Today's show is a geeky love fest between alcohol and science. North Carolina natives Brent Manning and Brian Simpson discuss why roasting local malts makes for a more interesting beer. Kevin Pogue, a Washington-based geologist, redefines terroir for local vintners and LA food writer Garrett Snyder visits Alex Day and Chris Day (no relation) at their cocktail-lab Chapter & Verse where they are utilizing centrifugal force to make better cocktails. Good Food producer Gillian Ferguson asks master sommelier Brian McClintic what it's like to take the notoriously difficult Master Sommelier exam (and then subjects him to a blind wine tasting). Plus, have you ever had a terrible sunburn after making Margaritas in the sun? If so, dermatologist Rajani Katta says you may be a victim of Margarita Dermatitis - an odd skin reaction that occurs when a squeeze of stray lime juice lands on your skin and is exposed to the sun. Jonathan Gold stops by to talk about Trois Mec and, at the market, Amelia Saltsman gives tips for grilling vegetables and Mike Cirone is back with his Blenheim apricots.
Modernist Drinks, Geology and 'Terroir,' Margarita Dermatitis
From this Episode:
A Geologist Rethinks 'Terroir'
Professor Kevin Pogue studied geological composition of the Himalayan foothills in Pakistan, but after 9/11 the area became too dangerous. As a wine lover, he shifted his...
The Master Sommelier Exam: The Hardest Test You've Never Heard Of
Brian McClintic is one of the four sommeliers profiled in the documentary SOMM . The film follows the somms as they attempt to pass the Master Sommelier exam, a notoriously...
Trois Mec: More than Just Three Guys in a Pizza Place
Jonathan Gold discusses Trois Mec , the much anticipated brick and mortar from Ludo LeFebvre and partners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. Known for his popular LudoBites pop...
Amelia Saltsman is the author of The Santa Monica Farmers' Market Cookbook . This week she offers her tips for grilling vegetables and leafy greens. Check out her recipe...
Local Malts for Local Beers
Brent Manning and Brian Simpson own Riverbend Malt House in Asheville, North Carolina. They are producing the first commercial malt in their area since before...
The Unforeseen Consequences of Making Margaritas in the Sun
Did you know that squeezing limes for Margaritas or shoving a wedge into your beer bottle can cause a serious skin reaction in the summer months? A stray squirt of lime...