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No Prohibition for Waller Street Brewing!

Posted by Katy

Sunday, August 21st, 2016
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Early this month, Ottawa’s smallest brewery – Waller Street Brewing – celebrated their 1st year of operation. This brewery is a hidden gem in Ottawa. Located on one of the shortest streets in downtown Ottawa (many locals don’t even know it by name), the brewery is open three days a week to the public with limited tap across the city.

Waller Street offers its brews in 750ml growlers only. Well…that is until now. Special for Savvy Hip Hops Waller Street has hand bottled their beers for this month’s shipment and for our Taste Case subscribers, the brewery team waxed their Black Double IPA and Scotch River Sour in bottles meant for cellaring. Take the opportunity and stash a few bottles away and learn how beer flavours can change and develop over time.

 

Open your Savvy Hip Hops & you will find:

…in your Quick Picks

-Bootleg Blonde
-Speakeasy Red – mini growlerSavvy Hip Hops beer of the month club
-Hideaway Hefe
-Moonlight Porter
-Blind Pig IPA
-Black IIPA
-Scotch River Sour

 

…In your Taste Case

– Bootleg Blonde
-Speakeasy Red  mini growler
-Hideaway Hefe
-Moonlight Porter  mini growler
-Blind Pig IPA – 2 bottles
-Blind Barron-
-Black IIPA – cellar packed with wax
-Scotch River Sour cellar packed with wax

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…

Waller Street Brewing

 

by Katy Watts, Cicerone & member of the Savvy Brew Crew

 

 

Back in the history books…

PIC Waller streetThe Ontario Temperance Act was passed in 1916 that led to the Prohibition of alcohol in Ontario. As your fore fathers may have told you, this wasn’t a popular movement, yet there were sneaky ways to get around the system or hide your consumption from the government.

One popular method was to obtain a prescription from a doctor and buy your alcohol from a drug store. Interestingly, during the years of 1923 & 1924 over 810,000 prescriptions were written for alcohol in Ontario! Another way was to visit a speakeasy or a Blind Pig – a private saloon that was only accessible with a password. In these ‘secret places’ bootlegged alcohol was sold and enjoyed.

Over time, the Temperance Act was repealed in 1927, but the era of neighborhood speakeasies and creatively bootlegged alcohol left their mark and even offered some inspiration to brewers, including modern day ‘Bootician’ Marc-André Chainey (right in photo).

 

Where Old meets New…

Waller Street Brewery is located in the basement of a heritage building, on the corner of Waller Street and Besserer in the heart of downtown Ottawa. Walking down the steep stairs, it almost feels like sneaking away from a group of Teetotaler’s to get your after-work fix. Thankfully there isn’t a password required at the brewery door! Inside is a beautiful stained glass and mahogany bar from the previous occupant – Alfie’s, a sports bar. To the left, running deeper into the space, is the brewery operations. “Want a brewery tour?”, laughs Marc. “The best place to stand is with your back to the beer fridge & look left & right.” Yes, it is that small. Imagine the size of a two car garage.

 

Engineering a Brewery

Deceivingly encased in dark wood, the brewery can surprisingly churn out 1,200 litres of beer each week. And that is where Marc-André gets creative, much like his prohibition counterparts.

 

Engineer by Day. Bootician by Night

An engineer by trade, his approach to brewing is a little different than others, opting to experiment and understand the details and science behind ingredients, processes – even the drinker. “Every time we try something new, we learn a little bit more about the hops, the yeast; but also we learn a little bit more about our customers and what you like.”

Being confined by the space in the basement of the historic building, which can only fit 30 people at a time, doesn’t seem to bother the brewery team. Instead of following the strategy of producing more beer, they are putting the microscope on the beer – literally! Yes, Waller Street actually has a microbiologist working for them…That is when he isn’t filling kegs, cleaning kegs or moving kegs. Like everyone in the brewery team, they all pitch in.

We won’t see Marc-André piecing together expansion plans for the brewery – ever. The historic building constantly provides him with challenges of fitting modern day equipment through small doorways, not to mention steep stairwells and a maze of corridors.

We will however, see him experimenting more with sour beer recipes, processes and continuing support of their Flights of Hope project, where $2.00 from each beer flight goes to charity.

Marc-André & his sister Marie-Eve along with the rest of the brewery team invite you to come by to visit them at the brewery….and when you do, be sure to tell them you are a Savvy Hip Hops suds-scriber….they are ready roll out the red carpet for you!

 

Here’s to Marc-André & the brew crew at Waller Street!

 

Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes 

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

Bootleg Blonde

This 5% Alcohol by Volume (ABV), 21 International Bitterness Units (IBU) Blonde Ale is brewed using an in-house yeast strain which gives a little spice to the introductory brew.
Tasting Notes: Blonde Ale’s are fairly straightforward with some grain, bread-y malts and some earth-y hop spice to add balance. However, the in-house yeast strain adds a lively twist to the palate with subtle spicy phenols.

Suggested Food Pairing: With less than a month of summer left, enjoy Bootleg Blonde with a green salad with light vinaigrette or serve alongside an angel food cake with fresh berries. I would recommend to avoid strong flavoured foods, especially those with heavy spicing that would overpower the beer.

 

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Speakeasy Red

At 4.4% ABV and 30 IBU, Waller Street prefers not to put this beer in a specific style category, instead label it as a light beer with big flavour.

Tasting Notes: Speakeasy Red starts with a toasted rye spice – almost peppery – leading to yeast-y fruit esthers, and a tropical hop bitterness.

Suggested Food Pairing: The rye malt and Belgian yeast would go well with Jamaican-style Jerk Chicken, herbed roasted potatoes or Asiago cheese.

 

 

Moonlight Porter

Marc-André claims this beer was an accident – a happy one that we are glad he made. At 6.3% ABV and 50 IBU this American Porter is a balance of decadent malt and American hops.

Tasting Notes: True decadence. Coffee, roast, dark chocolate with wonderful dark fruit flavours leading into a mild bitterness. Surprisingly with the strength of the flavours (and alcohol) it’s very drinkable.

Suggested Food Pairing: Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! I have heard from friends that a good cigar pairs perfectly with this beer too.

 

Hideaway Hefe

Waller Street’s summer seasonal is a German-style Hefeweizen that’s 5% ABV and 18 IBUs. A Hefeweizen is a wheat beer (weisse) with yeast (hefe).

Tasting Notes: Lots of yeast-y banana flavours with some bubblegum and clove peaking through. Spicy hops are there, although fairly subdued. The body is light and the carbonation is crisp – it goes down easily in the sun.

Suggested Food Pairing: Yes, bring on the schnitzel! But, did you know that Hefeweizen is a great match for sushi? The wheat and banana sweetness will work perfectly with delicate fish flavours, especially if you’re choosing sashimi over rolls.

 

group shot waller

Blind Pig IPA

Mark m y words, this isn’t your typical India Pale Ale. Ringing in at 6.7% ABV and 68 IBU it was brewed using a mixed primary fermentation containing Brettanomyces.

Tasting Notes: Take a moment to enjoy the aroma of this beer…It’s truly amazing – peach, mango, orange, grapefruit – it really draws you in for a gulp! The flavour mirrors the aroma with the malts hidden behind the tropical hop flavours letting the hops shine as they should.

Suggested Food Pairing: Lately I’ve been enjoying cheese with IPAs, especially salty cheeses. My favourites have been fresh cheese curds (squeak squeak!), sharp cheddar or Parmegiano Reggiano.

Tip from our Cheese Sommelier: keep cheese curds on the counter. That way they will continue to have the squeaky characteristic that we all love. As soon as you refrigerate, the squeak disappears.

 

 

Black IIPA

This big 8.5% ABV and 85 IBUs combines the roast and malt qualities of a stout while having an assertive hop profile. Marc-André brewed this just in time for Waller Street’s 2nd Birthday Party, which coincidentally landed on the same day as International Beer Day (August 5).

Tasting Notes: This is a flavour war! Dark chocolate, coffee roast, dark fruit flavours clash against an intense citrus hop note leaving your palate with a small residual sweetness to balance the bitterness from the roast and hops.

Suggested Food Pairing: Grilled meats, especially a thick steak grilled to perfection (medium rare for me). Enjoy how the malt compliments the charring of the meat and the hops add a wonderful umami-like contrast.

 

Scotch River Sour

This ‘Woodland Sour’ unique to Waller Street Brewery is 6.8% ABV and 8 IBU. It’s brewed only once a year using fresh local spruce tips and birch sap from the banks of the Scotch River east of Ottawa. The souring comes from a proprietary house yeast strain named “Hercules Lacto” isolated from the brewery.

Tasting Notes: This might be a new taste experience for you, it was for me. At the front is the tartness, don’t worry, it isn’t that tart (but it may still surprise), with a background of pine or spruce. The flavours layer, as you drink or as it warms there’s a slight woody sweetness at the end.

Suggested Food Pairing: Pairing this beer is difficult, but I’d go with a long hike in the woods with a sharp cheddar sandwich and a half growler of Scotch River Sour in your kit.

 

Blind Barron

overhead wallerYou may have had a sour beer and an India Pale Ale, but have you had a sour IPA? Blind Baron is a 6.5% ABV, 85 IBU fermented with Waller Street’s house yeast strain isolated from a previous wild fermentation.

Tasting Notes: Starts sweet with cereal notes from the malt, tea and then dives into a fruity mix of lemon and peach. There’s a touch of yeast funk, but the acidity isn’t high – just enough to be noticeable, but turn smooth quick.

Suggested Food Pairing: The fruity flavours of the hops and slight tartness makes me think this would go well with a refreshing summer salad layered with brie. Or maybe as a nice contrast to a fatty eggs benedict as a Sunday brunch.

 

 


 Recipes to enjoy with the featured Savvy Hip Hops 

 

With Bootleg Blonde
Triple Dipped Fried Chicken

Recipe & photo from All Recipes

Triple Dipped Fried ChickenIngredients

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tablespoons garlic salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
½ tablespoon poultry seasoning
1 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 egg yolks, beaten
1 ½ cup Bootleg Blonde
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
1 (3 pound) whole chicken, cut into pieces

 

Method

In one medium bowl, mix together 3 cups of flour, garlic salt, 1 tablespoon black pepper, paprika and poultry seasoning. In a separate bowl, stir together 1 1/3 cups flour, salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, egg yolks and Bootleg Blonde. You may need to thin with additional beer if the batter is too thick.

Heat the oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Moisten each piece of chicken with a little water, then dip in the dry mix. Shake off excess and dip in the wet mix, then dip in the dry mix once more.

Carefully place the chicken pieces in the hot oil. Fry for 15 to 18 minutes, or until well browned. Smaller pieces will not take as long. Large pieces may take longer. Remove and drain on paper towels before serving.

 

With Moonlight Porter
Moonlight Cake
Recipe from Waller Street!

IngredientsWaller Street Brewing beer bottles

Caramel Beer Sauce

1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup Waller St. Moonlight Porter
¼ cup butter, unsalted softened
2 tablespoons corn syrup

Cake

1 cup Waller St. Moonlight Porter
½ cup water
1 ¼ cup dates pitted and chopped
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg

Method

Caramel Beer Sauce

In a small saucepan, bring all ingredients to a boil. Stir until smooth. Set aside.

Cake

With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 180 °C (350 °F). Butter a 20 cm (8-inch) square pyrex mould. Set aside.

In a saucepan, bring Midnight Porter and water to a boil. Remove from heat and add dates, baking soda and vanilla extract. Mix well. Set aside.

In a bowl, mix flour and baking powder. Set aside.

In a second bowl, cream butter with brown sugar using a mixer. Add the egg and mix until smooth. At low speed, stir in flour mixture alternately with the dates mixture.

Pour dough in the mould. Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Poke holes in the cake using a fork and gently pour half of the caramel. Let cool. Cut into 9 squares.

When serving, top cake with remaining caramel sauce. Cake keeps 3 to 4 days at room temperature. Caramel sauce keeps one week refrigerated.

 

 

Another recipe with Moonlight Porter
Beef Tenderloin with Porter Reduction
Recipe & photo from Craft Beer

Waller Street Brewing - cellar beer with waxIngredients

2 – 4 tsp steak rub
4 (4 – 6 ounce) beef tenderloin steaks, fat trimmed
1 tsp olive oil
6 ounces of Moonlight Porter
2 tbsp brown sugar
Crumbled blue cheese

Method

Preheat oven to 450°F. Rub steak seasoning over both sides of steaks.

Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add steaks; cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned. If the steaks are large enough to sear the sides slightly, do so. Searing it will help keep all the juices in during the baking stage.

Remove steaks from pan; place on aluminum foil on a baking sheet. Bake at 450°F for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, or until desired degree of doneness. If you don’t have a food thermometer, I highly recommend one. Based on the internal temp, I cooked the steaks for about 10 minutes.

While steaks bake, combine Moonlight Porter and brown sugar in a skillet, cook on low heat and stir. Cook until mixture is slightly syrupy (6 – 8 minutes)

Once the steaks are out of the oven, wrap them in the aluminum foil that you put on the baking sheet. This keeps them warm, while you let them set for 2-3 minutes.

Serve steaks with reduced sauce; sprinkle evenly with cheese

With Hideaway Hefe

Wheat Beer Roasted Chicken
Recipe & photo from Leite’s Culinara

Wheat Beer Roasted ChickenIngredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 whole chicken (about 3 1/2 pounds)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 large garlic clove, smashed and peeled
1/2 orange
1 cup Hideaway Hefe
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water

 

Method

Preheat the oven to 450°F (232°C) and adjust the oven rack to the middle position. Work together the butter, orange zest, coriander, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl with a fork or the back of a wooden spoon.

Rinse the chicken and pat it dry. Gently run your fingers between the chicken skin and the meat, loosening the skin while being careful not to tear it. Push the butter under the skin, as far over the thighs and drumsticks as your fingertips or the handle of a wooden spoon will reach. Massage the chicken skin from the outside to spread the butter evenly over the chicken. Season the chicken inside and out with the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and the pepper. Place the garlic and orange, cut into chunks, in the cavity. If desired, loosely tie the legs together with kitchen string.

Place the chicken in a flameproof roasting pan that’s not much larger than the chicken itself. (A large cast-iron skillet works quite nicely.) Roast the chicken, liberally basting it with some of the Hefe every 15 minutes, until the skin is golden and begins to pull away from the base of the drumsticks and the juice runs clear, about 50 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let it rest for 15 minutes before carving.

Meanwhile, set the roasting pan over a burner and add the remaining beer. Bring the liquid to a simmer, scraping up any browned bits. Stir together the cornstarch and water in a small bowl, then stir the resulting cornstarch slurry into the simmering pan juices. Simmer the gravy, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. If desired, strain the gravy. Cut the strings from the legs, if using, and carve the chicken. Transfer the pieces to a platter and spoon the gravy over the chicken or pass it on the side.

Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops!

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Hop on board with Railway City Brewery!

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, July 28th, 2016
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With the sultry days of summer upon us, is there anything better than that first sip of an ice cold beer? Yup – how about 10 beers from a multiple-award winning brewery in Southwestern Ontario? This is Savvy Hip Hop’s second feature of Railway City Brewing Company. Suds-cribers response was so incredible last year that we’ve brought them back for another round. I could insert so many train related puns here, but I will hold off!

And with a number of cool new releases – some canned just this past weekend – you’re in for a treat. Railway City is a fantastic brewery founded in St Thomas – a small town with a lot of history. Read all about it on the following pages of this month’s Beer Backstory Magazine. Whether you are receiving a Quick Picks or a Taste Case, hands down, you’re in for a treat. Make room in your fridge for these unique and flavourful brews! Open your Savvy Hip Hops & you will find cans, bottles and growlers of…

hiphops_large-292x300– Iron Spike Blonde
– Iron Spike Copper
– Iron Spike Amber
– Crew Craft Lager
– Orange CreamsicAle
– Honey Elixir
– Dead Elephant Ale
– Whitty Traveller
– Express India Session Lager
– Black Coal Stout 

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

 

Full Steam Ahead!
Railway City Brewing Company

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

All Paul Corriveau wanted was to play with some interesting beer recipes. “I was the guy who liked going to the LCBO to buy individual beers and built my own 6 pack,” Paul said. “I never bought a two-four. People would come over and I’d have all these unique beers to sample.”

