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Taste the history of Toronto with a Henderson beer

Posted by David

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
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Henderson Brewing Company has a unique approach to their products: they want to reflect the history, people, and culture of the City of Toronto with their beer. The result is a series of stock and specialty beers with familiar names and labels, and made to be approachable and easy to drink.

We think they’re doing a great job, and we’re proud to offer you this series of delicious beers from Henderson Brewing!

 

Open your Savvy Hip Hops & you will find bottles & cans of…

Ides of March – Truffle Saison
Ides of May – Maple Brown Ale
Food Truck – Blonde Ale
Union Pearson Ale – Imperial Pale Ale
Rube Goldbeer – Belgian Tripel
Old Fashioned – Rye Ale

 

Need more beer?

If you would like additional bottles of any beer featured in Savvy Hip Hops, just call our Savvy Brew Crew & we’ll do our best to arrange a special shipment for you.  Put us on speed dial – Savvy Hip Hops Hotline: 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or cheers@savvycompany.ca

Cheers!
Debbie & the Savvy Brew Crew

 

Taste of Toronto:
Henderson Brewing Company
by David Loan, Sommelier & member of the Savvy Brew Crew

 

What’s in a name? A lot, if you talk to Henderson Brewing’s co-founder and general manager Steve Himel. From their company to their beers, every name tells a story. And that’s the whole idea.

 

Reflections

Steve said he had worked for a large commercial brewery for several years. He often traveled through the U.S., and he noticed something.

“I tasted a lot of beers,” Steve started his story, “so many beers that reflected their city. Portland-style, Boston-style. There was no beer that was  a ‘Toronto-style’. I thought there should be, and suggested it to Mark.”

That’s Mark Benzaquen, who was a well-known brewmaster in Toronto and is one of the founding partners at Henderson.

 

Telling the story of Toronto Beer

“I thought there was an opportunity to kind of get back to our roots,” Steve explained (in photo right).

The first step was naming the brewery. Steve and Mark chose to commemorate Robert Henderson, who opened Toronto’s first brewery in 1800.

“Robert Henderson came to Toronto from Kingston. He saw an opportunity because the garrison soldiers were allowed six pints of beer each day. The beer was shipped from Kingston, so he saw a chance to make it locally. Unfortunately, Robert didn’t have any heirs, so the brewery died with him.”

Steve goes on, “I think that one of things missing from Toronto is the recognition of our history,” Steve said. “We have an honest, real brewing tradition and it’s worth recognizing people like Robert Henderson. It’s his style that we want to channel. We wanted to look forward and backward at the same time.”

 

Inspirations

Henderson Brewing’s labels reflect Toronto in many ways. “We want to take a story that maybe Torontonians don’t know that well and bring that story back to life,” Steve told me. “Our beer names come from five sources: history, locations, events, famous people, and neighbourhood people.  One of the things that I really like with our approach is when I present Mark with a theme and we bring it to life.”

 

Life on tap

The brewery is located in in Toronto’s Junction Triangle district. When you visit, you will see that the taproom is in the heart of the business.   “We intentionally built our brewery around our taproom, so visitors will sitting in the middle of our brewery. We want you to experience our beer, not just taste it.”

Steve, Mark & the brewery team invite all of our subscribers to pop by for a brew.  Roadtrip anyone???

 

You’ll think you’re visiting Hogtown when you quaff these great beers from Henderson Brewing!

 

 

 

 

~ Tasting Notes for the Savvy Hip Hops ~

Usually our Brew Crew provides their tasting notes for the featured beers, but this time havoc ran amuck to that idea.  Sample bottles were broken enroute and time was running short.  So….this month we are providing you Henderson’s tasting notes instead.

 

Ides of March: “The Face of Toronto” Truffle Saison

Celebrating Toronto’s March birthday, this specialty beer invokes the chocolate and spice notes of rich truffles.

Henderson’s Tasting Notes: The use of darker malts as well as cardamon and cocoa nibs blends nicely with the saison yeast to create a crisp session beer.

Suggested Food Pairing: This will go well with ripe, bloomy-rind cheeses like Camembert. Have it with a little baguette, some sliced apple, and a few grapes …ta-da! You have a lovely ploughman’s lunch!

 

 

Ides of May: Maple Brown Ale

BRAND NEW BEER!

Just canned last week in time to be included in your Savvy Hip Hops.  Inspired by Toronto’s signature dish –  peameal bacon sandwich – this beer is made with maple syrup to compliment the salty bacon and sharp mustard.

Henderson’s Tasting Notes: A medium bodied ale brewed with Ontario maple syrup, notes of roasted chocolate and caramel.

Suggested Food Pairing: How could we consider serving this with anything but a peameal bacon sandwich, the meat on a fresh bun with a dollop of good grain mustard.

 

 

Food Truck Blonde Ale

Designed to be an easy-drinking, sessionable ale for everybody, this is one of Henderson’s regular offerings.

Henderson’s Tasting Notes: A light bodied and crisp ale with subtle stone fruit notes. Light straw colour and slight honey on the nose.

Suggested Food Pairing: Contemporary food trucks offer a variety of flavours from around the world and this beer is meant to compliment many of them. We’d love to try it with a Vietnamese-style Banh-Mi! (recipe below)

 

 

Union Pearson Ale – Imperial Pale Ale

The Union Pearson Express train runs right by the brewery, so it’s a natural inspiration for this “always available” IPA!

Henderson’s Tasting Notes: Our Toronto take on the American-style IPA with a creamy finish and notes of strawberry.

Suggested Food Pairing: IPAs are wonderful with grilled meats. Enjoy this with some Garlic and Rosemary Grilled Chicken. (Recipe below)

 

 

Rube Goldbeer Belgian Tripel

Henderson’s tasting bar features a wonderful Rube Goldberg device which, for a small payment, will pour you a beer!

Henderson’s Tasting Notes: Sweet with a light body and a clean finish. A smooth, effervescent triple with fruit and a hint of spice.

Suggested Food Pairing: Belgian Tripels, with their golden colour and dry, sometimes herbal notes, go great with basil. This will be lovely with a fresh basil pesto served over your favourite pasta! (recipe below)

 

 

Old Fashioned Rye Ale

A collaboration with cocktail specialists The Martini Club, this is an ode to the rye whiskey classic.

Henderson’s Tasting Notes:
A strong, spiced rye ale infused with aromatic bitters and botanicals.

Suggested Food Pairing:
The spicy rye in the beer will match nicely with sausages cooked over the BBQ.

Photo credits: Henderson Brewing Co.

 

 

 

~ Recipes to enjoy with the featured Savvy Hip Hops ~

 

With Food Truck Blonde Ale
Rainbow-Stuffed Banh-Mi

Recipe & photo credits: OliveMagazine.com

Ingredients

600g rump roast
1 tbsp fish sauce
3 tbsp sriracha sauce
3 tbsp mayonnaise
1 long, fat sourdough baguette
3 carrots, peeled and juilienned
1 red pepper, sliced into thin rings
2 Lebanese or ridged cucumber, thinly sliced mint leaves or coriander or Thai basil, a handful of each
1 red onion, thinly sliced
125ml lime juice
2 tbsp soft brown sugar
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 red chilli, sliced

Directions:

Heat the oven 240C. Season the beef with the fish sauce and black pepper. Roast for 15 minutes, then lower the oven to to 190C for 25 more minutes for medium rare, or longer if you like. Leave to cool, cover, and chill for at least 2 hours.

