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Got your Savvy Summer 2-4?

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
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Summer is FINALLY here! This is our 1st ever Savvy Summer 2-4. The Savvy Brew Crew has been sampling craft beers to consider in this special assortment – yes a tough job, but we survived! Every single beer in this special parcel is perfect for summer sipping.

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4 Degrees Brewing Company – BRAND NEW BREWERY!

True North of 7 – Live the Northern Lifestyle, $2.95 (5% ABV)

Escape to the outdoors to unlock your inner wildness a place where you can unload and find your true primal self.

Brewmaster Tasting Notes: True North of 7 celebrates the true outdoors experience and is an easy drinking Helles Lager with subtle hoppy flavours and a crisp finish.

 

True South of 7 – The Urban Experience, $2.95 (5% ABV)

Embrace a world measured in city blocks and cross streets, a place humming with power and endless possibilities.

Brewmaster Tasting Notes: True South of 7 was designed with the urbanite in mind and is bolder in flavour and colour, with Amber hues and a smooth caramel flavor.

 

Amsterdam Brewing Company

Ritual, $4.85 (3.9% ABV)

Made with over 30% Appalachian Wheat and Carolina Rye from River Bend Malt House.

Brewmaster Tasting Notes: These Heritage grains contribute a spicy mouth feel to this light-bodied and herbaceous Belgian Table Beer.

 

Left of the Dial Keller, $5.85 (5.0% ABV)

Slightly off-center take on a rustic style. A collaboration with our friends at Birreria Volo.

Brewmaster Tasting Notes: An unfiltered lager made with rye and both traditional and American hops. Stone fruit aromas are followed by an herbal spice from the rye.

 

 

Calabogie Brewing Co.

The White Room, $3.50 (4.5% ABV)

Brewmaster Tasting Notes: This Gose Style beer pours pale yellow with a pillowy white head.  Mouth feel is light to medium. Up front tart from the kettle souring; gives way to a sharpness from the salt and then ending with a crisp, clean, dry finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Enjoy this with BBQ or sea food.

 

Hopped Up On Pils, $3.50 (4.7% ABV)

Brewmaster Tasting Notes: Pilsner. This beer pours a clear light yellow with a sturdy white head. The nose is floral and earthy, over notes of corn chips. The mouthfeel is light to medium. Flavours of biscuits and crackers are balanced by a lemon citrus bitterness from the Helga Hop and Lemon Grass.

Suggested Food Pairing: I’m thinking Tacos and a Patio… See The Ultimate Fish Tacos recipe at the bottom.

 

 

Five Island Watermelon, $3.50 (4.5% ABV)

Brewmaster Tasting Notes: Gose. The beer pours a cloudy pale yellow like its peach brother. The head is a white pillow that dissipates quickly. The nose is a blast of watermelon with the faint smell of cut flowers to back it up. Take a sip…watermelon hits your tongue like a hammer. The super fresh combination of tart, salt, and sweet watermelon are like you’re drinking a “Watermelon Jolly Rancher”.

 

 

Summer Solstice, $3.50 (5% ABV)

Brewmaster Tasting Notes: Pale ale. This beer pours a cloudy translucent orangey yellow.  The head is thick and sturdy, lasting for ever before giving way to a beautiful sticky lacing. The nose is tropical fruit and wet pine forest. The mouthfeel is slightly bigger than medium. The flavour is exactly what you would expect from the nose… Juicy tropical fruit with huge notes of grapefruit, pine, and citrus; all balancing out this hoppy but not overly bitter pale ale.

Suggested Food Pairing: Try “Brewing Great Company” with a big glass of this delicious summer offering, some spicy food and friends…

 

 

Kichesippi Beer Co.

Champions Light, $2.95 (4.2% ABV)

Cheers to the Ottawa Champions Baseball Club for supporting Ottawa Craft Beer since opening day 2015.

Brewmaster Tasting Notes: Kichesippi Beer and The Clocktower Brew Pub worked in collaboration to bring you an easy drinking refreshing summer light beer with flavour.

 

Bristol Stout, $2.95 (4.8% ABV)

Our inspiration for this beer comes from our family who have been farming in Bristol, Quebec since 1925. This 150 acre farm has seen a lot of change over the years but still remains in the family. We first started out with dairy cattle and now are farming soybeans and hay.

Brewmaster Tasting Notes: This stout offers a balance of roasted malts and residual sweetness.