Passion for beer

Back in 2007, Paul and his friend were experimenting with different recipes at their local U-Brew. Times were tough. St. Thomas, a small city just south of London, Ontario, was suffering an economic downturn. In its early days, it was a railroad hub with as many as twenty-six railways passing through town (hence the town’s nickname: Railway City). As the railways began to close in the 1950s, St. Thomas remade itself as an auto industry town. Eventually, Ford operations closed, Sterling Trucks left, and the town’s citizens had little money to spend.

With the U-Brew business beginning to fail, Paul had an idea. Why not turn their passion for beer into a new industry for the town?

New hope

Now entering their ninth year, Railway City Brewing has expanded, and expanded again. They employ over 40 people, and they are a centre for Southwestern Ontario’s craft beer movement.

“Our town was losing jobs and we wanted to create new employment opportunities,” Paul said. “We were able to give our community some hope.”

Award-winning beer

With just a few bars at that time interested in craft beer, Railway City depended on its own store to sell their product. They found themselves quickly embraced by the “buy local” movement, and a craft beer consumer base began to emerge.

At the same time, their products began to win accolades across Canada. Dead Elephant Ale – commemorating P.T. Barnum’s famous elephant Jumbo, who died in St. Thomas after being hit by a train – was chosen for the Ontario Legislature’s official beer menu. And a number of Railway City beers have won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the Canadian Brewers Awards.

railway cityStill playful

Today, Paul is the brewery’s V.P. of Sales and Marketing. He encourages the staff to keep trying new things. Case in point, last month, they introduced Orange CreamsicAle, an homage to a classic frozen summer treat. “We made 2000 litres and it sold out in 2.5 days…all at the brewery,” said Paul. “We can hardly keep up.” This beer along with a few others is one of the reasons we delayed the delivery of your Savvy Hip Hops! We received the first cans off the line of batch #2 of CreamsicAle.

Recently, they held a contest among Ontario home brewers, choosing a winning recipe from the thirty entrants. “We’ll work with the winner and make a commercial batch from their recipe,” Paul said. “It’s one of the ways we like to stay true to our craft beer roots.”


Here’s to keeping Railway City Brewing’s success on track!

 

-Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes –

David and Debbie share their notes about each beer, along with tip on what to serve and some fun recipes too! With so many beers – where to start? We have listed the beers here from lightest to heaviest to give you an idea of what you will find when you crack the beer open.


iron spike blondeIron Spike Blonde

Part of Railway Brewery’s “Mainline” series, this is a crowd pleaser. It measures up at 4.3% alcohol by volume (ABV) and 14 International Bitterness Units (IBU).

Tasting Notes: With its pale honey colour and light froth, this has a clean, wet stone flavour and moderate bitterness. Citrusy hops round out the clean American Blonde style.

Suggested Food Pairing: A great lunchtime beer, you’ll be able to enjoy your pint with a Rueben sandwich or a plate of mussels and still have a productive afternoon.

craft crew brewCrew Craft Lager

Dedicated to “all the hard workers out there”, Crew Craft has 4.8% ABV and 15 IBU.

Tasting Notes: Similar in appearance to the Iron Spike Blonde, this one ups the game with slightly more alcohol and a hoppier, drier finish. We like its Earl Grey Tea notes and crisp mouthfeel.

Suggested Food Pairing: This is a perfect match with spicy food from your favourite Thai or Szechuan joint. Or make some easy Phad Thai at home! (Recipe below)


Orange CreamsicAlecreamsicle ale

Railway City hand-zests oranges and adds real vanilla bean and oats to the mix to create this unique and hard-to-get seasonal special. It measures up at 4.8% ABV and 8 IBU. A Savvy favourite, Debbie described it as, “Beer you won’t want to share!”

Tasting Notes: The vibrant orange colour leads to a big vanilla nose. The orange is subtle, with the vanilla notes balancing the citrus perfectly. It has a fresh and natural flavour – more fresh squeezed orange juice than orange soda. David described it as the childhood treat “all grown up”.

Suggested Food Pairing: While enjoyable perfectly well on its own, we believe this is a lovely accompaniment to an afternoon picnic. Greek salad, deli meats, hard cheeses will all work with this elegant quencher.

honey elixerHoney Elixir

Made with local honey (the label boasts that there are 22 pounds of honey in each batch), this is made in an English Brown Ale style. 5% ABV and 29 IBUs.

Tasting Notes: A rich buckwheat honey colour, we loved the surprising gingerbread aromas and flavours of roasted grain, honey, and a hint of green herbs.

Suggested Food Pairing: We love the bread-and-honey impression of this beer and feel it’s a sweet match to quinoa, chickpea, and cumin salad (recipe below).


Dead Elephant Aledead elephant

This award-winning, highly praised IPA has become Railway City’s flagship beer. Somewhat higher in alcohol than most of their products, it hits 6.5% ABV and 46 IBUs.

Tasting Notes: Gold-amber in colour with lacy foam, this immediately smells of spicy hops. It has flavours of caramel, roasted nuts, and even invokes cream corn. The finish is grapefruit pith, dry and citrus. This is a big, flavourful beer that will excite most palates!

Suggested Food Pairing: We’d love this with corn on the cob, especially if there were a variety of toppings available. See some favourite corn variations in the recipes section below.


The Witty Travellerwitty traveler

This is a limited edition seasonal and takes its name from the global influences of fruit, spice, and hops ingredients that make up its mix. 4.5% ABV and 15% IBUs.

This is made in the “Witbier” style, described by online beer resource Beer Advocate a Belgian-style ale that’s very pale and cloudy in appearance due to it being unfiltered and the high level of wheat, and sometimes oats, that’s used in the mash. Always spiced, generally with coriander, orange peel and other oddball spices or herbs in the back ground.”

Tasting Notes: The cloudy, pale appearance of wheat beer is apparent here, and it has a lovely, complex set of aromas: Christmas cake, yellow flowers, and lemongrass. Tasting it gives more definition to the array: the spices are clove and allspice, with orange and toast. The hops aren’t apparent, but there is a small amount of bitterness at the end.

Suggested Food Pairing: Is it selfish to want this with shellfish? Lobster, raw oysters, or mussels in tomato garlic broth (see recipe below).

amber spikeIron Spike Copper

Here’s a medium-full bodied ale that offers a creamy mouthfeel and great hoppy finish. This hits 4.4% ABV and 15.9 IBU.

Tasting Notes: The beautiful burnt orange colour of this beer stands out, as do the notes of toasted grain, hops, and butterscotch. There’s some fruit and vanilla, too, lending it a rich, complex character.

Suggested Food Pairing: We’d love to enjoy this beer with a big grilled cheese sandwich, made with old cheddar and thick-cut bread.


Iron Spike Amberiron amber

Rusty red in colour, this is full bodied and creamy. 4.6% ABV and 30 IBU.

Tasting Notes: Spiced tea came quickly to mind with this pretty beer. There are notes of caramel and dark rye bread, subtle hints of apple and spice, and – is that banana? There’s some good hoppy bitterness to balance that fruit and spice, especially on the beer’s long finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Buckwheat ramen noodles are readily available in the Asian section of most grocery stores, and cook faster than pasta. Try them as an alternative to rice with your favourite stir fry recipe and accompany the meal with this big ale.

IPAExpress India Session Lager

At the time of publication, this beer hadn’t yet been released, so we depended on Railway City to provide some notes. Here’s what Paul Corriveau has to say:

“Feel like something with a little more flavour than a lager, but not quite the punch of an India Pale Ale? Well, we put two craft favourites together to create Express: Indian Session Lager.
Brewers Notes: Express pours a golden straw colour with white lacing. Complex hop aromas of citrus, tropical fruits and pine fill the nose. Bright lemon, orange, pineapple and mango meld seamlessly with pine notes over a crisp and light malt background, followed by a pleasant, lingering bitterness that’s not overpowering.

Suggested Food Pairing: It’s hop-forward lager style is perfect for sessioning on the patio or with barbecue.

black coal lagerBlack Coal Stout

Railway City’s signature dark ale, this stout pours with a thick foam and deep brown colour. It’s flavourful and filling! 6% ABV and 46 IBU.

Tasting Notes: Everything a stout should be: flavours of chocolate and espresso; dark roasted malt; and even some cola, vanilla, and walnuts! It’s rich and creamy, with some bitterness to pair with the sweet malt notes. Debbie calls these “bench press beers” because of their weight!

Suggested Food Pairing: David confessed that he want to drink this alongside some pecan-bourbon pie, while Debbie feels that it needs to go with onion soup made with a measure of this stout. Perhaps you should try both & make a meal around this beer!

 

-Recipes to enjoy with the featured Savvy Hip Hops-

 

With Crew Craft Lager

Phad Thai

Recipe and photo: RasaMalaysia.com

Ingredientspad thai

4 oz packaged rice noodles
2 tablespoons oil
1 clove garlic, finely minced
4 oz medium-sized shrimp, shelled and deveined
2 oz fried firm tofu, cut into slices
1 large egg
4–6 oz bean sprouts
1 oz Chinese chives or scallions, cut into 2-inch lengths
2 tablespoons crushed peanuts
Lime wedges
1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon chili powder or more to taste

Method

Follow the package instructions to boil the dry rice noodles. The rice noodles should be soft (but still chewy and not mushy) after boiling. Rinse the boiled noodles with cold running water.

Mix all the ingredients in the Seasonings in a small bowl until well combined and the sugar completely dissolved, set aside.

Heat up a skillet on high heat and add the oil. As soon as the oil is heated, add the garlic into the skillet and start stirring until you smell the aroma of the garlic.

Add the shrimp and the tofu pieces into the skillet and continue stirring. As soon as the shrimp changes color, add the noodles into the skillet and stir continuously, about 30 seconds.

Use the spatula to push the noodles to one side of the skillet, and crack the egg on the empty side of the skillet. Use the spatula to break the egg yolk and blend with the egg white, let cook for about 30 seconds.

Combine the egg and the noodles, and add the Seasoning sauce. Stir to combine well with the noodles.

Next, add the bean sprouts and chives and continue stirring. As soon as the bean sprouts are cooked, stir-in the crushed peanut. Turn off the heat and serve the Pad Thai immediately with the lime wedges.

 

With Honey Elixir

Quinoa with Grilled Zucchini, Garbanzo Beans & Cumin

Recipe and photo: Epicurious.com

Ingredientsquinoa

1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon turmeric, divided
1 teaspoon smoked paprika, divided
2 cups water
1 cup quinoa (about 6 ounces), rinsed well, drained
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1 1/2 pounds medium zucchini (about 5), trimmed, quartered lengthwise
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

Method

Combine garbanzo beans and lemon juice in large bowl. Add 3 tablespoons oil; press in garlic and stir to combine. Let marinate at least 15 minutes and up to 2 hours.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add cumin seeds, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, and 1/2 teaspoon paprika; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add 2 cups water, quinoa, and coarse salt; bring to simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until all water is absorbed, about 16 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare barbecue (medium high heat). Place zucchini on rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle with ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, and 1/2 teaspoon paprika. Toss to coat evenly.

Place zucchini on grill; sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Grill until tender and browned on all sides, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to work surface. Cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Add zucchini, green onions, and parsley, then garbanzo bean mixture to quinoa. Toss to blend. Season with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.

 

With Dead Elephant

Grilled Corn on the Cob: variationsmexican corn

Recipes and Photo: TheKitchn.com

There are 2 ways to grill corn:

  1. Peel back the husk (but don’t detach it) to remove the silk underneath. Push the husk back up and grill the corn on your barbecue for about 15 minutes.
  1. Husk the corn as usual. Brush the corn with a little oil and grill for 10-15 minutes, turning often. This gives nicely charred marks on the corn, but it may be a little chewier than the method with the husk.

Neat butters to make:

Mexican-style

Blend butter, chili powder, fresh lime juice, and cilantro and spread onto roasted corn. Sprinkle with Mexican Cotija cheese (or use Parmesan).

Smoky Lime Butter

Blend butter, fresh lime juice, parsley, smoked paprika, and salt and pepper.

Harissa Butter

Blend butter with Moroccan Harissa sauce, minced chives, garlic salt, smoked paprika, and black pepper.

Sriracha Beer Butter

Blend butter with a little beer, sriracha (or other favourite hot sauce), garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Let chill in the fridge an hour before using.

 

With The Witty Traveller

Steamed Mussels with Tomato-Garlic Broth

Recipe and Photo: Foodandwine.com

Ingredientsmuseels

1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion, chopped fine
6 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 cups drained canned tomatoes in thick puree, chopped (from one 28-ounce can)
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried red-pepper flakes
4 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded
1/8 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
Salt, if needed

Method

In a large pot, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the parsley, tomatoes, thyme, and red-pepper flakes. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Discard any mussels that have broken shells or that don’t clamp shut when tapped. Add the mussels to the pot. Cover; bring to a boil. Cook, shaking the pot occasionally, just until the mussels open, about 3 minutes. Remove the open mussels. Continue to boil, uncovering the pot as necessary to remove the mussels as soon as their shells open. Discard any that do not open.

Stir the black pepper into the broth. Taste the broth and, if needed, add salt. Ladle the broth over the mussels and serve with the garlic toast.

 

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Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
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Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club 
Featuring Beyond the Pale Brewery

-January 2015 –

 

We have a saying at Savvy Company – “if it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing”. This month we are featuring Beyond the Pale Brewery – and everyone at this brewery certainly believes in this saying too.  When I asked Ashleigh Craig (she’s the VP of Everything) what makes work so much fun, she replied with a big smile, “we laugh constantly – and these good times make good beers!”

hiphops_largeWe are thrilled to kick off the year by introducing you to Beyond the Pale (aka BTP).  The demand is great, the people at the brewery are fun & friendly and their beers are awesome.  One of our Savvy Brew Crew members, Shawn McCormick is a fan & tells his story, “You got to be in the know. I saw a tweet that one of Shane’s (the brewmaster) long awaited experimental beers was ready.  When I dropped by after work that day, they were already sold out!”

Our subscribers in Ottawa are in for a treat as they are assured growlers of signature beers as well as a new beer – you are the first! For our subscribers in Toronto, rarely BTP beers are shipped beyond of Ottawa, so after a few sips, we are confident that you will have reason for a road trip to the capital (or call us to arrange for more BTP beers in a ‘care package’ to be shipped to you).

Open your Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case…

Beyond the Pale kegWe are sure that a smile will come over your face when you open your Taste Case.  Inside you will find some BTP treats along with an assortment of 5 growlers of these 6 different beers:


Found a new fav?

If you would like additional bottles of any beer featured in this months’ Savvy Hip Hops, or previously featured breweries, 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…
Beyond the Pale Brewery

by Debbie Trenholm

“I knew that I did not want to work for someone”, says Shane Clark (centre in photo below) as a smile comes to his face. He caught the entrepreneurial spirit early & after a career dotted with ventures including real estate, his ultimate dream was realized. He brought his home brewing hobby to the next level in 2011 when Shane and his high school buddy, Rob McIssac (left in photo below) openned the doors to Beyond the Pale Brewery in Ottawa.

Beyond the Pale guysRob dreamt of starting a brewery business. He lived in the United States for a number of years, and when he returned to Ottawa, he missed the craft beers that he had discovered south of the border.  Shane, meanwhile was making beers in his basement that hit the mark of what Rob longing for. More experiments, more beers, more late nights & of course loads of laughter, Rob & Shane decided to make it happen – start their own own craft brewery business.

