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Kichesippi – proud to be Ottawa’s beer

Posted by Melanie

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
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Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club
Featuring Kichesippi Beer
–  December 2015 –

As 2015 wraps up & another year is upon us, we’re happy to bring you a fantastic mix of beers from Kichesippi Beer Co. which was our feature beer in December. It is fitting that during a month filled with spending time with friends and family, that we feature a family-focused craft brewery dedicated to preserving an important resource and key beer-making ingredient (water!) as well as promoting Ottawa’s history with every beer.

Paul MeekCo-owner and President of Kichesippi, Paul Meek, is proud of the fact that Kichesippi beer is sold only in the Ottawa area. “We are Ottawa’s beer.” They will occasionally feature some of their beers in Toronto, but purely to satisfy the demand from beer lovers in the area requesting Kichesippi brews.   So, tuck into your Taste Case and flip through the following pages to learn a bit more below about this neat brewery.

 

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Open your Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case…

…and find a variety of 4-packs and ‘bombers’ from Kichesippi Beer Co.’s, including:
1 x 750 mL bottle – Ice Harvest Eisbock
2 x 750 mL bottles Wuchak Black
4 x 473 mL cans – Heller Highwater
4 x 473 mL cans – Radler
4 x 473 mL cans – Bristol Stout

Kraving more Kichesippi ?

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

Cheers!
Debbie & the Savvy Brew Crew


Introducing…
Kichesippi Beer Co.

by Melanie Allen, member of the Savvy Brew Crew

 

I met with the man behind the brewery – Paul Meek – as well as the Ops Man – Philip Ware – at the brewery on a chilly November morning. As we settled into the office to chat, they were both pleased to announce that they are in the process of expanding the brewery in order to provide space for special events. Taking over space located right next to the brewery, they will be able to accommodate groups for work-related events or friendly gatherings or large group tastings.   They anticipate having this new space available in the New Year.

The Great River

bottling lineIn 1855 when the city of Ottawa was founded, Kichesippi was the name of the river that ran through the city. The brewery is intentionally focused on preservation; not only preserving Ottawa’s natural resources, but also on preserving it’s history.

For every brewery tour, $1 is donated to Ottawa Riverkeepers.   When I asked Paul how this came about, he explained,“without clean water, we can’t make a good product. It was only fitting that we give back in some way to this natural resource that is a key ingredient in every brew.” Kichessippi is now also an “official keeper” of part of the Ottawa River (more specifically, Bate Island, located under Island Park Drive & Champlain Bridge). Twice a year, all employees head to the Island for a ½ day to help clean it up, and they are already seeing what a difference they’ve made.

It’s all about family

You may or may not know this, but Kichesippi also makes it’s very own line of olde fashioned soda! Released in 2013 under the name Harvey & Verns, they started out offering Root Beer, then quickly expanded to a Ginger Beer and a Cream Soda. And this year,a new Lime Soda was added.

creamsoda_2048x2048Who are Harvey and Vern? Harvey was Paul’s grandfather, Vern, his father-in-law.   Why sodas? Paul replied that “a lot of what gets created at Kichesippi is about me reliving my youth”, and out of this came his idea for making soda. When Paul was a kid, he would go visit his grandfather on their farm located in Quyon, Quebec, and after helping on the farm all day, they would wash up in the lake and then Harvey would take him out and buy him a soda pop.

Looking around the industry, they saw that friends and fellow breweries in Canada and the United States were making their own line of sodas. They realized they had the infrastructure to make sodas too – no additional equipment would be required – so, “we went for it” says Paul.

I confess – the Ginger Beer is my favorite with it’s zingy, powerful ginger flavor. Kids, however,seem to love the Cream Soda and Root Beer. The sodas are available at the brewery, as well as many restaurants and food trucks in and around Ottawa.