Mix the sriracha sauce with the mayonnaise and set aside. Slice the baguette lengthways. Scoop out the inner soft bread so you’re left with a shell about 2cm thick. Spread the spicy mayo sauce in the top and bottom of the bread. Keep the leftovers for serving.

Thinly slice the chilled beef, then add a layer to the bottom of the baguette. Top with the carrot, pepper, cucumbers, herbs, and the red onion. It will be very full, so press the top on and wrap very tightly with clingfilm. Put in the fridge, with a weight on top, for at least an hour.

Mix the dipping sauce ingredients with 2 tbsp water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved then taste, add more fish sauce or lime if you like. Cut the sandwich into four portions and serve with 4 bowls of the dipping sauce and any leftover spicy mayo.

Immediately sprinkle on the diced avocado and plenty of pico de gallo.
Optional: Add dollops of sour cream here and there! Serve immediately!

 

 

 

With Union Pearson Ale
Garlic and Rosemary Grilled Chicken

Recipe & photo credits: Epicurious.com

Ingredients

1 3 1/2–4-pound chicken, backbone removed
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
4 sprigs rosemary
2 heads of garlic, halved crosswise
2 bunches red scallions
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon onion or chive blossoms (optional)

Directions:

Prepare grill for medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place rosemary, garlic, and 1 bunch of scallions in a layer on grill.

Place chicken, skin side up, on top of aromatics. Cover grill and cook until chicken is nearly cooked through, 35–40 minutes (aromatics will be thoroughly charred).

Brush chicken with 1 tablespoon oil and place skin side down, directly onto grates (you can discard aromatics at this point). Grill until chicken is cooked through and skin is crisp, 10–15 minutes longer. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes before cutting into pieces.

Meanwhile, toss remaining bunch of scallions with remaining 1 tablespoon oil on a rimmed baking sheet and grill until tender and lightly charred, about 5 minutes.

Serve chicken with grilled scallions alongside, topped with onion blossoms, if desired.

 

 

 

With Rube Goldbeer Belgian Tripel
Basil Pesto

Recipe & photo credits: FoodNetwork.com

Ingredients

2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup pine nuts
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese

Directions:

Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Add all the remaining oil and pulse until smooth. Transfer the pesto to a large serving bowl and mix in the cheese.

 

 

 

Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops!

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Announcing… In-Cider Picks Ontario craft cider…delivered

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, July 13th, 2017
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Summer just got cooler for craft cider fans. The Savvy Team is excited to announce that we are making plenty of room in our fridge for ciders made at boutique cideries across Ontario. The craft cider scene is exploding with new flavour combos being released every day – so many that it is hard to keep up.

You asked…we’re going to deliver!

This summer we are working with cidermakers to create Savvy In-Cider Picks to deliver crisp ciders to you – at home, work or your cottage. Each month is a different assortment of refreshing, dry & delicious ciders that are guaranteed to quench your thirst.

Order by July 20th & shipping is FREE

That’s right – deadline to order the July In-Cider Picks is Wednesday July 20th
Get them apples! Order yours now >>

 

What’s our July picks?

From County Cider Company (Prince Edward County)…

County Premium Cider
Blood Orange Cider
Pear Cider
Tortured Path Cider
2 bottles (500mL) of each will be sent

From Tawse Winery (Niagara)…

Sparkling Cider – just released last week!
2 bottles (750mL) will be sent

Mark. Our. Words. These craft ciders are hard-to-come-by & quickly sell out. You won’t find them at the LCBO.

 

Order one bunch OR get deliveries all summer!

What is the cost?

Each month is a slightly different price based on the ciders we picked. For July, the total price of this bushel is $82.00. Shipping is FREE to addresses in major cities in Ontario.

One month or two?

Order just the July In-Cider Picks OR have both July & August assortments delivered to you.

You don’t have to get out of your deck chair.
Order Now >>

 

…and we have Cheese too!

Our Savvy Cool Curds artisan cheese-o-month club has become WILDLY popular! It’s the new whey to discover hard-to-find cheese made across Canada. Each month, we will deliver 4 to 5 outstanding cheeses – hard, soft, fresh or aged – made with various milks – cow, goat, sheep…even buffalo!

These artisan cheeses are perfect for picnics, in summer salads or melted on top of your BBQed burger.

In July we will send you ‘The Best of the Fest’. This is an extra special assortment of 5 different artisan cheeses that wowed our Cheese Sommelier at this year’s Great Canadian Cheese Festival.

 

Try it once…or subscribe!

Exclusively for July you can order Savvy Cool Curds for a one-time price of $60 OR subscribe for 4 or 6 months for $55 per month. Shipping + HST is extra.

It is easy to be cheese-y!
Order up your Savvy Cool Curds >>

 

Cheers & Keep cool,
Debbie & the Savvy Team

Savvy Company
613-SAVVYCO
 (728-8926)
cheers@savvycompany.ca
www.savvycompany.ca

Keep in touch with us…
@SavvyDebbie
@SavvyCompany
@SavvyWines
@SavvyHipHops
@SavvyCoolCurds
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instagram.com/SavvyCompanyInc

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Got your tickets? BC, Ont, Quebec & NS wineries are coming to town!

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, June 15th, 2017
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The countdown to Canada150 & Ottawa2017 celebrations is on!  We’re celebrating in a BIG way this year – by showcasing wines from British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec & Nova Scotia at our upcoming event: Oh Canada! Celebrate Red & White in Ottawa on Thursday, June 22 – next week!

100% Canadian wines.  You read that right…wines from British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec & Nova Scotia will be available for you to Taste & Buy….then have your favorites delivered to your doorstep.

 

Don’t miss it!  Celebrate Red & White 

Corks will be popping at this all-Canadian Taste & Buy as we celebrate winemakers who have worked incredibly hard to put our country on the world wine map. Meet these Canadian wine rockstars, taste their wines that are WOWing the world…then order your favs to enjoy at home.

 

It’s THE event you have been waiting for…

The #1 question we get asked: Can you buy from BC, NS & Quebec wineries as well those in Ontario?  YES you can!  Oh Canada! Celebrate Red & White Taste & Buy event is all about ordering wines from BC, NS, Quebec and Ontario…then have them delivered directly to your home or office to enjoy all summer long.

 

Show your colours!  Buy a $80 ticket & bring a friend for FREE OR $150 for a foursome of Canadian wine lovin’ friends

Canadian cheese too!

What goes best with Canadian wines?  Canadian artisan cheese of course! Cheesemakers & our Cheese Sommelier will be serving samples of award-winning cheeses that you can buy onsite too.

 

Look who is coming:

From British Columbia…

Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery
Sperling Vineyards
Abeego

From Niagara…  

Legends Estates Winery
Reif Estate Winery
The Good Earth Food & Wine Co.
Two Sisters Vineyards
Westcott Vineyards
Vieni Estates 

From Prince Edward County…

Casa-Dea Estates Winery
Huff Estates
Karlo Estates
Keint-he Winery & Vineyards
Kinsip House of Fine Distillers
Trail Estate Winery

From other corners of Ontario & Ottawa…

Copper Tree Creative Studio
Mariposa Dairy
Pure Bread Bakery
Sprucewood Handmade Cookie Co.
St-Albert Cheese Co-op
The Merry Dairy
Top Shelf Preserves

From Quebec…

Ferme Guy Rivest
Fromagerie Montebello
Fromagerie Nouvelle-France
Fromagerie du Presbytere
Vignoble Carone Wines

From P.E.I…

COWS Creamery

From Nova Scotia…

Gaspereau Vineyards
Jost Wines

 

Wine Shopping Heaven! 

