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What a brewery tour!

Posted by Debbie

Saturday, June 1st, 2019
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For over 6 years, our Savvy Brew Crew has roamed the backroads to discover craft beers you can’t always find on the shelves at The Beer Store, LCBO or grocery stores.  Savvy Hip Hops has been our way of sharing those discoveries with craft beer enthusiasts.

We have organized thousands of deliveries of all kinds of beers to our subscribers across Ontario.  As of June 2019, we have decided to sunset Savvy Hip Hops subscriptions.

It was a great adventure discovering breweries in every corner of the province and delivering them to our subscribers doorstep.  Here is a list of some of the breweries we have featured over the years.

We raise a glass to all of our Savvy Hip Hops subscribers who have joined us on this beer soaked journey & encourage them to continue to support Ontario craft breweries as they are making mighty fine beers.  To all of the brewery owners & brewmasters we’ve worked with – keep up the great work!

Cheers,

Debbie
Founder & Chief Beer Bottle Washer

 

Ontario Craft Breweries we have featured since the beginning… 

5 Paddles Brewing, Whitby
Barley Days Brewery, Prince Edward County
Bicycle Craft Brewery, Ottawa
Big Rig Brewery, Ottawa
Beyond the Pale, Ottawa
Beau’s All Natural, Vankleek Hill
Block Three Brewing Co., St Jacobs
Burdock Brewery, Toronto
Calabogie Brewing Co., Calabogie
Church-Key Brewing Co., Campbellford
Collective Arts Brewing, Hamilton
Covered Bridge Brewing, Stittsville (Ottawa)
Cowbell Brewing Co., Blyth
Grand River Brewing, Cambridge
Haliburton Highlands Brewing, Haliburton
Henderson Brewing Co, Toronto
Kichesippi Beer Co., Ottawa
Kings Town Beer Company, Kingston
Left Field Brewery, Toronto
McKinnon Brothers Brewing, Bath
Niagara Oast House Brewers, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Niagara Teaching College, Niagara
Nita Beer, Ottawa
Perth Brewery, Perth
Outlaw Brew Co, Southhampton
Railway City BrewingSt Thomas
Refined Fool Brewing Co, Sarnia
Ridge Rock Brewery, Carp
Riverhead Brewing Company, Kingston
Sawdust City Brewing Company, Gravenhurst
Sleeping Giant Brewing Co., Thunder Bay
Stack Brewing, Sudbury
Stray Dog Brewery, Orleans
Strathroy Brewing Co, Strathroy
The Collingwood Brewery, Collingwood
Tuque de Broue, Embrum
Waller Street Brewing, Ottawa
Whiprsnapr Brewing Co, Nepean
Whitewater Brewing Co., Forrester Falls
Wolfe Island Spring Brewery, Wolfe Island

 

Fun times!
Having a Beer with Paul @ Kichesippi…

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Celebrate FeBREWary with Beau’s

Posted by Monique

Friday, February 26th, 2016
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Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club
Featuring Beau’s All Natural Brewing
–  February 2016 –

 

Welcome to another delicious month of Savvy Hip Hops showcasing Beau’s All Natural Brewing from Vankleek Hill. Beau’s is no stranger to us as we kicked off Savvy Hip Hops 3 years ago with an assortment of Beau’s beers for our very first Savvy Hip Hops Taste case. Since then, we have slated Beau’s in for this month because it is a great way for you to get their extra special FeBREWary beers.

febrewary-labelsThroughout the month Beau’s has been releasing new unique brews in limited quantities for us to enjoy.  This year their feBREWary celebrations began with the release of the Tyrannosaurus Gruit Ale, commemorating International Gruit Day on February 1st.  Then the month long specialty beer release rolls out with a new feBREWary beer kicking off each weekend. All the while busloads of craft beer lovers visit the brewery and 200 plus pubs and restaurants are participating in serving feBREWery beers and hosting special events. It is an understatement to say that – Beau’s is busy!

In this month’s Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case, you will find these beers…

…in your Quick Picks:

  • hiphops_large-292x300Le Coeur Noir Black IPA
  • Tyrannosaurus Gruit
  • Farm Table: Grisette
  • Embittermint IPA
  • Farm Table: Pils

…in your Taste Case:

  • Le Coeur Noir Black IPA
  • Tyrannosaurus Gruit
  • Farm Table: Grisette
  • Embittermint IPA
  • Farm Table: Pils
  • Le Coeur Noir
  • Farm Table: Grisette
  • Elelphant Monsoon
  • Patio Saison
  • Fous Allies Mango Saison
  • Screamin’ Beaver Oak Aged Double IPA
  • Koru
  • The Tom Green Beer
  • Lug Tread– Beau’s signature beer

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 arrange a special shipment for you. Put us on speed dial 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email is on cheers@savvycompany.ca
Crack open a Beau’s & raise a glass to feBREWary!

Debbie & the Savvy Brew Crew

 

Introducing…
Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

by Monique Sosa, Sommelier & member of the Savvy Brew Crew

 

Steve-Bruce_largeIn the past editions of our Beer Backstory, we have interviewed owner & founder Steve Beauchesne (left in photo). This time, we are switching it up in this issue by interviewing the resident chef…yes, Beau’s has a full time chef on staff! And we are not talking about someone working in a cafeteria whipping up lunches for everyone at the brewery….far from it! A year and a half ago, “The Locavore Chef” Bruce Wood (right in photo) joined the brewery team to work closely with Beau’s brewmaster Matthew O’Hara with the focus to join the dots between Beau’s certified organic craft beer and dishes made with seasonal ingredients. “It is a dream job”, glows Chef Bruce.

Do you ‘Farm to table’

Bruce is a great guy, and also a true pioneer of the farm-to-table movement – he’s been advocating for local and sustainable food for years,” said Steve Beauchesne in a news release for Ottawa Wine & Food Festival. “We are super-excited to have him join the Beau’s team, and also about all the cool things we can do now with his knowledge and skill to draw on.”

Bruce explained to me that he remembers savouring a spicy bowl of authentic Jamaican curry when he was 17, “each spoonful made me see the world in colour.”

With that ah-ha moment, he became a classically trained chef and has worked for over 35 years for various gourmet business including owning his own restaurant on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. He comes from a wine and food pairing background, but started a love affair with pairings beer and food that has kindled an eternal romance.

Start with a dish, it’s easy after that

He explained that his inspirations begin with the dish itself. Then the dam breaks and ideas for beer pairings flow.  If beer and food cooking/pairing is out of the ordinary for you, then Chef Bruce has this tip to share: “start by pairing assertive with assertive then the light with light.” He further explains, “This means match a dish to the style of the beer rather than the colour or weight of the beer.” With this good rule of thumb, you are heading in a good direction.

Chef Bruce also has no problem admitting to cooking with beer but added a surprising fact that cooking with malts – the same ones used to brew the beer – is an excellent ingredient as well.  He has made many scrumptious roasts with the meats being brined in beer and/or seasoned with a malt rub.

Chef Bruce & Beer

Bruce-in-action1-600x295 (1)Favourite style of beer?  Chef Bruce loves Belgian Ales and Porters – for drinking and cooking of course!  He admits that he enjoys all styles really but will occasionally skip over the big hoppy beers. Speaking of which, Chef Bruce tipped me off that that creamy based dishes tames overly hoppy beers. His example of coconut yellow lentil daal with Formidable beer makes my mouth water! 

Made beer yet? “No. That it is something that I look forward do to sometime soon. As an honoured member of the Beau’s family, we are all encouraged to participate in an annual friendly brewmaster challenge.”  Teams craft a beer and the winner is unveiled at Beaus’s annual OktoberFest(save the dates Sept 23 & 24, 2016).  Some of these beers brewed at past challenges have even inspired new and innovative brews like Gruit style ales and the Coeur Noir Black IPA – try them out in your Taste Case.

Going flat out til St Paddy’s Day!

Beaus St Paddys Day party logoWhile Oktoberfest is Beau’s signature festival, this year they are hosting the 1st ever Beau’s St Patrick’s Party on March 19th at Lansdowne’s Cattle Castle in Ottawa. Chef Bruce will be working around the clock for this special event –cooking up everything on the Irish inspired menu he created!

See you there with a pint of Beau’s in hand!

 

•Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes •

 

Monique shares her notes about each beer, along with her picks on what to serve. For those feBREWary beers that were not released yet, we have included the brewmasters notes.

Tyrannosaurus Gruit

Beaus Tyrannosaurus GruitSince 2013, craft brewers with an interest in making gruit ales have banded together to mark February 1 as International #GruitDay. The day is intended to raise awareness of, and pay homage to, the historical traditions of brewing with botanicals.  This is the gruit that kicked off this year’s feBREWary.

