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Big thirst for Big Rig beers

Posted by Melanie

Monday, June 29th, 2015
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Let’s get right into it!  It’s time to raise a glass to the start of summer and to another month filled with delicious Ontario craft beer! This month Savvy Hip Hops brings you an assortment of brews from Big Rig Brewery located in Ottawa.

It’s been a busy and successful year for Big Rig since we featured them last June.  Not only have they settled into thiphops_largeheir new production brewery located in Kanata (103 Schneider Road) which used to house a plastics manufacturing company, but they have also opened a 2nd brewpub location in the east end of Ottawa (115 – 1980 Ogilvie Road).   While the restaurant owners focus on delivering good quality food – more on that later – brewmaster Lon Ladell takes great care in crafting their beers.

Open your Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case…

…and you will find an assortment of beers that would be great for summer, including:

Exclaim! Imperial Coffee IPAcrafted for the Toronto’s Session Craft Beer Festival
Release the Hounds” Black IP
Big Rig Gold – their signature beer
Big Rig Bongo – brand new!
Iron Arse Ale – a special brew which raises funds for RIDE for DAD.
A mystery beer in a bomber size bottle!

Beer & food go together like birds of a feather

Before meeting with Big Rig‘s brewmaster Lon Ladell, our new Savvy Team member Melanie & I had dinner at Big Rig’s new restaurant.  We thought ‘When in Rome…’  We were amazed and impressed that the restaurant was hopping on a Monday night (a good sign!).  A delicious menu, fantastic beers and most of all, staff that are crazy about beers.  “And all of our places have a cozy industrial vibe,” Lon described to Melanie during her interview to compile this issue of the Beer Backstory. For our Ottawa sudscribers, you may agree that Big Rig is must try. You may even see Lon in the experimental lab or bump into (not literally!) Senators hockey player & co-owner Chris Phillips.

Big thirst for more Big Rig?

Would you like more beer from this month’s Savvy Hip Hops? Just call our Savvy Brew Crew & we’ll arrange a special shipment for you (if it is still available at the brewery that is!).  Put us on speed dial – Savvy Hip Hops Hotline 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or cheers@savvycompany.ca

Cheers & enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops

Debbie & the Savvy Brew Crew

 

Introducing…
Big Rig Brewery

by Melanie Allen – newest member of the Savvy Team

 

When Savvy Hip Hops featured Big Rig Brewery one year ago, the FIFA World Cup was underway and Big Rig Lon Ladell low res croppedbrewmaster Lon Ladell (in photo) was keeping tabs on every match.  His love of soccer is never ending as I experienced firsthand when we met at Big Rig’s new production brewery and tasting room. A flat-screen TV in the tasting room was muted but tuned-in to a Women’s World Cup match. “I have to confess, I am PVR’ing and watching as many of the games as I can.”

From Milk to Beer…

Originally from British Columbia, Lon started his career working in the dairy industry before he discoveLons Lab Big Rig Brewery-121red that he was lactose intolerant! In 1995, he transferred those well-honed operational skills to an industry that is dear to his heart: beer.  He jumped in by volunteering at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria which eventually became a full time job.  Lon explained that the city is hopping for craft beers. “Half of craft beer made in Victoria is consumed in Victoria”.

Lon and his wife packed up shop and moved to Ottawa, his wife’s hometown, to take care of his father in law who was battling prostate cancer.

Two Creative Collaborations

Sitting at the tasting bar, we talked about his recent collaboration with Exclaim! (a Canadian music bigrig_logo-150x150magazine), creating a beer that debuted this month at the Session Craft Beer Festival in Toronto.   A big draw for this festival involves teaming up smaller craft breweries with celebrity partners, with the aim of collaborating on a unique beer to showcase.  Luckily, you have some of this great beer in your Savvy Hip Hops.

Lon expained “the process involved calls with his collaborators at the magazine.  They wanted to create something completely different – something bold with lots of flavor.”  With this in mind, Lon pitched the idea of using coffee for their new creation and sought out beans from Engine House Coffee (a roaster located in Eganville, ON).

A batch was brewed with the folks from Exclaim! onsite, and the Exclaim! 40 Weight Imperial Coffee IPA was  born.  Lon travelled to Toronto to attend the Session Craft Beer Festival and he described the Collaboration Nation portion of the festival as a very “friendly competition” that provides a forum for craft brewers to come together and enjoy their creations, as well as catch up with friends in the industry.