At this Taste & Buy event, EVERYTHING is 100% Canadian.

Create your own combo of Canadian wines to have delivered to your home after the event. You won’t find any of the featured wines at the LCBO – the wines will be delivered straight from the winery anywhere in Canada directly to you.  AND…there’s FREE shipping on 6 or more bottles of your top picks.

Bring a picnic basket & fill it up with artisan cheeses & gourmet treats too.

 

TIP: Be a V.I.T!

What’s a V.I.T? A Very Important Taster.  With 100+ wines, cheeses & goodies to try, purchase your tickets then upgrade each person for an additional $25 to get a V.I.T. Pass.   

You’ll enjoy red carpet treatment with advance access from 5 to 7pm to spend more time sipping & meeting the makers.  Stay as long as you like for the main event.

Buy your Ticket & V.I.T. Pass >>

 

Don’t miss this all-Canadian celebration! 

Buy your tickets >>   Event Deets

DATE: Thursday June 22 – next week!
VENUE: Horticulture Building @ Lansdowne Complex in Ottawa

TIMES:
V.I.T. Reception – 5 to 7pm ($25 upgrade pass per person is required)
Main Event – 7 to 9pm

ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY: $80 + bring a friend FREE  OR  Group of 4 people for $150
IDEA: Take the bus.  OC Transpo is FREE – simply show a printout of your ticket.

 

Wear Red & White…Win $50

Be a proud Canadian  – come to this Taste & Buy event dressed head to toe in red & white and we’ll automatically give you $50 off your ticket to our next Savvy Event.

 

Unable to make it, but want to order?

Don’t sweat it!  The Savvy Team will help you stock up on featured wines showcased at this event. Call 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email us & we’ll send you the complete list of wines & online order form.  You too can get FREE shipping – your order needs to be received by midnight on Sunday June 25.

 

WIN TICKETS!  Go on the Savvy Scavenger Hunt…

Find this video on our Facebook or Instagram pages, then…LIKE it & POST the name of your favorite Canadian wine.  On Monday, we’ll pick 2 lucky people to receive a pair of tickets & V.I.T. Passes to join us at Oh Canada! Celebrate Red & White.  It’s easy to win!  On your mark…Get Set…GO!!!

 

Psst…it’s Father’s Day weekend!

Yikes…totally forgot? Our #1 Father’s Day gift is a subscription to our Savvy Hip Hops beer-o-month club.

Click here to subscribe your Dad for 4 or 6 months & his fridge will auto-magically be filled with the best craft beers from a different Ontario brewery each month – bottles, growlers & cans not available at LCBO or The Beer Store.  100% guaranteed to make your Dad smile from beer to beer!

 

We’re hiring…

We have cool summer job opportunities for a high school or university students to work with the Savvy Team at Savvy HQ in Ottawa. We’re looking for creative & savvy students who are keen to learn about Canadian wine, artisan cheese, craft beer & cider.

Interested?  Contact us on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or send your resume to cheers@savvycompany.ca

 

Happy Birthday Canada!
Debbie & the Savvy Team

 

Savvy Company
613-SAVVYCO (728-8926)
cheers@savvycompany.ca
www.savvycompany.ca

Keep in touch with us…
@SavvyDebbie
@SavvyCompany
@SavvyWines
@SavvyHipHops
@SavvyCoolCurds
#CountyintheCapital
www.facebook.com/SavvyCompany
instagram.com/savvycompanyinc

 

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Savvy gifts guaranteed to WOW!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
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Santa’s elves & the Savvy Team are working around the clock arranging subscriptions to our of-the-month clubs & gift certificates for wine, craft beer & cheese lovers across the country! Our Holiday Hotline 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) is ringing off the hook & our web site is buzzing with last minute shopping.

Here’s our Top 3 Savvy Gifts….you can order with just one click!

 

CRAZY for Cheese!

Savvy Cool Curds is the new ‘whey’ to discover hard-to-find Canadian artisan cheeses. Each month, we deliver 4 to 5 wedges or rounds of ready-to-eat cheese from a featured cheesemaker. The assortment is always different – hard, soft, fresh & aged cheeses made using various milks – cow, goat, sheep….even buffalo!

Our Cheese Sommelier Vanessa introduces you to the cheesemaker in each issues of Curd on the Street Magazine along with cheese tasting 101 tips & cheese ladened recipes.

The 3 delicious wheys to order:
#1 – One time purchase: $60 + shipping
#2 – Subscribe for deliveries EVERY month: $55/month + shipping
#3 – Subscribe for deliveries EVERY OTHER month: $55/month + shipping

Special Subscription Promo
$55 per month (usually $60) & shipping>>

We’ll ship across Canada

 

PERFECT for craft beer fans

Give a subscription to our Savvy Hip Hops craft beer-o-month club featuring hard-to-find craft beers made across Ontario. Along with the beers, our Beer Backstory Magazine, will give you the skinny on the brewmaster, tasting tips & recipes with the featured beers.

There are 2 sizes of packages:
#1 – Quick Picks – a small assortment each month
#2 – Taste Case – the full selection from the featured brewery.

 

NEW! In addition to featuring a different brewery each month, we are including a Special Savvy Summer 2-4 in June & July AND back by popular demand our Hoppy Holidays Craft Beer Advent Calendar in Nov & Dec.

Wrap up a SUDS-cription for 4, 6 or 12 months>>

 

Wine lovers will LOVE this!

Our Savvy Selections wine-o-month club features an assortment of 3 Ontario wines that you won’t find at the LCBO – each handpicked by our Savvy Sommeliers.

Check out the 2017 line up of wineries we’re featuring >>

To further your enjoyment of the wines, you’ll receive our monthly online magazine with the inside scoop on the winery, neat stories about the people who make the wine, our Sommelier tasting notes & recipes paired with each wine.

Special Holiday Promo
Give a 3 month subscription>>

(regularly 4 month minimum)

 

Still can’t decide?

Here’s FREE Money!

You read that right! Buy a Savvy Gift Certificate to redeem for tickets to an upcoming Savvy Event & we’ll give you 25% more.

Order a $100 gift certificate & we’ll top it up to $125. Order $150, we’ll make it $190…you get the idea.

Give this gift >>

 

Savvy Elves are standing by…

The Savvy Team…errr…elves are at the ready to help you make your Christmas shopping a breeze. Call us each day leading up to Christmas on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email cheers@savvycompany.ca

 

Ho-Ho-Ho & have a wonderful holiday.
Debbie & the Savvy Team

Debbie Trenholm
Sommelier & Founder
Savvy Company
613-SAVVYCO (728-8926)
cheers@savvycompany.ca
www.savvycompany.ca

Keep in touch with us…
@SavvyDebbie
@SavvyCompany
@SavvyWines
@SavvyHipHops
www.facebook.com/SavvyCompany
Now on Instagram too! instagram.com/savvycompanyinc

We’ll be enjoying the holidays to the fullest. Savvy Company will be closed from December 25 to January 11 all set & ready for an exciting 2017.