This 5.8% abv beer is brewed in the Gruitstyle where ingredients are used that are not stated in the Bavarian Rienhietsgebot Purity Law of water, malt and hops.  In this beer, ingredients are beets and hibiscus flower – boy does it ever come through!

Tasting Note: This beer pours with a brilliant raspberry red hue  showing notes of beets, cranberry and hibiscus tea on the nose.  The palate is crisp, mouthwatering and light bodied with a creamy texture and medium-short finish.

Food Pairing: Enjoy with turkey dinner, roasted beets and – for something different – rhubarb-strawberry tart.

 

Farm Table: Grisette Belgian Ale

Grisette-Glass-and-Bottle-1-300x300Farm Table Series are sessionable beers inspired by tradition and brewed true to a classic style. This GrisetteBelgian Ale is a sessional style ale with 4.9% abv. It is an easy drinking hazy pale gold beer with mild characteristics.

Tasting Note: Here we have a mouthwatering light Belgian style ale with notes of white citrus blossom, candied lemon peel and coriander. The palate shows a pithy finish with balanced malts and hops.  

Food Pairing suggestions: Enjoy this light bodied easy drinking with green salads (try it with arugula salads) and sushi rolls. 

 

Farm Table: Pils

Beaus Farm Table PilsThis feBREWary beer was recently released on Feb 18 and we did not have a sample to taste, so here are the brewmaster notes:

Pilsners are pale lagers named for the city of Pilsen in the Czech Republic, where the style originates. Farm Table: Pils (North-German Style) is a traditional Pilsner with the regional characteristics of those brewed in the northern part of Germany. This beer is 4.9% abv and is less mellow or “soft” than some Pils; delivers a pleasantly snappy, bracing hop character with each sip.

Brewmaster’sNotes: A pale straw colour, with great clarity and a billowy white head. The aroma is herbal and hoppy with some grainy, malty notes. A refreshing hop bite dominates the flavour which is counterbalanced by clean malt sweetness. The finish is quick and dry.

Food Pairing suggestions:Fried calamari; grilled fresh sardines; spicy sausage (chorizo or andouille); prosciutto; melted brie & sharp apple on grilled artisan bread; young gouda or havarti cheeses.

Fous Alliés Mango Saison

fous-allies-web-300x300The Crazy Allies, as it translates to, is a 6.1% abv mango infused Saison.  It is a classic easy drinking food friendly ale originating from the Wallonia region in Belgium.

Tasting Notes: This beer pours with a bright golden hue and pronounced notes of ripe mango puree, citrus blossoms, apricot and wild flower honey.  The palate shows a long finish with key notes of lemon peel and pink grapefruit. It is crisp and refreshing with well integrated hop notes.

Suggested Food Pairing: Enjoy with chicken or beef stir fry, Pad Thai or, my favourite, taco salad!

 

Patio Saison

Beaus Patio SaisonThe name says it all! Pair with a patio, even if it is not quite patio weather. Crafted in the tradition Belgian style of Saisons, this 5.9% abv beer is a crisp refreshing summer sipper that’s for sure!

Tasting Notes: Pronounced aromas of lemon grass, walnut husk, apricot and oatmeal billow from the pint.  My first though was that it seems quite strong for a Saison but the alcohol is well integrated.  The palate is light bodied with creamy mouthfeel and short to medium finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Enjoy this mouthwatering beer with spicy chicken or shrimp wontons, seafood ceviche or anything bacon based!

 

Embittermint

embittermint-1024x1024This feBREWary beer was not available a sample to taste, so here are the brewmaster notes:

An I.P.A. at 6.7% abv that blends and balances the more delicate and floral characteristics of select hops and mints.Brewed with organic lemon balm, spearmint and peppermint.

A boat-load of extra hops (a natural preservative) made India Pale Ales (I.P.A.s) historically better suited for long voyages when shipping to British soldiers stationed afar, including India. Their distinct taste caught on, and now these ales are widely known and enjoyed for their aggressively hopped aromas and flavours.

Brewmaster’s Notes: pours a hazy yellow with white foam. The aroma is a combination of orangey citrus and muddled mint (think mortar and pestle and mojito). This beer is medium-bodied with an explosion of julep-y orange flavour that is offset by cool mint. The finish is long lasting and refreshing.

Suggested Food Pairings: Roast leg of lamb with mint sauce; chicken tikka masala with minted raita; pasta tossed with cheese curds, cream & mint & basil pesto; grilled New York steak with paloise sauce (minted Béarnaise); aged gouda cheese or raw milk 3-year-old cheddar.

 

Koru

koruThis feBREWary beer was not available a sample to taste, so here are Beau’s brewmaster notes:

Belgian-Style Pale Ale measuring in at 6% abv, boasts interesting spicy, peppery yeast notes, with tropical fruit inflections from New Zealand nelson sauvin and rakau hops. Complex and tasty, with a dry finish. More sessionable than bigger Belgian styles, the Belgian Pale Ale came to prominence in the mid-20th century. A balanced fruity and floral hop character is complemented by the peppery, spicy notes of Belgian yeast. Beau’s first created Koru in 2012 for our annual Vankleek Hill Oktoberfest celebration.

Brewmaster’s Notes: Koru pours deep gold with white frothy foam. The aroma combines tropical fruit with citrusy notes such as candied orange. Koru is medium-bodied and the flavours are peppery and fruity suggesting mango, papaya, pineapple and grapefruit. The finish offers lingering spice.

Suggested Food Pairings: Chicken schnitzel with mango & papaya salsa; avocado, lime, red onion & shrimp salad; grilled peaches wrapped in prosciutto; Burrata or fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese.

 

Le Coeur Noir

label-lecoeurnoir-1024x1024This beer is the 11th in Beau’s Pro-Am Series which features beers that are designed by amateur brewers, and brewed at Beau’s. Le Coeur Noir Black IPA was brewed in collaboration with the winner of the 2013 Toronto Beer Week Homebrew Contest, Jordan Rainhard.

This 7.1% abv beer is one of Beau’s cutting styles, an American Black IPA.

Tasting Notes: This beer pours with an opaque brown hue and shows pronounced notes of black molasses, spruce tips, cacao nibs, roasted malt and touch of grapefruit rind.  The mouthfeel is rich and full bodied with a long grapefruit pith finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Try pairing this with gorgonzola gnocchi, braised short rib with crumbled blue cheese or a simple bison-blue cheese burger.  Blue cheese is an incredible example of pairing an assertive style of beer with an assertive style of food.

 

Screamin’ Beaver

label-screamin-beaver-1024x1024Here we have a strong 9.9% abv oak aged double IPA for our pleasure. This beer might sound intimidating but it carries a well-balanced malt and hop structure.  It is a sneakily easy drinking, given the alcohol, and it’s delicious!

Tasting Notes: The aromas are pronounced with complex notes.  It starts out with a strong honey, apricot and marzipan note, and later reveals layers of caramel, spearmint and spruce tips. The palate then shows a distinct maple syrup sweetness, orange peel and pink grapefruit.  The finish is long with a persistence of hoppy bitterness balanced by a sweet butterscotch-caramel note.

Suggested Food Pairing: Given it’s complexity, I still found this beer quite food friendly. Enjoy with Thai Spring Rolls and don’t hold back on the siracha hot sauce.  Also try pairing with Jambalaya, shrink creole or blackened salmon.

 

Elephant Monsoon Porter

Beaus Elephant MonsoonThis feBREWary beer was recently just released today (February 25th) and we did not have a sample to taste, so here are the brewmaster notes:

At 6.7% abv, a delicious duo meets a classic British beer style in what we are calling a “PB & grape” porter. The nicely roasted malt character of a porter ale gets a fun, flavourful twist with the addition of organic peanut butter and concord grape juice.

A roasty brown ale with hundreds of years of history behind it, porter beer originated in London and was very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. PB & grape is a sandwich, popular in North America, made with a layer of peanut butter & grape jelly between two slices of bread… or one slice, folded over, if you prefer.

Brewmaster’s Notes: Elephant Monsoon pours a nearly opaque brown/black with a tan head. The aroma is a medley of mocha, grape and peanut notes. The flavour features sweet grapey fruitiness followed by dark chocolate and peanuts. The finish is dry… with lingering nuts.

Suggested Food Pairings: Peanut butter pie with Oreo crust; “Elvis Presley” grilled sandwich (peanut butter, mashed banana & crisp bacon); Asian-spiced chicken meatballs with spicy peanut sauce.

 

 • Recipes enjoy with your Savvy Hip Hops •

from Chef Bruce of Beau’s


With Beau’s Coeur Noir Black IPA…

Squash Gnocchi with Blue Cheese, Apple and Sage

Recipe & photo from Beau’s Chef Bruce
Serves: 6

The trick to good, light gnocchi is the type of potato. A baking or russet potato will give you the texture you need to make a soft, tender dumpling.

