Barley Days Brewery: Yet another reason to visit Prince Edward County!

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Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club 
Featuring Barley Days Brewery

– March 2014 –

 

So here we are, month #2 of Savvy Hip Hops, bringing you a new case of beers and hopefully introducing you to a new favourite. This month Barley Days Brewery was awesome enough to step in and take the reins, and send some unique items to our suds-cribers!

Before you tear open that fresh, new case of craft-brewed beauties, take a moment to flip through Savvy’s Beer Backstory Magazine and get to know the brewery and their beers… and then pour yourself a glass! It’s asking a lot, I know, but once you learn a bit more about Barley Days Brewery and all their wonderful beers, you’ll appreciate everything in that glass so much more.

Barley Days Brett at the tanksI met with Brett French – Barley Days Brewery’s sales representative, delivery guy, spokesman, (and everything in between!) – to discuss the brewery, the beers, and what it’s like being the only brewery in Prince Edward County. Brett is a guy who is truly passionate about Barley Days beer  – and craft beer in general –  and without a doubt he absolutely loves what he does. He got me really excited to try the beers, and visit the brewery as soon!

With so many new beers in the works and the brewery itself in a transition period, there is a lot to look forward to in the coming months from Barley Days. This is one brewery to look out for, and definitely should be a stop on your next trip to Prince Edward County. In photo at left is Barley Days brewer, Alex Nicols.

Open your Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case…

Your Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case and find an assortment pack of signature beers as well as seasonals:

Yuletide Cherry Porter

Pumpkin Saison

Scrimshaw Oyster Stout

Royal George Brown Ale

Wind & Sail Dark Ale

Harvest Gold Pale Ale

Loyalist Lager 

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There is always something going on in The County!

Spring & summer is a great time to explore all that is in The County.  Be sure to plan to go to this year’s Terroir: A County Wine Celebration at the Crystal Palace in Picton is not-to-be-missed. On Saturday May 3rd, all of The County – including Barley Days Brewery – will be under one roof.  We’ll see you there!

 

Introducing…

Barley Days Brewery

by Meaghan Baskin

Located in the heart of Ontario’s newest destination for everything gourmet, artisan and craft; Barley Days Brewery is definitely enjoying the sense of pride and community in Prince Edward County. From the ability to trade your neighbours’ used wine barrels for beer, or using local farm’s fresh produce as ingredients, to the labels, packaging and name of the brewery itself; are all signs of a close knit community and a pride of their craftsmanship.

Demand for new & exciting beers

Barley Days bottles of beerSince the brewery was founded in 2007 by owner Chris Rogers, Barley Days has developed a loyal following. Their fans are always pushing the envelope requesting something new, yet happy to find that their County favourites are always available. Recently, Brett tells me, there has been an increasing demand for new & novel beer creations, resulting in renovations and transitions at the brewery to keep up with production and demand. All the while, something that is guaranteed not to change is the history of Barley Days. Chris is a veterinarian, with a passion for beer.

Looking back in time

From 1750-1910 his family owned a brewery in Lancashire, England and Barley Days is his homage to his family’s past. Being a Canadian history buff, Chris celebrates Prince Edward County’s part in the exporting of bay barley, malting barley and hops to breweries in the United States during 1860-1890. This is history is depicted in the artist rendered labels and in the name Barley Days – a time when farming, shipbuilding, and shipping flourished and this period became known in local history as “The Barley Days”.

Barley Days’ Best Kept Secrets

Barley Days tanksA small handful of Barley Days beers are available at LCBOs (and always sell out quickly), so a trip to the brewery is definitely a reason to visit The County. Be sure to ask for Brett when you stop by as he would love to meet our Savvy Hip Hops subscribers & share stories behind how many of their ingredients are sourced, and brought to the brewery. Can you imagine this? During the autumn, Barley Days friends and family parade across the road to the neighbouring farmers market each person’s arms piled high with pumpkins – the essential ingredients needed for the Pumpkin Saison beer (one of the beers in your Taste Case). This glorious seasonal beer requires over 400lbs of County pumpkins in the recipe to create a batch of 4000L this specialty beer.  Imagine how many trips across the road it takes to make that beer! (sounds like a ‘how many times did the brewmaster cross the road’ joke is coming on!)