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Savvy gifts guaranteed to WOW!

Posted by Debbie

Friday, December 16th, 2016
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Santa’s elves & the Savvy Team are working around the clock arranging subscriptions to our of-the-month clubs & gift certificates for wine, craft beer & cheese lovers across the country! Our Holiday Hotline 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) is ringing off the hook & our web site is buzzing with last minute shopping.

Here’s our Top 3 Savvy Gifts….you can order with just one click!

 

CRAZY for Cheese!

Savvy Cool Curds is the new ‘whey’ to discover hard-to-find Canadian artisan cheeses. Each month, we deliver 4 to 5 wedges or rounds of ready-to-eat cheese from a featured cheesemaker. The assortment is always different – hard, soft, fresh & aged cheeses made using various milks – cow, goat, sheep….even buffalo!

Our Cheese Sommelier Vanessa introduces you to the cheesemaker in each issues of Curd on the Street Magazine along with cheese tasting 101 tips & cheese ladened recipes.

The 3 delicious wheys to order:
#1 – One time purchase: $60 + shipping
#2 – Subscribe for deliveries EVERY month: $55/month + shipping
#3 – Subscribe for deliveries EVERY OTHER month: $55/month + shipping

Special Subscription Promo
$55 per month (usually $60) & shipping>>

We’ll ship across Canada

 

PERFECT for craft beer fans

Give a subscription to our Savvy Hip Hops craft beer-o-month club featuring hard-to-find craft beers made across Ontario. Along with the beers, our Beer Backstory Magazine, will give you the skinny on the brewmaster, tasting tips & recipes with the featured beers.

There are 2 sizes of packages:
#1 – Quick Picks – a small assortment each month
#2 – Taste Case – the full selection from the featured brewery.

NEW! In addition to featuring a different brewery each month, we are including a Special Savvy Summer 2-4 in June & July AND back by popular demand our Hoppy Holidays Craft Beer Advent Calendar in Nov & Dec.

Wrap up a SUDS-cription for 4, 6 or 12 months>>

 

Wine lovers will LOVE this!

Our Savvy Selections wine-o-month club features an assortment of 3 Ontario wines that you won’t find at the LCBO – each handpicked by our Savvy Sommeliers.

Check out the 2017 line up of wineries we’re featuring >>

To further your enjoyment of the wines, you’ll receive our monthly online magazine with the inside scoop on the winery, neat stories about the people who make the wine, our Sommelier tasting notes & recipes paired with each wine.

Special Holiday Promo
Give a 3 month subscription>>

(regularly 4 month minimum)

 

Still can’t decide? Here’s FREE Money!

You read that right! Buy a Savvy Gift Certificate to redeem for tickets to an upcoming Savvy Event & we’ll give you 25% more.

Order a $100 gift certificate & we’ll top it up to $125. Order $150, we’ll make it $190…you get the idea.  Give this gift >>

 

Savvy Elves are standing by…

The Savvy Team…errr…elves are at the ready to help you make your Christmas shopping a breeze. Call us each day leading up to Christmas on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email cheers@savvycompany.ca

Ho-Ho-Ho & have a wonderful holiday.
– Debbie & the Savvy Team

Debbie Trenholm
Sommelier & Founder
Savvy Company
613-SAVVYCO (728-8926)
cheers@savvycompany.ca
www.savvycompany.ca

Keep in touch with us…

Keep in touch with us…
@SavvyDebbie
@SavvyCompany
@SavvyWines
@SavvyHipHops
@SavvyCoolCurds
www.facebook.com/SavvyCompany
Now on Instagram too! instagram.com/savvycompanyinc

We’ll be enjoying the holidays to the fullest.  Savvy Company will be closed from December 25 to January 11 all set & ready for an exciting 2017.

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Monday DEAL: 50% off wine, craft beer & cider… Thought that would get your attention!

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
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At Savvy Company HQ, we’re caught up in the Cyber Monday deal-a-thons & joining in the online madness by offering 50% off TICKETS to our next wine, beer, cider event. Yes, half price tickets to this week’s Savvy Event. Heck, why not?!?

It is our 5th annual Outstanding in their Fields Taste & Buy & we don’t want you to miss it. Quick…buy your half price ticket today & join us for this fun evening tasting & trying hard-to-find wines, craft beers & ciders made across Ontario….the cool part is that you get to meet the dynamic people who make these delicious bevvies.

TODAY ONLY!
Tickets $35 per person

Tick Tock…ends @ midnight

 

There’ll be something for everyone – sparkling, white & red wines, dessert wines, ciders made with apples & pears along with really cool craft brews too…and special prices & deals too.

Everything at this event is OUTSTANDING…you won’t find any of the featured bevvies at the LCBO.

To top it all off…cheesemakers from Quebec & Ontario will be serving & selling their delicious artisan cheeses. And locally made woodworking, festive cookies, handmade preserves & neat gourmet treats – all ready-to-buy as gifts or to serve when you have people drop by during the holidays.

 

Event Deets

DATE: Thursday, December 1st
VENUE: Horticulture Building @ Lansdowne, Ottawa
VERY IMPORTANT TASTER (V.I.T.) RECEPTION: 5 to 7pm – special passes required
MAIN TASTING EVENT: 7 to 9pm

Advance Tickets Only
Buy your tickets >>

 

Check out who is coming….

…from Prince Edward County

Broken Stone Winery * County Cider Company * Karlo Estates * Trail Estates Winery

…from Niagara

Amazing Wines * Aure Winery * Chateau des Charmes * Fielding Estates Winery * Kacaba Vineyards * Legends Estates Winery * Melville Winery * Two Sisters Vineyards * Veini Estates * Vineland Estates Winery

…from even further away

Railway City Brewery (St. Thomas)

…from closer to home

Calabogie Brewing Co. * KIN Vineyards * Tuque de Broue Brewery

 

We’re rolling out the red carpet

Upgrade your ticket with a Very Important Taster Pass (V.I.T.) for only an additional $25. The V.I.T. Pass includes advance access from 5 to 7pm without line ups so that you have more one-on-one time to meet the makers…then stay on as long as you like for the main event. Only 150 V.I.T. passes

 

FREE Shipping

To make your holiday shopping easy, we will give you FREE shipping when you order 6, 12 or more bottles of ANY combo of your favorites bevvies & Santa will hand deliver (aka by courier) to your home or office – absolutely FREE – in time for the holidays!

 

Can’t make it?

You can still order & take advantage of the FREE shipping & special event prices. Email the Savvy Team or call us on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) to arrange a special order or to be provided the special web site link for online ordering (we’re getting it ready now!).

LAST CHANCE!
This event is already 85% sold out
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Ho-Ho-Ho…we have 4 tickets to give away!

Tell us what goodie is always in your stocking. At my house, Santa always leaves a mandarin in the toe of our stocking. What is your tradition? Send an email to cheers@savvycompany.ca & we’ll enter you into the draw for 4 free tickets to Outstanding in their Fields.

This will be an OUTSTANDING holiday shopping event – don’t miss it!

