An Evening With Stone Brewing's "Dr." Bill Sysak

Categories: Beer Beer Beer

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Doug Fairall

Beer enthusiasts this past Wednesday flocked to Total Wine & More in Pembroke Pines to see a celebrity of the craft beer world in the flesh: "Dr." Bill Sysak.

His résumé is impressive: Having served as a combat medic in the Army National Guard, where he was given the "doc" moniker, he became interested in craft beer during the very early years nearly 37 years ago. Through the years, he has amassed a beer cellar that is considered one of the largest in the United States, with more than 2,500 bottles from more than 30 visits to Belgium and hundreds of trips around the beer world. Now, he's a certified cicerone and craft beer ambassador for Stone Brewing Co., organizing events such as Beer & Cigar Dinners, Sour Fest, Oakquinox, Stone Pour It Black, and Rare Beer Breakfast.


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A La Turca Gives Hollywood a True Taste of Turkish Cuisine

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All photos by CandaceWest.com
A La Turca serves authentic Turkish fare in downtown Hollywood.
Turkey is the only country in the world located on two continents, a bridge of sorts among Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, making it one of the world's true melting pots. And so it goes with the food, a commingling of many cuisines in one. With its roots in Ottoman culture, Turkish fare has developed into a unique fusion of Asian, Mediterranean, and Balkan flavors, with dishes varying from one region of the country to the next.


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Powdered Alcohol Is a Thing: No Snorting Necessary

Categories: Booze Hound

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In fact, don't. Do not snort it. Seriously. It's sad we have to say these things.

When it comes to powdery white substances, we tend to think flour, sugar, and, obviously, cocaine.

The former are plainly used for creating our favorite baked goods and pastries.

And the latter... well, you know what that's all about.

Turns out we're about to see our newest mind-altering white powder; it's supposed to cross the line between taste-bud sensation and a good buzz.

Palcohol, a powdered alcohol substance, was recently approved by the federal government, which means we're probably going to see a new trend of snorting yourself into alcohol poisoning. (This is why we can't have nice things.)

See Also: National Iced Coffee Day: Five Places to Pick Up a Cold Brew

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Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar to Open at Sawgrass Mills: Now Hiring

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Zinburger via Facebook.
Zinburger is coming to Sawgrass Mills.
Hungry shoppers will be able to take a much-needed wine and burger break when Zinburger opens at Sawgrass Mills' tony Colonnade Outlets area next month.

The restaurant chain has locations in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia and is set to take on South Florida. In addition to the Sawgrass Mills Zinburger, a Boca Raton restaurant is also in the works.

See also: New Times' Best Of is Back: Vote for Your Favorite Restaurants, Dishes Now

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Tonight at Tap 42: Pinup Models, Cappuccino Stout Cupcakes and Beer for Lagunitas Sessions

Categories: Beer Beer Beer

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Julia Andreasen
Once the circus has left town, what else is there to do? Attending the Lagunitas Sessions event by Lagunitas Brewing Company at Tap 42 tonight starting at 7 p.m.

Only thing is, there will not be any dancing bears or clowns on unicycles, but there will be pin-up models and Lola the Baker will provide Cafe Con Leche Cupcakes made with Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout, frosted with a cream cheese frosting and dusted with cinnamon and cocoa.

See Also: Riverside Market Celebrates 4/20 With Rare Lagunitas Waldo Keg Tapping

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Mellow Mushroom Celebrates Celiac Awareness Month, Debuts Gluten-Free Menu

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Mellow Mushroom is celebrating national celiac disease awareness month with a new gluten-free menu.
This May, Mellow Mushroom in Delray Beach is kicking off a gluten-free celebration of Celiac Disease Awareness Month with the launch of its new gluten-free pizza menu.

Today, more than 3 million Americans are affected by celiac disease -- a condition that can cause irritation and intestinal damage due to gluten intolerance eating wheat, barley, or rye. To find relief, following a gluten-free diet is the only way to go. So to make pizza -- or the dough that makes all pizza possible -- a more relevant dining option, Mellow Mushroom will be spotlighting several new "Magical Mystery Tour" pizzas that are all gluten-free.

See Also: Joey's Home Bakery: Gluten-Free, Vegan and Paleo Eats in Boynton Beach

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National Iced Coffee Day: Five Places to Pick Up a Cold Brew

Categories: Food Holidays

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Look, we're all about eating and drinking all sorts of things over here, but in today's fast-paced society -- yes, we're busy too -- one consumable reigns supreme: coffee.

No, it's not good for you; however, caffeine is an absolute necessity (and yes, we're well aware that it's an addiction).

Even so, we're not about to stick just any caffeinated beverage down our gullets. No matter what, food and drinks should be savored; it needs to be enjoyable in the process.

Today is National Iced Coffee Day. And to celebrate the best morning (and midafternoon and evening) drink in the world, we compiled a list of the five best places to pick up a cool cup of brew in Broward and Palm Beach.

See Also: National Garlic Day is Tomorrow: Five Awesome Local Garlic Dishes to Try


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Sam Adams' LongShot Winner Russ Brunner Talks Brewing, Jim Koch, And The Future

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Doug Fairall
Tamarac home brewer Russ Brunner displaying his now commercially available brew.

If Russ Brunner isn't a name on your radar yet, he should be.

The Tamarac resident is currently running a hot streak of award winning beers: securing a gold medal for his Scotch ale at the 35th annual National Homebrewers Conference this past June, taking gold for a Foreign Export Stout at the 2014 Miami Coconut Cup, and most recently was selected as one of two amateur brewers to have their recipes created for the 2014 Samuel Adams LongShot contest, which sees winning brews developed into a commercially available product.

See also: New Times' Best Of is Back: Vote for Your Favorite Restaurants, Dishes Now


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Veg Week: Hallandale, Pompano, Lauderhill and Fort Lauderdale Show Support for Veg Pledge

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Foregoing meat forever may seem like a daunting task, particularly for your average carnivore. But most people could probably handle seven days without hot wings or pepperoni pizza. Enter Compassion Over Killing's Veg Pledge, a nationwide campaign to go meatless that kicks off on April 21.

As of now, four Broward County cities have issued proclamations in support of Veg Pledge. Plus, Florida Congressman Ted Deutch is on board. The idea is to educate folks on the health, environmental and ethical benefits of plant-based eating.

See also:City of South Miami Passes Meatless Monday Resolution


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South Florida Food and Drink Events: Earth Day, WLRN, and More

Categories: Happening

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Want to hang out with these ladies and gents this week?
Around and around we go; today is the start to yet another lovely workweek. Hopefully, you have a bit of a spring in your step from some indulgent weekend activities. If not, don't fret, there's still plenty of events to keep you busy through your working days.

Whether you're looking to drink some interesting beer, celebrate the earth, or stimulate those braincells with South Florida trivia while drinking, there's something to do in Broward and Palm Beach Counties this week.

See Also: Ten Best Buffets in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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