Caring about the community

Not only does Kichesippi care about the city’s natural resources, they also care about promoting Ottawa’s history (every beer has a story that gets tied into it’s name and packaging): the 1855 honors the history behind the Alexander Bridge and Ottawa’s incorporation; the Logger, promotes Ottawa’s logging industry back in the 1800’s. There is plenty of thought and research done to help preserve Ottawa’s history with every beer.

Kbeer bicycleMany schools tour the brewery. Young minds curious about how their passion for science and chemistry might lead them down the path of making fine craft beer one day.

Along with donations to the Ottawa Riverkeepers, a portion of the sales from each growler sold goes toward Juvenile Diabetes research (in support of his Paul’s son Alex). Kichesippi sponsors many local recreational sports teams, tournaments and festivals. And Paul has also partnered with the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce to promote business education for new entrepreneurs, and is a member of the Beer Canada Lobby group.

For all these reasons, in November, the mayor of Ottawa honored Paul and 13 other nominees with the Order of Ottawa, to celebrate outstanding citizens for their contributions in various areas of life which has benefited others in the community.   When I bring this up with Paul, he is of course thankful for the honor, but can’t help but refer to it as being something that “we” (the Kichesippi family) received.  

Cheers to Paul Meek & the Kichesippi team!               

 

Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes •

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

Ice Harvest Eisbock

Membership has benefits! All of our Savvy Hip Hop suds-scribers are lucky indeed, as I wasn’t able to taste this creation since it’s a limited edition and was only brewed in small quantities! Eisbock (which means “ice strong beer”) undergoes a freezing process that concentrates the sugar and alcohol in the brew (similar in theory to keeping grapes on the vine so that they will freeze, concentrating the flavors within and creating ice wine). Kichesippi brewed this special in order to celebrate their 5th anniversary earlier this year. After the party, Paul stashed away enough bottles for us to include in your Taste Case. 13.8% ABV

Tasting Notes: I cannot comment specifically on Kichesippi’s Eisbock since I was unable to try the goods, however for this type of brew, this is a full-bodied beer and although you will taste the high alcohol content, it should not be harsh or overpowering, but provide more of a warming feeling. Dark coffee or cola in colour and a syrupy mouth-feel, this will provide lovely malty, rich flavours on the palate.

Suggested Food Pairing: Strong cheeses such as Limburger or Gouda, or roasted game meat.   Personally, I would love to try this with my Grandpa Allen’s Christmas Pudding!

 

Wuchuk Black logoWuchak Black

This Black IPA (Cascadian Dark Ale) was Kichesippi’s first, and is now their most popular seasonal brew. Ideal for this time of year with roasted malt flavors, and the major hop presence that you would expect from an IPA.Black, bitter and strong.6.0% ABV and 77 IBUs.

Tasting Notes: Very dark brown (black really) color. On the nose: roasted coffee and dark chocolate. On the palate: black licorice, roasted coffee with a slightly bitter finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: This IPA would be delicious with various slow-cooked meats (think gamey stews), but I would also venture trying this with some Mole Chicken or Chocolate Bacon Brownies.

 

Heller Highwater logoHeller Highwater

This beer (Helles) is a pale straw coloured Bavarian Lager. Brewed with German noble hops and genuine Munich yeast, it is a classic example of the session beers enjoyed in Bavarian beer gardens. The beer has a clean malt flavour with a slight hop presence. 4.8% ABV and 19 IBU.

Tasting Notes: Medium golden color with a fluffy white head when poured into a glass.Slight aroma of cereal grains (malt), citrus and herbs on the nose. Smooth and crisp, very refreshing and clean with a repeat of the malt, citrus and mild hoppiness on the palate. Creamy mouthfeel with a mild hoppiness on the finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Helles beer comes from Bavaria (Germany), so I say, have this with your favourite German-style food on a bun: bratwurst (or currywurst) sausage or chicken (or veal) schnitzel.