See you there,
– Debbie & the Savvy Team

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Beer lover’s Christmas

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
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Our Wine Lover’s Christmas received so many hits that we are continuing a fa-la-la-la-long with a Craft Beer Lovers Christmas.  For all of the Savvy Hip Hops craft beer-o-month-club subscribers…this one is for you!  Check out some neat ideas we’ve found with all of the empties you collected…errr…created over the holidays as well as a Christmas ‘pud’ recipe for those who don’t know what to do with the bottle of Stout that they found in their stocking.  Hey…the big bold black brew is not everyone’s fav – don’t ask me why…I love it!

Ho-ho-Ho!

 

Have you seen a Christmas tree like this?

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Or this??

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…or as ‘brilliant’ as this?

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And what to do with those cans?

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source: Pintrest

Here is a twist on a Christmas classic…

Chocolate & Beer Christmas Pudding

Makes 6 individual serve puddings
Preparation 30 minutes (plus 30 minutes cooling time) / Cooking 40 minutes
We went all the way down to New Zealand to find this recipe!

Ingredients christmas stout pud

½ cup pecan nuts, coarsely chopped, plus 18 whole pecans
1 cup currants
1 cup sultanas or raisins
1 cup dried pitted dates, coarsely chopped
½ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup finely chopped crystallised ginger
1½ cups stout or porter beer (I used Tuatara London Porter)
finely grated zest of 1 orange
½ cup flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground mixed spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
125g butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup breadcrumbs
175g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used 72 per cent cocoa solids)

 

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 150°C and grease a 6-hole Texas muffin tin very well. Put 3 whole pecans in the bottom of each muffin hole.

2. Put the chopped pecans, dried fruit, crystallised ginger, beer and orange zest in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the fruit has absorbed most of the beer. Pour into a large bowl (this will help it cool quicker) and set aside to cool to almost room temperature.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and spices. Set aside.

4. Beat the butter and sugar until light brown and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, then fold in the flour mixture. Fold in the breadcrumbs, chocolate and cooled fruit mixture.

5. Divide the mixture evenly among the prepared muffin holes (they should be filled to the brim) and smooth the tops. Cover the puddings with a sheet of baking paper, pressing it down onto the batter (this helps prevent them from rising too much and keeps the tops from burning).

6. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out with just a few crumbs clinging to it. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Serve warm with vanilla custard (see recipe opposite) or cool to room temperature, then store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days.

7. Alternatively, you can freeze the puddings – cool to room temperature then wrap individually in plastic wrap and freeze for up to three months. Defrost on the bench before heating in the microwave on 70 per cent power until warm.

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Earn Your Beer with Whiprsnapr Brewing Company

Posted by Shawn

Monday, August 3rd, 2015
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Ahhhh…the lazy hazy days of summer! This month’s Savvy Hip Hops brings you a case of craft beer from a new Ottawa brewery… hopefully you’ll find new favourites to savour around the deck, pool, dock, or at your campsite! This month features Whiprsnapr Brewing Company, with several different beer styles for all of our suds-cribers!

As most of you will not be familiar with Whiprsnapr and their intriguing beers, read through this issue of our Beer Backstory Magazine to be introduced to their various styles of beer, the tireless owners and the brew-master himself.

Whiprsnapr has built a theme around #EarnYourBeer. Whether it is renovation projects, camping, mountain biking,hiphops_large-292x300 or just cutting the grass, there are all kinds of ways to #EarnYourBeer.  Located in a small industrial park in Bells Corners (the west end of Ottawa), Whiprsnapr is building on the community feeling in this well-established suburb. They have quickly built an extremely loyal following and regularly sell out of everything they make, so getting our hands on enough beer for all you suds-scribers was tough!

Open your Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case…

…and find these six inspired beers. Whiprsnapr decided early on that they would try to use 1L refillable bottles exclusively, so you will have a full litre of each of:

Root of Evil Pre-Prohibition LagerEarnyourbeer (1)
The Mick Maple Cream Ale
Carol Anne Irish Blonde Ale
OK La Ginger/Coriander Cream Ale
Black Sunshine Black Lager
Inukshuk IPA


Found a new fav?
If you would like additional bottles of any beer featured in this months’ 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 and  enjoy your summer…however you #EarnYourBeer

Debbie & the Savvy Brew Crew

Introducing…
Whiprsnapr Brewing Company

by Shawn McCormick

I’ve known Mike of Whiprsnapr for about 15 years & even got to help unload containers of brewing equipment last fall, so I jumped at the chance to write about Whiprsnapr. Open since last October, I’ve heard & seen many of the challenges & the plain hard work by the founders (and their wives too) that brought their dream to reality.

It all started with KISS…

The three founders met – funnily enough – at a KISS (the band that is) Kruise party early in 2014.  All of theIanm had signed up to go on the same cruise.  Ian McMartin (left) and David Howard were already moving forward with the project when Mike Feagan  sampled Ian’s beer. He knew right away he wanted to be involved.  When the third partner dropped out, Ian and David turned to Mike to join them.

Ian had been brewing beer for about 20 years and had been developing his own all-grain recipes, so he was a nteamatural as brewmaster. David and Mike brought the required business experience, but soon found they had many other roles to play in opening a new brewery. Recipe testing started with a small 2 barrel (228L) “test” system, but the team wasted no time in jumping into the big leagues, ordering a massive 20 barrel (2280L) system that arrived around Thanksgiving!

What’s a Whiprsnapr?

Ian’s grandfather always called him a “whippersnapper”.  Ian tucked this away knowing that if he ever opened a brewery, the name was already set. Finding the proper URL proved difficlogoult, so creative abbreviation was required. This works well for social media! The slingshot in the pocket is a hat-tip to perhaps the greatest Whiprsnapr of them all – Denis the Menace!

 #EarnYourBeer

Before the brewery was even an idea, Ian brewed beer with a buddy and they always referred to ‘Earning their Beer’.  Whether they were mountain-biking, camping, smoking meat, or doing other jobs around the house, it was their way of saying that they had earned their refreshments because of the work they had put in. This theme carries over into the word artwork and to the photos posted throughout the tasting room, showing the many ways they & their customers #EarnYourBeer

 

Edgy and Fun!

There is little pretence to this brewery. There’s industrial steel, tables made from recycled pallets and wire spools, and used fencing on the walls. The guys admit that they have an edge, and that edge is all about working hard and having fun. Their t-shirts and merchandise are instantly recognizable.

regularsLike the brewery name, all of Whiprsnapr’s beer names also have a story to tell. Through those stories, they hope to further the connections they are forging with their growing customer base. Mike, Ian, and David all come across as guys living their dream, and easily relate to the people walking in the front door. Along the line of furthering the conversations, Whiprsnapr is teaming up with “Do it For Daron” to release a beer (“The Mick”, rebranded as “22”) with 8% proceeds going to mental health awareness.

Visitors to the brewery appreciate that the owners are always there, ensuring the best experience that turns into repeat customers. Based on their inability to keep up with sales through the tasting room, it seems Whiprsnapr is succeeding beyond their wildest dreams!

We raise a glass to the Whiprsnapr team!


• Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes •

Whiprsnapr makes several different beer styles, but keeping up with both ales and lagelogosrs means that they are still running the 2 barrel system full tilt along with the large system. We figured these selections would work well with the heat of summer, and with one-litre bottles, you’ll want to have friends around when you open these selections.

