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 PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Remember that traditional yule log cake mom used to bake every Christmas? The tradition of lighting yule logs dates back to pagan times in Great Britain when the yule log was lit and a winter ale was poured and cakes were eaten in celebration of a prosperous new year.
 "Beer has been an integral part of our lives, our traditions and our holiday celebrations for centuries," comments Pete Slosberg, founder of Pete's Brewing Co. and creator of Pete's Wicked Ale, Pete's Wicked Lager and Pete's Wicked Winter Brew. "It is time to bring quality beers back into the foreground of our culinary experiences and make it a part of our holiday traditions."
 Pete's Brewing Co., a California microbrewery, introduced their inaugural Pete's Wicked Winter Brew this holiday season. Their goal is to provide microbeer enthusiasts with a seasonal beer than can be enjoyed with friends and family during the holiday festivities. In order to make Pete's Wicked Winter Brew a true success, the microbrewery teamed up with Candy Schermerhorn, the "Brewgal Gourmet," to create holiday recipes prepared with Pete's Wicked Winter Brew, an Amber Ale with raspberries and nutmeg. "We wanted to give more than a seasonal beer offering," comments Pete. "We wanted to bring a winter beer to the dinner tables of those who appreciate quality beers and want to enjoy beautiful, traditional holiday feasts."
 "There is nothing more basic, nothing more inextricably intertwined, than beer and food," comments Candy. A natural in the kitchen, Candy Schermerhorn is a self-taught culinary master who has spent a lifetime gathering knowledge in the culinary field. For the past four years Candy Schermerhorn has been pioneering the surging beer cuisine movement in America. As a quality beer lover and culinary devotee, it is her goal to tantalize and encourage people to experience a wide variety of beers and become informed of the distinctive beer styles that are widely available in the United States. Her culinary expertise and introduction of her long-awaited cookbook, the "Great American Cookbook," published by Brewers Publications, has gained her much acclaim and has placed her at the forefront of this emerging cuisine culture.
 These holiday recipes will add a unique and welcomed addition to your holiday offerings. Create and enjoy an exceptionally unique holiday dinner this season with three delectable recipes that capture the flavor, essence and tradition of a holiday meal.
 Raspberry Glaze -- Everyone is looking for a way to make that holiday entree an extra-special occasion. This year it will glisten with this versatile raspberry glaze created to complement ham, game or poultry.
 2 cloves garlic, finely mashed
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1 tablespoon butter
 2/3 cup seedless raspberry preserves
 2/3 cup red currant preserves
 1 cup Pete's Wicked Winter Brew
 1/2 cup pan juices from roasted meat or use broth
 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
 1 teaspoon dried thyme (or your favorite herb)
 3 level tablespoons cornstarch
 1/4 cup Pete's Wicked Winter Brew
 1. Mash the salt and garlic together. In a small skillet, warm the butter over low heat and when melted, add the garlic. Cook slowly until fragrant.
 2. Combine the garlic, preserves, Pete's Winter Brew, pan juices, vinegar and thyme in a small saucepan. Bring to a low simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
 3. Combine the cornstarch and the 1/4 cup of Winter Brew, stirring until smooth. Whisk into the simmering sauce, continuing to stir until thickened and clear. Remove from the heat.
 To glaze turkey, baste every 10 minutes for the final 50 minutes of roasting period; to glaze ham, baste every 10 minutes for the final 90 minutes of roasting period; to glaze goose or duck, baste every 7 minutes for the final 45 minutes of the roasting period; to glaze game, baste every 15 minutes for the second half of the roasting period.
 The beer cuisine team also created Brie, Walnut and Raspberry Bread Twists, a wickedly wild combination of brie, walnuts and raspberry amber ale which makes stupendous soft-pretzeled breadsticks, lofty dinner rolls or an exquisite braided bread. Family and friends will be delighted with an Elegant White Chocolate Cake, a sophisticated European-style white chocolate cake made with Pete's Wicked Winter Brew, a not-too-sweet finale to the holiday meal.
 Make this holiday season an extraordinary occasion and bring the tradition of quality beers back into our holiday celebrations!
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Color print of the three-recipe food shot is available upon request. More information about beer cuisine and interviews with Pete and Candy are available./
 /CONTACT: Kristin Seuell of Pete's Brewing, 800-877-7383 or 415-328-7383/

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