Another collaboration Lon has been involved for several years is Ride for Dad.  Three important men in his family – his father, his stepfather and his wife’s father all battled prostate cancer. Every year, Lon brews Iron Ride for Dad logoArse Ale to fundraise and support Ride for Dad – a series of motorcycle rides taking place across the country to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research. A portion of sales of this novel beer that always sells out quickly, is donated back to prostate research. We hope that you will enjoy this beer that is included in your Savvy Hip Hops. 

Cool new digs

The outsiBig Rig Brewery Kanatade of the new production brewery is unassuming and looks like a typical business located in an industrial park.  But inside holds some surprises!  The warehouse has been transformed to house a Tasting Room and a non-stop production facility.  The décor of the tasting room has similarities to those of their newest restaurant.  Stop in to pick up a growler or stay for a sandwhich & pint.

Over a beer, we also chatted about…

What’s your favourite style of beer?
“Hands down, ESB (Extra Special Bitter), because it provides a nice, balanced beer.”

What do you think about LCBO kiosks in grocery stores?
“I’m all for it.  It’s great. I see this as an opportunity for the government to say, ‘Listen we are going to give craft beer and wines more shelf space’. This is a big opportunity for them to do that.”  You can check out the complete article about these proposed changes in the Ottawa Citizen.

It’s the people that make a difference.

I’d like to end on a personal note:  Big Rig Brewery is in large part what it not only because of the quality and originality of their beers, but by the people involved in every facet of the business.  From the friendly and knowledgeable staff I met at their brewpub, to Lon’s generosity in showing this gal around the production brewery and letting me pick his brain, this is a business that believes in their products and finds the best people to help promote their products and make you feel welcome.

 

Cheers to Lon & the team at Big Rig!            

  

• Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes •

BRBrewery-104Below are Melanie’s tasting notes for each beer, some additional information on the beers, along with some suggested food pairings and recipes to try out with your beers.

Exclaim! 40 Weight Imperial Coffee IPA

Released in June, brought about by a collaboration between Big Rig and Exclaim! Magazine, this Imperial Coffee India Pale Ale (IPA) uses Nelson Sauvin (NZ) hops and fair trade, organic coffee beans from Engine House Coffee and undergoes a cold-soaking process. 7.5 % ABV and 80 IBU.

Tasting Notes:  Medium amber color.  Key aroma is freshly roasted coffee beans, which repeats on the palate but is extremely refreshing for this style.  This is really a coffee-drinkers dream in beer form.  Also on the palate: dried fruit, milk chocolate and a nutty finish.  The coffee flavours mellow the hoppy flavours present in an IPA.

Suggested Food Pairing:  Try with BBQ ribs (see recipe below), a Mexican Chicken Mole, or sip alongside a Chocolate Espresso mousse cake dessert.

Big Rig ‘Release the Hounds’ Black IPA

Lon was very happy to showcase Big Rig’s award for this beer, which won Gold in the category of American Style Black Ale at the Canadian Brewing Awards.  Galaxy hops (Australia) were used in making this beer.  6.2% ABV and 63 IBU.

Tasting Notes:  Very dark brown colour.  On the nose and palate, pleasing smoky and roasted notes.  Coffee flavour is less intense than the Coffee IPA (but still present).  Complex flavours including:  burnt sugar, black liquorice and smoke.

Suggested Food Pairing: This IPA would be delicious with various slow-cooked meaty stews, and a real treat with game meat such as venison and wild boar – pour some right in the stock!    

Big Rig Gold

Big Rig’s flagship beer.  A great beer to reach for when looking for a craft beer but with a North American Ale style .  4% ABV and 20 IBU.

Tasting Notes:  Medium golden color.  Light aroma of cereal grains and citrus on the nose.  Smooth and crisp, this beer is refreshing and clean with citrus notes.  Easy drinking, creamy with a light hoppiness on the finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: On its own on a hot summer day outdoors, or with your favorite pub-food (fried zucchini or mozzarella sticks), or with comfort food like a turkey pot pie.

Big Rig Bongo

Their first summer brew just released in time to be included in Savvy Hip Hops. This Radler style beer have gained in popularity over the past few years, but what makes this one standout is its refreshing blend of grapefruit and freshly grated ginger!  2.9% ABV.

