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Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Philosophy of Food and Drink

By Andy Sparhawk

As the craft beer movement continues to gain popularity, many brewery owners and craft beer drinkers are embracing the power of paring beer and food, combining two longtime traditions into one unique experience.

Breweries and restaurants across the country are supporting this trend by providing food pairing recommendations for their craft beers, and working to educate their fans on the mechanics of pairing so they have a better understanding of how to create them.

Fred Bueltmann, aka the Beervangelist, is one of the most renowned names in craft beer, and a nationally-recognized expert on pairing craft beer and food. As co-owner of New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, Mich., Fred has been an integral part of establishing craft beer as one, if not the most, compatible beverage with food.

Fred has recently released a self-published book to help spread his pairing gospel, titled Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Philosophy of Food & Drink. The book includes recipes, photos and features aimed to arm everyone from the beer beginner to the seasoned vet with the tools to enjoy and create craft beer and food pairings.

“Fred has created a comprehensive guide to tasting, pairing, seasonal cooking, and most importantly—drinking! From novice to pro, if you want to be a better beer drinker, this book is for you.” – Paul Kahan, Executive Chef, The Publican and James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Chef, 2013.

In Fred’s first book, his outspoken and passionate attitude can be seen through his writing on the extensive pairings of beer and chocolate, beer and cheese and recipes ranging from asparagus chèvre salad to beer-brined jerk chicken.

Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy is a great resource for cooking with and pairing with craft beer. Fred’s passion for integrating beer into daily life is undeniable. Fred will be promoting his book around the country this summer. View his current schedule on Facebook and at

Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy is available for purchase at the New Holland online store and Amazon.

Thomas Appel’s love for craft beer began after visiting a micro brewery at the end of the world in the Chilean Patagonia. He currently lives in the center of the beer world in Boulder, Colorado, where he is the intern for the craft beer program and a recent graduate from the University of Colorado. A native of the Sunshine State, Thomas can be found enjoying craft beer while getting lost on the beautiful rivers of Colorado!

Andy Sparhawk, the Brewers Association's craft beer program coordinator, is a Certified Cicerone® and BJCP Beer Judge. He lives in Arvada, Colorado where he is a homebrewer and avid craft beer enthusiast. On occasion, Andy is inspired to write on his experiences with craft beer, and if they are not too ridiculous, you might see the results here on

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