I remember when rumours started & Ottawa was all a-buzz about the brewery with the weird name starting up.  Now beer lovers in Ottawa know exactly where the brewery is located, recognize the picket fence logo anywhere & ask for the beers by name at the pubs.

So what is with the name?

“My wife found the name,” Rob stated.  It does not only sound cool, it also has a historical meaning.  Lore according to Wikipedia explains that ‘The Pale’ was the region of Ireland that was under the control of the English government during the late Middle Ages. Over time, the size of this region reduced to an area along the east coast stretching from south of Dublin to the town of Dundalk.

In Latin, the word pale is palus, meaning stake or picket in a fence.  Naturally, this became the meaning of a boundary and eventually the phrase beyond the pale refers to something outside the boundary.   Now knowing all this, it is definitely appropriate name for a brewery that is constantly experimenting!

“Sometimes we call ourselves ‘Beyond the Ridiculous’ “ confessed Ashleigh with a laugh.

Big…really fast

It only took two short years, for the team to outgrow their space.  Bags of hops & kegs are stacked high everywhere, yet no one seems to mind. In true BTP style, they make a joke about it. “Everything we do here is  because of fun” proudly says Al Clark (Shane’s Dad – right in photo above).

In a few months, the tasting room & brewery operations will move to their new ‘digs’ in Ottawa’s City Centre where loads of room awaits. “I get an office with a door” remarks Rob, “and Ashleigh gets a desk!”  No doubt these are exciting times at the brewery and it is all a testament that they are onto a great thing!

Pushing their own boundaries

Beyond the Pale CutoffsRegulars visit the brewery & belly up to the tasting bar stating, ‘I want whatever brew is new’.  Shane & the trio in the beermaking team are constantly experimenting in the brewery and at their homes.  “We encourage our team to take ingredients from the brewery & play with their beer creation at home.  Who knows? They may create the next BIG beer for us.” When the brewery moves into their new space, Shane will bring all of his home brewing gear for the team to use onsite.  They have already decided that this equipment would be called, “The Kids Are Alright”.

And Shorts in January?

I happened to visit the brewery on a Thursday…High Stakes Cut-off Thursday that is.  While it was -32 outside with the wind chill, I was shocked that the brewing team were in cut offs.  Ashleigh explains, ”it’s been going on for 9 months.  It started with a bet that whoever forgets to wear cutoffs to work on Thursdays, owes the others steaks…really good steaks.”  So far, the ‘tradition’ has not been broken…that is how they roll at Beyond the Pale.

 

• Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes • 

 

By cracking open your Taste Case, you will find that Beyond the Pale has something for everyone. Round up your beer lovin’ friends & enjoy the growlers.  The growlers are best kept cool for a month or so before opening.  But seriously…why wait? 

Pink Fuzz

Beyond the Pale - ShaneGrapefruit Wheat 20IBU/6% ABV

This unique brew has become Beyond the Pale’s signature beer. “Not your Bavarian grandfather’s wheat beer – far from it! It is the non-beer drinker’s beer”, explains Shane, who BTW does not eat fruit of any kind…go figure!

Brewmaster’s Tasting Notes: We use real grapefruit zest and juice at different points in the process to insert the character of the fruit into the beer.  The hops are carefully selected to emphasize the citrus notes, but the grapefruit flavour is surprisingly subtle & the bitterness of the grapefruit is nicely balanced by a zip of sweetness in the finish that makes it refreshing & far too easy to drink. ”It’s like a Mimosa!” exclaims Shane. 

Suggested Food Pairing: It goes down smooth on its own or with spicy Asian foods (think Phad Thai).  Hard crumbly cheeses – cheddar, parmesan, pecorino even manchego would be great.  If you like seafood, scallops & oysters would be mighty fine too. 

Rye Guy

Rye PA 52IBU/6.7% ABV

Brewmaster’s Tasting Notes:  Rye Guy is a West Coast style IPA that uses a ton of rye malt (that gives it a sweetness) as part of the all-Canadian grain bill. The American hops give it distinctive citrus and pine notes. The result is a very crisp, full-bodied beer that is surprisingly sessionable for 52 IBUs. “There is hop on the front & back with a sweet middle – like an Oreo cookie”, commented Savvy Brew Crew Debbie during the tasting at the brewery.

Suggested Food Pairing: Hands down this is begging to be enjoyed with a spicy Indian curry or Mexican fare.  

Breaking Bitter

English Special Bitter 38IBU/5.3% ABV

BTP’s most to-style beer.  Not always available, Shane & his team wanted to make a very malt-forward ale utilizing traditional ingredients that would have been used for a English-style Special Bitter.

Brewmaster’s Tasting Notes:  In true BTP style, Shane explains, “we upped the ante with boatloads of East Kent Goldings hops to give off a massive floral, grassy & citrusy aroma, followed by an amazingly balanced flavour, plus a big hop-forward finish with lots of sweet malt.”

Suggested Food Pairing: A British style beer deserves British fare – fish & chips would be delicious.  So would spicy sausage (aka Bangers & Mash) or even Sheppard’s Pie. 

HOYF (Hop On Your Face)

IPA 77IBU/7.1% ABV

Get ready for an EXPLOSION of hops! This brew takes it to the limit.  It’s made with 33 lbs of hops in a 700L batch – compare that to Pink Fuzz that has only 8 to 9 lbs of hops.

Brewmaster’s Tasting Notes: An unabashedly intense and aromatically obnoxious beer that is like nothing you have had before, without the overwhelming bitterness some IPA’s can carry. Those are Shane’s words my friend…and he & his team are proud of the balance between bitterness & hop that they were able to achieve in this beer.  And beer lovers are happy too!

Suggested Food Pairing: Fire up the BBQ for steaks or pork chops or pick up the phone & order in your favorite Indian curry.

Belle Hop Porter

Beyond the Pale Belle HopsPorter 51IBU/7.8% ABV
Note: this beer was not ready at the time of our tasting at the brewery. 

Brewmaster’s Tasting Notes: This is our inaugural collaboration we did with Stock Pot Ales. This robust porter is a bit bigger in booze, hops, and body than is traditional for the style, but we made it work. Massive amounts of chocolate and roasted coffee counter the heavily hopped beer. Piney and herbal notes add freshness to the rich, spicy ale.

Suggested Food Pairing: Meat…meat…meat!

 

The Darkness

Oatmeal Stout 30IBU/5.6% ABV
Chocolate lovers – get ready!

Brewmaster’s Tasting Notes: The Darkness is an incredibly dark and creamy beer that will overwhelms  the palate with loads of dark chocolate, cola & espresso coffee. “Holy smokes this is amazing’, commented Debbie during the tasting at the brewery.

Suggested Food Pairing: Anything with smokey bacon or alternatively, Ashleigh suggests to enjoy with rich chocolate desserts.

 

• Recipes to enjoy with your Savvy Hip Hops •

With Pink Fuzz…

Lemony Lentil Soup

From Fresh Tracks Café at Whitewater Ski Resort, British Columbia
Whitewater Cooks by Shelley Adams with tips from Savvy Company’s Debbie Trenholm
Yield: 6 to 8 Servings

Ingredients

2 cups of red lentils (dried)
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 large onions, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
3 carrots, diced
¼ tsp red chilli flakes (optional)
1 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp rosemary, chopped (fresh is best)
2 bay leaves
8 cups of vegetable or chicken stock (TIP: replace one cup of the broth with white wine if you have some open!)
juice of 2 lemons
2 tsp lemon zest 

Garnish (optional):

1 cup feta cheese, crumbles
2 Tbsp fresh dill chopped

Method

Rinse the lentils in a colander & set aside to drain

Heat the olive oil in a large pot, add onions & sautée until translucent. Add carrots, garlic, salt, pepper, chilli flakes, rosemary, oregano & bay leaves.  Stir well and sautée until the carrots are tender.

Add stock (and wine) and the lentils. Bring to a boil.

Remove bay leaves. At this point, you may purée the soup or just leave it as is (TIP: I haven’t puréed before)

When the soup is done cooking, add lemon juice, zest and more salt & pepper to taste.

To serve, ladle the soup into bowls & sprinkle feta & dill on top. 

 

With Rye Guy…

Mexican Beef Brisket & Winter Squash Chilli

From Canada’s Top Trending Recipes for 2014
Yield: 12 Servings

Ingredients

O Canada recipe Mexican chilii6 dried ancho chilies
2 cups boiling water
6 oz. bacon, diced
4 cups chopped white or yellow onions
5 lbs (approx. 2 to 2.5 kg) first-cut beef brisket, cut into 3-inch chunks
Salt and ground black pepper
2 jalapeno chilies, stemmed, seeded and chopped (optional)
6 garlic cloves
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp dried Mexican oregano
1 tsp ground coriander
2 Tbsp chili powder
14 1/2-oz. can diced fire-roasted tomatoes with green chilies
12-oz. bottle beer, plus more if needed…of course some to enjoy while cooking!
1 bunch cilantro, stems and leaves separated
7-oz. can diced fire-roasted green chilies
3 cups of  2-inch chunks peeled and seed butternut squash

Garnishes
Finely chopped red onions
Peeled, seeded, and sliced avocado
Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Warm corn or flour tortillas

Method

Tear apart the dried ancho chilies, then discard the seeds and stems. Place the torn chilies in a small bowl. Pour the boiling water over them, then soak until soft, at least 30 minutes, or up to several hours.

When ready to proceed, heat the oven to 165°C (325°F).

In a large Dutch oven over medium heat, sauté the bacon until it begins to brown. Add the onions and cook, covered, for 5 minutes.

Season the beef with salt and pepper. Remove the pot with the onions and bacon from the heat and stir in the beef.

Place the soaked chilies and about 1/2 cup of the soaking liquid in a blender (save the remaining liquid to add to the pot later, if needed). Add the jalapenos (if using), garlic, cumin seeds, oregano, coriander, chili powder, and 2 teaspoons of salt. Blend to form a puree, then add to the pot along with the diced tomatoes, beer, cilantro stems and green chilies.

Stir well, cover, place in the oven, and bake for 2 hours. If the chili becomes too dry during cooking, add some of the reserved chili-soaking liquid or more beer. The meat is done when it is fork tender. If the meat is not yet fork tender, return the covered pot to the oven and check it every 20 to 30 minutes. Once the meat is tender, stir in the squash and bake for 20 minutes more, or until the squash is tender.

Remove the pot from the oven. Use a spoon to skim off any fat on the surface of the chili. Season with salt and pepper. Divide between serving bowls with the cilantro leaves, red onions, avocado, cheese and tortillas on the side.

 

With HOYF (Hop on Your Face)…

Cauliflower & Swiss Chard Salad

Beyond the Pale signFrom Long Nights & Log Fires Cookbook, by Ryland Peters & Small
Yield: 4 to 6 Servings

This Middle Eastern flavoured dish is delicious as a main course or as a side dish with grilled pork chops, spicy sausage, ham or roasted turkey. The earthiness of this dish will be delicious with beer.

Ingredients

¼ cup olive oil
1 small to medium sized head of cauliflower cut into bite size florets
1 teaspoon ground cumin (this can be more if you like stronger flavours)
6 large Swiss chard leaves, chopped into 1 inch wide strips (alternately use spinach leaves- unchopped or beet greens)
1 red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves (or can use more if you rather)
14 oz can chickpeas, rinsed & drained
¼ cup tahini (sesame seed paste – alternatively use smooth peanut butter)
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ cup freshly cracked white pepper

Method

Put oil in a large skillet (cast iron is best) and set over high heat. Add the cauliflower florets and cook for 8 – 10 minutes turning often until they are dark, golden brown.

To the skillet cumin and cook, stirring for 1 minute to cover all of the cauliflower.

Then add Swiss chard, onion & garlic and cook a further 2-3 minutes until chard has wilted & onions are translucent. Add the chickpeas to the pan and stir.  Season to taste with salt

TIP: if your skillet is not large enough for this recipe, fire up 2 frying pans on the stove & make the vegetable mixture.  Once done, combine both pans into a big bowl at the last minute.  

Combine tahini, lemon juice and white pepper in a small bowl and add a little salt to taste. Whisk to combine.  Transfer the vegetables to a bowl and drizzle the dressing over the top to serve.  Enjoy hot or serve warm.

 

With The Darkness (other BTP beers too!)

Best Bacon Jam – EVER!

From The Endless Meal
Yield: 2 cups

Ingredients

1 lb bacon
2 large onions (red or white), quartered & thickly sliced
½ cup brown sugar
1/3 cup strong brewed coffee or espresso
½ cup water
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

Method

Cut the bacon into half inch slices and add to large frying pan. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes stirring frequently until the bacon is just cooked (not crispy).

Remove bacon from pan & let sit on a plate lined with paper towels to remove some of the fat.

Pour off bacon drippings into a metal cup or bowl & set aside

Into the frying pan still laced with bacon fat, add onions and cook on medium for 8 to 10 minutes until translucent. Reduce to low heat. Add sugar & stir.  Continue to cook for about 20 minutes until the onions have carmelized (the kitchen will smell devine at this point!). Add coffee, water and the reserved bacon, stirring frequently until the onions are thick & jam like.  This may take about 30 minutes.

Remove pan from heat & stir in the balsamic vinegar. Taste & add more salt if necessary.

Serve hot with red or white meats as an accompaniment, chutney or garnish.  Alternatively store in a Tupperware container or jar for up to a week.   I have used this is omelettes, added to soup, spread on toast in the morning or de-glazed a pan of sausages. You’ll get hooked and want to double the recipe next time!

Cheers & Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops!

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Sawdust City beers are worth a drive to the Muskokas

Posted by Shawn

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
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Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club 
Featuring Sawdust City Brewing Company

– November 2014 –

 

Month #10 of Savvy Hip Hops brings you a 2-4 of craft beer…and we are certain that you’ll find new favourites that will help you forget about the cold and snowy weather for at least a few hours! This month features Sawdust City Brewing Company and their assorted beer styles for all of our suds-cribers.

hiphops_largeIf you are not familiar with Sawdust City Brewing Company and their delicious array of beers, our Savvy Brew Crew member Shawn McCormick visited this new brewery while on holidays this summer to get the inside scoop about the brewery, their beers…and of course the brewmaster who makes them. With the range of beers you are receiving, there is something for every beer lover.

Sawdust City is not your average brewery. Instead of locating on the outskirts of town in an industrial complex, they took over a large, vacant building in downtown Gravenhurst. This puts them smack dab in the middle of the community – next to the fire hall, curling rink, and shops of small town Ontario.

Open your Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case…

…and find these six incredible beers. What’s different about this package is that Sawdust City has invested in their own canning machine! With four cans of each style, you’ll be able to share these great brews with friends.

Gateway Kölsch
Old Woody Alt Beer
Golden Beach Pale Ale
Lone Pine IPA
Skinny Dipping Stout
Winding Road for 7km Saison

Found a new fav brew? 

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!
Debbie & the Savvy Brew Crew

 

Introducing…
Sawdust City Brewing Company

by Shawn McCormick

Located in the quaint little town of Gravenhurst, Ontario, Sawdust City Brewing Company has converted a former Canadian Tire Store into a striking and welcoming brewery.  With an appealing variety of beer styles, a tasting “saloon”, and lots of warmth with the wood decor, they have created a destination brewery that is worth finding on your way to Muskoka’s cottage country! 

Why the name ‘Sawdust City’?

Sawdust City signWhen the decision was made to launch the brewery in Gravenhurst, research of the town’s past revealed the nickname ‘Sawdust City’ from a time when the town hosted about a dozen sawmills. Processing the millions of board feet annually resulted in the entire town being coated in a layer of sawdust. Brewmaster Sam Corbeil explained that “the name just naturally fit”. 

Building a Following

Sawdust City is a bit unique in that they have been contract brewing for some time as their own brewery plans took shape. During this time, they developed a loyal fan base through beer fairs and distribution in pubs and bars around Ontario. Making great beer with catchy names like The Princess Wears Girl Pants, it’s no wonder people knew about Sawdust City before they had their own brewery! When I asked Sam to describe their style, he says simply, “We make different beers we love – hoppy IPAs, rich, malty stouts, and fresh Kölsch.” 