IMG_2421-300x300Ingredients

1 lb russet potatoes
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
Sea salt
4 eggs
1 C roast squash purée
3-4 C all-purpose flour
Cornmeal (enough to dust tray)
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
8 fresh sage leaves
1 apple, cut in 1/4 ” dice
4 oz blue cheese (such as Glengarry Celtic), crumbled

 Method

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Rub the potatoes with a little vegetable oil and salt and place them on a baking sheet. Bake the potatoes for one hour, or until fork tender. When the potatoes have cooled, peel them and pass them through a food mill (or grate them).

Place the potatoes in a bowl and add the eggs, squash and a pinch of salt. Add 2 C of the flour and mix to combine; the mixture will probably be fairly sticky. Turn out on to a well-floured surface and liberally dust with flour. Knead the dough, adding more flour as it becomes sticky. When the dough is a cohesive ball and is no longer sticky, place it in a bowl, cover with saran wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.

Divide the gnocchi dough into golf-ball-sized pieces. Using your fingertips roll the dough into a long(ish) rope shape about ½” around. Cut the dough into one inch lengths and place on a cornmeal-dusted baking sheet. Continue with the remaining dough until you have a tray full of gnocchi. Place the tray in the freezer and freeze for 30 minutes.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop the frozen gnocchi intothe boiling water. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until tender, drain, and place on a lightly oiled tray until needed.

To finish, heat the butter in a pan over medium-high heat until lightly browned. Add the apple & sage & cook for one minute. Add the cooked gnocchi & the blue cheese. Mix to combine. Serve hot, paired with a bottle of Beau’s Cœur Noir Black IPA.


With Fous Alliés…

Baked Camembert with Mustard Fruits

Recipe from Beau’s Chef Bruce
Yield: Serves 4 as a decadent treat

The warm soft brie pears well with the earthy, slightly tart character of the beer & the fruit plays well with the tropical fruit notes. Traditionally the mustard fruits are made with wine; I have substituted beer here for a different flavour.

Ingredients

moniques photo 2600 mL Beau’s Fous Alliés Mango Saison
1 cups cider vinegar
2 cups white sugar
¼ cups yellow mustard seeds
2 Tbsp mustard powder
½ tsp chili flakes
2 cups pitted prunes, roughly chopped
1 cups dried black mission figs, stemmed & quartered
1 cups dried cranberries
3 fresh pears, cored & diced in ¼” cubes
3 tart apples, cored & diced in ¼” cubes
2 300g wheels Camembert

Method

In a stainless steel pot bring the beer, vinegar, sugar, and the spices to a boil. Simmer on medium-high for 15 minutes (careful, it may overflow!) You want the liquid to reduce by about half.

Add the prunes, figs and cranberries; simmer a further 15 minutes. Add the apples and pears, then cook until they are soft but not mushy. Remove from the heat, pour into clean jars, cool, cover, and refrigerate.

The cheese can be warmed in many ways: I often put it directly on the BBQ (medium heat); on a tray in a 350 F oven; or even in a medium-heat pan on the stove. Heat the camembert for 5 minutes, turning 2 or 3 times (it will puff up slightly).

Place it on a nice serving plate or board and slit open the cheese; spoon the prepared mustard fruits into the cheese, and serve with warm sliced baguette and a glass of Beau’s Fous Alliés.

 

With Farm Table: Grisette…

Roasted Potatoes with Riopelle Cheese

Recipe & photo from Beau’s Chef Bruce

These potatoes get crisp and delicious in the oven. The caramelized flavours of the potatoes & the unctuous creaminess of the cheese pair beautifully with Farm Table: Grisette. Duck fat is available in good butcher shops in small tubs. If you wish not to use the duck fat, olive oil is a reasonable substitute.

Yield: Serves 4 as an appetizer

Ingredients

1 lb potatoes (fingerlings or small new potatoes)
6 cloves garlic, unpeeled
2 tbsp duck fat, melted (or olive oil)
⅓tsp kosher salt
Freshly milled black pepper
¼ tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp fresh thyme, leaves only, chopped
4 slices Riopelle cheese (or other triple crème cheese, such as St-Honoré)

Method

Preheat the oven to 400 F. In a bowl mix together the duck fat or olive oil, salt, pepper paprika and thyme. Toss the potatoes and garlic cloves with the mixture, & place on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 30 minutes or until soft on the inside & nicely crispy on the outside.

Remove potatoes from the oven and divide between 4 ovenproof dinner plates. Place a slice of cheese on each pile of potatoes. Place the plates on a baking sheet & bake for 3-4 minutes, or until the cheese is just soft & melting.

Remove hot plates carefully from the oven, and serve with a glass of Farm Table: Grisette.

 

With Screamin Beaver Oak Aged Double IPA…

Thyme-seared Salmon

Recipe & photo from Beau’s Chef Bruce
Yield: Serves 4 as a main course

This is a dish meant for wild salmon, particularly West coast fish like Coho or Sockeye.

If you can getyour hands on Red Spring salmon this dish will move to another ethereal plane. The oily fish matches well with the malt character in the beer, and the hops are matched by the pepper and thyme.

screamin-beaver-salmon2-300x300Ingredients

4x 6 oz salmon fillets, skin on
2 Tbsp good peppery olive oil
2 tsp fresh thyme, leaves only, chopped
1 Tbsp coarsely ground black pepper
2 tsp kosher salt
2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
3 Tbsp Beau’s Screamin’ Beaver Oak Aged Double IPA

 Method

Preheat the oven to 425 F.

Rub the flesh side of the salmon with the olive oil. Coat with the thyme, pepper, and salt.

Heat a heavy-bottomed pan (cast iron is ideal) on med-high until hot but not smoking. Add the butter and grapeseed oil to the pan and, when melted and beginning to brown, add the salmon flesh side down. Cook for 1 minute and turn over, then place the pan in the oven and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and place back on a med-high burner.

Add the beer to the pan and baste the fish with the beer & butter-oil mix. Remove from the pan and serve with the pan drippings. This is fabulous served with a kale & sweet onion risotto, alongside a snifter of Beau’s Screamin’ Beaver.

Another neat recipe to try…

Moroccan Chickpea, Lentil & Tomato Stew with Dosa

Recipe from Beau’s Chef Bruce

This recipe was showcased last week at the Operation Come Home’s “Poor Chef’s Competition”: where professional Ottawa chefs were asked to prepare a dish for $3.15. The chefs were told that the recipe could include a maximum of 3 items that would easily be found in a food bank cupboard. This special lunch hour event was intended to help raise awareness of the reality of youth homelessness in one of our local communities.

No beer is in this dish to ensure that Chef Bruce would stay within his $3.15 budget

Notes from Chef Bruce: Writing this recipe in 2016 – the year of the pulses– it was a natural fit to include chickpeas & lentils as they provide protein and are a good way to make a filling meal while stretching your food dollar. The dosa is a whimsical touch that makes it fun to eat, and yes even as adults we can eat with our fingers. The vegetables are the variable part of the whole adventure. Go to what I lovingly refer to as the ‘Island of Lost Vegetables’ (a.k.a. the marked-down vegetable cart). Use your imagination & have some fun! You can also use tinned or frozen veggies in a pinch.

Ingredients

For the stew…

1 medium sweet potato
1 small onion, peeled & finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled & finely chopped
1 cup red lentils (green are fine as well, the stew will just have to simmer longer)
1 28 oz tin chickpeas
1 28 oz tin chopped tomatoes
2 cups of chopped mixed vegetables (e.g. zucchini, mushrooms, carrots)
4 tsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp Moroccan spice (recipe follows)

Method

In a pot large enough to hold all the vegetables, heat 2 tsp of the oil on medium heat. Add the onions & garlic. Cook until soft and they smell good. Add the lentils, vegetables and spices and stir well, then add the tomatoes & chickpeas & stir well. Simmer for 30 minutes on medium heat, stirring often.

While the stew is cooking, wash the sweet potato & prick all over with a fork. Rub with 1 tsp of the oil and place on a plate, then microwave it on high for 10 minutes. Remove from the microwave and cut in half lengthwise (careful it’s hot!) Heat a small frying pan with 1 tsp of the oil. Place the sweet potato cut side down into the pan, and cook until nicely browned, about 3-4 minutes.

Remove potatoes to a clean plate, cut side up. Spoon the stew over the sweet potato & serve with the dosa.

Ingredients

For the Moroccan spice…

1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
¼ tsp cayenne
½ tsp smoked paprika

Mix all together and reserve until needed.

Ingredients

For the Dosa….

