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Nita Beer Company – Off The Charts

Posted by Katy

Monday, October 26th, 2015
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Savvy Hip Hops

Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club
Featuring Nita Beer
–  October 2015 –

October has been an exciting month. If you’re like me, you kicked it off by raising a stein of craft at a local Oktoberfest celebration and followed that with a pint at home, anxiously awaiting election results. By the time the Savvy Hip Hops Taste Cases roll out of Nita Beer Company in Ottawa who knows what we’ll be toasting next, but you’ll have some fun Nita beers to raise!

Speaking of the types of beer that Nita Beer Company offers, some may be hard to place on the style chart. While some are fantastic examples of classics like American IPA or Irish Dry Stout, others don’t fit in any category. As Andy Nita, owner and brewer, said, “Sometimes we don’t even think about style – what happens if we do this.” I hope you’ll have as much fun drinking them as Andy and his crew did brewing them.

In this month’s Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case, you will find two (500ml) bottles of each:hiphops_large-292x300

Ten12
El Hefe
Brown Gone Coconuts
Perfectum
The Chad
OPA

 

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 beerme@savvycompany.ca
Cheers!

Debbie & the Savvy Brew Crew

Introducing…
Nita Beer Company

by Katy Watts

Nita logo

I met with owner & brewer of Nita Beer Company, Andy Nita  – also known as Chief Beer Officer at the brewery.  We arranged a rendez-vous at one of Ottawa’s favourite spots for craft beer, the Arrow and Loon Pub. Andy & I had met several times before at brewery events, but I had never had the opportunity to chat with him over a beer about the brewery or his past experience with beer. So, knowing that this was not a quick conversation, I settled in with a pint, got my notes ready and ready to capture Andy’s story that I could share with you… 

Getting Technical

Growing up, Andy was a bit spoiled for beer. Having a father who routinely stocked the fridge with German imports gave Andy an early appreciation for quality, “I think my love and good taste in beer came from my Dad – a German guy. And like all young fellas, taking your Dad’s beers, I grew up on a pretty good selection.”

Nita selfieThat respect and love for beer grew and Andy wanted to pursue brewing school in Scotland, but the expense of studying abroad was too high. Instead he turned to books – two very lengthy and highly technical manuals: Yeast – The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation as well as the brick of a book entitled Technology Brewing and Malting.

It was two years of studying these manuals, mostly used for commercial breweries, before Andy fired up his 40 litre pilot homebrew system. Quickly this keen student, was producing consistent beers and creating his own beer recipes that were getting great feedback from family and friends. It was those compliments that made Andy and his wife, Bridget, think they could take the big leap from homebrew to opening a brewery. 

Teamwork Builds the Brewery

Nita Beer - AndyWhere Andy is technical and has a solid background in electrical contracting and industrial process, his wife, Bridget, has the business and finance experience. While Andy was perfecting his recipes and shopping around for equipment, Bridget was creating the business plan to open the doors. Thanks to that detailed planning, Nita Beer Company started with a larger brewhouse than other local craft breweries. This allowed them to do larger batches and not worry about having to scale recipes when demand increased.

All of the preparation and planning doesn’t mean that they haven’t had to scramble though! The husband and wife team have found that the Ottawa craft beer community has been thirsty for their brews and they’re already ahead of schedule on their 5-year plan for the brewery.

In fact, they’ve just finished their first canning run of their flagship Ten12 and some of their seasonals – all in time for being featured in Savvy Hip Hops. Once they’ve perfected canning – which won’t be long – we might see that crazy can with a mountain bike jumping a cop car on the shelves at the Beer Store across Ontario.

Be on the look out!  And when you see it, you’ll be happy that we introduced you to Nita Beer. 

Here’s to Andy, Bridget & the brewery team!

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• Savvy HipHops Tasting Notes •

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

 

Ten12Nita - cans

This 5%, 45 International Bitterness Unit (IBU) brew is Nita Beer Company’s flagship. Its name shares two meanings – a reference to the opening of the fist beer garden in Munich, the Menterschwaige and a reference to the police 10-code (a shorthand way of communicating through the radio). 10-12 meaning, “visitors present”.

Tasting Notes: This hoppy blonde ale pours a clear copper with a caramel malt, grapefruit and nectarine aroma. The American hops show off their flavour with notes of pine, spice and grapefruit, but there’s a good amount of malt that helps counter it.

Suggested Food Pairing: Not only is this brew approachable to a variety of palates, but it’s very food friendly. Try it with spaghetti and meatballs, grilled chicken salads, shellfish or alongside tacos. Ten12 is a great brew to use for beer batters, try the attached recipe for onion rings or use it as an ingredient for beer battered fish!

