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Archives: August 2013

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The Beerdmaster Review: The First Installment

Welcome to the first installment of Beerdmaster! Beerdmaster is a Perelandra blog series exploring, appreciating, and celebrating beer, beards, and man culture. You’ll find reviews of everything from natural care products and organic beer to herbal-healing wizardry – all available at Perelandra Natural Foods!

Great Divide Brewing Co. Collette Farmhouse Ale, 7.3%

Is there a better summer beer than Great Divide’s Colette Ale? I think not. My beerd was extremely satisfied as soon as the first drop filtered through my whiskers and graced the tip of my tongue. As a favorite among many of Perelandra’s beerdmasters, this ale is dressed to impress. Great Divide claims this ale is a celebration of and tribute to  Belgium farmers. One beer deep I could already sense the big porch, the golden fields, the soft nods and “yeah, man’s” escaping from the tired, sky-gazing beards in their rocking chairs. Great Divide, located in Denver, definitely brings that southern comfort with the Colette Farmhouse Ale. Roland, Perelandra Co-Owner and fellow beardsman, says “Great Divide’s attempt to re-create the saison that was brewed in Belgian Farmhouses in days gone by is, in my opinion, a great success. True to its roots it has the fruity, spicy, yeasty (in that order) flavor of a Belgian Ale, with a dry almost wine-like finish.” And let’s face it. Summer is almost over and let’s enjoy the weather while we can. Tis the season to be thirsty, as the heat rises. This beer isn’t too heavy and can be consumed in large quantities (go ahead and get the full six pack – you won’t regret it even the morning after). Although Roland warns us, “Colette may have a feminine name, but this strong ale packs a punch at 7.3% ABV!” Impress your friends at a BBQ (veg friendly, of course), drink it under the sun at a picnic, or party in the halls of your own kingdom. You can’t go wrong with this one.

Juniper Ridge – Douglas Fir Incense

Can’t go on that camping trip you wanted to this summer? Want to transport your mind to the lush forests of the northwest? Are you a Twin Peaks fan? Meet Juniper Ridge – a small company hailing from Oakland, California that specializes in natural, wild-crafted fragrances. I was immediately impressed with their aesthetic. This company is…just awesome. I live in a room with no windows (this beerdmaster’s kingdom is literally a dim cave). I desperately search for and excessively use anything that simulates nature from playing swamp sounds from my phone to using this incense. I am particularly a fan of Juniper Ridge’s Douglas Fir incense, but they have several scents to choose from. The scent makes me feel like I’m camping out in the wilderness of the west with a dense fog slowly hovering in the treetops.The scent gives a feeling of nostalgia and I can almost hear Agent Cooper’s FBI car pass by on a distant dirt road when the Douglas Fir is in full force.  It definitely helps fill the “nature void” I sometimes feel here in the city. I highly recommend this product for anyone who can’t get out of the city and seeks to satisfy their urge for the smell of campfires and tall trees. Or anyone who can appreciate a unique, high quality incense.

MJ’s Herbals – First Aid Salve

Any beerdmaster or lady viking alike can’t exactly predict what their adventurous, harsh, potentially dangerous life might bring. Whether you’re out on an expedition, or in your castle this small salve is real handy.  MJ’s Herbals uses a mix of “potent and powerful” herbs (all organic) to create an all purpose first aid salve. Some ingredients include comfrey, calendula, oregon grape root, tea tree oil, and real vitamin E which give the salve antiseptic and antibacterial properties. In addition, according to their website, the salve can promote quick healing for all kinds of issues such as scrapes, cuts (not deep ones), burns, scars, rashes, blemishes, and even cracked lips. As people of the land, we appreciate what comes from the land and there are no parabens, petroleum, or chemicals – it’s all natural and all good. The salve itself comes in a little 1 oz. jar but a little goes a long way. You get a lot of skin coverage with just a small dab from your finger. MJ also gets a big high five for being native to Brooklyn. MJ’s First Aid Salve is essential to anyone’s healing potion cellar.

Beerdmaster reviews are written and illustrated by Perelandra’s own beerdmaster, Jacob Hamrick. 