Tasting Notes:  Light orange-golden color.  Fresh aromas of grapefruit pith and ginger which continue on the palate.  A great low-alcohol alternative that is refreshing and crisp.

Suggested Food Pairing: Can easily be enjoyed on its own, but would also pair nicely with guacamole and tortilla chips (see recipe below), seared scallops, pink grapefruit and spinach salad, or a Shrimp ceviche (using a blend of lemon and pink grapefruit).

Iron Arse Ale

This brew is near and dear to brewmaster Lon Ladell’s heart.  This beer is brewed annually to help support Ride for Dad, which raises funds to support prostate cancer research and awareness. Lon described it as something to be shared: “It’s great with Father’s Day coming up.  The beer is meant to be shared with neighbours”.   It’s available in growlers, bombers and also cans, making it easy to share with family and friends.   5% ABV

Tasting Notes:  Golden in color. Hay, grains, and some fruitiness on the nose.  The palate is filled with a repeat of these, along with a crisp minerality and grassiness.

Suggested Food Pairing: Would pair nicely with spicier dishes, such as Chicken Curry, or Spicy fried shrimp (see recipe below).

Surprise!  You have a Mystery Bomber in your Taste Case
It’s top secret (I don’t even know what your mystery bombers will be!), I can assure you that after having tasted more of Big Rig beers than what’s listed above (I recommend trying their Peppercorn Saison as well as their Hefeweizen), I have no doubt you’ll be pleasantly surprised with your Mystery Bomber.

 

• Recipes to enjoy with the featured Savvy Hip Hops •

 

With Exclaim! 40 Weight Imperial Coffee IPA

Coffee-Rubbed Ribs with Coffee Barbecue Sauce

From: www.weber.com

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3.5-4 hours
Yield: 4-6 Servings

Rub Ingredients

2 Tbsp ground coffee
1 Tbsp packed dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
1 Tbsp kosher salt
2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
2 meaty racks baby back ribs, each 2 to 2½ pounds

Sauce Ingredients

2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1½ cups minced yellow onion
¾ cup strong brewed coffee
½ cup ketchup
2 Tbsp packed dark brown sugar
2 Tbsp cider vinegar
2 Tbsp molasses
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon mustard powder

Method

Combine the rub ingredients. Season the racks evenly all over with the rub and allow them to stand at room temperature for 45 minutes before grilling. Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over low heat (250° to 350°F).

Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and cook until softened and beginning to brown, 7 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the remaining sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until slightly thickened and reduced to 1½ cups, 16 to 18 minutes. Remove from the heat. If you prefer a smooth sauce, use an immersion blender or regular blender to puree the sauce.

Place the ribs over indirect low heat, as far from the heat as possible, close the lid, and cook for 2½ hours. After the first hour, baste the racks with water, particularly any areas that are looking a little dry. Continue to baste with water every 30 minutes or so. They are done when the meat has shrunk back from the ends of most of the bones by ¼ inch or more.

Remove the racks from the grill and lightly brush them on both sides with some of the sauce. Wrap each rack individually in heavy-duty aluminum foil. Return the racks to the grill and cook over indirect low heat, with the lid closed, until very tender, 30 to 45 minutes more.  

 

With Big Rig Bongo

Melanie’s Best Guacomole

From: Melanie Allen’s Kitchen

Prep Time: 15 minutesGuacamole
Yield:  Dip for a party of 6-8

Ingredients

3 avocadoes
2 Tbsp minced onion
half of a large tomato finely chopped
4 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon lime juice
Couple shakes of hot sauce (to taste)
Season to taste with Kosher salt and pepper

Method

In a medium bowl, mash (with a fork) together the avocados, lime juice, hot sauce, pepper and salt.

Mix in onion, cilantro, tomatoes, and garlic. Allow to sit for an hour in the fridge for best flavour.

Excellent served on its own with tortilla chips or homemade pita chips, but also good with wraps, tacos and club sandwiches. 

 

With Iron Arse Ale

Spicy Coconut Shrimp

From: www.foodandwine.com

Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

IngredientsShrimp

1/3  cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
1/2 cup panko
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined
Canola oil, for frying
Lemon wedges, for serving

Method

In a shallow dish, whisk the flour with the cayenne and the 1/2 teaspoon of salt. In a second shallow dish, mix the panko with the shredded coconut. Add the coconut milk to a small bowl.