Becoming a Brewmaster

Sam Corbeil is the brewmaster at Sawdust City. More than 10 years ago while attending a beer festival in Belgium, he realized that he loved beer more than he loved his job in advertising. Upon his return, he started Googling brewing schools, eventually settling on VLB in Berlin, considered by many to be the premier school for brewing technology. He describes his time there as “Amazing – people from all around the world, sharing their passion for beer”.  Seriously folks, who wouldn’t like that?? Upon his return, he worked at True North and then with Robert Simpson (pre-Flying Monkeys), eventually ending up at Mill Street. He met current partner Rob Engman a few years ago, and the idea and plans for Sawdust City began to take shape. The rest, as they say, is history.

Sawdust City saloonA Saloon, Guest Taps, AND Live Music??

Sam mentions that they are trying to create a destination with the brewery, which just opened in late August. To this end they have a great saloon open every day, live entertainment on Saturday nights, and you can even enjoy craft beer from other Ontario brewers on the rotating guest taps. In the summer food trucks utilize their parking lot, strengthening the community connection. When asked what type of beer he drinks other than his own, Sam says he has lots of friends who all make great beer & he adds, “Why buy anything outside of Ontario? We make world-beating beers here!”

We raise a glass to the Sawdust City team!

 

 

 

• Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes •

By cracking open your Taste Case, you will find that Sawdust City has something for everyone. Why not round up some friends and open up several of these to see who likes which style of beer.

Gateway Kölsch (Kölsch)

Paying homage to the lagered ales of Köln (Cologne), Germany, this crisp, bright, straw-coloured beer is named after the Gravenhurst hometown of Sawdust City, referred to as the “Gateway to the Muskoka”. 5% ABV

Tasting Notes:  Quite a fluffy head shows off the great carbonation. Straw gold in colour, crystal clear and bright. Aromas of hops, cereals, and pilsner malt notes. The palate adds light citrus notes and aromas repeat. Very refreshing, and an easy transition beer for those just getting into craft beer.

Suggested Food Pairing: This is such a food-friendly beer that it is hard to think of something that won’t work with it. Pair with grilled seafood, chicken in light sauce, or a toasted ham sandwich.

 

Old Woody Alt Beer (Altbier)

With a deeper colour and more malt-forward notes, this fresh and creamy Altbier also comes in at 5%.

Tasting Notes: The aromas are definitely more malt forward, with toffee, sweet spice, and a hint of plums/prunes.  The palate is similar with caramel and toffee dominating, some stewed fruits, and a slightly earthy taste. With a creamy mouthfeel, the mid-palate offers a hint of sweetness but the finish is dry with a pleasant hop bitterness to cleanse the palate. 

Suggested Food Pairing: This is another food friendly beer and the versatility of this one will match with stews and meat-or-mushroom-based casseroles.

 

Golden Beach Pale Ale (Session Ale)

A refreshing Pale Ale with flavour much bigger than its 4.5%ABV would indicate.

Tasting Notes: Aromas of pine, fresh grass, pineapple, and pink grapefruit. The palate is all about summer – fresh tropical and citrus fruit will bring you back to the heat waves of July (yes, even in snowy November!). The fresh hops add a lot of aromas and give a great cleansing finish. Session Ales get their name from the lower than typical alcohol, allowing you to enjoy more than one in a “session”.

Suggested Food Pairings: Try this one with Thai or Indian, chicken-based curries!

 

Lone Pine IPA (India Pale Ale)

A big, bold IPA with 6.5% ABV, for those of you who love hops!

Tasting Notes:  Loads of bright pine, white and pink grapefruit, orange, light caramel notes, and a hint of green grass. The palate follows suit, although the caramel, tropical fruit and sweet orange lead. The finish is all about the hops – loads of white grapefruit rind and pith, with the unmistakeable pine pith batting clean-up. Aptly named!

Suggested Food Pairings: Try this one with burritos, nachos, or some heavily grilled meats.

 

Skinny Dipping Stout (Oatmeal Stout)

A lovely 5.5% ABV Stout to sip in front of the fireplace (or candles) on a dark stormy night.

Tasting Notes: Aromas of dark toasted malts, black coffee, cocoa, and hints of dried fruit. The creamy palate is quite similar with some malt sweetness at first, and the prune and fig notes being more noticeable. This quickly turns to a smooth coffee bitterness on the long-lasting finish.

Suggested Food Pairings: Try this one with grilled meats, venison-based stews, or even a chunk of blue cheese!

 

Winding Road for 7 km (Saison)

The first beer in Sawdust City’s “Saison du Maison” series – these are Saison beers that will be released each quarter.

BREWMASTER NOTE: this beer was just canned and needs a little more time to “bottle-condition”, so let this one sit (not in the fridge) until after Nov 27th. Anytime after than it will be ready for drinking!

Tasting Notes: Named after a winding road that stretched for 7km – this rye Saison has beautiful spicy, Belgianesque esters dancing off the glass balanced with a hearty, bready, malt body. Burnt yellow in colour, like the tree lined back roads of Muskoka, 7km will bring you back to fall in Northern Ontario. A time of year when nostalgia and melancholy fog our minds and the early morning dew rises off the cold Autumn ground to create a haunting vision of the winter ahead. (Tasting note provided by Sam Corbeil)

Suggested Food Pairings: Try this one with chicken (or eggplant) parmesan or pork chops

  

  • Recipes to enjoy with your Savvy Hip Hops •

With Sawdust City Gateway Kölsch…

Chicken Alfredo

From Savvy Sommelier & Brew Crew member Shawn McCormick’s kitchen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4-6 Servings

Ingredients

1 lb of skinless, boneless chicken (breast or thigh)
1 lb (approx. 450 g) fettuccini noodles (or spaghetti)
1/3 cup butter
1 cup  heavy cream (whipping cream is best – of course!)
1 ½ cups grated Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, crushed
Few sprigs of parsley chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
Salt

Method

Cook the chicken breasts over medium-low heat in a frying pan with some olive oil, turning regularly until cooked through. Set aside and cover to keep warm.

In a medium sized pot, melt the butter over low heat. Add the cream and increase heat to medium until the cream and butter mixture is simmering. Whisk in the garlic and Parmesan cheese until continue whisking until the cheese is melted.

While cooking the sauce, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain, reserving a bit of the liquid in case you need to thin the sauce. Slice the chicken, and toss all remaining ingredients together, adding some of the reserved pasta water if the sauce is too thick. Salt and pepper to taste.

 

With Sawdust City Golden Beach Pale Ale

Thai Chicken Curry

From Shawn McCormick’s family kitchen
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients

3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
5-6 mushrooms
½ red pepper
½ green pepper
1 carrot1 celery stalk
1 onion1 clove garlic, crushed
2-4 tsp Red Curry Paste (‘Thai Kitchen’ brand is in many grocery stores)
14 oz can Coconut Milk
2-3 cups chicken broth4-5 Tbsp olive or other cooking oil4 cups cooked rice

 

Method

Cut the onion and peppers into thin strips. If you like more vegetables use the whole pepper. Thinly slice the mushrooms, carrots, and celery.

Slice the chicken into thin strips. Heat a large frying pan or wok over medium heat and add enough cooking oil to coat the pan. Sauté the chicken strips in small batches, removing each batch as they are cooked. Add more oil as required.

Turn the heat up to medium-high. Now sauté the vegetables in the same pan, adding more oil as required. Start with the onions and carrots. After 2 minutes, add the celery. After 1 minute, add the peppers, mushrooms and garlic. Stir another 2 minutes, then add the chicken, 1 cup of chicken broth and two tsp of the curry paste. You want enough liquid to dissolve the curry paste so add more chicken broth until the paste is blended in.

Add the can of coconut milk and more chicken broth to make a nice sauce.

Add more curry paste to taste. Heat thoroughly, then ladle over rice. Get ready for ooohs & aaaahs!

 

With Sawdust City Lone Pine IPA

Fish Tacos

Another one from Shawn McCormick’s kitchen!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 3-4 Servings

 

Ingredients

1 lb white fish (cod or halibut)
1 package of small tortilla (soft taco) shells
3 cups finely shaved Savoy cabbage
1 cup mayonnaise
1 TBSP lime zest
Juice of 1 lime
Coriander
Slice green onions
Salt & pepper to taste

 

Method

Cook the fish as you like – fried in butter, or poach it in lightly salted water. Simmer for about 10 minutes until the flesh is flaky. Once done remove and beak into smaller pieces to fit in the tortilla shells

Cut the Savoy cabbage across the grain so you have long thin strands of cabbage.

Mix the mayonnaise & lime zest together. Whisk in the lime juice a bit at a time. You want a thin sauce but not too watery. Add some salt and pepper to taste.

Place fish in tortilla shell (I like to lightly warm mine over a gas burner on low). Top with cabbage, green onion, and a few sprigs of Coriander. Drizzle generously with lime-mayonnaise sauce. Enjoy every mouthful with each sip!

 

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Railway Capital of Canada brews up tasty ‘train beers’

Posted by Katy

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
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Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club 
Featuring Railway City Brewing Company

– October 2014 –

 

It’s Full Steam Ahead for Railway City Brewing Company – a brewery from the Railway Capital of Canada – St. Thomas, Ontario.

Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month clubUsing all natural ingredients, the brewery brews its popular flagships and seasonals on a 20 hectoliter system with a variety of 10, 20 and 40 hectoliter fermentors. It is quite an operation. 

Depending on the season, you’ll be able to find their beers in pubs all across Ontario; from Windsor to Ottawa corridor…does this sound like train talk?

 

In your Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case, you will find two dead elephants & three iron spikes (LOL!) along with:

Canada Southern Draft – American Pale Lager

Iron Spike Blonde – American Blonde Ale

Iron Spike Copper – American Red Ale

Iron Spike Amber – American Amber Ale

Dead Elephant Ale – English IPA

Double Dead Elephant – American Imperial IPA

Black Coal Stout – American Stout

Cranberry Festive Lager – Spiced Lager

Honey Elixer – English Brown Ale

Found a new fav?

Railway City Taste CaseIf 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 (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…
Railway City Brewing Company

by Katy Watts

Back in the 1850s St. Thomas, Ontario was a bustling center of railway activity. More than 26 lines passed through the city, most headed towards a major city like Chicago or New York. Railway City Brewing Company takes its name from the period of time where St. Thomas was interchangeable with ‘Railway City’ and it held the title of the ‘Railway Capital of Canada’.

St. Thomas Proud

Paul CorriveauAl GouldingRailway City Brewing Company was established in 2008 on Curtis Street by Al Goulding (photo right) and Paul Corriveau (photo left). “Our focus is to produce a wide variety of small batch beers using locally grown ingredients and have fun with names that feature St. Thomas’ great rail history,” explains Paul. Popular seasonals like Hoptoberfest and Cranberry Festive Lager (that you have in your Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case) proudly showcase regionally grown fruits while the alluring Honey Elixir entices you with local honey. Yum!

What’s in a Name?

While a hub for railroads, a ‘little’ known fact about St. Thomas is that Jumbo (yes the elephant) – the prized attraction of the P.T. Barnum Circus – was tragically killed in a railroad accident in 1885. The story goes that Jumbo was leading a younger elephant to safety, but an unexpected locomotive hit & killed the smaller elephant and in a domino fashion the derailed locomotive hit and killed Jumbo too.

Jumbo is featured throughout St. Thomas from a life sized statue at the City’s west entrance to murals adorning downtown buildings. So, of course, why not tribute Jumbo with a large, full flavoured beer…and call it Dead Elephant Ale and Double Dead Elephant Ale to remind us to always live large! Enjoy these signature beers!

Steaming Ahead

With many of their brews winning Ontario Brewing Awards – and here is a long list of recent medals:

Ironspike Amber Ale (Gold Medal in 2011)
Ironspike Copper Ale (People’s Choice in 2011)
Black Coal Stout (Silver Medal in 2011 & a Gold Medal in 2013)
Dead Elephant Ale (Silver Medal in 2010)
Honey Bee’Lixer (Silver Medal in 2012)

Paul says ‘it’s honestly been hard to keep up with demand.” In fact, Railway City was supposed to be the July featured brewery in your Savvy Hip Hops, yet they had run out of beer this summer and we had to do a quick last minute switch to October!

IRailway City logon 2012, they announced that they would be expanding production into a former tool-and-die shop which has brought them the ability to expand their production facility for cans, bottles and draught beer. In addition to being able to produce more beer, they also expanded their tasting room allowing them to showcase their flagships and seasonals to both beer loving locals and brew tourists.

Definitely stop in to visit the brewery next time you find yourself on a train bound for St Thomas…and be sure to look for the Jumbo statue too!

Here’s to Paul, Al & the cool people at Railway City Brewing!

  • Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes •

 

Canada Southern Draft

This 4.3% ABV pale lager is clean, crisp and made for long evenings on the patio where only a sessionable beer will do.

Tasting Notes: This lawnmower beer has a sweet start with grain malts followed by some earthy hop spice. It ends with that typical lager kick that keeps you reaching for the next pint. 

Suggested Food Pairings: The crispness of the carbonation works perfectly alongside the fat heavy foods we love to indulge in – hot dogs, pizza, hamburgers.

 

Iron Spike Copper Ale

Brewed using premium Ontario two-row malted barley with fine specialty malts and quality hops, this 4.4% ABV session beer is meant for those long days on the railroad.

Tasting Notes: Malt forward with flavours of caramel, butterscotch, biscuit graininess and a mild hop bitterness mid sip. Ale yeast lends some dark fruit flavours and aromas which adds some sweetness. 

Suggested Food Pairings: The balance between malt and hop creates the perfect complement to sweet, hot or spicy food including many Asian dishes, chili, mango or jalapeno salsa.

 

Iron Spike Blonde Ale

This medium bodied 4.3% ABV brew has a delicate balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness making it both enjoyable to drink, and very food friendly.

Tasting Notes: Sweet grain comes forward at first with light notes of biscuit that are accented by notes of stone fruit. Hops kick in at the end with a lemon bitterness, ultimately finishing dry with some lingering sweetness. 

Suggested Food Pairings: The light bodied, balanced nature of a Blonde Ale lends itself to be paired with delicate, light flavoured foods. Pair a pint of Iron Spike Blonde Ale with fresh salads, grilled chicken or light flavoured seafood.

 

Iron Spike Amber Ale

Filled with notes of yeasty esthers, this 4.6% ABV amber brew has an enticing aroma and a flavour that seems to develop with every sip.

Tasting Notes: Doughy malt background with toffee sweetness leading into dark fruit flavours of plum, fig and grapes. Hops come in at the end with a floral bitterness to balance the sweetness, but the dark fruit flavour lingers in the aftertaste. 

Suggested Food Pairings: The malt forward sweetness compliments foods that have some caramelization on the exterior. Meats like roast chicken, BBQ or hamburgers would be perfect.

 

Dead Elephant Ale

Named after Jumbo the Elephant who was struck by a train and died in St. Thomas, this 6.5% ABV English-style IPA balances a solid malt base with a one-two hop punch (the hops win).

Tasting Notes: This beer starts off deceivingly malty with biscuit notes and a hint of fruity yeast then opens up to a burst of pine, fresh cut grass and bright grapefruit citrus.

Suggested Food Pairings: The hop flavours in IPAs work well to amplify and cool spice, compliment light fruit and cleanse your palate of fat rich food. Pair with your favorite Indian curry, a deep-fried chimichanga or a perfectly grilled steak.

 

Double Dead Elephant Ale

This 7.5% ABV brew is an amped up, or ‘Imperial’, version of Dead Elephant Ale with twice the amount of hops, and  IBUs (International Bitterness Units) of the original. This beer is for hop heads only.

Tasting Notes: Starts with a solid malt backbone of bready malt, butterscotch and toasted biscuits then leads into big hop flavours of pine, grapefruit rind and earthy bitterness. The hop flavour is somewhat balanced by the malt base, but there is a pleasing lingering bitterness on the palate.