1 cup chickpea flour
½ cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp Moroccan spice
1 ¾ cups water
1 Tbsp butter, melted
2 tsp vegetable oil

Method

In a bowl whisk together the chickpea flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, Moroccan spice, and salt. Add the water and melted butter, and mix well to combine.

Preheat an 8” non-stick skillet over medium heat. When the skillet is hot, brush with a little oil. Pour about a half-cup of batter into the centre of the skillet, tilting the pan until the batter evenly covers the bottom of the skillet. When the edges begin to peel backand the dosa begins to brown (about 3- 4 minutes), use a spatula to flip it over and cook for about 10 seconds. Transfer to a clean plate.

Repeat until you have used all the batter (you should have 4-6 dosa).

Onto each dosa, spoon stew over the sweet potato & serve.

 

Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops!

 

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Strathroy – Ontario’s Patriotic Brewery

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
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Cheers to another month of fine Ontario craft beer! This month Savvy Hip Hops brings you an exclusive 2-4 from Strathroy Brewing Company located in…you guessed it… Strathroy, Ontario – just west of London.  We hope you will enjoy what’s inside your case and perhaps some of these brews could very well become your favourite summer quenchers!

Open your Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case… 

…and find four each of Strathroy’s 6 beer styles all packaged up in a neat two four.

Rich in history…

Pull out a beer from the box and notice anything interesting about the label? There is a certain year on prominent display surrounding the legacy of the War of 1812. Strathroy, like many neighbouring towns in western Ontario, are a patriotic crowd who respect history, tradition and two hundred years of peace with our American neighbours to the south.   Quite a few people in the Strathroy community are direct descendants of the soldiers who fought in that war.

Co-owner and brewmaster Alex Martin is no history expert but he came to realize something compelling about involving the legacy of the War of 1812 on his brewing practices.  Aside from being very passionate about making quality beer styles for his customers to enjoy time and again, he wanted to showcase a sense of community through his brewehiphops_largery. He respects every palate and pays keen attention to the feedback from the folks of Strathroy.  When the time came to officially establish the brewery, he saw it fitting to name it the Strathroy Brewing Company, as well as dedicating many of the names of their beer styles to the many Canadians who fought for peace during the War of 1812.

Today, nearly one year since the brewery has officially been in operation, they are casually referred as the “brewery of the people.” Alex has gone from brewing their classic flagship English style 1812 Independence Pale Ale to six different styles available year round, plus more in the works.  So, put a few beers in the fridge to chill and by the time you finish our Beer Backstory, they should be cool enough to tap into!

Found a new fav?
Would you like more beer from 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…
Strathroy Brewing Company

by Monique Ippolito

The Captain of the Ship

The brewery is owned by brothers Alex and Mathew Martin, with Alex at the helm of ship, while Mathew has a silent role. The Martin brothers grew very fond of a range of beer styles avaialble across the Atlantic during their backpacking days, particularly Germany and the Netherlands.   There was something about visiting one of Munich’s largest beer halls that sparked the hoppy passion in their hearts.  Today, they definitely aim to respect tradition and craft their beers with that in mind.

Alex (in photo below) is originally from Toronto but he is no stranger to Strathroy as he spent his university years in London completing a degree in chemical engineering.  Afterwards, worked in France for a couple years as a chemical engineer, then later dabbled into the coorporate world in Toronto.Savvy Hip Hops - Alex Martin

As time went by,  Alex kept up with his home brewing hobby and naturally became intrigued to what it takes to open a brewery in Ontario.  With his business experience combined with his entrepreneurial spririt, he made the plunge.  It took over two years of hard labour, number crunching and creativity – in other words: blood, sweat and tears – to get Strathroy’s doors open.

Beers steeped in history…

One thing Alex wants to ensure with his brews is that there is a variety of expressions for every palate.  He also wants to ensure that there is quality and consitency in their beers before launching them year round.  You will find out more about the beer styles in tasting notes section, but here is a little bit about their namesake.

Savvy Hip Hops - Alex Martin at pubThe folks of Strathroy are very steeped in history and there are quite a few reanactors in the community who volunteer their time to commemorate their brave ancestors’ battles.   Many of the battlegrounds are in and around Strathroy. It came naturally to the Strathroy brewing team to include this historal aspect to their brewery.  The community was thrilled and honoured to learn that the brewery would carry on the traditions as well.

The first beer style that was made available was the 1812 Independence Pale Ale.  They named it the “Inpendence Pale Ale” to commemorate the legacy of the soldiers who took up arms and faught for their Independence from the Americans. Prominently displayed 1812 on the label described the year the war went full blast. This is the only beer to have the year 1812 displayed.

A few months after the grand opening, several other beer styles filled the fridge.  All have a particular year prominently displayed on their labels and that is the year when the cannons went silent and a peace accord was struck – ie. the year of 1815.  With names like Peace Wheat, Hop Happy Haymaker, Lockstock Ale,  and Smokin’ Cannon Stout ; all paying tribute to the end of the war and future of peace.  The same goes for the 1815 Longwoods Lager, but this name commemorates the soldiers who faught bravely at the Battle of Longwoods in 1815.Strathroy Brewing Co logo

Just as significant as the names on the beers are the two fire breathing dragons on the label’s crest. These strong mythical creatures are  seen as a fine representation of the strong heritage the community shares involving their battle against a grand oponent; as well as the brewery’s growth in market mostly controlled by larger manufaturers.

The most rewarding part of the job, so far?

When the staff at Strathroy get approached from customers wanting to buy kegs and kegs of beer for their weddings, anniversaries or any milestone celebration; they are really touched.  “The fact the people in our community want my brewery included in such an occasion really means a lot”, says Alex.

Cheers to Alex & the brewery team!


 • Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes •

Savvy Hip Hops - StrathroyAlex mentioned that one of the biggest regrets he’s had in the business was not having more than one beer style at the time of the brewery’s inauguration.  That quickly changed as they now brew six beer styles around the clock. Plus, hope of adding two more styles before the end of the year.

Alex explains, all their beers are “bottle conditioned and non-filtered to maximize flavour, aroma and character in accordance with the Champagne style of natural fermentation, carbonation and maturation.”  Alex continues, “we craft our beers the old-fashioned way to resemble the taste and freshness of pouring straight from the cellarmaster’s cask.”

1815 Longwoods Lager

A traditional German-style golden lager, carefully crafted to be crisp, smooth and refreshing. 5.0% ABV

Tasting Notes:  Medium golden yellow appearance. Key aromas include citrus peel, fresh peach and lemon grass. These notes repeat on the palate with white grapefruit and lemongrass grass playing a more dominant role.  The malt flavours are mild but bring a noticeable creamy texture on the palate; and overall, well-balanced with a spicy and floral hoppy finish.

The brewery practices the German tradition of kräusening when brewing the 1815 Longwoods Lager for natural carbonation and a cellar-fresh taste. A process which consists of adding actively fermenting wort (young beer) to beer that has thoroughly fermented and is ready for bottling.

Suggested Food Pairing: Food friendly. Try with BBQ shrimp and scallop skewers – or sip while you BBQing those shrimp skewers!

1815 Peace Wheat

A Belgian-style wit beer crafted from a special blend of 7 hop varieties. 5.0% ABV

Tasting Notes:  Pale straw yellow with a naturally cloudy haze.  A light bodied beer with lively orange-lime citrus zest with floral notes dominate the aromas, while white grapefruit and gooseberry flavours dominate the palate.  The Peace Wheat finishes fry, refreshing and thirst quenching.

Suggested Food Pairing: Wheat beers make for enjoyable brunch pairings. Try pairing with the bacon and aged gouda frittata (recipe below). 

1815 Lockstock Ale

The latest addition to the Strathroy Brewing family, this brew is an Australian-style sparkling ale reminiscent of hot summer days on the Gold Coast. 4% ABV

Tasting Notes:  Pale straw with a light golden hue.  White grapefruit, lemon zest, stone fruit and grassy notes are more dominant on the nose.  While a touch floral hop bitterness harmonize with crisp citrus notes on the palate. Overall, a light bodied refreshing ale with a short crisp finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Enjoy this light easy drinking beer with some fish tacos!

1812 Independence Pale Ale

A Traditional English-style pale ale that inaugurated the Strathroy Brewing Company. 5.5% ABVStrathroy Brewing Co bottles

Tasting Notes:  Bright medium copper in colour.  A nice creamy caramel note overpowers the nose initially with layers of dried peaches and apricot, sweet baking spices, orange zest and a mild lemon-lime hop note giving the nose a pleasant balance. On the palate, this beer is all creamy rich goodness with the aromas repeating on the palate right through to a long malty orange finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Try pairing this bold brew with apricot and Gruyere stuffed pork tenderloin. 