Brett explains, “The community in the County is very much like going to your next door neighbour’s home and asking to borrow a cup of sugar.” It is truly a bonus being located in The County with your next door neighbour on one side is a farmer’s market and on the others is a winery. There is inspiration everywhere and someone to lend a hand (or pumpkin!).

What’s Happening Next for Barley Days?

When you drop by the brewery, you’ll be in the midst of a large renovation that is underway to handle the growing demand for their beers coupled with the growth of The County’s popularity of a tourism destination. Soon, the tasting room will have a café feel with small plates of local restaurant’s dishes and boards with charcuterie and locally made cheeses.  “It will become a place that will be hard to leave!” laughs Brett.

Barley Days bottle & corksWith summer fast approaching, craft beer festivals will be popping up everywhere. Look for Barley Days & ask for Brett at The County’s annual Taste the County events, National Capital Craft Beer Week in Ottawa or The Brewery Market events in Toronto. If its craft beer related, “Barley Days Brewery will be a part of it”, assures Brett.

New brews are always in the works, so make sure to look for Barley Days next time you’re out at your favourite local restaurant or pub. Their Mason jar tap handles are hard to miss, and you may be excited to find a seasonal treasure on tap.  We raise a glass to the Barley Days’ team!


 

• Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes •

With a large selection of beers available at the brewery, we are eager to introduce you to them. The beers are listed in order of lightest body to fullest – feel free to try them in any order you like!

Loyalist LagerLoyalist Lager (Czech Style Pilsner)

A light, easy drinking beer at 4.5% and 12 IBU, this beer is best paired with soon to come warm days of spring (and summer), fun…and everything in between!

Tasting Notes: Aromas consist of fresh cut grass, citrus, and cereal, with a sweet malty nose. It’s a very crisp and clean beer, with lemon and other citrus notes. Just the right amount of Czech style and 2 row malts make this an incredibly sessionable beer that you won’t mind having throughout the summer.

Suggested Food Pairing: Think lighter fare, such as cheese, fish or other white meats, though refreshing enough to pair well with anything off the BBQ.

 

Harvest Gold Pale AleHarvest Gold (Pale Ale)

A slight step up in body from the Loyalist, this beer comes in at 4.8% and 22 IBUs and is an excellent stepping stone into the world of pale ales.

Tasting Notes: The aromas from the Kent golding hops and the Canadian 2 row malt give this beer a light hoppy nose, as well as a nice biscuit/fresh cereal scent. This pale ale’s malt and hops is well balanced, and give it a crisp, sweet taste, with a slightly bitter finish.

 Suggested Food Pairing: Another beer for the patio, this beer will match well with pub fare like sandwiches, burgers and fries and other classic eats.

 

Royal George (English Style Brown Ale)

Royal George Brown AleThis unfiltered brown beer is 5% and shows how a darker beer can be flavourful and refreshing at the same time.

Tasting Notes: The aromas show an over-whelming scent of sweet nut, molasses, prune and other dried fruits, with a hint of biscuit. On the palate you’ll taste caramel, honey, brown sugar and some notes of minerals. Make sure not to drink this beer too cold, or you’ll numb all the wonderfully sweet tastes.

Suggested Food Pairings: This is one for the sweet meats – barbeque sauced meats like ribs or chicken wings, and would be insanely delicious with pulled pork.

 

 

wind&sailWind & Sail (English Style Dark Ale)

Probably the most well-known from Barley Days Brewery, this unfiltered beer has layers of complexity. At 5% and 28 IBUs, it’s a pleasure for the seasoned beer drinker, yet something you could share with an entry level craft beer drinker.

Tasting Notes: The sweet aromas of dark chocolate, raisin and molasses are lovely, and are definitely evident in the flavour of the beer as well. You may also notice coffee, baker’s chocolate, and a slight smokiness on the palate. This beer is best drank slightly warm, which allows all the flavours to really come forward.

Suggested Food Pairings: You may want heartier foods with this one that can match all the flavours. Meatloaf and BBQ meats are favourites, but try with something unusual like Halloumi cheese (a cheese with a high melting point so it can be easily grilled or fried).

 

Pumpkin Saison of the Witch (Flavoured Saison)

This one is a beauty, and (unfortunately) only available during autumn. Pumpkin beers are quickly becoming a trend in craft beer, and something fans wait anxiously for each year. This beer is 6.7% and available in a 750 mL bottle, perfect for sharing with a special friend.