 

Commissariat Old Stock Ale, $3.10 (4.4% ABV)

BRAND NEW! You are the first to get it.  Kichesippi Beer has announced the release of a new beer that celebrates a milestone birthday for one of Ottawa’s oldest cultural attractions. This is an ale brewed to mark the 100th anniversary of the Bytown Museum.

“Our inspiration for this beer was a style that we feel would have been enjoyed back in 1917,” says Kichesippi founder Paul Meek. “The Bytown Museum is definitely a gem hidden in plain sight in our city and we hope this beer will help bring some well deserved attention to the museum.”

Commissariat Old Stock Ale is currently available in a limited run at the Kichesippi retail store, and it will also be available at special events at the Museum over the summer. A larger production run will take place in the autumn in conjunction with the Museum’s official birthday in October.

 

Railway City Brewing Co.

Dead Elephant Ale, $3.15 (6.5% ABV)

Brewmaster Tasting Notes: An India Pale Ale with a full body. Aromas of mild malt and a robust floral bouquet. Tastes of sweet & fruit malts (i.e. apricot & mango), upfront, slight candy & biscuit notes, and grapefruit. A perfume finish.

 

 

Express India Session Lager, $3.15 (4.8% ABV)

Brewmaster Tasting Notes: A light/medium body with aroma of complex hops such as citrus, tropical fruits, and pine. Tastes of lemon, orange, pineapple & mango, pine notes, crisp & light malt background, with a lingering bitterness that isn’t overpowering.

 

 

Crew Craft Lager, $3.15 (4.8.% ABV)

Brewmaster Tasting Notes: This is a premium lager with a light body and aromas of pear & citrus notes and a hint of toasted spice. The taste is sweet fruit & citrus, slight toasted spice, hint of floral hops, and with a crisp & refreshing finish.

 

 

Honey Elixir, $3.15 (5.0% ABV)

Brewmaster Tasting Notes: A brown ale with a medium body and an aroma of sweet, fresh honey, some raisin & fig, and a hint of toasted nuts & spices. Tastes of honey, taffy, and subtle espresso. A balanced hop finish with sweet fruit notes.

 

 

Waller St. Brewing

Hideaway Hefe, $5 (5.0% ABV)

A nice refreshing wheat beer with character, perfect for sunny days!

Brewmaster Tasting Notes: A hazy golden yellow German style wheat – a hefeweizen only slightly out of style. The fermentation profile flavours the ester production over phenol providing that signature “Banana” balanced by an unusual hop addition.

 

Juice Joint Sour, $7 (5.0% ABV)

This is a very refreshing and aromatic beer with an identity crisis. Dry-hopped like an IPA without any real bitterness and with a tangy tart acidity twist.

Brewmaster Tasting Notes: Very refreshing with a big dry-hop character that could be easily be mistaken for tropical citrus juice.  Think the mimosa of beers, only without any actual oranges.

 

French Connection, $10 (4.7% ABV)

Our interpretation of this French saison style respects the light, refreshing purpose of this beer style. We made this beer with Brasserie du Bas Canada. A fun collaboration with our new friends from across the river.

Brewmaster Tasting Notes: Blonde and cloudy the grisette finishes off dry, perfect for the summer heat. The compliment of yeast and hops give French Connection pleasant spice notes and a herbal aroma.  Brewed with European hops along with a mixture of French and Belgian Saison yeast.

 

 

~ RECIPES TO ENJOY WITH YOUR SAVVY HIP HOPS! ~

 

Veal Burger with Avocado and Cheese

Serves: 4
Recipe & photo credit: GoodFood

Ingredients

500 g lean veal mince
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon white pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons cream

1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon light olive oil
1 tablespoon oil
1 firm ripe avocado, peeled and thinly sliced
½ cup grated cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
4 large squares of olive focaccia
1 small bunch rocket, torn into pieces
Snow pea sprouts
Lime juice

 

Method

Combine mince, salt, pepper, garlic and cream in medium bowl. Mix with hands until well combined. Divide mixture into 4 portions and shape into round patties.

Combine tomato paste and light olive oil in small bowl; set aside. Heat remaining oil in large frying pan. Cook patties 3–4 minutes each side or until brown and cooked through. Remove patties from frying pan, drain on paper towels.

