Craft beer of the week: Russ Brunner's American Stout

2010 Chateau Teyssier Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Craft beer of the week: Russ Brunner's American Stout

Beer:Samuel Adams LongShot Russ Brunner's American Stout


Alcohol:7.2 percent by volume

Price:$8 for a six-pack of 12-ounce bottles


Story:Tamarac homebrewer Russ Brunner's stout recipe beat more than 1,000 contenders in the Boston Beer Co.'s annual Samuel Adams LongShot contest. That earned Russ' rich, chocolatey beer a spot in the new LongShot variety pack, which also includes an India pale ale with pineapple and a smoked wheat beer.

Pairing:Brunner's American Stout has an earthy, piney note from its hops that pairs nicely with rosemary. Try it with a roasted chicken club sandwich with rosemary aioli.

— Evan S. Benn, Miami Herald

Wine of the Week: 2010 Chateau Teyssier Saint Emilion Grand Cru

For the price, you can't do better than this Grand Cru Saint Emilion from Chateau Teyssier. Come again? I thought I was mishearing the price — $30. A great basic that's much more than an entry-level Bordeaux, this is the real deal from an estate that goes back to the 18th century. Winemaker Jonathan Maltus, the genie behind Le Dome, works with the estate's Merlot and Cabernet Franc to produce a fresh take on classic Saint Emilion. Spicy and rich, with all the right notes, the 2010 Chteau Teyssier is a great buy — and it's widely available.

A classic with roast beef, steak and beef stew — or an elevated mac 'n' cheese. It's also perfect for a cheese plate.


Price:About $30


Style:Classic yet approachable

What it goes with:Roast beef, steak, beef stew, mac 'n' cheese

— S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times

Samuel Adams LongShot Russ Brunner’s American Stout (left bottle)

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