 

radlerRadler

Radler first became popular in 1922 in the town of Deisenhofen, Germany. The beverage was an instant favourite with the local cyclists travelling from Munich. Kichesippi first made this beer in 2014 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Pub Italia (located on Preston Street in Ottawa). 3.0% ABV, 0 IBUs.

Tasting Notes: Cloudy orange colour with a hint of pink.On the nose, fresh aromas of candied grapefruit and tangerines. Flavors repeat on the palate, which a nice touch of cereal (malt) to balance it out. A really great Radler that still tastes like a beer and provides a refreshing and crisp finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Salads where the main attraction is citrus fruit and nuts, but I would also recommend this with lighter meat dishes, such as Orange-braised pulled pork tacos.

 

bristol stoutBristol Stout

The inspiration for this beer came from family who have been farming in Bristol, Quebec since 1925. The family first started out with dairy cattle and now are farming soybeans and hay. This stout offers a balance of roasted malts and residual sweetness.   4.8% ABV and 36 IBUs.

Tasting Notes: Dark brown in color, there is definitely a sweet aroma on the nose, some honey and milk chocolate. On the palate a repeat of this but add to it French Canadian taffy (in French, it’s called “la tire de Ste-Catherine”) and light maple syrup.

Suggested Food Pairing: Go ahead and have this with a hearty brunch that includes Banana Pancakes and a side of bacon! Try the recipe on the following pages.   I also wouldn’t hesitate to have this with dessert, something not overly rich or sweet: a Caramel Flan.

 

 • Recipes to enjoy with the featured Savvy Hip Hops •

 

With Kichesippi Radler

Orange-braised Pulled Pork Tacos

From: www.coles.com.au
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours (stove top) or 8 hours (slow cooker)
Yield: 10 tacos

Ingredients

pulled poke2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 1/2 kg Pork Shoulder Roast
1 Medium Onion, finely diced
4 Garlic Cloves, finely diced
1 tbsp Fennel Seeds
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
zest and juice from 3 oranges
2 cups Salt Reduced Chicken Stock
6 cups Water
1/2 tsp Black Peppercorns
Your favourite coleslaw
10 Flour Tortillas

Method

Place a large saucepan / stockpot over medium heat.

Add 1tablespoon of the oil, once hot, add pork and sear on each side until a golden. Remove and set aside.

Add remaining oil, and once hot, add onion, cooking for a few minutes, then add garlic, fennel and cumin seeds and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Return pork to the pan and add orange zest and juice, stock, water and black peppercorns and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking, covered, on low heat for 3 – 4 hours. Alternatively cook in slow cooker for 6 – 8 hours. Once cooked the meat will shred / pull apart very easily but keep in stock on low heat until ready to serve.

To serve, heat tortillas according to packet instructions. Remove pork from stock retaining some of the orange zest and stock to drizzle over the pork. Place some coleslaw on the tortilla topped with pork, extra coriander and chilli if desired. Drizzle with a little of the pork stock for extra juiciness and flavour.

 

With Kichesippi Bristol Stout                    

Homemade Banana Pancakes

From: www.onceuponachef.com

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 12 4-inch pancakes

pancakesIngredients

1-1/2 cups all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled off
2 tablespoons sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 small, over-ripe banana, peeled (the browner, the better)
1 cup low fat milk
2 Tbsp craft beer – IPA or ale are recommended
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For Cooking

Vegetable oil
Unsalted butter

For Serving

Maple syrup, Sliced bananas, Confectioners’ sugar (optional)

Method

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

In a small bowl, mash the banana with a fork until almost smooth. Whisk in the eggs, then add the milk and vanilla and whisk until well blended.

Pour the banana mixture and the melted butter into the flour mixture. Fold the batter gently with a rubber spatula until just blended; do not over-mix. The batter should be thick and lumpy. Adjust the thickness of the batter by adding more beer – tablespoon by tablespoon until you get the right consistency.  Slaving over the griddle is hard work, so enjoy the rest of the open bottle.