Season the shrimp with salt. Working with 1 shrimp at a time, dredge it in the flour mixture, then dip it in the coconut milk, letting the excess drip off. Coat the shrimp in the panko mixture. Transfer to a plate. Repeat to coat the remaining shrimp.

In a large cast-iron skillet, heat 1/4 inch of oil until shimmering. In 2 batches, fry the shrimp over moderate heat, turning, until golden and crisp and cooked through, about
3 minutes. Drain briefly on paper towels and serve hot with lemon wedges.

Cheers & Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops!

 

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Tips for your Valentine’s Day dinner…

Posted by Debbie

Friday, February 13th, 2015
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Have you been wracking your brains to plan the perfect dinner night out or have been trying to get a reservation at your favorite restaurant on February 14th? Have a romantic night in.  One of our catering partners, Thyme & Again has an elegant take home menu prepared by their creative chefs using local ingredients & they’ve asked us to pair Ontario wines…and craft beers with each course.

 Here is your Valentine’s Wine & Craft Beer Shopping List ♥ 

Savvy SommeliersTo make your Valentine’s celebration easy & simple, our Savvy Sommeliers  have selected Ontario wines and our Brew Crew has added in local craft beers that will WOW your love.  The wines are available at various LCBOs in Ottawa and the beers you can drop in to the brewery to pick up a growler or two.

Cheers & Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your love!
Debbie & the Savvy Team

 

 

Special Valentine’s Day Menu with Wine Pairings

HORS D’OEUVRES

Cherry Tomato Florentine with Basil Balsamic Drizzle (Cherry Tomato with Spinach and Parmesan Stuffing) (V, GF)

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño and Cheddar Stuffed Meatballs (GF)

Seared Scallop with Champagne Jelly and Candied Lemon Zest on Rice Cracker (GF)

 

wine_tasting_sparklingKick off your special night with a bubbly! Savvy Sommeliers recommend:

Casa Dea Dea’s Cuvée Sparkling (Prince Edward County) $18.95

Huff Estates Cuvée Janine Sparkling Rosé (Prince Edward County) $29.95

Featherstone JOY Premium Cuvée Sparkling (Niagara) $34.95

 

Crack open these Craft Beers:

Beyond the Pale Pink Fuzz

Perth Brewery Euro Pilsner

 

STARTERS ♥

Tomato Saffron Bisque and Goat Cheese Crouton (V)

Baby Greens, Marinated Mushrooms, Pickled Beets and Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette (V, GF)

Crab Cake, Cucumber, Radish, Frisée Salad and Dill Mayo

 

Our Savvy Sommeliers recommend these wines:

Burnt Ship Bay Pinot Grigio (Niagara-on-the-Lake) $14.95

Malivoire Gamay (Niagara) $17.95

Fielding Red Conception (Niagara) $18.95

 

Serve one of these craft beers!

Bicycle Craft Brewery Belle River Blonde

Whiprsnapr Inukshuk Canadian IPA

 

MAIN COURSES ♥

Celtic Blue Cheese and Leek Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Garlic Thyme Jus (GF)

Herbed Potato Medallions; Heirloom Carrots and Chard

Wine to serve: Kacaba Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc VQA 2011 (Niagara)

Craft Beer suggestion: Kichesippi Wuchuk Black

 

Spinach and Shallot Stuffed Chicken Breast with Braised Fig, Orange and Port Wine Jus (GF)

Parsley Risotto; Heirloom Carrots and Chard

Wine to serve: Sue-Ann Staff Loved by Lu Riesling VQA 2012 (Niagara)

Craft Beer suggestion Beau’s St Luke’s Verse

 

Reif Estate WinesCocoa Chipotle Dusted Magret Duck Breast with Cherry Gastrique (GF)

Herbed Potato Medallions; Heirloom Carrots and Chard

Wine to serve: Rosewood Select Series Pinot Noir VQA 2012 (Niagara)

Craft Beer suggestion: Covered Bridge “Over the River Chai”

 

Togarashi Smoked and Seared Tuna with Wakame Salad (GF)

Bamboo Rice; Heirloom Carrots and Chard

Wine to serve: Redstone Chardonnay VQA 2011 (Niagara)

Craft Beer suggestion: Big Rig Brewery Session IPA

 

Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille Terrine (V, GF)

Parsley Risotto; Heirloom Carrots and Chard

Wine to serve: Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Sauvignon VQA (Niagara-on-the-Lake)

Craft Beer suggestion: Cassel Brewery Honey Brown

                                                                                  

DESSERTS ♥

Passionfruit Crème Brûlée (GF)

Rose and White Chocolate Mousse, Mango Meringue & Dehydrated Raspberry

Hazelnut Crèmeaux (N)

Dulce Mousse, Brown Butter Blondie and Dark Chocolate

Apple Confit Cheesecake

Bacon Caramel Corn, Ice Wine Gelée, Spiced Shortbread Crumb and Maple Dust

Mini Sweet Selection

Red Velvet Cupcake, Spicy Chocolate Tart, Salted Caramel Macaron (N), and Passionfruit Cheesecake

 

Dessert wines to finish off the evening:

Tawse Riesling Icewine VQA 2009 (Niagara)

beercheeseStratus Red IceWine 2012 (Niagara)

 

A Craft Beer will go with dessert too!

Dominion City Brewing Earl Grey Marmalade Saison

 

Menu codes:
N = Contains Nuts or Seeds
V = Vegetarian
GF = Gluten Free 

 

Call on Savvy Company anytime…

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day…or any day of the year – you can call on us to make your get-together a special one. For more wine & craft beer recommendations from Savvy Sommeliers & Brew Crew call 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926)  or cheers@savvycompany.ca  

 

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Oktoberfest Countdown from Munich to Ottawa

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
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Grab your Lederhosen…it is Oktoberfest time!  While the name suggests a month long festival in October, in reality kegs are tapped in late September in Munich, Bavaria & throughout Germany so the beer flows non-stop for 16 days until the first weekend in October.

Drink Beer from Barhaven to Vankleek Hill…and beyond

The tradition continues in the Ottawa area with Beau’s Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill as well as Oktoberfest Ottawa in Barrhaven – both on the October 3rd to 5th weekend. The largest Oktoberfest celebration around will take place in Kitchener, check out their great lineup.

No doubt there will be pop-up Oktoberfesting in neighbourhoods and pubs all over town, so grab one of these locally made craft beers & raise a pint to join in the celebrations. “Prost!

bigrig_logo-150x150Big Rig Rideau Red

Brewmaster Lon Ladell figures that he has made thousands of different craft beers and he is far from done! Big Rig beers have grown in popularity that Lon & his team are soon to open an even larger brewery in Kanata where you can stop in for a pint.

Big Rig Lon LadellCelebrate the change of fall colours with this red beer. Crystal malts are used to create the sweet, malt backbone and the unique amber colouring of this brew. Floral hops are then added at the wort boil lending some hop bitterness while still letting the malt profile shine – 5.2% ABV, 18 IBU.  The result? A heart-warming aroma of caramel that carries on to the flavour. Crisp hop bitterness lingers at the end, not overwhelming, but just enough to keep the malt profile from being cloying.

kichesippi beer co logoKichesippi Beer Co. Heller Highwater

Kichesippi beer low resAs the expression goes, “Come hell or highwater…” you need to do whatever it takes to try this Bavarian lager.   Make a point of stopping by the Kichesippi Brewery on Campbell Ave to pick up a six pack. Hell is the German adjective for “light,” while Helles is a noun used in the sense of “a light one.” Subtle, rich, heavenly maltiness with aromas & tastes of wildflower honey & hops await. Enjoy with fresh corn on the cob & bratwurst sausages and ask yourself….

Does life really get any better than this?

Beers worth a roadtrip…

 

Perth Brewering signPerth Brewery Oatmeal Stout

Perth Brewery Oatmeal StoutAs the fall weather rolls in, warm up with a full-bodied beer like this one. Brewed using real oatmeal, there are rich aromas and tastes of coffee, chocolate and vanilla that makes this a good choice for spicy foods, a night cap or with dark chocolate cake!

With 10+ beers always in the kettle at Perth Brewery, if Stout is not ‘your thing’, let me give you another reason to make the drive to Perth – Perth Brewery was named Top Brewery at the 2014 National Capital Beer Festival.