Place patties on a foil-lined grill tray. Top each with overlapping slices of avocado. Brush each with tomato paste mixture. Sprinkle with combined cheeses. Cook under preheated grill for 1–2 minutes or until cheese has melted.

Cut each focaccia in half horizontally. Lightly toast cut sides if desired. Place bases of focaccia on 4 serving plates. On each base, place rocket pieces and snow pea sprouts. Sprinkle with a little lime juice. Place a meat and avocado patty on top of each base, followed by remaining half of focaccia.

 

 

The Ultimate Fish Tacos

Serves: 8-10
Recipe & photo credit: FoodNetwork (Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence)

Ingredients

2 pounds mahi mahi (skinned, boned and cleaned) cut into 1-ounce strips
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 eggs, lightly beaten
4 tablespoons water
2 cups panko bread crumbs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Vegetable oil, for frying
1/2 head savoy cabbage, finely shredded
1 bunch cilantro, leaves picked
1 bunch chives, chopped
3 limes, cut into wedges for garnish

Pink Chile Mayonnaise:
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
3 chipotles in adobo, plus 2 tablespoons of adobo sauce
1/2 lemon, juiced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Mango-Radish Salsa:
2 limes
2 mangoes, diced
4 to 5 red radishes, diced
1 red onion, diced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, leaves chopped
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

Method

Prepare the fish. Cut the pieces of fish into 1-ounce strips. Set up a breading station of flour, lightly beaten eggs with water, and seasoned panko bread crumbs. Season all with salt and pepper. Dredge the pieces of fish in flour, egg then bread crumbs. Once all the fish is breaded deep-fry in small batches in (375 degrees F) oil. Drain on paper towels and season with salt. Keep warm until ready to serve.

Prepare the pink chile mayonnaise. Put the chipotles in a blender and puree until smooth. Add the sour cream, mayonnaise, adobo sauce and lemon juice and continue to process until the mixture is consistent and creamy. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate until ready to use.

Prepare the mango-radish salsa. Remove the peel and pith from the limes and cut between the membranes to remove the segments. Put these “supremes” into a bowl and squeeze over the juice from the membranes. Add the remaining ingredients and mix. Season and refrigerate until ready to use. You can also place all of the ingredients into a food processor and puree for a smoother salsa.

To serve, set up the tacos “family-style”. Assemble the fish in a pile on a plate; the pink chile mayonnaise in a bowl; and mango-radish salsa in another. Set a pile of shredded savoy cabbage, cilantro leaves, chopped chives and lime wedges next to the fish. Toast the corn tortillas lightly over an open flame (on your stove top) and serve.

 

 

Asian Chicken Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing

Serves: 4
Recipe & photo credit: Julia’s Album

Ingredients

Salad dressing:
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon powder ginger
1 to 2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted

Salad:
6 cups baby spinach leaves, washed, and dried
1 large carrot, shredded
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/4 of a whole red onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon sesame seeds toasted
2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken or grilled chicken, sliced

 

Method

Combine all salad dressing ingredients, except for sesame seeds, and using only 1 tablespoon of soy sauce. Whisk until emulsified. Taste your dressing and add another 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, if desired, to make it saltier. Add 2 tablespoons sesame seeds to the dressing and mix them in.

Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl, except for 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds and chicken. Add the salad dressing to the salad and toss – do not add all salad dressing at once: you might not need all of it. Add just enough salad dressing to coat the salad ingredients.

Serve the salad in the individual serving bowls and top with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds and sliced chicken.

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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.
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…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
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It takes a lot of good beer to make great wine!

Posted by David

Thursday, May 18th, 2017
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Does it takes a family to make a beer? You’d certainly think so if you visited Embrun, Ontario’s Tuque de Broue! Founder Nicolas Malboeuf has involved the whole clan in his new enterprise. Read all about it in this month’s Beer Backstory.

Tuque de Broue is making approachable, sessionable beers meant to be enjoyed at the lake or cottage. They’re unique and made with local ingredients. We know you’ll enjoy them as much as we do!

 

Open your Savvy Hip Hops & you will find 473 mL cans of…

…in your Quick Picks a 18-pack containing cans of:

Tuque Dorée Canadian Pale Ale
Barbe Blanche White Beer
Gougounes Rousses Red Ale
La Cavalerie d’Houblons IPA
Cabane à Tuques Maple Wheat Beer
Portage Porter

in your Taste Case 2-4 containing even more cans of this assortment!