1815 Hop Happy Haymaker Double Independence Pale Ale

An American-Style Pale Ale with a nice hop peppery note. 5.5% ABV

Tasting Notes:  Light copper with an amber hue. Pink grapefruit, pickled ginger, freshly cracked white, pepper, lime leaves and a touch of floral hops notes stand out on the nose. Lemon grass, ginger and pithy pink grapefruit are more dominant on the palate right through to a long spicy but refreshing finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Don’t doubt pairing heat with heat! The spicy undertones in the IPA pairs quite well with the sweet and spicy notes in several South Asian dishes.  Try with Vietnamese spring rolls and peanut sauce.

1815 Smokin’ Cannon Stout

A classic Irish-style dry stout crowned by a velvety smooth head. 5.0% ABV

Tasting Notes:  Dark espresso brown appearance with a creamy caramel frothy head.  Aromas are rich in mocha, chocolate and baking spice with a well-balanced peppery and earthy hoppiness.  The aromas repeat on palate of this full bodied stout leaving a lasting impression of a boozy latte on the palate.

Suggested Food Pairing: Stouts never disappoint with hearty stews and roasts but have you ever it with ice cream?  Don’t wait for the fall to enjoy this stout. Try pouring into a cup of vanilla ice cream to make a stout float – a terrific twist on summer desserts!

 • Recipes to enjoy with the featured Savvy Hip Hops •

 

With 1815 Peace Wheat

Bacon & Gouda Frittata

From Monique Ippolito’s kitchen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 4-5 Servings

Ingredients

½ cup pancetta (or 10-12 strips of bacon), chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 tbsp. fresh chives, chopped
¼ tsp. smoked paprika
½ tsp. dried oregano
¾ cup aged Gouda cheese, shredded
8 eggs

Method

In a large bowl, whisk eggs, Gouda and chives and set aside.

In a large cast iron skillet, cook bacon over medium heat. After about 5 minutes add in the garlic, onion, red pepper, oregano, and paprika.

Cook for another 8-10 minutes or until the onions have soften and the bacon is fully cooked.

Mix in the egg mixture to the skillet and continue cooking on the stove for 2 minutes.

Move the skillet to a 350⁰F pre-heated oven and cook for 15 minutes.

 

With 1812 Independence Pale Ale

Apricot-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

From: www.tasteofhome.com
Cook Time: 35 minutesPrep Time: 20 minutesApricot stuffed pork tenderloin - Taste of Home
Yield: 2 Servings

Ingredients

1 pork tenderloin (about ¾ to 1 lb)
1/3 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
¼ cup thinly sliced dried apricots
1 tsp minced fresh thyme or ¼ tsp. dried thyme
1 small garlic glove, minced
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
Dash of cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp butter, melted

Method

Cut a lengthwise slit down the roast to within 1/2 in. of bottom. Open roast so it lies flat; cover with plastic wrap. Flatten to 1/2-in. thickness. Remove wrap; sprinkle with cheese, apricots, thyme, garlic, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.

Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long end. Tie at 1-1/2-inch to 2-inch intervals with kitchen string; secure ends with toothpicks.

Transfer to an 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Brush tenderloin with butter. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160°.

Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.

 

With 1815 Hop Happy Haymaker Double IPA

shrimp rollsVietnamese Shrimp Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

From: www.chow.com

Yield: 16 rolls
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients – for the Peanut Sauce

¾ cup natural-style creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup water
3 Tbsp hoisin sauce
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 1 ½ medium limes)
4½ tsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
2 ¼ tsp chili-garlic paste
1 medium garlic clove, mashed to a paste
½ tsp. toasted sesame oil

Ingredients – for the rolls

24 medium shrimps (about 1 pound) peeled and de-veined
4 ounces dried rice vermicelli
16 (8 ½ inch) round rice paper wrappers
1 cup mung bean sprouts (about 3 ounces)
32 medium fresh mint leaves (approximately from 1 bunch)
32 fresh basil or Thai basil leaves
16 small fresh cilantro sprigs
2 serrano chilies, stemmed, halved, seeds removed and thinly sliced lengthwise into 32 pieces (optional)
1 medium English cucumber, peeled and cut ¼ by ¼ by 2/1/2 inch sticks
3 medium scallions, quartered lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 2 1/1 pieces (white & light green parts only)
8 Bibb lettuce leaves, cut in half

Method – for the Peanut Sauce:

Whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.

Method – for the rolls:

Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add the shrimp and cook until bright pink and just opaque, about 1 1/2 minutes. Drain in a colander and run under cold water until cool. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and place on a cutting board.

Holding your knife parallel to the cutting board, halve each shrimp horizontally. Place in a medium bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate

Cook the rice noodles according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.

Place all of the ingredients in separate containers and arrange them in the following order around a work surface: rice paper wrappers, shrimp, rice noodles, bean sprouts, mint, basil, cilantro, serrano (if using), cucumber, scallions, and lettuce.

Place a clean, damp kitchen towel on a work surface. Fill a medium frying pan or wide, shallow dish large enough to hold the rice paper wrappers with hot tap water. Working with 1 wrapper at a time, completely submerge the wrapper until it is soft and pliable, about 15 seconds. Remove the wrapper from the water and place it on the towel.

Working quickly, lay 3 shrimp halves in a row, cut side up, just above the center of the wrapper, leaving about 1 inch of space on each side. Then layer a scant 1/4 cup of the rice noodles over the shrimp, followed by a few bean sprouts, 2 of the mint leaves, 2 of the basil leaves, 1 sprig of cilantro, and 2 pieces of serrano, if using; and place 4 of the cucumber sticks and 2 of the scallion pieces on either side of the noodle pile. Roll one piece of lettuce into a cigar shape and place it on top of the noodle pile.

Fold the bottom half of the rice paper wrapper over the filling. Holding the whole thing firmly in place, fold the sides of the wrapper in. Then, pressing firmly down to hold the folds in place, roll the entire wrapper horizontally up from the bottom to the top.

Turn the roll so that the seam faces down and the row of shrimp faces up. Place it on a rimmed baking sheet and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and fillings. Leave 3/4 inch between each summer roll on the sheet so they don’t stick together, and replace the water in the pan or dish with hot tap water as needed.

If not serving immediately, keep the summer rolls tightly covered with plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 2 hours. Serve with the peanut sauce for dipping. 

 

 

Cheers & Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops!

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5 Paddles – craft beers delivered!

Posted by Shawn

Monday, May 11th, 2015
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And here we go again! This month, Savvy Hip Hops brings you a new Taste Case of beer and hopefully some new favourites to help you enjoy the warmer weather that has finally arrived! Our April feature is 5 Paddles Brewing Company from Whitby with a variety of beer styles.

If you are not familiar with 5 Paddles and their unbelievable library of beers, read through the following pageshiphops_large of our Beer Backstory Magazine to get to know more about the 4 brewmasters (there were 5 when they started) – who have over 100 different beers made already in the short 2 years that they have been open.

5 Paddles uses the tagline “Durham’s Beer” which is aptly named as they are located just off the 401 in Whitby. The founders all met through a local home brewing club and now they are brewing beers around the clock. They really have become the local hot spot for craft beer, continually selling out everything they make right at the brewery.

Open your Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case…

…and find these eight bottles of beers all in refundable 650mL bottles, so there’s no reason to return your empties to the brewery, although we are sure you will want to visit after tasting these!

Baby Belg
Badass Pal Ale
In Your Face IPA
Home Sweet Home Pale Ale (2 bottles)
Her
Heroine of Niagara Wine Barrel Aged Wheat Ale
Brother Ian’s Belgian 8
Midnight Paddler

Note: some Savvy Hip Hopsters will receive 1 bottle of Belgian Midnight Paddler in replacement for the Midnight Paddler…the brewery was a couple of bottles short at the time of shipping.

Found a new fav?  

Would you like more beer from 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…
5 Paddles Brewing Company 

by Shawn McCormick

“Durham’s Beer”, 5 Paddles is conveniently located just 5 minutes off of the 401 in Whitby, and is definitely worth a stop for anyone heading by on the highway! 

Why “5 Paddles”?

The five original founders met through the local home brew club. They had tossed around the idea of starting a bre5 Paddles logowery together but weren’t sure how to do it. Along came Broadhead Brewery in Ottawa, who just happened to provide the exact nanobrewery model that these ambitious home brewers were looking for. That little spark combined with their passion, and soon the brewery was born. Looking for a name, they realized that they all would have a hand (or a mash paddle) in the brewing process as active brewers, and the name just seemed right! 