Suggested Food Pairings: The big hops in this beer crave salt and work perfectly with cured meats. Make a snacking plate of sliced ham, sharp cheddar, funky stilton or strong blue cheese and taste how the hops play with salt and fat.

 

Black Coal Stout

This 6% ABV stout is Railway City’s signature seasonal and their most robust brew. With deep flavours of roast coffee and dark chocolate this beer might seem like a deep indulgence.

Tasting Notes: This full bodied brew begins with bittersweet chocolate leading into roast coffee and slight spicy notes of toasted rye bread. 

Suggested Food Pairings: A big stout with roast, chocolate and coffee flavours will overwhelm soft flavoured foods. Pair with pungent soft-ripened cheese, blues, and washed-rinds to make a late night snacking plate or serve alongside your favourite chocolate dessert.

 

Cranberry Festive Lager

Railway City Cranberry Lager-001Brewed with Bala Ontario Cranberries and ginger this 5.5% ABV effervescent beer is warming and refreshing, a perfect combination for those colder winter days.

Tasting Notes: Citrus notes of sweet tangerine and mandarin orange are spiced with warming ginger and tart cranberries before carbonation gives it that crisp refreshing bite. 

Suggested Food Pairings: Turkey or roast chicken of course! 

 

Honey Bee’Lixir

Brewed using honey from the London-area, this 5% ABV brew is truly a tribute to the sweet syrup. While it may smell sweet there is a solid malt and hop base that balances the elixir. 

Tasting Notes: Starts with honey and caramel sweetness which is balanced by a bittering mild coffee roast and hop spice before a lingering dark fruit finish. 

Suggested Food Pairings: The honey and caramel notes pair perfectly with grilled steak or lamb chops with a side of wonderful roasted fall vegetables like squash.

 

Hoptoberfest

Railway City - some cansCan a beer be haunted? Brewed with local wild graveyard hops and Bartlett pears this 5.2% ABV amber lager may be the scariest beer you’ve sipped!

Tasting Notes: Two row malted barley gives this haunted brew a sweet caramel start leading into crisp pear notes that’s balanced by a spicy dry hop finish.

Suggested Food Pairings: This beer is meant for celebrating the harvest and that means big roast meats and all of their accompaniments. Turkey with the trimmings, glazed ham and roast vegetables, roast lamb with garlic and rosemary.

 

Recipes with a splash of the featured Savvy Hip Hops •

 

With Dead Elephant Ale …

Beer Battered Asparagus with Lemon Herbed Dipping Sauce

From: Food Network
Serves 2

Ingredients for the main dish

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
1 cup Dead Elephant Ale
1 pound asparagus, trimmed
Vegetable oil for frying

Ingredients for the sauce

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon roughly chopped fresh thyme leaves*
1/2 teaspoon roughly minced fresh rosemary leaves*
Pinch salt

Method

For the sauce: stir together all ingredients and transfer to a small bowl. Chill, covered, until ready to serve.

To fry asparagus heat oil in a heavy saucepan until it reaches 375 degrees F.

Whisk together flour, salt, pepper lemon and zest in a bowl until combined. Add beer and whisk ingredients until smooth. Dip asparagus in batter to coat. Remove excess batter before frying. Gently transfer battered asparagus to oil and fry until golden. Stir gently to prevent asparagus from sticking together. Transfer to a baking sheet that has been lined with paper towels and keep warm in a preheated 200 degree F oven.

 

With Black Coal Stout …

Chocolate Stout Pudding

From: Food Republic
Serves 6

Ingredients

1 cup self-rising flour
1/3 cup caster (superfine) sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk1
3/4 ounces unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 3/4 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely grated
2/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar1
1/2 cups Dark Coal Stoutcream or ice cream, to serve

Method

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease six 1 cup ovenproof ramekins. Sift the flour, caster sugar and half of the cocoa powder together into a medium-sized bowl. Add the milk, melted butter and egg and mix well. Add the chocolate and stir to combine. Spoon the batter into the prepared ramekins.

Combine the remaining cocoa powder with the brown sugar and sprinkle over the top of the puddings. Combine the stout and 3/4 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to the boil over high heat. Pour over the pudding batter.

Place the ramekins in a baking tray and pour enough boiling water into the tray to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake in the oven for 15–20 minutes, or until risen and firm to the touch. Serve hot with cream or ice cream.

 

With Cranberry Festive Lager …

Cranberry Lemon Grilled Chicken

From Katy’s Kitchen
Serves: 4

Ingredients

1 cup Cranberry Festive Lager
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons honey
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
Cooking spray

Method

Combine first 10 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add chicken; seal and marinate in refrigerator 3 hours, turning bag occasionally.

Remove the chicken from bag; discard marinade.

Fire up the BBQ and heat to medium-high.

Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes on each side or until done.

Serve with fresh vegetables and roasted potatoes.

Enjoy!

 

With Iron Spike Amber …

Amber Ale Beer Hot Sauce

From: The Beeroness

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
5 red jalapenos, stems removed, chopped
2 serrano chilies, stems removed, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, minced
12 oz Iron Spike Amber
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon white sugar

Method

In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking.

Add the jalapenos and Serrano, cook until soft, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.

Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, add the beer and then the remaining ingredients.

Allow to simmer for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Add the blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge until you want to add some heat to your favorite dish or make chicken wings.

 

With Honey Bee’lixer …

Caramel Apple Ale Cake

From: The Beeroness
Serves 6

Ingredients for the caramel layer:

3 tablespoons butter
1 cup white sugar
¼ cup Honey Bee’Lixir
2 tablespoons cream
2 large Granny Smith apples, sliced

Ingredients for the cake layer:

1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 large egg
2/3 cup Honey Bee’Lixir
1/4 cup heavy cream
¼ cup melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Method

Add the butter, white sugar and brown ale to a saucepan over high heat. Stir until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Allow to boil without stirring until dark amber color, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the cream, allow to cool until the bubbling stops.

Arrange the apples slices in a cake pan or deep dish pie pan that has been well greased. Pour the caramel over the apples. In a large bowl stir together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, salt, white sugar and brown sugar. Make a well in the dry ingredients, add the eggs, beer, cream, melted butter and vanilla, stir until just incorporated. Pour batter over apples.

Bake at 325 for 45 minutes or until golden brown and top springs lightly when touched. Wait precisely ten minutes, invert on a serving plate to remove from pan.

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How did you earn your beer today?

Posted by Eva

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
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Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club 
Featuring Sleeping Giant Brewing Company

– September 2014 –

 

One of the great wonders of Canada is the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park in Thunder Bay.  It is a table-topped hill resembling a giant lying on his back.  Ojibway legend has it that Nanabijou, the spirit of the deep sea water, was turned to stone when the location of the local silver mine was disclosed to the white man.

hiphops_largeThis month we venture to T-Bay to introduce you to Sleeping Giant Brewing Company. Their motto is, “How did you earn your beer today?” This is founded with the local 4-season outdoor paradise in mind.  The Giant (park that is) is riddled with trails. “It’s tough but worth every ounce of sweat” describes Kevin Brewer of the Sleeping Giant Brewery team.

Everything they do at the brewery is deeply connected to the community.  The park is captured in the company’s logo, the active outdoor culture is part of their slogan – Earn your beer – it’s all about balance!

In this month’s Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case, you will find:

Found a new fav?

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 (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…
Sleeping Giant Brewing Company

by Éva Nagy

 

sleeping giant brewery logoI had the pleasure of speaking with Kevin Brewer of Sleeping Giant Brewing – now there is a name destined to work in the beer industry!  He began his career by volunteering once a week & now works full-time hours – also read as “overtime” that he completes with pleasure he tells me. He loves his job wearing many hats: from invoicing, working the storefront & making deliveries to everything but brewing.

Kyle Mulligan – aka Kegger – has been brewing beer for 10 years.  He and his wife, Drea, dreamed of having their own brewery.  “They opened at the perfect time when Thunder Bay was a Molson & Labatt kind of town”, Kevin shares.  Growing month by month, we’ve help change all that while picking up momentum throughout Ontario.”

Kevin describes Kyle Mulligan & Drea as kind people who encourage others to try every single beer out there.  They motivate you to try something you haven’t tasted it before.  You never know, it might be your next favourite.

Sleeping Giant Brewing is a small & tight team. Kegger is the head brewer.  Drea manages “money & stuff”.  Matt is general manager while Kevin deals with “really tough questions that no one else has an answer for”, he says with a laugh.  Angus is the production brewer who Kevin tries to scare daily as Angus stands quietly thinking amongst the noise of the brewery.  Let’s just say, Angus does not scare easy.

Make everyone happy with beer

Sleeping Giant Beers in mailboxPlain & simply: they are a very small brewery.  Their advantage lies where bigger companies can’t keep up with the creativity of craft brewers.  Nor can they compete with the sense of community and the love of their customers.  Having that conversation about what they do for a living or on the weekend, and knowing their first or last names forges that connection through beer.

Everyone at the brewery is personable, outgoing and bubbly.  They happily share what they are currently brewing, what will be brewing next and even where to go & what to do in Thunder Bay.

Always go local

Over 25 T Bay restaurants are huge fan often using Sleeping Giant beer in their recipes. The bar at Lincoln University has the beer on tap as well as the local (yet corporate) Moxie’s & The Keg.

What is in a name?

Each beer has a local importance:

Elevator – is named for the grain elevator

360º – has everything to do with the local weather.  One day it is 30ºC and the next it’s 10º & snowing.  It’s Kevin’s favourite logo representing all four seasons with a flower, leaf, snowflake and sun.

Hoppet – an ode to the local Sleeping Giant Ski Loppet

Skullrock – now Silver Island is a skull-shaped rock with eery fog

Armoury – their commemorative beer celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Thunder Bay Armoury

Saison – their anniversary beer.  It’s made with lemon peel & peppercorn and is something very special indeed. 

Drink Superior Beer

Everything is handcrafted using natural ingredients.  They use as much local as possible: water, malt, hops & coffee (Angus’ brother owns the local coffee place).

As beer enthusiasts know, water is an important ingredient in the beer-making process.  Their special water source is Lake Superior.  It provides clean & fresh water with its unique minerality.  Malt is from Canada Malting Company.  As for hops, Kyle has grown his own.

On the horizon… 

They are working full steam ahead brewing beer to keep up after a really busy summer. By October, they will have their canning machine.  They are not yet at full bottling scale but the new 30 barrel fermenter and bright tank should help things along.

Tis the season for a Pumpkin beer….they are patiently awaiting the pumpkins to ripen.  It will be small batch and made full-scale only if everyone enjoys it.  Kegger’s creations rarely disappoint.

How did you earn your beer today?

The folks at Sleeping Giant Brewing Company firmly believe that you need to “earn your beer”.   Whether you challenged yourself at the gym, a day of skiing or activities outdoors, a day at work or a toddler at home … it is all about balance.

So, now the question remains … What have you done today to earn your beer?

 

• Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes •

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

first beer glassElevator Ale

A refreshing wheat beer (typically hazy) with 4.5% ABV (Alcohol by Volume) & 26 IBUs (International Bittering Units).  Serve with a wedge of lemon or an adventurous grapefruit twist.  Just over 50% wheat malt with the balance being 2-row pale ale malt and a small measure of Pilsen malt.

Tasting Notes: Bright golden with pleasant aromas of wheat & citrus.  Locally sourced honey adds sweetness while the Pacific Northwest hops give it balance.

Suggested Food Pairing: honeydew melon, light fish like tilapia, in batter for fish & chips or onion rings (like at Thunder Bay’s The Foundry Pub).  Bring out Elevator’s citrus notes with Oven-Poached Pacific Sole with Lemon Caper Sauce.

360º Ale

This Pale Ale is 5% ABV with 37 IBUs. The style is similar to North American Pale Ale & Amber Ale. Brewed with North American 2-row pale malt & crystal malts (for colour & flavour) & balanced by 3 different hops added at 3 different times during the brewing process.

Tasting Notes:Crystal-clear copper colour. The focus lies within the sweet aromas of wildflower honey, burnt sugar, candied apricot, peach, citrus (tangerine, pink grapefruit) & slight hop bitterness.

Suggested Food Pairing: cheeses, spicy chicken and Indian curry.  Slather Sleeping Giant’s Beer-becue Sauce on veggie kabobs, pork, beef or chicken… it is very versatile!

 

Armoury Ale

Sleeping Giant’s commemorative beer celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Thunder Bay Armoury.  This Scottish Ale-style is 5% ABV with 23 IBUs and created with 5 different malts.

Tasting Notes: Nutty (hazelnut, almond) aromas & flavours along with coffee, burnt sugar/molasses and a hint of smoky earthiness. Malty sweetness in the foreground with wee bit of hop in the background.

Suggested Food Pairings: Grilled steak, planked/pan-seared salmon and roasted/barbecued chicken to match the slight smokiness.  To keep in step with Sleeping Giant Brewing Company’s sense of adventure, consider game meats – duck, venison, lamb, bison.  To enhance this ale’s earthiness, accompany your meal with mushrooms, beets, turnips and potatoes.  A stew or casserole would bring these elements together quite nicely – like Gamekeeper’s Pie.

 

Coffee Vanilla Porter

The brewery created a robust beer with vanilla beans and locally roasted coffee (both added post-fermentation).  This porter is 5.5% ABV.

Tasting Notes: It will be no surprise to you to find aromas & flavours of roasted coffee and vanilla.  You may also discover notes of (burnt) caramel, toffee and a slight fruitiness.

Suggested Food Pairings: Kegger recommends barbecued, roasted or smoked meats and chocolate desserts.  Ooh! I’m thinking gooey brownies.

 

Skullrock Stout

A complex profile resulting from 6 different malts & toasted oats and balanced by a single aromatic English hop addition.  It is 5% ABV with 30 IBUs.

Tasting Notes: Exactly what you want from richly roasted grain – slightly sweet chocolate flavour.  The toasted oats make their appearance as smooth silkiness.  Skullrock will be sure to please stout-lovers and novices alike.

Suggested Food Pairings: blend into truffles and chocolate cake.  Use 1 cup of their Oatmeal Stout in Coffee & Chipotle-Rubbed Steak Kabobs with Stout Molasses Pan Sauce.

 

Hoppet IPA

At 6.5% ABV and 70 IBUs you will notice the refreshing hop bitterness.  The use of Pacific Northwest hops with 4 additions in the kettle as well as dry hopping, ensures that distinctive aroma & flavour.

Tasting Notes: Hazy copper colour with aromas of candied lemondrops, stone fruit & grapefruit pith. Tropical (pineapple), citrus & stone fruit, floral wildflower honey and a hop bitterness that really lingers and cleanses the palate.

Suggested Food Pairings: curry and Thai cuisine.  Try the Outstanding Wings recipe (below) from a long time Savvy friend, Jerry (who is also the VJ at many of our events).

 

#Selfie Saison

A Belgian Farmhouse Ale originally known as lower alcohol (3-3.5%) rustic ales brewed on farms in fall & winter to serve to seasonal farm workers (“les saisonniers”) in the summer.  They were entitled to up to 5 litres per day – they earned their beer!  Modern Saison now are complex with fruity & spicy notes, high carbonation and ranges between 5 to 8% ABV.

Tasting Notes: There is lots going on here!  Aromas full of spices (ginger, peppercorn & cardamom), fruit (pineapple & dried sultana raisins) and an enticing earthiness.  On the palate you will find comfort in biscuit, brioche & rising dough.  Refreshing citrus, lemon pith & peel wakens the Sleeping Giant … I mean, palate.  You may notice it tastes somewhat boozy but I don’t hear anyone complaining.

Suggested Food Pairings: Farmhouse Foods for Farmhouse Ales, right?  Bucking tradition, aromatic Asian & Middle-Eastern dishes would suit the Saison.  Check out the recipe for Grilled Meatloaf Sandwiches.