Tasting Notes: The aromas scream fall and pumpkin pie: baking spices, clove, and nutmeg. The palate is pleasing with the same overwhelming tastes, and make you think of the holiday season. The finish is long and leaves the taste of spice and banana lingering.

Suggested Food Pairings: This is one for a big family/holiday meal with all the fixings. It would pair lovely with roasted birds, sweet root vegetables, caramelized anything, and of course pumpkin pie itself.

Yuletide Cherry Porter (Flavoured Porter)

Yuletide-Cherry-PorterThis beer has become a celebrated holiday brew, and is a sign that Christmas is on its way! Made with sour cherries from Southern Ontario, it’s a wonderful winter treat at only 5.5%.

Tasting Notes: Although there is plenty of cherries in this beer, the aroma and flavours are not dominated by them. Lots of milk chocolate and coffee are noticeable in both the aroma and on the palate. The taste of black forest cake is very noticeable, and delicious.

Suggested Food Pairings: This sweet beer would pair nicely with a whipped cream topped dessert, a mousse, and most definitely black forest cake.

 

Scrimshaw Oyster Stout (Flavoured Stout)

This is a beer for anyone who loves unusual and full-bodied brews! Made with real Prince Edward Island Malpeque oysters, every part of the oyster is thrown into the batch to create a very unique brew. Surprisingly light at 4% and 25 IBUs.

Tasting Notes: The beer starts with aromas of black olive brine, followed by dark baker’s chocolate, coffee and smoke. The flavours of smoke, dark chocolate, toast, brine and cigar are quite intense, yet wonderful. This beer is definitely something you would want to pair with a meal and enjoy slightly warmed.

Suggested Food Pairings: Obvious pairings for this robust beer would be oysters, and any other sort of shelled seafood. To match the rich smokiness of the beer, something like smoked meat or duck would also be a nice choice.

 

• Recipes with a splash of the featured Savvy Hip Hops •

 

With Royal George Brown Ale…

Brown Ale Pulled Pork

http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/guinness-pulled-pork

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 hours
Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. freshly-cracked black pepper
4 lb. boneless pork butt or shoulder or loin
1 large white onion, thinly sliced
1 bottle of Royal George Brown Ale

Method

In a small bowl, whisk together paprika, salt, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, and black pepper until combined. Rub the mixture all over the surface of the pork until covered.

Spread out the sliced onions over the bottom of the slow cooker. Then place the pork on top. And then pour the beer on top.
Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours, or until the pork literally falls apart on your pork. Serve on sliders, tacos, salads, or however you would like!

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days, or freeze.

 

With Barley Days’ Pumpkin Saison

Pumpkin Vanilla Cocktail with Spiced Sugar Rim

http://www.beantownbaker.com/2012/10/pumpkin-vanilla-cocktail-with-spiced.html

Ingredients for one cocktail

For spiced sugar rim

3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg

 For the cocktail

1 bottle of Barley Days Pumpkin Saison of the Witch
1 oz vanilla vodka

Method

For spiced sugar rim

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl

 

For assembly of cocktail

Fill a small bowl or plate with water. Dip the rim of a glass in the water, then in the spiced sugar mixture.

Pour the beer into the glass. Top the beer with the vodka and enjoy!

Keep spiced sugar rim mixture in a sealed container at room temperature.

 

With Barley Days’ Yuletide Cherry Porter…

Turkey Brine

http://www.barleydaysbrewery.com/cherry-porter-turkey-brine-c147.php
From the kitchen of Barley Day’s brewmaster Alex Nicols

Ingredients

7 liters of water
500 g salt
175 g white sugar
400mL maple syrup
3 bottles of Barley Days Yuletide Cherry Porter
3 cinnamon sticks
3 bay leaves
2 tsp each – peppercorns, star anise, fennel seed, mustard seed & cloves

Method

18 hours prior to roasting the turkey, mix ingredients in a container big enough for the turkey and bring to a boil.

Turn off stove & allow to cool (outdoors or in a cold room). Once cool, put the turkey in the bring, ensuring the cavity fills with fluid.  Let sit for 12 to 18 hours in the brine

Remove and dry the turkey.  Roast you as usually do. Enjoy!

 

 

Cheers & Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops!

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