “With the highly successful opening of our Ashland, Wooster, Coshocton and New Philadelphia State Liquor Agencies, this move continues the establishment of Ohio Liquor Agencies inside Buehler’s supermarket locations.”

Ron James, Buehler’s Director of Beer, Wine and Liquor added, “We are proud to offer our customers the convenience of one-stop shopping, and have strived to respect customers’ considerations by keeping this a “store within a store.”

Buehler’s Medina River Styx has expanded beer and wine offerings, with over 1,000 beers and 3,500 wines available daily, as well as a broad selection of premium spirits. There is a 10% discount on wine case purchases, and liquor agency customers may now use their credit or debit cards. Buehler’s Medina Liquor Agency hours will be Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and closed on Sundays. Knowledgeable employees are on-hand to assist customers with their purchase.

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“We would like to thank the Wine Reserve and the Ohio Division of Liquor Control for their assistance to complete the transfer and relocation of the liquor agency. We would also like to extend a special thank you to the Medina community for their patience during the process,” added Jack Rohrbaugh, Store Manager, Buehler’s Fresh Foods Medina River Styx.

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Buehler’s, founded in 1929, is celebrating eighty-seven years as an independent, family owned and operated grocer. Buehler’s is recognized as a pacesetter in the industry, and is positioned for growth as a trusted business partner.

Thanksgiving for Two

Buehler’s Turkey Dinner For Two makes Thanksgiving special for a mini “crowd”!

You don’t need a large number of people to celebrate Thanksgiving! If your Thanksgiving “crowd” consists of just you… or you and a special guest, Buehler’s Turkey Dinner for Two is perfect! It’s is ready for you to heat up … and enjoy!

Our Turkey Dinner for Two includes:

Fresh oven roasted boneless skinless turkey breast

Homestyle bread dressing

Real mashed potatoes

Gravy

Green bean casserole

Cranberry relish

Mini White Bread Loaf

2 pieces pumpkin pie

All for just $24.99

Advanced orders are encouraged. Your dinner will be available for pick-up in our Market Deli on Wednesday & Thursday, November 23 & 24.

 

For larger gatherings, try our Complete Turkey Dinner for 8-10 people.

Click here to learn more.