A Banker, A Mechanic, A Horticulturist, and a Brewer’s Supply Store Owner walk into a bar…5 Paddles Front

It may sound like the start of a corny joke, but the beer coming out of 5 Paddles is no joke! These experienced home brewers all brought their diverse, favourite recipes to the partnership, giving consumers an extremely wide variety of styles to choose from right from the day they opened. Over time, they’ve evolved to where each partner can brew any beer. But that doesn’t mean they have lost their originality! With about 100 beers in their repertoire, these brewers like to experiment and try different things.

Not in the LCBO?

I had a great chat with Ed Woods, who gave up his job as a diesel mechanic to be one of the Paddlers, told me that they have had a hard time keeping up with demand since the day their doors opened two years ago. With a small 2.5 barrel (~225L) system, all of the beer is snapped up through the front door. They aren’t offering keg delivery service yet, but some local bars and restaurants want their beer on tap that they actually come and pick up kegs themselves at the brewery!

At 5 Paddles, “we’ve never spent a dollar on marketing, yet we keep getting busier and busier”, says Ed. “Word of mouth is spreading amazingly fast. The other day, one of the locals was in the brewery and said ‘my neighbour told me that he HAD to stop and try your beer.”

Moving on Up!5 Paddles

Luckily, 5 Paddles has just purchased some 10 barrel (~900L) equipment which is going to allow them to increase their production substantially. They also realized they needed more space and moved late last year to a space nearby that will house the new larger equipment. Ed hopes that at some point, they will “hit a ceiling” and actually have supply meet the demand. Does that mean the end to small batches though? Not at all, as Ed explains that the 2.5 barrel system will be kept for experimenting and running the “one-offs” that 5 Paddles has become famous for.

 Last Words…

5 Paddles BottlesEd and I talk about the changes in Ontario’s craft beer industry. Ed’s excited about the great beer coming out, noting “Great beers are raising the bar for everybody. When I try a great beer, I get motivated and think that I have to make something better than this!”. Indeed his motto isn’t “Try 5 Paddles Beer”, but rather “Try new stuff. Try everybody!”

We raise a glass to the 5 Paddles team!

 

 •Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes•

 

5 Paddles makes so many different beer styles, but with their demand outstripping supply, we had to work hard to pull together enough beer for this month’s delivery. You’ll find a little bit of everything in your Taste Case this month, and if you have friends who are into beer, you might want to invite them over to try some of these!

Baby Belge (Belgian Ale)

A sessionable, golden Belgian Ale with the right mix of malt and spice! 4.7% ABV5 Paddles Ales

Tasting Notes:  Golden straw colour. Wheat and cereal notes dominate the nose at first, with hints of honey, lemon, and spice. On the palate, there’s the expected banana and bubblegum influence of the Belgian yeast, and a light hop bitterness and white pepper spice on the finish. Very refreshing sipper for a warm sunny afternoon outside!

Suggested Food Pairing: Food friendly. Try it with Gruyere grilled cheese (with or without caramelized onions on it).

 

Home Sweet Home (Pale Wheat Ale)

With a deeper colour and more malt-forward notes, this fresh and creamy Pale Ale is 5 Paddles’ best-selling beer and comes in at 5%.

Tasting Notes: Malt forward ale with lots of cereal and honey malt on the nose. The palate is a touch sweet at first (all about those honey malts) and then finishes with some nice drying hops. The vanilla is very light and comes through more as some toffee and “double-double” coffee notes. 

Suggested Food Pairing: Classic weeknight burgers on the BBQ, or just about anything fried!

 

Badass Pale Ale (American Pale Ale)5 Paddles Badass Beer

The first beer ever made at 5 Paddles, and refreshing for 6.3% ABV

Tasting Notes: Copper coloured, this is a malt forward Pale Ale with toffee and buckwheat honey  dominating the nose, and citrusy hops notes playing second fiddle.  On the finish, the hops kick in and take over with some tart grapefruit pith dominating the remaining malt stickiness, readying your palate for another sip.

Suggested Food Pairings: Shellfish, fried foods, pizza, or simple cheese and charcuterie.

 

In Your Face IPA (American IPA)

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

Tasting Notes:  As brewer Erin Broadfoot describes it, this is “A crisp and easy drinking west coast style IPA that is light on malt flavor and heavy on the hops. Hops lend notes of citrus, chardonnay, lemon and grapefruit.”  What else can we add? It is an excellent take on an American style IPA, with great hoppiness, spice, and malt balanced.

Suggested Food Pairings: This one says Mexican – try with burritos, nachos, or quesadillas.

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Heroine of Niagara (Merlot Wine Barrel Aged Wheat Ale)5 Paddles Merlot Ale

For those of you who have not tried sour beers, this is a great introductory beer! 6% ABV.

Tasting Notes: With a nose of candied apple and clementine, you know this is something different! On the palate, the sweeteness is contrasted with some grapefruit-like sourness, and hints of dried fruit and oak. The finish is slightly sour and almost has a tannic astringency that is very refreshing. This is a great introduction to the sour beer style!

Suggested Food Pairings: Try this one with Tomato salad with vinaigrette dressing or enjoy in the evening with a chunk of blue cheese!

 

Brother Ian’s Belgian 8 (Belgian Strong Ale)

This is 5 Paddles take on a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and is a big, bold beer at 9.5% ABV.

Tasting Notes: The nose on this hazy brown beer is all about the sweet malts with toffee, cereal, roasted malt, and molasses. There is raisin and cherry joining on the palate, as well as toffee and light coffee notes. There’s enough hop and malt bitterness to make the finish dry, spicy and delicious!

Suggested Food Pairings: Barbecue, and grilled and roasted meats.

 

Midnight Paddler (Imperial Stout/Black IPA)

Unfortunately we couldn’t get enough Midnight Paddler for all of you, so in your Taste Case you will either have a Midnight Paddler or a Belgian Midnight Paddler. Both have the same beer base which starts as a Russian Imperial Stout with a load of hops (which is why some refer to it as a Black IPA). The difference in the yeast makes a huge difference, and indeed the in brewery, Belgian version is called a “Royal Canadian Quad”. Both 10% ABV.

Tasting Notes

Midnight Paddler: Very dark beer with roasted malt aromas of chocolate and black coffee. Noticeable hops influence in both floral and grapefruit notes. The palate is all stout at first with sweet malt notes at first, then the citrus and pine flavours you’d expect in an IPA hit. 5 Paddles Midnight Paddler

Belgian Midnight Paddler: Same deep colour and roasted malt and cereal aromas. The Belgian yeast used in this one brings out some dried fruit notes (figs and raisins) and some definite banana influence – one of our reviewers described the palate as a “chocolate covered banana”!

Suggested Food Pairings: Grilled meats, rich and creamy desserts like tiramisu or chocolate cheesecake.

 

• Recipes to enjoy with the featured Savvy Hip Hops •

 

With 5 Paddles Badass Pale Ale

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp     

From Beerchow.com

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Yield: 34 Servings

Ingredients

1 dozen 12/16 count shrimp – peeled, deveined and tails on
1/2 lb. quality maple-smoked bacon
(Requires 4 wood or metal skewers)

 Method

Preheat grill to medium.

Cut bacon in half so you have 2 shorter strips per slice. Take half piece of bacon and wrap around shrimp totally engulfing it. Slide onto skewer (Remember to soak wood skewers in water, and even when well saturated the exposed ends still may burn apart. You can add tin foil onto the grill outside of the cooking areas where your wood skewer is exposed to the grill flames.) Slide 3 shrimp per skewer.

Grill the bacon wrap shrimp on the skewer for approximately 3 – 4 minutes per side making sure the bacon is cooked. If you’ve wrapped the shrimp properly the shrimp will cook slower and not overcook.

Slide cooked shrimp off of skewer and serve immediately with rice, veggies, and a glass of Badass Pale Ale. 

 

 With 5 Paddles Home Sweet Home Pale Ale

Beer Battered Fish

From Shawn McCormick’s family kitchen

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

1 lb (500g) white fish fillets (halibut, cod)
½ bottle of Home Sweet Home Pale Ale
1 ¼ cup all purpose flour, plus some additional for dusting
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 egg
Enough oil (2”-3” minimum) to deep fry in the pan you are using.

Method

Heat oil to 375°F

Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, and paprika well, ensuring there are no clumps of baking powder.

Beat the egg and fold into the flour mixture.

Slowly add the beer, mixing well to get rid of any clumps. You want it slightly thinner consistency than pancake mix, so add more beer or flour until you have the right consistency.

Wash the fish fillets and pat dry with paper towels. When dry, dust them with flour and dip into batter, ensuring they are well coated.

Slowly lower them into the hot oil. Deep fry until golden brown on each side, turning as required. This should take 4-6 minutes per batch.

Serve with fries, salad, and more Home Sweet Home Pale Ale!