 

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

 

With Elevator Ale …

Oven-Poached Pacific Sole with Lemon Caper Sauce

From NY Times
Serves 4

Ingredients for the main dish

1 1/2 pounds Pacific sole or flounder fillets
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
1 cup dry white wine (you can also use rosé; the sauce will have a pink hue)

Ingredients for the sauce

1 plump garlic clove, minced or puréed (more to taste)
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and coarsely chopped
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 to 4 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

Method

A fish piccata of sorts, this dish is easy to make and the sauce is perfect for delicate fish like sole or flounder, as well as more robust fish like swordfish.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Oil or butter one or two baking dishes large enough to accommodate the fish fillets in one layer. Lay the fish in the dish(es) and season with salt and pepper.

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a small or medium skillet and add the shallot. Cook, stirring, until tender and translucent, about 3 minutes.

Add the wine to the pan, bring to a boil, and pour the wine and shallots over the fish. Return the skillet to the stove (make sure the heat is off) for later use.

Cover the baking dish with foil and place in the oven. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or 5 minutes for each 1/2 inch of thickness, until the fish is opaque and pulls apart easily with a fork.

While the fish is in the oven, whisk together the garlic, capers, lemon juice and olive oil. You can also mash the garlic in a mortar and pestle and work in the capers, lemon juice and olive oil, though I prefer the capers chopped, even some intact, and not puréed.

When the fish is done remove it from the oven and carefully transfer to a platter or plates. Cover and keep warm. Pour the liquid in the baking dish into the skillet and turn the heat on high. Reduce, stirring often, to about 1/4 cup – it should be thick – and stir in the garlic and caper mixture and the parsley. Whisk together, taste and adjust seasoning, pour over the fish and serve.

 

With 360º Ale…

Sleeping Giant’s Beer-becue Sauce

From Chef Rachel Globensky

Ingredients

1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1-1/2 cups crushed tomatoes (or ketchup, in a pinch)
3/4 cup Sleeping Giant 360º Ale
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon grainy mustard
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pinch cayenne pepper (or more, if you’d like)

Feeling fancy?  You can add any or all of these …

1/2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1/2 tablespoon grated orange zest
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Method

It’s easy peasy!

Throw everything into a blender and whiz around until it’s fairly smooth.  You can use it as a marinade, or as a sauce while you’re grilling veggie kabobs, pork, beef or chicken.  It’ll keep in the fridge for about a week, but I’m betting it won’t last that long!

 

With Armoury Ale …

Gamekeeper’s Pie

Serves 6

Ingredients

50g butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
700g mixed game meat (partridge, pigeon, pheasant, rabbit & hare all work well), deboned and cut into 3cm pieces
300g pack venison sausages (about 6 sausages), removed from their skins
2 tablespoon plain flour
1 tablespoon tomato purée
150ml red wine
500ml chicken or beef stock
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
4 teaspoon thyme leaves, chopped
400g potatoes, cut into chunks
600g mixed root vegetables (use parsnips, celeriac, swede or turnips), cut into chunks
2 tablespoon milk

Method

Heat half the butter and the oil in a large pan, add the onion and carrots, and cook for about 10 mins until soft. Add the game and sausage meat to the pan.

Turn up the heat, squash the meat with the back of your spoon to break it up, and cook for 10 mins until nicely browned.

Stir the flour and tomato purée into the meat, cook for 1 min, then add the wine, stock, sauce, bay and 3 teaspoons thyme. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat, cover with a lid and cook for 1 hour.

Remove the lid and cook for 15 minutes more until the meat is tender and the sauce has thickened.

Put the potatoes and veg in a large pan, cover with water, bring to the boil and cook for 20 minutes until really tender. Drain, leave to steam for 5 minutes, then mash with seasoning, milk and the remaining butter.

Heat oven to 220C. Tip the meat into an ovenproof dish and spoon on the mash. Sprinkle with the remaining thyme and bake for 45 mins until the top is golden and the sauce bubbling.

 

With Skullrock Stout …

Coffee & Chipotle-Rubbed Steak Kabobs with Stout Molasses Pan Sauce

From Serious Eats – Marvin Gapultos
Serves 4-6 as appetizers

Ingredients for the rub

1 tablespoon ground coffee
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon chipotle powder, or other chili powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 boneless rib eye or strip steaks, each about 1-inch thick (about 1 pound total)
1 tablespoon canola oil 

Ingredients for the pan sauce

2 teaspoons flour
1 cup oatmeal stout or chocolate stout beer
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons molasses

Method

To make the rub, combine the coffee, cocoa powder, sugar, chipotle powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Evenly distribute the rub on all sides of the steak, making sure to rub and massage the spices into the meat. Set the meat aside for at least 40 minutes.

Heat the oil in a large cast-iron pan over moderately high heat. When the oil is shimmering and nearly smoking, place the steaks in the pan and cook until brown and crusty, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Steaks should register 125°F on an instant-read thermometer for medium-rare. Remove the steaks from the pan and rest on a cutting board for at least 10 minutes.

To make the pan sauce, pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan. Whisk the flour into the fat in the pan and cook until brown, about 1 minute. Stir in the stout, soy sauce, and molasses and continue to whisk until the sauce is reduced and thickens a bit, 3 to 5 minutes longer. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper. Remove the sauce from the heat.

Cut the rested beef into 1-inch cubes and transfer to a large platter. Drizzle the warm pan sauce over the cubed steaks and serve immediately with toothpicks.

 

With Hoppet IPA …

bbq wingsOutstanding Wings

From the kitchen of our long time Savvy friend Jerry who you will meet at a Savvy Event where he is often VJ-ing spinning vintage vinyl  while enjoying a Canadian wine or craft beer.  Definitely a multi-talented guy!

Jerry’s Notes: some recipes are not written down, but jotted as mine is here.  Try it out & customize as you like to create perfect chicken wings.

Ingredients

Fresh chicken wings (recommended) – split or not, it’s up to you.
Your favorite habanero sauce (my favorite is Chilli Chillis from Manotick)
Canjun mix spice
Dried paprika

Method

Fire up your BBQ to med to med high BBQ.

Place wings on BBQ and brush on habanero sauce of choice.  Sprinkle Cajun and/or paprika directly onto the chicken wings as they are BBQing.  Everything should stick nicely to the sauce.  My wife prefers paprika, I like the Cajun … honestly, but both together work well too.

Let cook for 10 mins or so, flip and repeat.  Once they start to sizzle nicely, brush a bit more sauce on, flip after a minute and do one more brushing.

Et voila!

 

With #Selfie Saison …

Grilled Meatloaf Sandwiches

From Food Network – Farmhouse Rules
12-15 servings

Ingredients for the Meatloaf

1 cup whole milk
3 potato rolls, torn
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
4 celery stalks, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
1 pound ground bison
1 pound lean (90/10) ground pork
1 pound ground veal
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Worcestershire
3 eggs, lightly beaten
Freshly ground black pepper 

Ingredients for the glaze

1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Ingredients for the sandwiches

Canola oil spray, for spraying meat and rolls
12 to 15 onion slider rolls
12 to 15 slices Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
12 to 15 pieces green leaf lettuce
12 to 15 thinly sliced pieces red onion
12 to 15 slices tomato

Method for the meatloaf

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with foil.

In a small bowl, add the milk and bread and set aside. To the bowl of a food processor, add the rosemary, celery, carrots and onions. Pulse until the vegetables are medium chopped, about 15 seconds.

In a large bowl, combine the ground bison, pork and veal. Add in the bread mixture, chopped vegetables, Parmesan, Worcestershire, beaten eggs and some pepper and mix with your hands to combine.

Continue to mix the meat for about 2 minutes or until the seasoning and vegetables are evenly distributed. Place the meatloaf mixture into the lined baking sheet and gently shape into a flat football.

Method for the glaze

In a medium bowl, whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar.

Spread the glaze evenly over the surface of the meatloaf. Bake for 40 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before cutting.

Method for the sandwiches

Preheat a grill to medium high.

Spray the meatloaf pieces with canola spray and place on the grill for 3 minutes per side. Spray the insides of the onion rolls with canola spray and grill for 1 minute per side.

Transfer the grilled meatloaf and rolls to a plate and assemble the sandwiches. Begin with a roll, top with cheese, some mayonnaise, a piece of lettuce and onion and a slice of tomato.

Add a piece of meatloaf and serve immediately.


With Coffee Vanilla Porter …

Chewy Fudgy Homemade Brownies

Serves 4 

Ingredients

1/2 cup (115g) salted butter*
8 ounces (228g) coarsely chopped quality semi-sweet chocolate*
3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (50g) light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons (80g) all-purpose flour (measure this accurately)
2 Tablespoons (11g) unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (180g) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Milk Chocolate Frosting (optional)
1 and 3/4 cups (210g) confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup (22g) unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 Tablespoons (30ml) heavy cream or half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
salt, to taste

Method

Melt the butter and chopped chocolate in a medium saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Or melt in a medium microwave safe bowl in 20 second increments, stirring after each, in the microwave.

Remove from the heat, pour into a large mixing bowl, and allow to slightly cool for 10 minutes.

Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line the bottom and sides of a 9×9 inch square baking pan* with aluminium foil, leaving an overhand on all sides. Set aside.

Whisk the granulated and brown sugars into the cooled chocolate/butter mixture. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until smooth after each addition. Whisk in the vanilla. Gently fold in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Once combined, fold in the chocolate chips.

Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 35-36 minutes or until the brownies begin to pull away from the edges of the pan. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out with only a few moist crumbs when the brownies are done.

All ovens are different, so keep an eye on them after 30 minutes and use the toothpick test to see when yours are finished.

Allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan set on a wire rack. Once cooled, lift the foil out of the pan using the overhang on the sides and cut into squares.

For neat squares, I use a very sharp knife and wipe it clean with a paper towel after each cut.

For the optional frosting

Sift together the confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder making sure that there are no lumps. Set aside. With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy – about 2 minutes.

Gradually add the sifted sugar/cocoa powder alternately with the heavy cream and vanilla. Beat on low speed after each addition. Once all added, beat on high speed until creamy and combined for at least 2 minutes. Add a pinch of salt if frosting is too sweet.

Frost the brownies before or after cutting into squares, whichever you prefer.

The brownies will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week. Unfrosted brownies freeze well, up to 2 months.

Baker’s Notes:
I love to use salted butter here. If you choose to use unsalted, don’t increase the salt in the recipe. I find that there is no noticeable taste difference between using salted and unsalted butter in this particular recipe.

I typically use Baker’s, Ghirardelli, or Trader Joes chocolate. Try using bittersweet chocolate for a deeper, darker flavor.

You may use an 11×7 inch baking pan instead – the bake time is about 35-40 minutes.

 

Cheers & Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops!

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Oktoberfest Countdown from Munich to Ottawa

Posted by Debbie

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

Drink Beer from Barhaven to Vankleek Hill…and beyond

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

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

bigrig_logo-150x150Big Rig Rideau Red

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

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

kichesippi beer co logoKichesippi Beer Co. Heller Highwater

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

Does life really get any better than this?

Beers worth a roadtrip…

 

Perth Brewering signPerth Brewery Oatmeal Stout

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

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

Barley Days logoBarley Days Pumpkin Saison of the Witch

This beaut is only available at Barley Days Brewery in Picton during autumn. During the height of harvest, friends and family parade across the road to the neighbouring farmers market to collect over 400lbs of pumpkins to be used in the recipe in order to create a batch of 4000L of this specialty beer.

Imagine how many trips across the road it takes to make that beer! (sounds like a ‘how many times did the brewmaster cross the road’ joke is coming on!).  As Prince Edward County’s only brewery, plan a getaway to stop in at Barley Days and then visit the 30+ wineries along the way…

Ontario craft beers –  delivered to your door!

Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club

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

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

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

Prost!

Enjoy all those Oktoberfests in your neighborhood

 

 

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Beer making with adventure at Perth Brewery

Posted by Debbie

Monday, September 1st, 2014
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Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club 
Featuring Perth Brewery

– August 2014 –

 

Summer is far from over even though many signs are popping up that fall is in the air. This month’s Savvy Hip Hops brings you an assortment of brews to crack open & enjoy the last of the lazy days of summer.

Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month clubWe are excited to introduce you to Perth Brewery this month with 8 different beers in the 2-4 that has landed at your doorstep. This little known brewery is certainly making a big impact as just this past weekend they were named Top Brewery at the National Capital Beer Festival 2014 in Ottawa.

This month our Savvy Brew Crew member Meaghan Baskin chatted with Jeremy Steeves, owner of Perth Brewery to learn more about this local, family operated brewery and their beers. Most of Jeremy’s life has been dedicated to the brewery and the business, as his father, Terry, opened the brewery in 1993. The passion and pride that Jeremy exudes is contagious as he tells you about the brewery and how they have grown (and are still growing).Perth Brewering cans

From refreshing lagers to full flavoured ales, and the ability to make your very own on their premise, Perth Brewery has a beer for newbies and seasoned pros. With the brewery growing each year, expect even more brews to pop up and join the impressive selection they already boast.

So, grab a can and read on to learn more about Jeremy and the team at Perth Brewery!

Open your Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case…

Honey Lager
Euro Pilsner
Cream Ale
Easy Amber
Black Lager
Hopside IPA
Budbuster IPA
Wheelhouse Dark
Oatmeal Stout

Found a new fav?

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 (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

 

Introducing…
Perth Brewery

 

by Meaghan Baskin

 All in the family

To say that Perth Brewery is family, is an understatement. Shortly after being established in 1993 by Terry Steeves, his son Jeremy took to the brewery life starting while he was in high school. Jump to 2014 and Jeremy is now the owner and manager while Terry’s girlfriend Kathy and her friends are now also involved in the operations of the brewery. With the fifth major expansion to the brewery underway, more family and friends will begin to call the brewery home.

Perth Brewery hops and glassesWhen Perth Brewery first opened their doors, the focus was on allowing customers to customize and package their own beers. With all the renovations taking place, there has been a shift towards changing people’s perceptions of what the brewery does and introducing them to a world of “serious brewing”.  Customers can still make their own special brews, but more are choosing to try the brewery’s selections, learn more about the beers and their brewing process. The expansions have seen the brewery grow from 1800 sq. feet to 10,000 sq. feet and will now include an expanded retail shop and a tasting bar.

They did what?!?

It’s safe to say that you’ll be seeing and hearing more about Perth Brewery. Jeremy has big plans, ideas and a sense of adventure when it comes to beer making.  They have collaborated with Temple’s Sugar Bush to make a Maple Ale that is available year-round at the sugar bush.

At the Perth Garlic Festival, the brewery made a special one-time beer called Garlic Breath, with… yes locally grown garlic! Perhaps not a beer for everyone, but the adventurous and curious alike gave it a shot, and made the brewery’s booth a must see at this summer festival.

And it does not end at that. There’s talk of a banana & chocolate porter, a root beer, a hemp beer, an apple ale and a pumpkin beer too.  “These creations will be made with ingredients as local as I possibly can get my hands on,” says Jeremy.

A place for everyone

With all their recent growth, Perth is a small town and definitely has that ‘small town feel’. Locals regularly pop in to visit the brewery & are on a first name basis with those who work at the brewery. Both brewery employees and customers alike interact at the brewery and around town as if they have been long-time friends.

Perth Brewering chalkboardAnd the word is getting out about this friendly place. Located right off Highway 7, it’s even busier these days with crowds of cottagers passing through. Added to that, the brewery is involved in as many local events as possible, including this past weekend’s National Capital Craft Beer FestivalThe brewery was recently mentioned in The Globe & Mail’s ‘Best of Ontario- Eastern Ontario’s Top Breweries’.

Stay tuned…

In 21 years, Perth Brewery has accomplished what some breweries could only hope for. With many great ideas in the works, it’s only a matter of time before they achieve more. When asked about his favourite beer at the brewery, Jeremy couldn’t pick just one. “Different situations call for different beers” is how he replied. With many to choose from in your Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case, grab one & say cheers to Perth Brewery!

Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case!

 

 

• Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes •

New brews are popping up all the time at Perth Brewery. In this month’s Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case are some of their signature (and favourite) flavours.

The beers are in order of lightest to fullest body, but feel free to try them as you see fit! Meaghan shares her notes about each beer, along with her picks on what to serve…and some fun recipes too!

Perth Brewery Honey LagerHoney Lager (5% alc.)

A light, easy drinking beer, this beer is best paired with everything about summer…friends, BBQs, lake side dock…and the list goes on!

Tasting Notes: The sweet honey aroma is the first thing you will notice about this beer. It also has nice aromas of malt, sweet cereal, and dried banana. Honey is certainly the major flavour, followed by sweet cereal and malt. A short finish, with tastes of lingering honey.

Suggested Food Pairing: This beer would go nicely with picnic fare, pub foods and roasted white meats.

 

Euro (European Style Pilsner, 5% alc.)

With mild hop and malt flavours, this European style pilsner has 28 IBUs and is a refreshing choice in the summer or any time of the year.

Tasting Notes: A lovely aroma of stone fruit and cereal. It tastes of toasted cereal, light straw, and is extremely refreshing and crisp. It has a medium/short finish with lingering tastes of bitter hops.

Suggested Food Pairing: This beer is also very food friendly and would match well with roasted meats and Asian cuisine.


Cream Ale (5% alc.)

A classic beer style, this cream ale is crisp and clean, with a golden amber colour.

Tasting Notes: Pear, cereal and malt are all present in the aroma. Flavours of oatmeal, cereal, sweet corn and a touch of tropical fruits are noticeable in this brew. The finish is medium, with a lingering taste of slight bitter hops, and has a nice creamy mouthfeel.

 Suggested Food Pairings: Enjoy with chicken, fresh fish, salads & light nutty cheeses

 

Perth Brewery Easy AmberEasy Amber (Red Ale, 5% alc.)

A well-balanced, smooth and easy drinking red ale at 20 IBUs, this beer is great for someone looking for a bit more flavour while still being refreshing.

Tasting Notes:Overwhelming butterscotch aromas, followed by caramel and a light floral scent are a pleasant surprise. Flavours of roasted coffee, toffee and butterscotch candy in the initial taste, and also noticeable in the medium length finish.

Suggested Food Pairings:Roasted meats and poultry would be excellent with this beer, as well as fruity mild cheeses and grilled vegetables.

 

Black Lager (Dark Lager, 5% alc.)

At 20 IBUs, this lager is surprisingly light and easy drinking. It’s a good choice for someone interested in learning more about the versatility of dark beers.

Tasting Notes:Lovely sweet aromas of toffee, molasses, black plum and coffee are found in this beer. A smoky flavour is the first taste you’ll notice, followed by coffee and raisin. The finish is short and leaves your mouth with a sweet smokiness.

Suggested Food Pairings: A hearty pot roast, burritos, or even creamy potato salad would do the trick!

 

Perth Brewery Hopside IPAHopside IPA (American Style India Pale Ale, 5.5% alc.)

Coming in at 50 IBUs, this beer is for any hop-head and anyone else learning the magic of the IPA. Golden in colour, fruity and floral in flavour; just a wonderful beer

Tasting Notes: Strong aromas of pink grapefruit hit you right away, followed by other notes of citrus and floral. The flavour is very similar to that of the aromas; strong grapefruit, with bitter lemon/lime/citrus. The finish is long, with notes of grapefruit.

Suggested Food Pairings: Classic IPA pairings are spicy cuisine, so think spicy Mexican dishes, Thai or Indian curries. 

 

Budbuster IPA (Double India Pale Ale, 6.5% alc.)

A step up from Hopside, this double IPA is for the seasoned hophead! At 105 IBUs, this is a full flavour, hop intense brew.

Tasting Notes: Interesting aromas of chocolate, tropical fruits/banana, and the usual suspect of citrus/grapefruit. The flavour is a sweet floral, with lots of notes of bitter citrus. A nice long finish, with a fantastic citrus taste.

Suggested Food Pairings: Similar to the Hopside IPA, spicy foods would pair nicely, or salty cured meats, grilled or sauced meats, and strong cheeses.

 

Perth Brewery Wheelhouse DarkWheelhouse Dark (Dark Ale, 5% alc.)

A deep, rich dark ale at 35 IBUs, this dark ale has a bit more hop flavour and is a good choice for the start, middle or end to your day! 

Tasting Notes: Lovely aromas of coffee straight away, followed by prunes and raisins. The flavour is rich and smoky, with tastes of roasted coffee, toast and dark chocolate. A medium finish that leaves your mouth with a creamy, rich feeling and flavours of coffee.

Suggested Food Pairings: This beer calls for hearty foods like grilled meats, sausage, smoked salmon and roast pork.

 

Perth Brewery Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout (Stout, 5.5% alc.)

This full-bodied beer is brewed using real oatmeal, and has a rich roasted barley profile. At 60 IBUs, there is some hop to this beer, and would definitely be a good choice for a night cap!

Tasting Notes:Strong aromas of coffee and vanilla right away, with chocolate and cigar notes following. Rich and flavourful tastes of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, breakfast cereal and slight smoke leave your mouth with a long finish with lingering tastes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. 

Suggested Food Pairings: Rich and spicy foods would do nicely with this beer. Try barbecued meats, Mexican mole sauce, or Szechwan dishes. Even a chocolate espresso cake or cream puffs would be a nice treat with this rich beer.

 

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

 

With Hopside IPA…

IPA, Gin &  Grapefruit Cocktail

Drink Craft Beer Gin & Grapefruit CocktailFrom Drink Craft Beer
For one cocktail

Ingredients

1 part Gin (a low juniper gin, preferably)
1 part grapefruit juice to 2 parts Perth Brewery Hopside IPA
1 tsp simple syrup (adjust to taste if you prefer a sweeter drink)
Sprig of mint
Wedge of grapefruit

Photo at right is made with different products, yet shows off the final cocktail as a piece de resistance!
Source: Drink Craft Beer web site

Method

Shake gin, juice and simple with ice.

Pour into glass and top with beer.

Add sprig of month and wedge of grapefruit to the glass.

 

With Wheelhouse Dark Ale…

Beef Stew with Dark Ale

From The Food Network

Ingredients

10 oz double smoked bacon, cut into 3/4 x 1/2-inch pieces
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 ½ lb. beef, chuck, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 Tbsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion, sliced
½ lb. cremini mushrooms, quartered
1 large carrot, diced large
2 stalks celery, diced large
4 clove garlic, minced
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced large
1 Tbsp molasses
½ tsp caraway seeds
½ tsp paprika
1 tsp mustard seeds
Coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
1 can Perth Brewery Wheelhouse Dark Ale
2 cup beef stock
Fresh chives, for garnish (optional)

Method

Heat a Dutch oven or medium stock pot over high heat and add the bacon. Render the fat and cook until the bacon is crispy, about 7 minutes. Remove the bacon and drain. Reserve.

Coat the beef with the flour, salt and pepper. Brown the beef in the bacon fat on all sides, being careful that the meat doesn’t scorch. Remove from pot. Reserve.

Use the same pot, reduce the heat to medium and add the vegetable oil. Add the onion, cremini mushrooms, carrot, celery and garlic. Use a splash of beer to deglaze the pot. Loosen and scrape all the brown bits sticking to the bottom of the pot. Sauté the vegetables for 4 minutes or until the vegetables brown and begin to soften.

Add the molasses, caraway seeds, paprika, mustard seeds and salt and pepper. Return the bacon and beef to the pot. Add the beer and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer and partially cover the pot.

Occasionally skim the foam from the top of the stew. After 45 minutes of cooking time, add the potatoes. Continue cooking stew for another 45 minutes or until the beef is tender and the potatoes are fork tender. Garnish with fresh chives and serve.
 

 

With Honey Lager…

Classic Beer Can Chicken

From About Beer
Serves 4

Ingredients 

1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds)
1 can Perth Brewery Honey Lager (room temperature)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed
Juice of 1 lemon

Ingredients for the Rub 

1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ground
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

Method

Combine all rub ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.

Remove giblets and the neck from chicken. Sprinkle all over with rub, including cavity. Open can of beer and discard half of it.

Place, minced garlic, rosemary, thyme, lemon juice, and pepper flakes in it. Make sure to pierce two more holes on the top of beer can. Place chicken on top of can.

Preheat grill for a medium heat. Place birds on grill balanced by the beer cans.

Grill over indirect medium heat for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until internal temperature of thigh is 180 degrees.

Remove chicken when finished cooking and let sit (with beer can still intact), for 10 minutes before carving.

 

Cheers & Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops!

 

 

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Big Rig keeps getting bigger

Posted by Katy

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
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Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club 
Featuring Big Rig Brewery

– June 2014 –

 

In case you missed the ‘News Flash’ June 13-21 was the 4th annual Ontario Craft Beer Week & we did our part to celebrate by including this month’s Savvy Hip Hops delivery during the week-long province wide celebration.  Added to that, the Savvy Brew Crew wanted to make sure that you were well stocked for Canada Day weekend too!

Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month clubWe are constantly amazed how quickly the craft beer industry is growing in Ontario. Case in point, when OCB Week was launched in June 2010, there were 25 craft brewers featured at 110 events. Now in its fourth year, this week features over 30 craft brewers up and down the province and boasts over 150 events.  Now that is one celebration!

Big Rig Lon and KatyAlso in June, FIFA World Cup kicked off & there is a buzz everywhere – and we are not talking about the annoying sound of the South African Vuvuzela!  This buzz is definitely apparent when you walk into the Big Rig Brewery & Restaurant in Ottawa.  When Savvy Brew Crew member Katy Watts (left) & I met with Big Rig’s brewmaster Lon Ladell (right) for lunch, the buzz got louder & louder as soccer fanatics filled the pub to watch the game & have a pint with lunch.  If you haven’t been to the pub, stop in & be sure to ask for Lon. He loves the Savvy Hip Hops & is eager to meet all of you who are being introduced to his brews.

In this month’s Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case, you will find two ‘bomber’ bottles of each:

Iron Arse Ale –especially made brew to fundraise for RIDE for DAD
Big Rig Session India Pale Ale
Big Rig Black India Pale Ale
Big Rig Belgian Blonde
Big Rig Gold – their signature beer
Big Rig Rideau Red

Need more Big Rig?

bigrig_logo-150x150If 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 (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…
Big Rig Brewery

by Katy Watts

Ottawa’s West End isn’t exactly known for its beer, in fact, it really isn’t known for much outside of fast food chains and a certain Swedish furniture store…you know Canada’s largest IKEA. That all changed in 2012 though, when the skeleton of a long defunct steakhouse was torn down to make room for a brewpub rumoured to be backed by an NHL player. As the brewpub was built (and I know as I live nearby) and commuters waiting in traffic got a bird’s eye view of stainless steel tanks being lifted in place, the mystery started to unfold.

Starting with Stars

Chris Phillips Big RigWith any new business venture, Big Rig collected superstars in their own respective fields. The headliner is defenceman Chris “Big Rig” Phillips, top pick in the 1996 NHL draft and alternate captain of the Ottawa Senators. The nickname “Big Rig” was given to him by his teammates since he hails from the oilsands town of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Supporting him are experienced restaurateurs Jimmy Zourntos and Angelis Koutsos of the Baton Rouge chain and Pierre Cleroux, co-founder of Ottawa’s Clocktower Brewpub. Of course, a brewpub wouldn’t be complete without an experienced brewmaster, filling that role is Lon Ladell.

From Milk to Beer…

During my interview at the corner seat of the bar, Lon & I chatted over the roar of soccer fans & TVs.  Lon originally hails from British Columbia where he worked in the dairy industry before discovering 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.

Big Rig Lon LadellLon told me that interestingly, Victoria has become synonymous with the growth of craft beer in Canada, “Half of craft beer made in Victoria is consumed in Victoria”. In a short year, his volunteering turned into a full time job as he took the reins and brewed his first batch of Mitchell’s Extra Special Bitter.

15 years and over 3,500 commercial brews later, 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. While Ottawa may not have had the craft beer community that his former home had, things were starting to change. When Big Rig opened its doors and tapped their first keg they were welcomed with opened arms and empty glasses.

SRide for Dad logoince then Lon and his brew team have been well rewarded for their brews, both by official award ceremonies and by the locals who don’t hesitate to tell him what they think.

Lon is very excited to have won gold for Big Rig’s Black IPA at the 14th annual Canadian Brewing Awards.  “This is a big deal”, exclaims Lon with a big smile.

More cool deets about one cool dude

OCB recently spotlighted Lon, here’s some backstory clips to share with you:

What is your preferred beer style?
Obviously I have a great love for so many styles but I would the first one that I will always gravitate towards is a Schwarzbier – A black as night German Lager.

If you were to die & come back as a beer, what would it be?
Scotch ale for sure… full bodied, amber & you get a little surly after a few.

Breaking Beer News!

Now Big Rig is expanding their production by opening a brewery and tasting room in Kanata (10 minutes from the original brewery site) that will handle the demand for their brews at the brewpub, events and the LCBO. Debbie has visited this location that is currently under construction and she reports that “This place is HUGE!” Stay tuned for announcements of Savvy Hip Hops events that will be hosted here once the dust settles (literally!).

Lons Lab Big Rig Brewery-121Lon explains that the new facility will decrease the strain on the small 10 barrel brewing system that we have now.  We make a lot of beer in such small confines (known as Lon’s Lab).  “This will be the spot where I will play with different flavours and styles, while the signature beers will be made at the new facility.”

This is great news for Big Rig & for the Ottawa beer scene.

We raise a glass to Lon & the Big Rig team! 

 

• Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes •

Katy shares her notes about each beer, along with her picks on what to serve … and some fun recipes too.

Big Rig Gold

At 5% ABV and 20 International Bitterness Units (IBU) this smooth beer with crisp hop finish is perfectly paired with watching the game.

Tasting Notes: Big Rig’s flagship beer made with a blend of Canadian and German malts has a smooth mild body with subtle grain flavour and herbal spice thanks to a dose of German hops.

Suggested Food Pairing: Balanced malt sweetness and crisp hops lends this beer to pair well with a variety of different foods, especially those with a sweet and spicy contrast. Try this with red thai chili wings, jalapeño salsa or nachos…or Katy’s pizza recipe (on the next pages)

 

Big Rig Rideau Red

Crystal malts are used to create the sweet, malt backbone and the unique amber colouring of this brew. Floral hops are then added at the wort boil lending some hop bitterness while still letting the malt profile shine – 5.2% ABV, 18 IBU.

Tasting Notes: There’s a pleasant aroma of sweet malt and caramel that carries on to the flavour. Crisp hop bitterness lingers at the end, not overwhelming, but just enough to keep the malt profile from being cloying.

Suggested Food Pairing: Spiced and smoked foods love the sweet caramel notes and citrus aromas of this smooth brew. Make a pot of your favourite chili, grill some chicken breasts with sticky sauce or slow cook a pork shoulder.

 

Iron Arse Ale

This 5.2% ABV Amber Ale is brewed annually to support Ride for Dad, a series of motorcycle rides taking place across the country to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research. It’s a cause close to Lon’s heart as his wife’s father and both his father and stepfather were diagnosed with the disease.

Tasting Notes: In one word…Balanced. Sweet bready malts mingle with grassy, lightly bitter hops and a crisp carbonation. This is a wonderfully sessionable beer meant to be enjoyed at the end of a long ride.

Suggested Food Pairing:  Lon declares,“Anything off the BBQ slathered with Iron Arse BBQ Sauce”

 

Session India Pale Ale

This is the beer made for long summer days! Full hop flavour, but at a lower alcohol percentage – 4.8% ABV.

Tasting Notes: Brewed with a solid Canadian malt base and loaded with addition after addition of Citra hops this brew is over the top fruit and tropical flavours – peach, lychee, citrus.

