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Dec 5 2013
Beards, Brews, & BBQ on Sunday April 6th, 2014 at Bad Wolf Brewing Company


If you’re a follower of the Beer and Pig lifestyle you know that when the call goes out that there’s an opportunity for some meat eating and day drinking, we don’t hesitate to bring you the details.  It’s the two things we do best.  Drink beer and eat grilled meats.

On Sunday April 6th, 2014,  Bad Wolf Brewing Company in Manassas, VA is holding an event that is right up our alley. “Beards, Brews, & BBQ”   will go down from 2-7 PM in the Cavalry Village parking lot at the Bad Wolf Brewing Company location on 9776 Center St. Manassas, VA.

There will be beer served by the pint, food from Smoke’s BBQ, music from our pals the  Short Hill Mountain Boys, and a chance to win a $100 prize for the best beard.  Since the event is in April of 2014 you have no excuse to grow out your whiskers for this event.  Beer and Pig’s own Chad Dukes will be the special guest.  Plus all the other Beer & Pig boys will be in attendance as well, yes even Pastry Dan.  Admission is F-R-double E and beer tickets will cost $5.

Sounds like a great time right? Well what are you waiting for?  RSVP now at Bad Wolf Brewing’s Facebook event  and we’ll see you out on Sunday April 6th for “Beards, Brews, & BBQ!

Nov 11 2013
Bluegrass, Beers, & Brats: The Best Day Ever

One of the main reasons Beer & Pig exists is to promote our passions: celebrating America, eating delicious food, drinking cold beer, and enjoying music with instruments.  When those things get combined with a great group of friends, the great outdoors, and a gracious host, you’re talking the best day ever.

In case you missed it (know that I question your life choices and make plans for next time) or if you attended the event  and can’t remember anything after your hundredth cup of cider with mead, check out the first video from our brand new YouTube channel, a great video recap of the day.  Subscribe to our channel while you’re at it, it’s the patriotic thing to do.

With any event of this magnitude many thanks are in order.  First, thank you to the Whole Foods in Fair Lakes, Virginia for the hospitality, use of their patio, the great food and the great craft beers.

Next, how about the Short Hill Mountain Boys?  Fantastic music from some fantastic gentlemen.

Thank you to our pal Shaky Knee for the amazing job on the video.

And last but certainly not least, thank you to everyone who came out to support the Beer & Pig lifestyle on Saturday afternoon and made the day a rousing success.

Always remember and never forget, never trust a vegan.

Nov 4 2013
This Saturday! Beer & Pig presents “Bluegrass, Beers & Brats” at Whole Foods in Fair Lakes, VA



It’s almost here, Saturday, November 9th 2013.  That will be the date of Beer & Pig’s first ever rendition of “Bluegrass, Beers & Brats,” or as I have taken to calling it: the best idea since our last idea.  You don’t want to miss this because it’s going to be BIG.  RSVP now over on the book of faces and let us know you’re coming out!

Join us from 12-3pm on the outdoor patio in front of the Whole Foods in Fair Lakes, Virginia for an afternoon of delicious beers, tubed meats and music with instruments.  Whole Foods will be grilling beer soaked bratwurst on location, serving delicious craft beer and more!   Everything will be very fairly priced, but the event itself is FREE!

BPSignFirst, up the Beer.  Whole Foods will be providing an impressive menu of craft beers for the occasion.

-Parkway Get Bent Mountain IPA 
-Blue Mountain Lights Out Holiday Ale 
-Blue Mountain Steel Wheels
-Devils Backbone Vienna Lager

Next up? The grub. In addition to in-house brats with sauerkraut, Whole Foods with be cooking up a great food menu that will have you counting the hours until Saturday.

-Made in-house Brats w/ sauerkraut
-In-house Smoked Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich
-Roadkill Smoked Brisket Chili w/ Jalapeño Cheese Corn Bread
-Possum Pie aka Shephards Pie
-1/2 dozen Oysters
-Oyster Shooters
-Mini Apple Pies
-Hot Cider w/ Optional Mead Shot

Finally, there’s still the matter of the Bluegrass!  Virginia’s own “Short Hill Mountain Boys” will be providing the music.  I’ve seen them in person, trust me, they rule.  Also, there will be prizes!

Let us all gather in this, the most glorious season of them all, stuff our faces, get all boozy and listen to music that deserves to be heard.   This is America.  This is what we do.

Don’t forget to RSVP now and let us know you’re coming out!

Oh, and make sure you’re dressed appropriately so we can keep doing cool stuff like this. Kisses.

Oct 24 2013
Pastry’s Corner: Astro Doughnuts Sweet Potato Doughnut

Astro sweet potatoAstro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken in northwest DC has quite the unique business, satisfying two needs of any red-blooded American: doughnuts & fried chicken, preparing both on-site each day.  It may sound like a weird pairing but trust me; it’s a good thing.

As you’d expect, being a doughnut aficionado, I follow the shop on Facebook to keep up with their extensive menu that changes pretty regularly.  Sure, they have “everyday” offerings (vanilla glazed, maple bacon, pb&j, & crème brûlée) but they also have a rotating menu of 4-6 other doughnuts for each day of the week.  In addition, as the seasons change, so do the seasonal doughnuts.

So long story short, one morning while perusing the latest menu update, something intriguing caught my eye: Sweet. Potato. Doughnut.  Now I’m a fan of the sweet potato, I like them fried or baked, but as a doughnut?  My mind was spinning like a top!

As I am want to do, I summoned the Pastry Dan I-Team, and planned a trip to Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken to investigate.  When I pulled the doughnut out of the bag, the aroma of cinnamon wafted out with it and I couldn’t wait to dig in.


Oct 19 2013
Pastry’s Corner: Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin

Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin

Ah the fall, is there a better time of year?  There are leaves on the ground, a chill in the air, and it’s the return of two of my favorite things, football and pumpkins.  Since this isn’t a sports blog and pastries are my business, clearly a discussion about pumpkin pastry treats is best for business.

While there are lots of great pumpkin treats out now (breads, pies, cookies, muffins), the king of pumpkin season for me will always be the donut. Dunkin’ Donuts is no stranger to the pumpkin donut game, having made a cake donut in the fall for many years.  This year, DD stepped up their game with the introduction of the pumpkin pie donut.  

So what’s this donut all about?  Let’s look at the press release:

“Dunkin’ Donuts’ newest donut features a pumpkin pie-flavored, buttercreme-filled yeast shell, frosted with white dipping icing and sprinkled with graham cracker topping.” 

Many thoughts crossed my mind when I read that paragraph, many not fit to publish on this website, the overriding theme was, “I have to have it.”  I raced to my local Dunkin’ Donuts, turned over a K-cup display, and declared my intentions.  To eat ALL the donuts.