 

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

 

 

Introducing….

Tuque de Broue

by David Loan, Sommelier & member of the Savvy Brew Crew

First, a disclosure: Tuque de Broue founder Nicolas Malboeuf and I used to volunteer as adjudicators at the semi-annual final exams for the Algonquin College Sommelier program. We became good friends as a result. When Debbie mentioned that Nicolas’ new venture, Tuque de Broue, was a future Savvy Hip Hops selection, I jumped at the chance to write about them.

Nicolas is a certified sommelier who worked for many years as a wine rep, selling VQA wine to restaurants and getting it featured in LCBO stores.

 

Family Affair

My first question to him was, “Nicolas, you’re a wine guy! What are you doing making beer?!”

“I’d show up to restaurants with the nicest wines in Ontario,” Nicolas said. “All anyone wanted to talk about was beer!  Craft beer is the new wine my friend. And I wanted a product that would reach the community but that I could produce near my hometown of Embrun in Eastern Ontario. I wasn’t interested in moving my family to Niagara.” Family is important to Nicolas. In fact, his wife Margo (right in photo), sister, mother, aunt, and uncle all work at Tuque de Broue with him.

When we chatted during our interview, Nicolas and Margo were a few days from the birth of their second child. “It’s a family affair,” Nicolas said.  A few days afterwards, little Louis was born!

 

Game Changer

Nicolas’ interest in the industry doesn’t end with his own brewery. “My goal is to have hops and malts grown within 5 kilometres,” he said. “I want to be able to jump in my truck and go have a beer where the grain is grown. We don’t have a micro-malting facility east of Kingston, so I’m talking to our local grain co-op about investing in creating malts.”

He also said he’s working with local farmers to improve their hop sales. “Last fall, we’d get a weekly phone call or farmer dropping by,” Nicolas said. “They go, “Hey, do you want to buy some hops?” and show up with a garbage bag – literally – filled with raw hops. They had no idea of the variety, of how it would affect the beer. Farmers hear that hops are an easy crop to grow and there’s a local market, but we need to collaborate with them so they know what they’re producing and how it will be used. That’s the game changer.

 

Inspirations

By the way, the brewery name is a play on words describing beer foam. It’s like the famous Canadian hat, but on a beer! Talking about his days as a wine rep, Nicolas remembers when the idea of a brewery hit him. “I was sitting with a winemaker at Peller Estates and he said, “It takes a lot of good beer to make great wine”. I knew right then….I wanted to be the dude who makes that beer!”

You’ll want to tip your hat to these easy-drinking beers by Tuque de Broue

~ Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes ~

David shares notes about each beer, along with some picks on what to serve
…and some fun recipes too!

 

Tuque Dorée Canadian Pale Ale

This flagship beer is intended to be served very well chilled. It asserts itself as a “Canadian Pale Ale”, a new term that’s still being defined. Think about it as the craft brewer’s answer to Molson Canadian! This measures up at 4.5% alcohol by volume (ABV) and 17 International Bitterness Units (IBU).

Tasting Notes: As the name suggests, this is a clear golden colour. The head is thick and foam, with great retention. There’s a lot of flavour here, lightly bitter, a bit malty, and with a silky mouthfeel. With moderate alcohol, this is a terrific session ale. Overall, a great argument for the Canadian Pale Ale style!

Suggested Food Pairing: Let’s keep it simple: hot dogs, a cheese and cracker plate, or loaded nachos (See recipe, below).

 

Barbe Blanche White Beer

White Beer is typically made with wheat and produced in an unfiltered style. This one is no exception! This is an easy-drinker, at 4.8% ABV.

Tasting Notes: Hazy and with a lot of head, the yeast notes come through big time in keeping with the Belgian Wheat style. There’s some citrus here, too, which might tempt you to add a slice of orange to the glass. A hint of nuttiness and a creamy texture round out a beautiful beer.

Suggested Food Pairing: This would go well with a spicy orange chicken stir fry (recipe below).


Cabane à Tuque Maple Wheat Ale

For every 1800 litres of this beer produced, the brewmaster uses 1000 litres of locally sourced raw maple sap. This measures up with a heady 5% ABV and 11 IBU!

Tasting Notes: The colour of amber syrup, this has a nice, think foam with fine bubbles. The maple is very subtle, and works well with the light bitterness and herbal notes. Our tasting panel loved this unique brew and definitely wanted more!