Root of Evil (Pre-Prohibition Lager)

A transition beer for those used to mass-produced beer, this is similar to European pilsners, with a slight twist. 5% ABV

Tasting Notes: Pale gold. Wheat and cereal notes dominate the nose at first, with hints of honey, citrus, and noble hops. On the palate, the nose repeats with cereal malts, white flower honey, light citrus, and a slightly smoky nuance. The combination of hops adds a fresh, cleansing feeling to this beer. Very refreshing sipper for a warm sunny afternoon outside!

Suggested Food Pairing: A very food friendly beer. Try it with fish and chips, nachos, or even Thai food.

The Mick (Maple Cream Ale)

Initially brewed with maple sap (harder to come by in the summer), Whiprsnapr has moved to maple syrup with the addition of maple wood chips to add some body and the “woodsy” element that was missing. 4.7% ABV

Tasting Notes: Also pale gold. This cream ale is all about the maple. Without making it syrupy, this beer takes you to a wood-fired maple syrup operation, with sweet maple and a hint of smoke on the nose. On the palate, the maple sweetness is quite subdued, with some noticeable malt & cereal notes. There are just enough hops in this one to keep the finish clean and crisp. 

Suggested Food Pairing: Anything off the grill that has been slathered in BBQ sauce, club sandwich, or brunch!

Carol Anne (Irish Blonde Ale)

Named after Ian’s mom. 5% ABV

Tasting Notes: Deep gold colour, bordering on copper. This malt-forward Blonde Ale has both honey and wheat maltspoolside combined with Willamette hops, which give the nose a load of tropical fruit flavours. Pineapple, mango, marmalade notes dominate the nose and lead you to assume the beer is going to be very sweet, but the palate keeps the sweetness in check and the hops give way to a clean finish. Great medium weight body. Reminiscent of a lightly-hopped APA.

Suggested Food Pairings: Spicy Thai or Indian cuisine, Laksa would be very good. Would also pair well with a ploughman’s lunch (charcuterie and cheese).

OK La (Ginger Cream Ale)

A spicy cream ale that brings back memories of working in Malaysia for Ian. The name itself is Singaporean slang, kind of like us saying ‘Yeah sure!’, informs Ian. 5.5% ABV

Tasting Notes:  Fresh ginger on the nose. Some white flower honey, lemon, lime, and spice notes (Ian explains that there is fresh coriander in this, and that all ingredients are purchased and used the day of the brewing, so even the ginger is fresh ground). On the palate, the ginger is more muted, and the white flower honey dominates. Ian and Mike explain that even people who tell them that they don’t like ginger love this beer. It is very fresh, and would pair well with a very hot summer day on your deck, dock, or boat.

Suggested Food Pairings: I’d try this with Moroccan or Middle-Eastern cuisine, perhaps kafta, Moroccan stew, or shawarma. Surprisingly, it apparently doesn’t so work well with Thai food.whipsnapr fridge (1)

 

Black Sunshine (Black Lager)

A dark beer with great flavours, but a crisp lager finish. 6% ABV.

Tasting Notes: Very dark, almost black. Nose of bitter chocolate and dark coffee. Expecting the weight of a stout, the palate surprises with freshness. There’s some nice sweetness of the coffee and chocolate notes but they quickly disappear. With whiskey soaked wood chips added to the ferment, there’s a lingering (and intriguing) sweet whisky finish interspersed with black coffee.

Suggested Food Pairings: Smoked beef ribs. Other meats smoked with a sticky BBQ sauce should pair well with the light whisky finish.

Inukshuk (American IPA)

What craft brewery doesn’t do an IPA? Brewmaster Ian has tuned this to what he calls a ‘Canadian’ IPA to remind you of “…the days of just being in the woods doing whatever, breathing in all that good clean air.” 5.5%

Tasting Notes: Copper coloured. Nose of sweet, tropical fruit, green grass, pine pitch and pine needles. Medium bodied, the sweet notes of buckwheat honey and toffee are balanced by crisp citrus fruit, courtesy of the generous hops. There’s lots of citrus, spice, and pine, with the tropical fruit being more subdued on the palate. Finish is clean and slightly bitter with red grapefruit and tangerine lingering. A well-balanced beer!

Suggested Food Pairings: Tacos, fajitas, or any deep-fried foods.

 

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

 

With Whiprsnapr Carol Anne

Butter Chicken Pizza
From Shawn McCormick’s family kitchen

Prep Time: 10 (or 20) minutespizza
Cook Time: 5-10 minutes
Yield: 34 Servings

Ingredients

2 Pizza crusts (pre-made, or fresh dough)
2 cups Leftover butter chicken
1 ½ lb (700g) mozzarella cheese
½ cup Pine nuts
½ cup thinly sliced red onion
Few sprigs of Cilantro
2 green onions, finely chopped (optional)

TIP: If you don’t have any leftover butter chicken, pick up a jar of Patak’s butter chicken sauce (or similar). Cook two chicken breasts however you like. Shred the chicken (don’t cube it) into small, easily eaten morsels. Add the butter chicken sauce and heat thoroughly in a saucepan over low heat. If the sauce gets too thick, add a glug or two of beer to thin it to right consistency.

Method

Prepare your pizza crusts as you like. If using fresh dough and grilling on your BBQ, I suggest a little prebaking both sides over indirect heat (high temperature though) to set the dough so it is easy to move once loaded. If using prepared pizza shells, move right to step 2.

Pre roast the pine nuts in 350 oven or BBQ to being out the nutty flavours (they should be light brown but not burnt…and this changes very quickly so you need to watch them!).

Spread butter chicken generously over shell.

Chop the cilantro coarsely and sprinkle all over the chicken mixture.

Cover generously with mozzarella cheese.  Sprinkle the pine nuts and red onions over top.

Cook over indirect heat in BBQ or in an oven heated to 450F until cheese melts and edges start to brown. Using a pizza stone will help keep the bottom from burning.

Remove and let sit for 5 minutes. Top with optional green onions before serving.

 

With Whiprsnapr OK La Ginger Cream Ale

BBQ Kafta
From AllRecipes.com

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4-6 Servings

Ingredients

1 ½ lbs (700g) lean ground beef
1 medium onion, grated
½ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp ground allspice
1 tsp salt (to taste)
¼ tsp black pepper
Skewers

Method

Preheat BBQ to high heat. If using wooden skewers, soak in water.

In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, onion, parsley, cayenne, allspice, salt and pepper until evenly blended.

Divide into 6 portions, and press around one end of the skewers to form a log shape approximately 1 inch thick and 6 inches long.

Turn BBQ to medium heat and grill for 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally until meat is no longer pink.

Serve with salad, rice, and OK La Ginger Cream Ale

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With Whiprsnapr Root of Evil Lager

Lake Erie Perch
From Food.com

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 2 Servings

Ingredients

1 ½ cups all purpose flour
2 Tbsp paprika
½ tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
½ cup butter
4 fresh Lake Erie perch fillets

 

Method

Mix flour, paprika, and salt together and set aside.

In a small bowl, blend the egg and the milk.

Heat butter in a large frying pan.

Dip perch fillets in egg wash first and then into the flour mixture.

Carefully place them into the hot butter in the frying pan and brown on both sides (~5 minutes per cm).