Barley Days logoBarley Days Pumpkin Saison of the Witch

This beaut is only available at Barley Days Brewery in Picton during autumn. During the height of harvest, friends and family parade across the road to the neighbouring farmers market to collect over 400lbs of pumpkins to be used in the recipe in order to create a batch of 4000L of 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!).  As Prince Edward County’s only brewery, plan a getaway to stop in at Barley Days and then visit the 30+ wineries along the way…

Ontario craft beers –  delivered to your door!

Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club

All around the world, barrels will be tapped starting in September and into October, so this is the perfect time to think about all the wonderful craft beers make right here in Ontario.

Savvy Company’s Brew Crew roams the backroads to discover craft beers you can’t always find on the shelves at The Beer Store or the LCBO. Subscribe to Savvy Hip Hops – Ontario’s first craft beer-of-the-month club & an assortment of craft beers will be delivered straight to your home or office each month – a different brewery every time!  www.savvyhiphops.ca

All of the above-mentioned breweries have been part of our beer of the month clubJOIN NOW and you can get great Ontario beers delivered to your door!

Prost!

Enjoy all those Oktoberfests in your neighborhood

 

 

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NEWS: Savvy Hip Hops is Ontario’s first craft beer of the month club

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2014

Ottawa-based Savvy Company just made it easier for Ontario’s beer enthusiasts to enjoy the growing number of craft beers being produced in Ontario. On January 30, 2014, Savvy Company has launched Ontario’s first craft-beer-of-the-month club that delivers craft beers to your doorstep. Known for its wine expertise and innovative wine events, Savvy Company has expanded its business and is working with craft breweries to create innovative ways to reach beer-thirsty Ontarians.

Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club“The craft beer industry in Canada is exploding and breweries are winning national and international competitions,” says Savvy Company president & sommelier Debbie Trenholm. “We run a very successful Savvy Selections wine of the month club and many of those subscribers, as well as clients, have asked for a similar club for beer. We seize every opportunity to wave the Canadian flag, so launching Savvy Hip Hops was natural.”

Every month Savvy Hip Hops subscribers will receive the Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case delivered directly from the brewery to their home or office on the Friday closest to the 24th (as in 2-4) of the month.  The Taste Case will be an assortment of bottles, cans & growlers of beers on tap and in tank at the featured brewery. The beers will be selected by a team of beer industry bloggers, media & craft beer enthusiasts who are part of the ‘Savvy Brew Crew’.  In collaboration with the featured brewmaster, together they will create a compilation of beers that are only available at the brewery or rarely found at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) and The Beer Store.

To further the enjoyment of the beers in the Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case, subscribers will receive the monthly ‘Beer Backstory’, a mini-magazine including a relaxed interview with the brewmaster and brewery owners, trivia about the featured beers, the brewery’s staff favorite foods to enjoy with the selected beers and recipes with the beers as the ingredients or to serve with a pint.

kichesippi beer co logo
Savvy Hip Hops is an ingenious way to introduce our brewery and our beers to Ontarians.” says Kichesippi Beer Co. co-owner Paul Meek. “We have been very supportive of Savvy Company from day one when Debbie and her team began expanding their business into craft beers.  We are thrilled to celebrate our fourth year in business by being the Savvy Hip Hops featured brewery in May.”

 

 

Oast House Breweries
“With all of the new craft breweries opening, consumers can be overwhelmed with the array of choice”, states Niagara Oast House Brewers co-owner Mike Berlis, “A subscription to Savvy Hip Hops assures anyone who is intrigued by beer that they will have a delicious experience in their own home.”

 

 

Here’s the list of breweries we are featuring in 2014:

February – Beau’s All Natural, Van Kleek Hill
March – Barley Days Brewery, Prince Edward County
April – Niagara Oast House Brewers, Niagara-on-the-Lake
May – Kichesippi Beer Co., Ottawa
June – Big Rig Brewery, Ottawa
July – Grand River Brewing, Cambridge
August – Perth Brewing Co., Perth
September – Sleeping Giant Brewing Co, Thunder Bay
October – brewery to be announced
November – Sawdust City Brewing Company, Gravenhurst
December – Covered Bridge Brewing, Stittsville (Ottawa)
…and more Ontario breweries to be announced!

 

Beau's Brewing Co logo “I can’t think of any better way to receive craft beer than have it hand-picked and delivered to your doorstep” comments Steve Beauchesne, co-owner of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.  “Savvy Hip Hops is the equivalent of having your birthday every month.”