Suggested Food Pairing: Oven roasted chicken with all the trimmings would be a lovely match to this.

 

Gougounes Rousses Red Ale

The name translates to “Red Flip-flops”, invoking lazy Sundays at the cottage – the perfect place to drink this. I’m a fan of red ales and this one is on my shopping list! It’s listed as a strong beer at 5.8% ABV and 22 IBU.

Tasting Notes: Brilliant copper red with a good, long-lasting head. There’s a a nice roasted grain overtone here, with malty sweetness and bitterness on the finish. This is very well balanced and a pleasure to drink!

Suggested Food Pairing: Try this with some slow-cooked BBQ ribs – the sweet and roasted notes will play well together! (Recipe below.)

 

Cavalerie d’Houblons IPA

Not a hop-bomb, but still flavourful, this lovely IPA clocks in at 5.5 ABV and 40 IBU.

Tasting Notes: Light amber in colour, this has lots of foam and a nice citrusy aroma. There’s a ton of citrus notes to the taste, too, along with a strong hop backbone. This is an easy-drinking, sessionable IPA.

Suggested Food Pairing: The hops and acidity will cut through fatty foods very well, so try it with a thin crust white pizza.

 

Portage Porter

Here’s a complex and balanced porter that would serve well at the end of a meal. 5 ABV and 25 IBU.

Tasting Notes: Pouring a medium brown with a tan foam, this rich porter tastes of chocolate and caramel with a hint of coffee. There is some bitterness on the finish, balancing the sweet notes.

Suggested Food Pairing: Try this with an espresso-chocolate mousse – you won’t be disappointed! (Recipe below.)

 

 

~ Recipes enjoy with the featured Savvy Hip Hops ~


With Tuque Dorée Canadian Pale Ale

Loaded Nachos

Recipe and photo: ThePioneerWoman.com

 

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon Olive Oi
1 whole Yellow Onion, Diced
2 pounds Ground Beef
1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
1/4 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
1 can (14-5 Ounce) Pinto Beans, Chili Beans, Or Ranch Style Beans
1/2 cup Hot Water
Tortilla Chips
1-1/2 cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
1-1/2 cup Monterey Jack Cheese
6 whole Roma Tomatoes, Diced
1 whole Jalapeno, Diced Finely
1/2 bunch Cilantro Leaves, Chopped
Juice Of 1 Lime
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 whole Avocado, Pitted and Diced
Sour Cream (optional)

 

Method

In a skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and half the onion. Cook it until starting to soften, then add the ground beef. Cook the meat until it’s totally browned, then drain the fat. Add the chili powder, paprika, cumin, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper and stir to combine. Add the beans and hot water and stir. Reduce the heat to low and simmer while you prepare the other ingredients.

To make the pico de gallo, combine the other half of the onion with the tomato, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir it together and set it aside.

To build the nachos, place a layer of tortilla chips on a platter or plate. Top with a layer of the beef/bean mixture, then all but 1/4 cup of the cheddar cheese. Add another layer of chips, another layer of the beef/bean mixture, and the Monterey Jack cheese. Add a final small layer of chips, then a small layer of beef and beans, then a final sprinkling of cheddar.

Microwave in 45 second increments until the cheese is melted and bubbly. (You may also place the platter into a 325 degree oven if it’s heatproof. Just leave it in until the cheese is melted.)

Immediately sprinkle on the diced avocado and plenty of pico de gallo.

Optional: Add dollops of sour cream here and there. Serve immediately!

 

 

With Barbe Blanche White Beer

Spicy Orange Chicken Stir Fry

Recipe and photo: AllRecipes.com

 

Ingredients

1 cup orange juice
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, grated
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into chunks
1 bunch green onions, sliced, white parts and tops separated
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, sliced into rings
1 red bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 cup sugar snap peas
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons grated orange zest
1 bunch cilantro leaves, for garnish

  

Method

Whisk orange juice, brown sugar, rice vinegar, fish sauce, soy sauce, ginger, and crushed red pepper flakes in a large bowl.

Mix in chicken pieces and toss to evenly coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Remove chicken from refrigerator and drain thoroughly in colander, reserving marinade.