 

El Hefe

Brewed using Hefeweizen yeast, this sessionable wheat beer has all of the flavour and aroma of a German wheat with a fraction of the alcohol content – only 3% ABV.

Tasting Notes: As soon as you pop the bottle you can smell that Hefeweizen yeast; aromas of banana esthers and spicy clove and pepper phenols wafting off the hazy pale straw liquid. The phenols return in the flavour with subtle clove notes and a big pepper-y finish with a crisp carbonated bite!

Suggested Food Pairing: While this beer is fairly light, the esthers and phenols will pair well with the spicing in cured meats and sausages and the crisp carbonation will help clear some of the fat off the palate. Another option would be to pair it with the spice and citrus of Mexican cuisine, either simple chicken or spicy barbacoa.

 

Mr Brown Gone Coconuts

This is Nita Beer Company’s Five Fingers American Brown Ale, with a twist. Adding coconut to the brew adds a pronounced aroma and sweet coconut flavour that brings out complimentary flavours. This 5.5% ABV brew won the People’s Choice Award at the 2015 Ottawa Craft Beer Festival (photo on right).

Tasting Notes: This is over-the-top coconut! The aroma is similar to coconut scented sunscreen with slight background notes of caramel malt. The flavour has more sweetness; with an emphasis on coconut and caramel and vanilla backing it up. It is reminiscent of a Bounty chocolate bar, and would probably pair well with one!

Suggested Food Pairing: This is a tough beer to pair. My go-to would be a chocolate cake or bowl of vanilla ice cream, but I think a sweeter Indian curry might work well with the big coconut sweetness.

 

Perfectum

This Dry Irish Stout was first poured at the brewery’s St. Patrick’s Day warm up event. Pouring 5% ABV and 50 IBU, this might become your cold weather favourite.

Tasting Notes: This opaque brown stout has an off white head that emits roasted malts, dark chocolate and a slight hop spice. The carbonation is lower than the other offerings, emphasizing the heavier body and roasted flavours.

Suggested Food Pairing: The roasted malt and chocolate bitterness of the stout offer a great contrast to the briny sweetness of a fresh shucked oyster. If oysters aren’t your thing, go for an indulgent flourless chocolate cake for the perfect chocolate overload.

 

The Chad

Brewed using French Aramis hops this 5% ABV, 40 IBU version of an India Pale Ale has a unique flavour profile compared to American hopped versions.

Tasting Notes: Aramis hops are new to me so there’s a lot of interesting things going on in the aroma – cantaloupe, bergamot orange, medicinal herbs along with some grainy malt sweetness. The flavour follows suite with more of that melon and Earl Grey tea flavour with a light grain backbone leading to a smooth dry finish with a slight lingering bitterness.

Suggested Food Pairing: The sweeter and dry flavours of this IPA have me going against traditional IPA pairings. Instead, pair this unusual IPA with a good charcuterie board filled with your favourite salumi and a farmhouse cheddar.

 

OPA

After finishing a bottle of this 6% ABV, 75 IBU India Pale Ale you may want to yell OPA! Brewed with a blend of five different American hops this beer is for the hop head in each of us.

Tasting Notes: This is jam packed full of hops and the aroma has a little bit of everything – pine, grapefruit, peach and herbs mixed in with some sweet cereal grains. The flavour has a more pronounced spice character with toasted grains and a lingering bitterness.

Suggested Food Pairing: A beer packed with this many hops deserves a robust food pairing that can stand up to a lot of flavour and it’s only fitting it be Greek. Pair it with lamb chops that have been marinated in lemon, garlic and oregano and taste how the herbs, citrus and char contrast and compliment the hops.

 

Recipes to enjoy with the featured Savvy Hip Hops •

 

With Ten12

Lamb Stew with Poppy Seed Dumplings

Recipe & photo credits – Eating Nose to Tail

IngredientsLamb stew

1 ½ pounds lamb stew meat
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
Vegetable oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 celery rib, finely chopped
1 parsnip, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2/3 cup Ten12
3 ½ cups chicken stock
½ bunch curly parsley, roughly chopped
2/3 cup frozen peas
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
1 egg
1 cup milk

Method

Heat a large lidded pot over medium high heat and drizzle a large dose of vegetable in the pan. Combine flour, salt, pepper and toss lamb stew meat in the mixture – shaking off the excess. Brown lamb on all sides in batches adding more vegetable oil as needed between batches. Reserve meat.