According to the Ontario Craft Breweries, there are over 60 breweries in Ontario and the craft beer industry is growing across Canada.  At launch, Savvy Hip Hops will focus on Ontario breweries delivered to Ontario residents.  “The interest in craft beers is astounding. We have people who have subscribed to Savvy Hip Hops & we haven’t even launched yet…and one is an Ontario winemaker!’ exclaims Trenholm.

Start your discovery of all that Ontario’s craft brewers have to offer.

Subscribe for 4, 6 or 12 months > >

 

Media Contact:
Debbie Trenholm
Founder & Sommelier
Savvy Company
debbie@savvycompany.ca
@savvydebbie
613.SAVVYCO (613.728.8926)

 

More about Savvy Company…

Savvy Company specializes in creative social experiences – whether making the enjoyment of wine accessible to all, exploring the worlds of craft beer or discovering artisan cheeses.  Their team of accredited Sommeliers delight in designing wine, beer and food events, shining the spotlight on the people who make them.  Their Savvy Selections wine of the month club is Ontario’s largest featuring Ontario wines not available in the LCBO and delivered directly to the subscriber’s home or office.   Savvy Hip Hops is Ontario’s first craft beer of the month club and is rapidly growing in popularity.  Visit www.savvycompany.ca or follow @SavvyCompany on Twitter. 

 

 

 

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Newsletter January 2014: We’ve got BIG craft beer news!

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
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And now . . . for something completely different! Savvy Company is launching Ontario’s first Craft Beer of the Month ‘Club’.

Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month clubYes, you got that right – subscribe to Savvy Hip Hops & have hard to find craft beers delivered . . . to your home, office, even your cottage or chalet. For all of you craft beer lovers & ‘hopsters’, life really doesn’t get much better than this!

Our Savvy Selections wine of the month ‘club’ is so popular that it has become the largest in Ontario. . . and many of you have asked us to create a beer of the month club. We seize every opportunity to wave the Canadian flag, so launching Savvy Hip Hops was natural.

 

 

The breweries are all a buzz:

“Savvy Hip Hops is ingenious!” – Paul Meek, co-owner of Kichesippi Beer Co.

“I think Savvy Hip Hops should be weekly!” – Shane Clark, brewmaster at Beyond the Pale Brewing Company

“Savvy Hip Hops is like having your birthday every month.” – Steve Beauchesne co-owner of Beau’s All Natural

How Savvy Hip Hops works. . .

Like everything Savvy, it’s simple! Each month, you’ll receive the Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case with an assortment of bottles, cans & growlers from one of Ontario’s more than 60 craft breweries. The Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case will be a variety of what’s on tap & in tank at the brewery – from fresh spins on old standards to seasonal specialties.

These craft beers are hand-picked for you by a team of beer industry bloggers, media & craft beer enthusiasts who are part of the Savvy Brew Crew. In collaboration with the featured brewmaster, together they will create a special assortment of hard-to-find beers that are only available at the brewery or rarely found at the LCBO or The Beer Store.

Subscribe to this first-of-its-kind ‘club’ > >

Here’s the list of breweries we are featuring in 2014:

All of these breweries are excited to be featured in Savvy Hip Hops. Check out what they’re saying about this first-of-its-kind craft beer of the month club.

Get ready for your delivery!

The Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case will be delivered to you by courier directly from the brewery on the Friday closest to the 2-4 (as in 24th) of the month.

Subscribe now & you will receive your first delivery featuring Beau’s beers on Friday February 28th. Your Savvy Hip Hops shipment will contain the speciality beers that they are creating exclusively next month for their FeBREWary festivities & tap take overs along with other craft beers that you probably haven’t had before.

Start your subscription to Savvy Hip Hops ANYTIME. And it is a perfect one-of-a-kind gift (hint: Valentine’s Day is sooner than you think!)

What’s the cost? How many beers will I get?

Just as you shop for beer at a store, the number of bottles you pick up & the amount you pay is different each time. This will be exactly the same with Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case – each month will be a surprise!

There are no membership fees or upfront payments. The featured brewmaster & the Savvy Brew Crew will put together a variety of beers in various bottles that will be between $60 – $80 per month. One month you could receive a couple of growlers, some cans & an assorted 6 pack. The next month would be a completely different combo.

From time to time, you can add more bottles of your favorite beers from the featured brewery as well as order brewery T-shirts, specialty beer glasses & other cool brewery branded merchandise.