Heat a large non-stick skillet over high heat. Cook and stir chicken for 2 minutes; spoon out any excess liquid. Continue to cook and stir until chicken caramelizes, 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in white portions of green onions, garlic, and orange zest; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in half of reserved marinade. Simmer until reduced and thickened, 3 to 4 minutes.

Stir in jalapeno pepper, bell pepper, and sugar snap peas; cook and stir until vegetables are warmed, about 2 minutes.

Stir in green portions of green onions; cook and stir 1 minute.

Remove from heat. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

 

 

With Gougounes Rousses Red Ale

BBQ Ribs

Recipe and photo: JamieOliver.com

 

Ingredients

Olive oil
2 racks of higher-welfare pork loin back ribs (about 1.6kg)

 

Marinade

1 fresh red chilli
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger
2 cloves of garlic
150 ml unsweetened apple juice
100 ml white wine vinegar
2 heaped tablespoons tomato ketchup
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
100 ml low-salt soy sauce
100 g soft brown sugar

 

Method

Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Preheat your barbecue.

Drizzle a little oil over the ribs, season with sea salt and black pepper and rub all over to coat.

Make the marinade. Deseed and finely chop the chilli, peel and grate the ginger and garlic then place them all in a medium pan along with the apple juice, white wine vinegar, tomato ketchup, mustard, soy sauce and brown sugar. Whisk the ingredients together and place the pan over a medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.

Put the ribs in a large roasting pan, brush with the marinade and cover with foil. Cook in the oven for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until the meat pulls away from the bone easily. Baste the ribs with the marinade after 30 minutes. After 1 hour of cooking time remove the foil, baste and cook, uncovered, for the final 15 minutes, basting halfway through.

Once your barbecue is hot, transfer the ribs to it. Cook over a medium-low heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer the ribs to a board and cut them up.

Serve with handfuls of rocket and watercress, if you like.

 

 

With Portage Porter

French Chocolate Espresso Mousse

Recipe and photo: SeriousEats.com

 

Ingredients

6 ounces high-quality chocolate (60-70% cacao is ideal)
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
1 egg yolk
4 egg whites
Pinch cream of tartar
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 tablespoon salt

 

Method

Find this recipe from above URL & get instructions. 🙂

 

  

Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops!

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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
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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

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

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How to pour the perfect pint of craft beer

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
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You may have heard already, but if not – Charlottetown has been voted the #1 place to visit in Canada in 2014 – and the PEI Brewing Company gets mentioned in the article. Awesome. Find out more about the national treasures that await you & read the article.

While visiting PEI Brewing Company this past summer, Debbie picked up some tips & tricks on how to pour a perfect pint from a keg to pass along to you:

What is the best temperature for beer to be dispensed at?

The ideal temperature is about 5C or 40F.

What is the easiest way to get the beer to that temperature?

Place the keg into a container that would hold both the container & some ice.  Make sure the ice level covers the bottom half of the keg.  Make sure the keg has been in the ice at least 2 hours before tapping.  Do not move the keg.

How do you attach the tap to the keg?

The tap to the keg you have to find the fitting that will fit into the top of the keg. Place the pump so that the pump and the fitting on the keg align – are you still with me?  Then, insert and twist to the right.  Pull the handle on the pump out and push down until you hear a click.  The pump is now ready for dispensing.

How do you get the beer out?

Open the small tap at the end of the hose from the pump.  Then open the tap fully as partial opening will cause excessive foam.

How long will the beer last in the keg?

Beer will last 2-3 days providing it is kept cold – beer is always best when fresh.

 

Having problems pouring a pint? Toubleshooting 101

What do to if your beer doesn’t pour quickly?

You should close the tap and pump the black ball handle on top of the pump.  The more you repeat the pumping the pressure will build in the keg and the flow of the beer should become faster.

What to do if your beer is foamy when poured?

Any of things may cause too much foam:

  • The temperature of the beer may be too high.
  • The keg has been handled roughly.
  • The beer keg has been filled with beer with a CO2 level that is too hight?  If so, the beer will probably settle down after 2-3 pours.
  • The tap used for dispensing the beer is not fully opened when pouring the beer.
  • Read all your instructions listed above once again – and hopefully everything should turn out fine & you’ll soon have the perfect pint.

Do you love craft beer? 

We have some cool news for you . . .Email us on beerme@savvycompany.ca & we’ll spill the beans – rrr I mean hops – with you!

See you at another Savvy Event soon!
Amanda

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