Suggested Food Pairing: The big hop flavour in this beer craves Indian spices like coriander, cumin and cardamom. Pair this with Indian Butter Chicken (Katy’s recipe follows) to cut through the spice and refresh your palate so you can dig in for another taste. 

 

Black India Pale Ale

This is the gold award winning Black IPA, also known as a Cascadian Dark Ale, borrows the malt profile of a stout or porter and pairs it with the aggressive hoppiness of an India Pale Ale. The result is a deliciously complicated beer that you’ll have to sample a few times to make sure you’ve found all of the flavours.

Tasting Notes: At first taste this seems like a stout; roasted flavors of malt and coffee mingle with dark cocoa, but then the bittering tropical Galaxy hops hit and wipe away whatever misconceptions there were. The finish is dry with lingering roast, but that only makes taking another sip that much more appealing.

Suggested Food Pairing: The strong malt and hop profile of this brew needs strong flavours to match. For cheeses, think of extra old cheddar; for food think of a juicy burger cooked on the grill. Or, combine the two with Katy’s ‘Juicy Lucy’ recipe that follows.

 

Belgian Blonde

Originally brewed to appeal to European Pilsner drinkers, this style offers some Belgian complexity while still being light and easy to drink.

Tasting Notes: Sweet pils malt and earthy hops are the background for the Belgian yeast to shine. Notes of citrus esthers and spicy clove phenols pair well with the wonderfully lively carbonation making it easy to drink, but packed with flavour.

Suggested Food Pairing: Serve as an aperitif or pair with light salads or a cheese plate with white rind cheeses like Camebert, Brie or Brillat-Savarin….and watch the World Cup of course!

 

• Recipes to enjoy with the featured Savvy Hip Hops •

With Big Rig Gold …

Beer Infused Pizza Dough

Big Rig Beer Pizza DoughFrom Katy’s Kitchen
www.shelteredgirlmeetsworld.com
Yield: 2 crusts

Ingredients

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons instant yeast (or use traditional yeast, follow directions & proof before heading to step 2)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups room-temperature Big Rig Gold (very important, it can’t be cold)

Method

Preheat the oven to 450°F.  If using a pizza stone, spread a handful of cornmeal on the top before placing it on the lower rack.

Combine and knead all of the ingredients (your preference, mixer or by hand) until the dough is combined and smooth.  Add additional flour if needed.

Cover the dough and let rise for 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Divide the dough in half and do your best to create a pizza shape (or your best interpretation of a pizza shape).

If you’re a pizza pro and using a paddle to transfer your pizza to and from the oven (a good investment, $5 at a restaurant supply store) spread another handful of corn meal on the top of the paddle and place the pizza on top.  If you’re not using a pizza stone or paddle, place the dough on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake pizzas for 5 minutes, remove from the oven and add toppings.  If you’re a pizza pro you’ll try to match the toppings to the beer used in the dough – IPA for a meaty tomato sauce combination, brown ale with a margherita and a pumpkin with a sweet caramel onion and bacon combination.

Bake for another 15 minutes – until the bottom is crisp and the cheese is bubbly.

Remove from the oven, slice and serve with a beer. And hide leftovers from significant other!

 

With Big Rig Black India Pale Ale…

Juicy Lucy (Stuffed Cheddar Burger)

Juicy Lucy Cheddar stuff burgerFrom Katy’s Kitchen
www.shelteredgirlmeetsworld.com
Yield: 6 medium sized burgers

Ingredients

4.5 lbs beef short rib
2 cups shredded old cheddar –  with more for “sampling” while you cook!
½ tsp garlic salt
1 T Worcester sauce
Salt, pepper

Method

Meat – whether you grind it yourself or buy pre-ground meat, make sure it’s top quality!  If you use beef short ribs, I was able to make 6 medium sized burgers from 4lbs of short ribs (bone included in weight).

Separate meat from bones then cube meat & grind.

Season with your favourite burger seasonings – I used salt, pepper, garlic salt and Worcester sauce.  Form thin patties and layer generous heaping of cheese in the middle of patty.

Place another thin patty on top and seal both patties together to create a flying saucer, put on the grill & VOILA!

Your choice to warn friends of the molten cheese that awaits them inside the burger. 

 

With Big Rig Session India Pale Ale…

Butter Chicken

From Katy’s Kitchen
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

250 gm of boneless chicken, cubed
2 onions, minced
1 tomato, pureed
1 tbsp of tomato paste or sauce
1 tbsp of butter, ghee, or oil
1 tsp of minced garlic
1 tsp of minced ginger
2 tsp of coriander powder
1 tsp of chilli powder (use Kashmiri chilli powder for better results)
1 tsp of garam masala or chicken masala
1 large pinch of kasuri methi / dried fenugreek leaves
1 cup of milk
3 tbsp of cream or pureed cashew paste (soak and grind cashew nuts)
1-2 tsp salt (adjust to taste)
1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
1 small bunch of coriander leaves / cilantro, for garnish

Method:

Heat the butter in a pan and add the minced onions. Fry until golden brown.

Add the ginger, garlic, coriander, chilli powder, turmeric, and salt. Fry for a minute until fragrant.

Add the pureed tomato and tomato paste and cook for 3-4 mins until the mixture bubbles uniformly.

Throw in the kasuri methi, milk, and the cubed chicken. Cook covered for 8-10 mins until the chicken is soft. The chicken will let out more water, just check once or twice in between and give the curry a stir.

When the chicken is cooked, open the lid and cook for .a further minute or two. If the gravy is too thick, add some water at this stage

When done, add the garam masala or chicken masala and the cream or cashew paste. Give it a good stir, but don’t let it boil.

Adjust salt, garnish with the coriander leaves, and remove from fire.

 

Cheers & Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops!

 

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Kichesippi – Once a roaring river, now a busy brewery!

Posted by Eva

Monday, June 9th, 2014
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Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club 
Featuring Kichesippi Beer

– May 2014 –

 

The Savvy Brew Crew can’t believe the high fives & rave reviews we have been receiving since launching Savvy Hip Hops  just a few months ago. A BIG thanks to our suds-cribers!

hiphops_largeThis month features Kichesippi Beer, a unique craft brewery located in the heart of Ottawa. What exactly does Kichesippi mean? By definition it is ‘The Great River’ during the time of 1855 when the City of Ottawa was founded. Prior to that era, the river running through it was known as ‘Kichesippi’.  Owner Paul Meek with his wife Kelly – integrates the regional community heritage into their beers. There is an Ottawa based story for everything about the brewery & its beers.  When you meet Paul or anyone from Kichesippi, ask them about ‘Wuchak’ series of beers (brands: Black, Polaris, Throwback & UK).  What is a ‘Wuchak’, you ask? It is the Algonquian name for “woodchuck”.

Our Savvy Brew Crew member, Éva Nagy, first visited the brewery when she was a ‘student of beer’ during the time she enrolled in The Beer Course (part of Algonquin College’s Sommelier program). The brewery had just opened its doors.  Part of their ‘field trip’ was a brewery tour that brought all her learned textbook theory bursting to life. “Quite a few new beers have been introduced since that time & I must taste them all!”, she notes with glee & a laugh.

In this month’s Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case…

…are all of the beers that are currently available in tanks at Kichesippi:

Kichesippi Natural Blonde: A Pale Ale
Kichesippi 1855: Amber Ale
Heller Highwater: Helles (German-style Lager)

Found a new fav?

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 (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…

Kichesippi Beer Company

by Éva Nagy

Kichesippi beer low resIt all began in a nondescript warehouse that housed the former Heritage Brewing Company. At first, Kichesippi contracted all of their brewing to Heritage (they just brewed Natural Blonde at that time). When Heritage’s owners were ready to retire, Paul Meek stepped in to take over the brewery & made it the home for Kichesippi Beer Company. As a long time Savvy friend (Paul had worked in the wine world as well), we raise a glass & celebrate with him & his team each April – the anniversary of their business.  Paul remarks how easy all of this has come together for him since he started a mere five years ago.

Paul, had worked with larger breweries as well as small importers. Being in ‘the beer biz’ since his university days, it became clear to him that in Ottawa there was a desire for imported craft beer.  Peculiar was the name of the strong English ale from the Halifax-based Granite Brewery that was his inspiration for his own brewery. He had the confidence & his family’s support to forge out on his own & make a go of making local craft beer.  Now, Paul (and his family) don’t have the time to look back! The brewery is constantly growing & receiving accolades for their business and their beers.

100% family

For Paul, it’s all about family. The key motivation for their family-owned brewery is his wife Kelly & 14 year-old son Alexander. In fact, it is Alexander who designs the bottle caps & gets involved in being one of the lead ‘developers’ to create the recipe for Harvey & Vern’s Old Fashioned Sodas (cream soda, root beer & ginger beer). It has become another success story.

Paul’s focus is to bring balance with flavours & aromas to each of his beer styles. He receives his supply of Polaris hops directly from the farmers in Germany. He prides himself on being their largest contractor. It is these hops that bring that refreshing bitterness to Wuchak Polaris (at 61 IBUs).

Paul Meek - pouringPaul has seen tremendous growth in the Ottawa market. Not so long ago, there were only two breweries in the city: Kichesippi & Clocktower Brew Pub. Paul commends his fellow craft brewers for being courageous & trying new things. Now Ottawa boasts upwards to 10 craft breweries…and counting.

“We are the biggest of smalls in the city”, explains Paul, meaning that they are a fully functioning facility including stills, bottling & canning lines. This comes with a steep learning curve for supplies needed for making beer from grain to glass. “We even have a forklift”, he laughs. (Apparently that is an industry sign of size!)  They’re the first  in Eastern Ontario to package their beer – Heller Highwater – in a can. And our Savvy Hip Hops suds-cribers are the first to receive the cans that were just launched last week.

Kichesippi has a friendly atmosphere & loyal customer following. One day, a regular customer & former security professional, heard Paul in discussion with staff about a drink called ‘lemon squash’. Well didn’t this customer return from his trip to Australia & drop by the brewery with a bottle of lemon squash in hand for Paul & his crew. WOW!

What?!?! The brewery is closed?

Once a month, Kichesippi is shut down for Pizza Friday. Family & brewery staff can relax & enjoy some ‘zas with beer … and not their own beer. Paul wants his team to enjoy each other’s company along with spending time learning about the local craft beer world – together.

What’s next?

Paul will mark the brewery’s 5th anniversary with a new & special brew. Despite my nudging, the only hint he would give is that it will be “unique to our market”.

We raise a glass to the Kichesippi team!

 

• Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes •

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

Kichesippi Natural Blonde

Kichesippi BlondeA golden pale ale with 4.9% ABV (Alcohol by Volume) & 30 IBUs (International Bittering Units). IBU scales attempt to rate the perceived relative bitterness of beer provided by the hops used during the brewing process.

Tasting Notes: Golden in colour with aromas of citrus, tropical & stone fruit (think apricot & peach), light toasty malt, soft honey-like sweetness and grain. The flavours are rich & balanced with refreshing bitterness & minerality. It’s finishes slightly sweet then transforms quickly to crisp & clean.

Suggested Food Pairing: This hoppy pale ale would accompany spicy butter chicken, mango chutney & jasmine rice with ease.

 

Kichesippi 1855

1855This amber ale is 5.1% ABV with 31 IBUs. 1855 refers to the year the City of Ottawa was founded.

Tasting Notes: Copper in colour with malty, fragrant floral hops, demerara sugar & coffee aromas. Flavours range from smoke, yeasty bread, rich chocolate & toasty notes to hop oil bitterness & grapefruit. The finish is reminiscent of soya sauce inviting you back in for yet another sip.

Suggested Food Pairing: A balanced amber ale such as this would be a perfect match for your appetizer cheese course of aged Manchego, sharp cheeses, mixed nuts & fruit jams. Yes, beer & cheese for it’s no longer all about wine & cheese!

 

Heller Highwater

HellerHighwaterHelles is a Bavarian lager using German Noble Hops. Hell is the German adjective for “light,” while Helles is a noun used in the sense of “a light one.” When brewed to perfection it highlights subtle, rich, elegant maltiness & lingering noble hoppiness.

Tasting Notes: It lives true to its meaning of “light one” with its clear gold brightness. Enticing aromas of grain/wheat, wildflower honey & noble hops. The flavours follow suit adding peaches & cream corn and grassy notes to the aromas.

Suggested Food Pairings: Grilled bratwurst with Dijon mustard & sauerkraut is a classic match for this crisp & refreshing German-style lager.

 

 

• Recipes to enjoy with the featured Savvy Hip Hops •

 

With Kichesippi Natural Blonde …

Spicy Butter Chicken, Mango Chutney & Jasmine Rice

From: allrecipes.com
Serves 6

Ingredients

1 cup butter, divided
1 onion, minced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
3 cups heavy cream
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized chunks
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons tandoori masala

Method

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic, and cook slowly until the onion caramelizes to a dark brown, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile melt the remaining butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat along with the tomato sauce, heavy cream, salt, cayenne pepper, and garam masala.

Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low; cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then stir in caramelized onions.

While the sauce is simmering, toss cubed chicken breast with vegetable oil until coated, then season with tandoori masala and spread out onto a baking sheet.

Bake chicken in preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 12 minutes. Once done, add the chicken to the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes before serving.

Serve with Jasmine rice (also known as Thai fragrant rice) – a long grain variety of rice with a nutty aroma and a spoonful of Mango Chutney (we found a good recipe on The Daring Gourmet)

 

With Kichesippi 1855 …

A Cheese course

1855 is a food friendly beer, yet when we asked the Kichesippi team and the Savvy Brew Crew & our Cheese Sommelier – Vanessa, nibbling on some artisan cheese came to mind.  Yes, beer & cheese is the new combo. If you want to add some ‘meat’,  cold cuts & charcuterie would be perfect.

Consider picking up a couple of these cheeses…

Spanish Manchego cheese – the older the better!

Vanessa loves Canadian cheese, so her top picks are:

A sharp, crumbly & firm cheeses such as: Avondale Cloth Bound cheddar from PEI (in photo at left)

A blue cheese such as: Lanark Back Forty Blue Cheese from Lanark County, Ontario & Glengary Celtic Blue from Alexandria Ontario

Vanessa’s cheese picks can be found at Ottawa’s Farmers Markets & quality cheese shops.

To top off your cheese & charcuterie board, add some chutneys, roasted mixed nuts & salty crackers.

For more cheese ideas, check out Vanessa’s blog ‘Curd on the Street’

Cheeseboard landscape 2

 

With Heller Highwater …

Grilled Bratwurst & Sauerkraut

From Serious Eats
Serves 4

Ingredients

2 cups lager-style beer
3 tablespoons whole grain mustard
1 (1 pound) package sauerkraut, with juices
6 sprigs thyme (optional)
2 pounds bratwurst sausages
Buns and Dijon mustard for serving

Method

Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals on one side of the charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes.

Alternatively, set half the burners on a gas grill to the highest heat setting, cover, and preheat for 10 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate.

Combine beer, mustard, and sauerkraut in a 10-inch square disposable aluminium pan. Alternatively, construct a tray out of a double layer of heavy duty aluminium foil, 10 inches square, with sides about 2 inches high. Stir until mustard is broken up and mixture is homogenous. Add thyme sprigs. Nestle sausages into sauerkraut.

Place tray on hot side of grill and cook until simmering, about 4 minutes. Slide to cooler side of grill. Cover grill with vents over the sausages. Cook with all vents open until sausages register 140° to 145°F on an instant read thermometer, about 20 minutes, turning once in the middle.

Remove lid. Using tongs, remove sausages from sauerkraut and place directly on cooking grates over hot side of grill. Cook, turning occasionally, until well browned and crisp, about 3 minutes total. Return to sauerkraut. Toast buns over hot side of grill if desired. Serve sausages with buns, Dijon mustard, and sauerkraut.

Cheers & Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops!

 

 

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