That is not all. . .

With a cold Savvy Hip Hops beer in hand, kick back & relax while you read our monthly Beer Backstory Magazine that the Savvy Brew Crew creates for our subscribers including a chat with the brewmaster & brewery owners, trivia about the featured beers, the brewery staff’s favorite foods to enjoy with the selected beers & recipes with the beers as the ingredients or to serve with a pint.

Being a ‘Savvy Hip Hopster’ has loads more perks too!

What are you waiting for? Subscribe for 4, 6 or 12 months > >

And with all this news about craft beers, be on the lookout for more Savvy Events featuring craft breweries!

Here’s to having you join us as a Savvy Hip Hops subscriber – it will be a delicious discovery of the best of the best brews made in Ontario.

Cheers!
Debbie

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Pairing Cheese with Craft Beers

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, June 28th, 2012
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Amongst the kettles, bags of hops and bottling lines four family run brewpubs and breweries – Kichesippi Beer Company, Ashton Brewing Company, Big Rig Brewery, The Clock Tower Pub celebrated Ontario Craft Beer Week at Savvy Company’s Artisan Cheese & Craft Beer Tasting.  For more pictures of this fun event, visit Savvy Company’s Facebook album.

As Paul Meek, owner of Kichesippi, told the sold out crowd, “while there are lots of beers here, artisan cheese and Cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons will be the rockstars”.   I selected regional artisan cheeses that would shine on their own, while provide a delicious compliment to the evening’s feature local brews.

Beer and cheese share a common origin – grain (beer made from grain, barley for example), and grain is fed to dairy animals, so with this cycle, it’s no wonder that the two are a true match. Engrained in ancient history, they are both primal foods: beer as the oldest fermented beverage and cheese with origins dating back to 8000 BCE.

Cheese and beer pairing is refreshing .  Beer balances out the salt content in cheese and cuts through protein/fats that sit on the tongue allowing a better tasting experience. I suggest to pair your cheese with a beer taking into consideration the weight of both, to ensure that one does not overpower the other (heavy beers with stronger cheeses – perfect match!).

 At the event, crowd favorite cheese and craft beer pairings included:

CHEESE: Goat Gouda  from Clarmell Farms, Osgoode, Ontario (goat milk)
BEER: Clocktower Kolsch or Ashton Blueberry Wheat

CHEESE: Bonnechere from Back Forty Artisan Cheese, Lanark, Ontario (sheep milk)
BEER: Big Rig Hefeweizen Wheat

CHEESE: Réserve La Pérade from Fromagerie F.X. Pichet Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Québec (cow milk)
BEER: Clocktower Red

CHEESE: Gré des Champs from Fromagerie Au Gré des Champs , Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Québec (cow milk)
BEER: Kichesippi 1855

CHEESE: Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar from Cow’s Creamery, Prince Edward Island (cow milk)
BEER: Ashton Brown Ale

CHEESE: Bleu D’Élizabeth from Fromagerie du Presbytère, Sainte-Élizabeth-de-Warwick, Québec (cow milk)
BEER: Kichesippi Heller High Water or Ashton Brown Ale

 

Where to buy these artisan cheeses?

Here’s my shopping list of where to find the beer friendly cheeses in Ottawa & area:

Goat Gouda – Clarmell Farms/Glengarry Fine Cheese
Available from:  Clarmell Farms/Glengarry Fine Cheese, Serious Cheese Shop, Ottawa Farmer’s Market (Brewer Park), Kanata Farmer’s Market

Bonnechere – Back Forty Artisan Cheese
Available from: FoodSmiths in Perth, Serious Cheese, The Piggy Market, Carp Farmer’s Market

Réserve La Pérade – Fromagerie F.X. Pichet
Available from: La Trappe A Fromage

Gré des Champs – Fromagerie Au Gré des Champs
Available from: La Trappe A Fromage

Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar – Cow’s Creamery
Available from:  Serious Cheese Shop, Farm Boy

Bleu D’Élizabeth – Fromagerie du Presbytère
Available from: La Trappe A Fromage, Ottawa Bagel Shop, Jacobsons Gourmet Concepts

 

Looking to discover more artisan cheeses? Every 2 weeks, I feature a different artisan cheese in my blog: Curd on the Street  Enjoy! 

 

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