Remove from the butter and drain on a paper towel to absorb excess butter.

Serve immediately with salad and Whiprsnapr Root of Evil Lager.

Cheers & Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops!

 

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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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Strathroy – Ontario’s Patriotic Brewery

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
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Cheers to another month of fine Ontario craft beer! This month Savvy Hip Hops brings you an exclusive 2-4 from Strathroy Brewing Company located in…you guessed it… Strathroy, Ontario – just west of London.  We hope you will enjoy what’s inside your case and perhaps some of these brews could very well become your favourite summer quenchers!

Open your Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case… 

…and find four each of Strathroy’s 6 beer styles all packaged up in a neat two four.

Rich in history…

Pull out a beer from the box and notice anything interesting about the label? There is a certain year on prominent display surrounding the legacy of the War of 1812. Strathroy, like many neighbouring towns in western Ontario, are a patriotic crowd who respect history, tradition and two hundred years of peace with our American neighbours to the south.   Quite a few people in the Strathroy community are direct descendants of the soldiers who fought in that war.

Co-owner and brewmaster Alex Martin is no history expert but he came to realize something compelling about involving the legacy of the War of 1812 on his brewing practices.  Aside from being very passionate about making quality beer styles for his customers to enjoy time and again, he wanted to showcase a sense of community through his brewehiphops_largery. He respects every palate and pays keen attention to the feedback from the folks of Strathroy.  When the time came to officially establish the brewery, he saw it fitting to name it the Strathroy Brewing Company, as well as dedicating many of the names of their beer styles to the many Canadians who fought for peace during the War of 1812.

Today, nearly one year since the brewery has officially been in operation, they are casually referred as the “brewery of the people.” Alex has gone from brewing their classic flagship English style 1812 Independence Pale Ale to six different styles available year round, plus more in the works.  So, put a few beers in the fridge to chill and by the time you finish our Beer Backstory, they should be cool enough to tap into!

Found a new fav?
Would you like more beer from months’ 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!
Debbie & the Savvy Brew Crew

 

Introducing…
Strathroy Brewing Company

by Monique Ippolito

The Captain of the Ship

The brewery is owned by brothers Alex and Mathew Martin, with Alex at the helm of ship, while Mathew has a silent role. The Martin brothers grew very fond of a range of beer styles avaialble across the Atlantic during their backpacking days, particularly Germany and the Netherlands.   There was something about visiting one of Munich’s largest beer halls that sparked the hoppy passion in their hearts.  Today, they definitely aim to respect tradition and craft their beers with that in mind.

Alex (in photo below) is originally from Toronto but he is no stranger to Strathroy as he spent his university years in London completing a degree in chemical engineering.  Afterwards, worked in France for a couple years as a chemical engineer, then later dabbled into the coorporate world in Toronto.Savvy Hip Hops - Alex Martin

As time went by,  Alex kept up with his home brewing hobby and naturally became intrigued to what it takes to open a brewery in Ontario.  With his business experience combined with his entrepreneurial spririt, he made the plunge.  It took over two years of hard labour, number crunching and creativity – in other words: blood, sweat and tears – to get Strathroy’s doors open.

Beers steeped in history…

One thing Alex wants to ensure with his brews is that there is a variety of expressions for every palate.  He also wants to ensure that there is quality and consitency in their beers before launching them year round.  You will find out more about the beer styles in tasting notes section, but here is a little bit about their namesake.

Savvy Hip Hops - Alex Martin at pubThe folks of Strathroy are very steeped in history and there are quite a few reanactors in the community who volunteer their time to commemorate their brave ancestors’ battles.   Many of the battlegrounds are in and around Strathroy. It came naturally to the Strathroy brewing team to include this historal aspect to their brewery.  The community was thrilled and honoured to learn that the brewery would carry on the traditions as well.

The first beer style that was made available was the 1812 Independence Pale Ale.  They named it the “Inpendence Pale Ale” to commemorate the legacy of the soldiers who took up arms and faught for their Independence from the Americans. Prominently displayed 1812 on the label described the year the war went full blast. This is the only beer to have the year 1812 displayed.

A few months after the grand opening, several other beer styles filled the fridge.  All have a particular year prominently displayed on their labels and that is the year when the cannons went silent and a peace accord was struck – ie. the year of 1815.  With names like Peace Wheat, Hop Happy Haymaker, Lockstock Ale,  and Smokin’ Cannon Stout ; all paying tribute to the end of the war and future of peace.  The same goes for the 1815 Longwoods Lager, but this name commemorates the soldiers who faught bravely at the Battle of Longwoods in 1815.Strathroy Brewing Co logo

Just as significant as the names on the beers are the two fire breathing dragons on the label’s crest. These strong mythical creatures are  seen as a fine representation of the strong heritage the community shares involving their battle against a grand oponent; as well as the brewery’s growth in market mostly controlled by larger manufaturers.

The most rewarding part of the job, so far?

When the staff at Strathroy get approached from customers wanting to buy kegs and kegs of beer for their weddings, anniversaries or any milestone celebration; they are really touched.  “The fact the people in our community want my brewery included in such an occasion really means a lot”, says Alex.

Cheers to Alex & the brewery team!


 • Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes •

Savvy Hip Hops - StrathroyAlex mentioned that one of the biggest regrets he’s had in the business was not having more than one beer style at the time of the brewery’s inauguration.  That quickly changed as they now brew six beer styles around the clock. Plus, hope of adding two more styles before the end of the year.

Alex explains, all their beers are “bottle conditioned and non-filtered to maximize flavour, aroma and character in accordance with the Champagne style of natural fermentation, carbonation and maturation.”  Alex continues, “we craft our beers the old-fashioned way to resemble the taste and freshness of pouring straight from the cellarmaster’s cask.”

1815 Longwoods Lager

A traditional German-style golden lager, carefully crafted to be crisp, smooth and refreshing. 5.0% ABV

Tasting Notes:  Medium golden yellow appearance. Key aromas include citrus peel, fresh peach and lemon grass. These notes repeat on the palate with white grapefruit and lemongrass grass playing a more dominant role.  The malt flavours are mild but bring a noticeable creamy texture on the palate; and overall, well-balanced with a spicy and floral hoppy finish.

The brewery practices the German tradition of kräusening when brewing the 1815 Longwoods Lager for natural carbonation and a cellar-fresh taste. A process which consists of adding actively fermenting wort (young beer) to beer that has thoroughly fermented and is ready for bottling.

Suggested Food Pairing: Food friendly. Try with BBQ shrimp and scallop skewers – or sip while you BBQing those shrimp skewers!

1815 Peace Wheat

A Belgian-style wit beer crafted from a special blend of 7 hop varieties. 5.0% ABV

Tasting Notes:  Pale straw yellow with a naturally cloudy haze.  A light bodied beer with lively orange-lime citrus zest with floral notes dominate the aromas, while white grapefruit and gooseberry flavours dominate the palate.  The Peace Wheat finishes fry, refreshing and thirst quenching.

Suggested Food Pairing: Wheat beers make for enjoyable brunch pairings. Try pairing with the bacon and aged gouda frittata (recipe below). 