Categories: Beerdmaster


Buy Local: It’s More Than Just A Slogan

Pictured: Baked Better Fort Greene Gluten-Free Bread Mix (Brooklyn); North Fork Sea Salt Co. Local Sea Salt (Long Island); Purely Elizabeth Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix (Manhattan); Brooklyn Brine Pickles (Brooklyn); Sweet By Jana Salted Chocolate Coconut Cookies (Queens); The Squeeze Raw Granola (Brooklyn); Eleven 216 Single-Hive Rooftop Honey (Brooklyn). 

Did you know that Perelandra carries products from over 65 local producers? And that doesn’t even include the slew of organic, locally grown produce that we get throughout the year! We take sustainability seriously, and locally produced food is better for our community, economy and environment. Buying local is much more than a slogan to us- we’re committed to sourcing the highest quality organic and natural products available, and New York has so much to offer! From pickles and sauerkraut to cocktail mixers, cashew cheese, deodorant and household cleaners, we’ve got locally produced products in every department! 

10 Reasons to Buy Local Food

Reprinted from With an Ear to the Ground: Essays on 
Sustainable Agriculture, by Vern Grubinger, published by Northeast Region SARE, 2004.

  1. Local food tastes better. The crops are picked at their peak, and farmstead products like cheese are hand crafted for the best flavor. Food imported from far away is older, has traveled on trucks or planes, and has sat in warehouses before it finally gets to you.
  2. Local produce is better for you. The shorter the time between the farm and your table, the less likely it is that nutrients will be lost from fresh food.
  3. Local food preserves genetic diversity. In the modern agricultural system, plant varieties are chosen for their ability to ripen uniformly, withstand harvesting, survive packing and last on the shelf, so there is limited genetic diversity in large-scale production. Smaller local farms, in contrast, often grow many different varieties to provide a long harvest season, in an array of colors and flavors.
  4. Local food is safe. There’s a unique kind of assurance that comes from looking a farmer in the eye at farmers market or driving by the fields where your food comes from. Local farmers aren’t anonymous and they take their responsibility to the consumer seriously.
  5. Local food supports local families. Wholesale prices that farmers get for their products are low, often near the cost of production. Local farmers who sell directly to consumers cut out the middleman and get full retail price for their food, which helps farm families stay on the land.
  6. Local food builds community. When you buy direct from a farmer, you are engaging in a time-honored connection between eater and grower. Knowing the farmer gives you insight into the seasons, the land, and your food. It gives you access to a place where your children and grandchildren can go to learn about nature and agriculture.
  7. Local food preserves open space. When farmers get paid more for their products by marketing locally, they are less likely to sell their farmland for development. When you buy locally grown food, you are doing something proactive to preserve our agricultural landscape.
  8. Local food keeps taxes down. According to several studies, farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services, whereas most other kinds of development contribute less in taxes than the cost of the services they require.
  9. Local food benefits the environment and wildlife. Well-managed farms conserve fertile soil and clean water in our communities. The farm environment is a patchwork of fields, meadows, woods, ponds, and buildings that provide habitat for wildlife.
  10. Local food is an investment in the future. By supporting local farmers today, you are helping ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow.

Categories: Tips & Advice


August’s Dessert Schedule

Check out August’s awesome dessert schedule! All of our house-made baked goods are vegan, made with organic sweeteners and flours, and many are gluten-free & soy-free as well! Enjoy!


Vanilla-Mango Cupcakes (gluten-free/soy-free)
Mocha Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
Seasonal Fruit and Custard Tart
Chocolate Chip Bar


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Mocha Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
Seasonal Fruit Parfait
Chocolate Chip Bar


Chocolate Cinnamon Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Mocha Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Cardamom Crisp Cookies
(Not) Pop-Tarts! (sf)
Cinnamon Rolls


Blueberry-Lime Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Raspberry Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Cardamom Crisp Cookies
Seasonal Fruit Bread Pudding
Brownies (gf/sf)


Chocolate Caramel Swirl Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Raspberry Chocolate Truffles
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mini Layer Cakes
Brownies (gf/sf)