Set a griddle or non-stick pan over medium heat until hot. Put a pad of butter and one tablespoon vegetable oil onto the griddle, and swirl it around.

Drop the batter by 1/4-cupfuls onto the griddle, spacing the pancakes about 2 inches apart. Cook until a few holes form on top of each pancake and the underside is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip the pancakes and cook until the bottom is golden brown and the top is puffed, 1 to 2 minutes more. Using the spatula, transfer the pancakes to a serving plate.

Wipe the griddle clean with paper towels, add more butter and oil, and repeat with the remaining batter.

Serve the pancakes while still hot with maple syrup, sliced bananas and confectioners’ sugar if desired.

 

With Kichesippi Wuchak Black

Bacon Caramel Brownies

From: www.thedomesticfront.com
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield: 16 pieces

Ingredientsbrownies

For the bacon caramel:

2 slices bacon
½ cup heavy cream
1 cup sugar
6 Tbsp. salted butter

For the Brownies:

8 Tbsp. salted butter, cut into pieces
6 oz. bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
¼ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup flour

Method

In a small saucepan, fry two slices of bacon until crisp (pre-cut bacon in half). Once cooked, remove bacon from saucepan and set aside, and reserve bacon grease in the pan.

Add cream to the pan and let cool. When bacon is cool, chop finely.

In a larger pan, heat the sugar over high heat until the mixture is liquid and a deep amber color. Add the butter and the cooled bacon cream all at once, and stir until the butter is melted. Add the chopped bacon and let the mixture cool thoroughly.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line an 8 inch square pan with Parchment paper that covers the bottom and sides of the pan. Grease with butter or cooking spray.

In a large microwaveable bowl, melt the butter and the chocolate together in the microwave (start with 30 seconds, and stir thoroughly, then microwave for 10 seconds at a time, stirring between each bout of nuking, until the chocolate is melted and incorporated into the butter).

Add the cocoa and whisk until smooth, then add in the eggs, one at a time, and the sugar, vanilla and finally the flour. Stir only until combined.Scrape half of the batter into the prepared pan. Then drop about a third of the bacon caramel, evenly spaced, over the brownie batter in the pan. It doesn’t have to cover the whole batter, but should be in splotches.

Spread the remaining brownie batter over the top, then drop spoonfuls of the remaining caramel sauce over the top of the brownies and swirl.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes.

Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops & the Holidays!

 

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

Posted by Debbie

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

Subscribe for 4, 6 or 12 months > >

 

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

 

More about Savvy Company…

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

 

 

 

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We have lots of Savvy Gift Ideas!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
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Are you making a list?…and checking it twice? No need to battle the crowded malls as you & Santa can turn to Savvy Company for lots of great gifts that will WOW everyone on your shopping list. Our Savvy Sommeliers have created one-of-a-kind gifts for anyone who loves wine, artisan cheese & craft beer.

Call on the Savvy Gift Hotline (anytime)  at  613.SAVVYCO (613.728.8926) or cheers@savvycompany.ca

AND . . . don’t forget a gift for yourself – Santa has noticed that you too have been VERY good this year!

For the WINE Lover on your list…

Gift Idea #1 – Subscription to SAVVY SELECTIONS wine of the month club

Did you know that our Savvy Selections wine of the month club is the largest wine of the month club featuring Ontario wines not available at the LCBO.  And Savvy Selections was recently featured on CBC Radio’s “Fresh Air”  as one of the top gifts for those hard to buy  people!

With a subscription to Savvy Selections, each month, 3 different bottles of wine from a different Ontario winery are delivered to your home or office.  The wines range from $15 to $35 per bottle and are selected by our Savvy Sommeliers ensuring that you will receive the best combination of red wines, white wines, sparkling wines and occasionally we would offer an option of dessert wine.  AND you’ll get to know the winemakers and the stories behind the wines in our monthly Savvy eZine along with recipes our Sommeliers have chosen specifically to match each wine.