 

With (Belgian) Midnight Paddler

Coffee Rubbed Pork Tenderloin                      

From Shawn McCormick’s kitchen

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 21 minutes
Yield: 4-6 Servings

Ingredients

3 lbs (1.5kg)  pork tenderloin

The Rub

4 Tbsp fine ground espresso
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp smoky paprika
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chilli powder or chipotle powder (more if you like it spicy)
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
BBQ Sauce (optional)

Method

Mix all rub ingredients together. Generously coat the meat on all sides with the rub. Leave in the fridge for 5-6 hours (or even overnight).

Heat the grill on high until it is very hot (over 400°F), then turn the heat setting to medium.

Grill the meat 7-8 minutes per side until the internal temperature reaches 140°F. Baste with optional BBQ sauce if you want. Remove, cover lightly with foil and allow them to sit for 7-8 minutes. They should still be pink and moist in the center.

Slice into medallions and serve with sides and a glass of Midnight Paddler or Belgian Midnight Paddler.

Cheers & Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops!

 

 

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Sarnia’s Refined Fool Brewing delivers beer to your door

Posted by Katy

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
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To celebrate the winter thaw we enlisted Sarnia’s lone brewery, Refined Fool Brewing Company, to fill your Savvy Hip Hop Taste Case with hard-to-find beer treats. Featured in this case is a wide variety of styles that will match whatever unpredictable weather Mother Nature dares throw our way; from a classic crisp IPA, warm Bourbon Vanilla Porter or do anything Nut Brown ..and many more!

The special treat about these beers is that they are only available in Sarnia – and now they are at your house! Stash them, savour them, share them, but most importantly enjoy them.

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

Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month clubThe Brouhaha (Nut Brown)

Joe Sent Me (Milk Stout)

Noble Oaf (Rye Saison)

Short Pier, Long Walk (Double IPA)

Antique Peepshow (IPA)

Ripsnorter (Vanilla Porter)

Wheat Didn’t Start the Fire (Hefeweizen)

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…
Refined Fool Brewing Company

by Katy Watts

Refined Fool Brewing Company proudly proclaims on every label that they are a group of teachers, creatives, blue collars, entrepreneurs, musicians & pastors who care about beer. They are, of course, talking about the ten investors who funded Sarnia’s first craft brewery that opened their doors on Davis Street just last May.

Refined Fool BrewsWhat’s in a Name?

The group of 20 to 30 year old professionals first started brewing using propane tanks & a turkey fryer in one of their backyards. Yes, you read that correctly! For their commercial operation they’ve pooled their expertise & converted old maple syrup drums into beer kettles where they brew small batches.

Brewer Dallas Willms explains, “There are a lot of Petrochemical companies in Sarnia so you hear ‘Refined Fuel’ quite a bit. Naming the brewery ‘Refined Fool’ is our way of giving a nod to Sarnia as well as describing who we are and the beer we make. We love to be playful in how we do things, but our pallets are refined.”

The Five Year Plan

Once a brewery has opened their doors, the typical strategy is to create good recipes, brew beer& repeat. Refined Fool, however, came into the brewing business armed with a five year plan to not only brew, but sell beer to local restaurants and distribute provincially through the LCBO. Happily, they’ve found that Sarnia’s thirst for craft beer was much greater than they thought. They have achieved many of their long-term goals in just over a year! “We sold out within the first few days of opening. The support we’ve received from the community has blown us out of the water,” Dallas shares.

Keeping up with demand is a good problem to have, but they’ve had to work hard to keep up. Just 5 months after opening, renovations on a newly leased space started for a 100-person tap room and preparations for a 400-litre brewing system were made. Not only is Refined Fool Brewing going to up production, they’re also going to make it easier for Sarnia to get their brews by offering 12-ounce pints at their new bar area.

What’s Next?

Being located next to Michigan, a state known for its craft beer and established breweries like Founders or Bell’s Brewing, has helped Refined Fool gain momentum with the community. It also acts as brewing inspiration!

There’s no doubt that they are taking notes on what’s booming in the United States and applying that to their processes, but right now they are focused on brewing and making sure your glass never goes empty.

Here’s to the team at Refined Fool Brewing Company & the fool in all of us!


•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!

The Brouhaha (Nut Brown)

BrouhahaBelieve it or not, Brown Ales can have different variations. There’s the Southern English-style which tends to be lower in alcohol and mild, the hopped up American style and the Northern English-style which is moderate in alcohol, sweeter and less bitter.

Tasting Notes:The Brouhaha follows the Northern English-style with 5.7% ABV and a bready malt, hazelnut aroma. This brew is malt forward with toffee, caramel and some yeast-y dark fruit flavours. It finishes dry with a slight taste of roasted nuts.

Suggested Food Pairing:Get your BBQ out! The nutty, caramel and toffee flavours of a brown ale make it a perfect pairing for anything grilled. The caramel in the brew match perfectly with the charred meat and the crisp dry carbonation helps cut through any fat. My suggestion? Make the ultimate cheeseburger and don’t spare any toppings.

 

Joe Sent Me (Milk Stout)

Joe sent meStouts brewed with lactose (milk sugar) can trace their origins back to 1907 when it was claimed that each pint contained “the energizing carbohydrates of ten ounces of dairy milk.” While lactose does enhance richness and texture of beer the nutritional claims of British breweries in the early 1900s are false. That said, enjoying a glass of milk stout is my favourite way to drink milk.

Tasting Notes:This brew pours night black with an enticing aroma of chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit and caramel. The flavour is more rich milk chocolate and caramel ending with a slight raisin note. This beer is fairly light with a moderate ABV of 5.2% making it very drinkable.

Suggested Food Pairing:Of course a milk stout is going to complement any chocolate dessert or make the perfect contrast for something tart, but why go for standard fair? Pair this milk stout with beef short rib or spicy Asian dishes like Szechuan Noodles with beef. Or you can be your own Chef and try your hand at making the beef and Swiss melt!

 

Noble Oaf (Rye Saison)

Noble OafBière de Saison is a farmhouse ale, brewed originally in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium. This style lends itself to a wide variety of interpretation by brewers with a flavour profile that includes varying levels of hops, malt, alcohol and yeast-y phenols and esters.

Tasting Notes:The 7.3% ABV Noble Oaf has a soft, fruity aroma dotted with peppery notes from Belgian yeast. The flavour is sweet with pear and a faint taste of banana before pepper and clove kick in at the end. Additional sips reveal slight rye before the Belgian yeast phenols kick in.

Suggested Food Pairing:There are a lot of things going on in a Saison that make it wonderfully refreshing and easy to pair with food. The yeasty esters and spice can be paired with a rustic roast chicken to a tangy chevre or the steamed mussel recipe featuring Noble Oaf we’ve included.

 

Short Pier, Long Walk (Double IPA)

Short Pier Long walkDouble IPAs or Imperial IPAs use double or sometimes triple the amount of hops and malts. The resulting beer can have a range of bitterness and hop characteristics with a malty balance and a higher than average ABV.

Tasting Notes:This 8.4% ABV has over 100 IBUs (International Bitterness Units). The IBU charges goes from 0 – 100 with Lagers checking in at 10 and standard IPAs at around 50. With Short Pier, Long Walk checking in beyond 100 it’s off the charts! As you can imagine there are flavours of citrus (orange, lemon) with that bitter taste of zest and pine kicking in second with biscuit and bread-y malts coming in to lend a balanced hand.

Suggested Food Pairing:This is a big IPA with a high level of IBUs so we’ll have to go big with our pairing! Grab a big platter and your favourite cured meats – salami, prosciutto, and rillettes – strong cheeses like a sharp cheddar or blue cheese and snack away.

 

Antique Peepshow (IPA)

Antique peepshowIPAs were originally brewed with extra hops for the long sea voyage from England to India, taking advantage of the preservative properties of hops to keep beer fresh. While this beer may not be travelling overseas, that didn’t stop the brewers at Refined Fool from packing it full of hops!

Tasting Notes:This 6.1% ABV, 70 IBU (International Bitterness Units) brew has a wonderful hoppy aroma filled with resin and a subtle caramel sweetness. There are big flavours of orange, grapefruit and pine at first sip but they quickly mellow into malty caramel with a touch of earthiness.

Suggested Food Pairing:I love the classic pairing of Antique Peepshow and an Indian curry. Spices like tamarind, coriander and cardamom are a perfect match for the citrus and earthiness of hops.

 

Ripsnorter (Vanilla Porter)

RipsnorterPorters are fairly similar to Stouts except they tend to use malted barley over unmalted roasted barley. The result is a dark medium bodied brew with a balance of sweet and bitter hops. Refined Fool has created their ‘Ripsnorter’ of a Porter by adding Bourbon and Vanilla to strengthen the flavour.