Add chopped onion in the pot and cook until onions are soft and beginning to brown. Add carrot, celery, parsnip and garlic; cook until vegetables begin to soften. Add browned meat and juices back to pot and combine Ten12, chicken stock and ½ the parsley. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat, then turn to low and partially cover; cook until meat is tender (about 1 hour). Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Once meat is tender, make dumplings by whisking flour. Baking powder, salt and poppy seeds together. In a separate bowl, beat egg and combine with milk. Add milk and egg to flour mixture, stirring gently to combine.

Bring stew to a rolling simmer over medium high heat. Add dumpling batter to stew using ¼ measure cup until all batter is used. Let dumplings cook with a covered lid for 10 minutes. Remove lid and cook until dumplings are done (about 3 minutes). Garnish with parsley and serve alongside a can of Ten12!

 

With OPA

Cheddar, Garlic & IPA Soup

Recipe & photo credits – Serious Eats

IngredientsIPA Soup

1 cup unsalted butter
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 large yellow onion, diced
8 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups vegetable stock
1 cup OPA
1 cup whole milk (3.5%)
3 heads roasted garlic
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
½ teaspoon ground cumin
3 tablespoons ground cumin
2 ¼ pounds white cheddar cheese, grated
Salt
Ground white pepper
Chopped fresh chives

Method

To roast the garlic, preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the top ¼ inch off of three heads of garlic, exposing the individual cloves. Place it cut side up on a large sheet of aluminum foil. Drizzle olive oil over the garlic and season with salt and pepper. Gather the foil around the garlic, folding and twisting the top to seal. Roast for 1 hour and let garlic cool completely. Use a fork to pull the roasted cloves out of the papery skin. Alternatively, you can squeeze the cloves out from the bottom using your hands.

Melt ¾ cup of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour, whisking briskly to avoid lumps. Cook, stirring frequently, until the flour takes on a light blond colour (about 5 minute). Remove from heat.

Melt the remaining ¼ cup butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion and minced garlic and cook until the garlic is aromatic (30 seconds to a minute). Add the vegetable stock, OPA and milk.  When the liquid begins to simmer, stir in the garlic, paprika and cumin. Using a handheld immersion blender or a regular blender, puree until smooth. Whisk in the flour mixture. Add the cheese a handful at a time, whisking after each addition until melted and smooth.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately, garnishing each serving with chopped chives.

 

 

With Perfectum

Beer Braised Ribs

Recipe & photo credits – Mark Bittman

IngredientsIndoor Ribs

1 rack pork loin back ribs, around 3 pounds
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
10 allspice berries
2 or 3 3-inch cinnamon sticks
10 slices unpeeled fresh ginger or 1 tablespoon ground ginger
5 dried red chillies or a teaspoon of cayenne pepper
5 cloves garlic, lightly smashed
500mL Perfectum

Method

Preheat oven to 300°F. Remove the membrane from the bottom side of the ribs and split the rack into two.

Season liberally with salt and pepper. Put oil in a large, deep ovenproof skillet or casserole that can later be covered. Turn heat to medium-high and, when oil shimmers, sear meat on both sides until nicely browned, turning as necessary.

Add allspice, cinnamon, ginger, chilies and garlic and stir; add Perfectum. Bring to a boil; cover pan and adjust heat so mixture simmers steadily. Put in oven and cook until meat is tender, about 1 hour.

Heat broiler. Drain meat and sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Broil on both sides until brown and crisp (about 1 or 2 minutes). Meanwhile, skim cooking liquid of fat, bring to a boil and use as sauce.

 

With The Chad

Beer Battered Onion Rings

Recipe & photo credits – The Kitchn

IngredientsBeer Battered Onion Rings

Canola oil, for frying
4 Vidalia onions
1 cup all-purpose flour
¾ cups The Chad
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Method

Fill a cast iron pot with a few inches of oil and heat on medium-high until it reaches 365° to 375°F.

Line a baking sheet with paper towels. While the oil heats, slice off the root and tip ends of the onions. Peel the onions and cut them crosswise into ¼-inch to ½-inch slices. Separate slices into individual rings, discarding the centers.

In a shallow mixing bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch, salt and pepper to combine. Whisk in just enough The Chad to make a smooth paste, working the mixture as little as possible. Whisk in more The Chad (about ½ cup) until the batter is smooth and creamy – about the consistency of pancake batter.

Using tongs, dip an onion ring into the batter and flip to coat completely, shaking excess batter back into the bowl. Drop the ring into the oil and repeat, working in batches as not to crowd the pot. Fry until golden, flipping occasionally (about 4-5 minutes).

Remove the rings using a spider or tongs and transfer to the prepared sheet pan to drain. Season with additional salt and serve immediately.

 

Enjoy all of the beers in your Savvy Hip Hops!

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