‘A subscription to Savvy Selections is like Christmas for adults!’ – Colleen

OUR HOLIDAY SPECIAL: subscribe for 3 months!

 

 

Gift Idea #2 – WINE APPRECIATION ‘CLASS’ – a day with a Sommelier

Offered only once a year! On Saturday January 26, Savvy Sommelier Debbie will host this day long ‘class’ for you to learn the FUNdamentals of wine by sipping and sampling wines from around the world. In this jam packed day you will learn wine lingo, tips and tricks on choosing wine from a restaurant wine list, pairing food with wines, the importance of glassware and decanters . . . and you will even learn how to sabre a bottle of bubbly!

$135 per person
G
ather a group of 4 people  and pay only $500 

Register for this fun wine ‘class’ > >

 

For the CHEESE Lover on your list . . .

The Great Canadian Cheese Discovery!

Back by popular demand! Join Savvy Cheese Sommelier Vanessa for a fun – not to mention delicious – evening tasting and learning about Canadian artisan cheeses. Vanessa will share with you stories about the people who make the cheeses, cheese tasting techniques and other insider tips!

Join us for one – or all three cheese tastings!

Tickets $55 per event or $150 for all three

Wrap up tickets  as a gift! > > 

 

For the CRAFT BEER Lover on your list . . .

BEER 101 ‘CLASS’ – featuring local and imported craft brews

Always a sell out! Join us for these two fun ‘classes’ at Ottawa’s Kichesippi Beer Company. Your ‘teacher’ is Kichesippi’s owner and Savvy friend Paul Meek.  The ‘class’ will take place amongst the kettles and bags of hops in the brewery as you sample a variety of different styles and learn the artistry of craft beers. These are fun night outs for anyone who enjoys a cold one!  Hint: If you are thinking ahead, tickets to this event are also a great Valentine’s gift for that special someone in your life!

Tickets $55 per event or $110 for both ‘classes’

Put tickets to these events under the tree > >

Wines for holiday entertaining – Stock up and SAVE

ANNOUNCING Savvy Bin Ends – a new way to buy great Ontario wines at great prices. Every two weeks, we feature an Ontario wine that is available only through Savvy Company at a discounted price.  Here are our top wine picks to stock up on for holiday entertaining or to give to your special friends.

Sparkling wine – $7 off!

Our current Savvy Bin Ends offer features a duo of Ontario sparkling wines made using the same winemaking techniques as French Champagne.  Serve when guests arrive for dinner or have in the fridge ready for New Years Eve or to give to friends and colleagues.  Everyone enjoys a bottle of bubbly!  Stock up on bottles of bubbly at this great price!>> 

Love port?  You’ll love this one – only $13.95!

Our most popular Savvy Bin Ends yet! We’re holding over this offer so you can stock up on this delicious aged port to enjoy on wintery evenings by the fireplace, serve after dinner parties or give as a one-of-a-kind gift.  ‘This port ROCKS!. I’ll be ordering another case.’ stated Greg – a new Savvy Bin Ends customer Greg. Buy before its all gone!

 

Want to have your own wine, cheese or craft beer tasting?

The Savvy Team will create special events featuring wine, artisan cheese or craft beer as client appreciation events, teambuilding activities for your employees or unique get togethers for friends and family in your own home. Leave it to our team of 14 accredited Sommeliers to organize all of the details to make a fun and memorable event. Or, we can personally select and source premium wines, artisan cheeses and craft beers for you to make your next event extra special.

You invite the guests, our Savvy Sommeliers will take care of the rest!

 

And we have MANY more Savvy gift ideas!

Call the Savvy Team ANYTIME on 613.SAVVYCO (613.728.8926) or email us on cheers@savvycompany.cato help you make your holidays merry and bright with great gifts of wines, artisan cheese and craft beers.

 

Happy Holidays from all of us at Savvy Company and here’s to a fantastic new year!

-Debbie & the Savvy Team

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