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Beer making with adventure at Perth Brewery

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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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