1815 Lockstock Ale

The latest addition to the Strathroy Brewing family, this brew is an Australian-style sparkling ale reminiscent of hot summer days on the Gold Coast. 4% ABV

Tasting Notes:  Pale straw with a light golden hue.  White grapefruit, lemon zest, stone fruit and grassy notes are more dominant on the nose.  While a touch floral hop bitterness harmonize with crisp citrus notes on the palate. Overall, a light bodied refreshing ale with a short crisp finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Enjoy this light easy drinking beer with some fish tacos!

1812 Independence Pale Ale

A Traditional English-style pale ale that inaugurated the Strathroy Brewing Company. 5.5% ABVStrathroy Brewing Co bottles

Tasting Notes:  Bright medium copper in colour.  A nice creamy caramel note overpowers the nose initially with layers of dried peaches and apricot, sweet baking spices, orange zest and a mild lemon-lime hop note giving the nose a pleasant balance. On the palate, this beer is all creamy rich goodness with the aromas repeating on the palate right through to a long malty orange finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Try pairing this bold brew with apricot and Gruyere stuffed pork tenderloin. 

1815 Hop Happy Haymaker Double Independence Pale Ale

An American-Style Pale Ale with a nice hop peppery note. 5.5% ABV

Tasting Notes:  Light copper with an amber hue. Pink grapefruit, pickled ginger, freshly cracked white, pepper, lime leaves and a touch of floral hops notes stand out on the nose. Lemon grass, ginger and pithy pink grapefruit are more dominant on the palate right through to a long spicy but refreshing finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Don’t doubt pairing heat with heat! The spicy undertones in the IPA pairs quite well with the sweet and spicy notes in several South Asian dishes.  Try with Vietnamese spring rolls and peanut sauce.

1815 Smokin’ Cannon Stout

A classic Irish-style dry stout crowned by a velvety smooth head. 5.0% ABV

Tasting Notes:  Dark espresso brown appearance with a creamy caramel frothy head.  Aromas are rich in mocha, chocolate and baking spice with a well-balanced peppery and earthy hoppiness.  The aromas repeat on palate of this full bodied stout leaving a lasting impression of a boozy latte on the palate.

Suggested Food Pairing: Stouts never disappoint with hearty stews and roasts but have you ever it with ice cream?  Don’t wait for the fall to enjoy this stout. Try pouring into a cup of vanilla ice cream to make a stout float – a terrific twist on summer desserts!

 • Recipes to enjoy with the featured Savvy Hip Hops •

 

With 1815 Peace Wheat

Bacon & Gouda Frittata

From Monique Ippolito’s kitchen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 4-5 Servings

Ingredients

½ cup pancetta (or 10-12 strips of bacon), chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 tbsp. fresh chives, chopped
¼ tsp. smoked paprika
½ tsp. dried oregano
¾ cup aged Gouda cheese, shredded
8 eggs

Method

In a large bowl, whisk eggs, Gouda and chives and set aside.

In a large cast iron skillet, cook bacon over medium heat. After about 5 minutes add in the garlic, onion, red pepper, oregano, and paprika.

Cook for another 8-10 minutes or until the onions have soften and the bacon is fully cooked.

Mix in the egg mixture to the skillet and continue cooking on the stove for 2 minutes.

Move the skillet to a 350⁰F pre-heated oven and cook for 15 minutes.

 

With 1812 Independence Pale Ale

Apricot-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

From: www.tasteofhome.com
Cook Time: 35 minutesPrep Time: 20 minutesApricot stuffed pork tenderloin - Taste of Home
Yield: 2 Servings

Ingredients

1 pork tenderloin (about ¾ to 1 lb)
1/3 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
¼ cup thinly sliced dried apricots
1 tsp minced fresh thyme or ¼ tsp. dried thyme
1 small garlic glove, minced
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
Dash of cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp butter, melted

Method

Cut a lengthwise slit down the roast to within 1/2 in. of bottom. Open roast so it lies flat; cover with plastic wrap. Flatten to 1/2-in. thickness. Remove wrap; sprinkle with cheese, apricots, thyme, garlic, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.

Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long end. Tie at 1-1/2-inch to 2-inch intervals with kitchen string; secure ends with toothpicks.

Transfer to an 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Brush tenderloin with butter. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160°.

Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.

 

With 1815 Hop Happy Haymaker Double IPA

shrimp rollsVietnamese Shrimp Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

From: www.chow.com

Yield: 16 rolls
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients – for the Peanut Sauce

¾ cup natural-style creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup water
3 Tbsp hoisin sauce
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 1 ½ medium limes)
4½ tsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
2 ¼ tsp chili-garlic paste
1 medium garlic clove, mashed to a paste
½ tsp. toasted sesame oil

Ingredients – for the rolls

24 medium shrimps (about 1 pound) peeled and de-veined
4 ounces dried rice vermicelli
16 (8 ½ inch) round rice paper wrappers
1 cup mung bean sprouts (about 3 ounces)
32 medium fresh mint leaves (approximately from 1 bunch)
32 fresh basil or Thai basil leaves
16 small fresh cilantro sprigs
2 serrano chilies, stemmed, halved, seeds removed and thinly sliced lengthwise into 32 pieces (optional)
1 medium English cucumber, peeled and cut ¼ by ¼ by 2/1/2 inch sticks
3 medium scallions, quartered lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 2 1/1 pieces (white & light green parts only)
8 Bibb lettuce leaves, cut in half

Method – for the Peanut Sauce:

Whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.

Method – for the rolls:

Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add the shrimp and cook until bright pink and just opaque, about 1 1/2 minutes. Drain in a colander and run under cold water until cool. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and place on a cutting board.

Holding your knife parallel to the cutting board, halve each shrimp horizontally. Place in a medium bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate

Cook the rice noodles according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.

Place all of the ingredients in separate containers and arrange them in the following order around a work surface: rice paper wrappers, shrimp, rice noodles, bean sprouts, mint, basil, cilantro, serrano (if using), cucumber, scallions, and lettuce.

Place a clean, damp kitchen towel on a work surface. Fill a medium frying pan or wide, shallow dish large enough to hold the rice paper wrappers with hot tap water. Working with 1 wrapper at a time, completely submerge the wrapper until it is soft and pliable, about 15 seconds. Remove the wrapper from the water and place it on the towel.

Working quickly, lay 3 shrimp halves in a row, cut side up, just above the center of the wrapper, leaving about 1 inch of space on each side. Then layer a scant 1/4 cup of the rice noodles over the shrimp, followed by a few bean sprouts, 2 of the mint leaves, 2 of the basil leaves, 1 sprig of cilantro, and 2 pieces of serrano, if using; and place 4 of the cucumber sticks and 2 of the scallion pieces on either side of the noodle pile. Roll one piece of lettuce into a cigar shape and place it on top of the noodle pile.

Fold the bottom half of the rice paper wrapper over the filling. Holding the whole thing firmly in place, fold the sides of the wrapper in. Then, pressing firmly down to hold the folds in place, roll the entire wrapper horizontally up from the bottom to the top.

Turn the roll so that the seam faces down and the row of shrimp faces up. Place it on a rimmed baking sheet and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and fillings. Leave 3/4 inch between each summer roll on the sheet so they don’t stick together, and replace the water in the pan or dish with hot tap water as needed.

If not serving immediately, keep the summer rolls tightly covered with plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 2 hours. Serve with the peanut sauce for dipping. 

 

 

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