Tasting Notes:This full bodied opaque black brew has an enticing aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and whisky. The flavour does not disappoint with dark fruit, toffee, vanilla and Bourbon supporting the malt-y backbone of caramel, coffee and chocolate. At 8.7% ABV this brew is a slow sipper for a cold spring night.

Suggested Food Pairing:The chocolate and caramel flavours in Ripsnorter would stand up to a big steak, but my favourite pairing is simple vanilla ice cream. Sometimes I’ll even pour a little over a few scoops just to intensify the combination of rich chocolate and subtle bourbon flavours.

 

Wheat Didn’t Start the Fire (Hefeweizen)

Wheat didn't start the fire.This 5% ABV German Wheat Beer is brewed with a high ratio of wheat and uses a yeast that produces flavours of banana and clove (phenols). The prefix ‘Hefe’ means ‘with yeast’, which explains the unfiltered cloudy appearance.

Tasting Notes:Pale/straw in color with high cloudiness. Classic Hefeweizen style, with strong banana and clove balanced by bready/sweet characteristics, and high carbonation. Immensely refreshing and easy drinking.

Suggested Food Pairing:German Wheat Beer loves food; the fruit-y yeast and spice complement a wide range of flavours. Match Wheat Didn’t Start the Fire with simple Mexican-style chicken, spicy barbacoa or enchiladas. The high carbonation of this style will cut through high fat foods like cheese and guacamole so don’t be stingy!

 

• Recipes to enjoy with the featured Savvy Hip Hops •


With The Brouhaha

Beer Brined Chicken with Brown Ale Bean and Sweet Pea Puree

From Jackie Dodd of TheBeeroness

Ingredients

4 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin on

Salt and pepper

Half a bottle of Brouhaha
2 ¼ cups green peas
1 clove garlic, smashed
¼ cup sour cream
3 tablespoons brown ale
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
¼ cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
2 Tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup green onion

Method

Sprinkle salt and pepper on the chicken thighs and place in a large bowl or baking dish, pour beer over chicken. Refrigerate for 30 minutes (up to 4 hours). In a high powered blender or food processor add the peas, garlic, sour cream, brown ale, salt, pepper, parmesan and olive oil – process until smooth.

Add the peas to a pot over medium low heat, simmer until warmed through. Remove from heat. Remove chicken from brine, pat dry.

Place the chicken skin side down in a cold cast iron skillet, add the pan to medium high heat. As the pan heats, fat will render making the skin crispy. Once the skin is golden brown, turn the chicken thighs and cook until internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Plate the pea puree, add chicken and sprinkle with green onions. Serve with a glass of Brouhaha, of course!


With Joe Sent Me

Joe Sent Me Braised Beef and Swiss Melt

From Steve Cylka of The Black Peppercorn
Serves 6-8

Ingredients

3 Tablespoons oil
2 pounds stewing beef
3 tablespoons butter
2 sweet onions, thinly sliced
1 green pepper, cored and sliced
1 red pepper, cored and sliced
2 cups button mushrooms, sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
750ml Joe Sent Me Milk Stout
4 teaspoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon paprika
1 ½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
6-8 fresh crusty buns3 cups grated Swiss cheese

Method

Preheat oven to 300˚F. In a large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add some of the stewing beef to the skillet and brown all sides. Place just enough beef cubes to cover the bottom of the Dutch oven. Once browned, remove the beef and add some more. Continue to brown the beef in batches until they are all browned. Remove beef and set aside in a large bowl.

Melt butter in the Dutch oven. Add the onions, green and red pepper, mushrooms and minced garlic. Sauté, stirring often, until the vegetables are tender, about 6-8 minutes. Stir in the Joe Sent Me, tomato paste, paprika, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, lower heat and let simmer for 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and mix in the brown stewing beef.

Put a lid on the Dutch oven and bake in the oven for about 3 hours. Remove from the oven and increase the oven temperature to broil.

Slice a crusty bun lengthwise, making sure to not slice all the way through. Open it up and place on a large baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Spoon some of the beef and vegetable mixture in the opening of the crusty bun. Spoon a little extra sauce on the bun. Sprinkle some grated cheese on top of the beef mixture. Do this with the remaining crusty buns.

Place in the oven and broil until the cheese melts, about 3-5 minutes.Serve with a glass of Joe Sent Me!

 

With The Noble Oaf

Saison Steamed Mussels

From Sean Paxton of The Homebrew Chef

Ingredients

2kg (4.4lbs) PEI Mussels, beards removed
8oz unsalted butter
3 shallots, peeled and sliced
1 teaspoon dried thyme (2 tablespoons fresh)
1 teaspoon fennel seed, lightly cracked
1 teaspoon dried orange peel
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 bottle Noble Oaf
¼ cup Italian leaf parsley, chopped
Cracked black pepper to taste
1-2 loaves sour dough bread

Method

To prepare the mussels wash the outsides clean of any debris, scrubbing with a clean sponge. Using needle-nose pliers take a hold of the beard where the mussel attaches to the rock) and twist from the shell. Doing this will cause the mussel to die and must be done quickly. If shells are broken or mussels are open and do not close, discard them as they are already dead and dangerous to eat.

In a large pot, over high heat add butter and melt until it just starts to foam. Add the shallots and sauté for 3 minutes till transparent. Add the spices and cook for an additional minute. Add mussels and toss to coat.

Pour in Noble Oaf and seal pot with lid and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, turn the heat down to medium and simmer until all the mussels open, about 4-5 minutes. Turn off heat and serve immediately into deep bowls with warmed sour dough to soak up the incredible broth.

 

With Antique Peepshow

Jalapeno IPA Beer Hummus

From Jackie Dodd of TheBeeroness

Ingredients

2 fresh jalapenos; stemmed, seed and chopped (about ¼ cup)
3 tablespoons tahini
1 ½ cups cooked chick peas, drained
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lime, juice (about 1 tablespoon)
½ teaspoon garlic powder
75ml Antique Peepshow (plus more if needed)

Method

Combine all ingredients in a food processor, process until smooth. Add additional IPA for a thinner dip. Serve with pita or chips.

Remember, most heat from Jalapenos are in the seeds. If you prefer hotter hummus, leave more of the seeds in. If the finished dip is too mild, add ¼ teaspoon chili powder to add some kick!

 

With Ripsnorter

Pecan and Ripsnorter Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

From Alastair MacKay
Serves 12

Ingredients

1 lbs of day old bread (mix of white and light rye) crusts removed
½ cup of unsalted butter (melted)
1 ½ cups of sugar plus 2 tablespoons
5 large eggs
4 cups of 35% cream
Pinch of kosher salt
5 tablespoons of Ripsnorter
½ vanilla bean (split and remove seeds)
2 cups of toasted pecan pieces
½ cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
90 ml of 35% cream
75 ml of Refined Fool Ripsnorter Bourbon Porter
Pinch of salt
500 ml Refined Fool Ripsnorter Bourbon Porter
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cinnamon stick
1 whole clove
½ vanilla bean (seeds removed)

Method

Toss bread (1/2” cubes), melted butter and 2 tablespoons of sugar in bowl and mix well. Set aside. Using an electric mixer beat eggs, sugar until light and fluffy (3-4 minutes). Add cream and salt and blend for 1 minute. In a separate bowl mix vanilla bean seeds and Ripsnorter Bourbon Porter and add to egg and cream mixture.Pour mixture over bread and mix well. Add pecans and mix well again.Pour into 13×9 baking dish, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.Remove plastic wrap and bake at 325F for 1.5 hours or until top is browned and tester (toothpick) comes out clean.Remove from oven at let cool at room temperature for 1 hour. Serve with bourbon Sauce, glaze, whip cream (optional) and mint garnish.

Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in remaining ingredients and simmer until thickened whisking often (3 minutes). Cool slightly and set aside at room temperature until serving dessert.

Using the other half of vanilla bean from bread pudding recipe), scrape seeds from pod and place in small pot with all ingredients.Reduce liquid by half simmering at medium heat.Strain and reserve for plating of bread pudding. Serve with a glass of Ripsnorter and enjoy!

 

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Escape from the cold…enjoy feBREWary beers from Beau’s

Posted by Katy

Friday, February 27th, 2015
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Happy Birthday to US!  This month we celebrate the first anniversary of Savvy Hip Hops and the 4th edition of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company’s feBREWary beers. While this year’s feBREWary brews are hitting a record-setting 150+ pubs and restaurants across 37 towns and cities.

hiphops_largeWhat is feBREWary all about? For the shortest month of the year, Beau’s releases a new special beer each week. With its popularity, there’s a chance that you (or your local) may have missed a brew or two.

Luckily the Savvy Brew Crew has reserved those beers for you so you can have your own winter beer celebration!

 

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

The Tom Green Beer! (1 bottle)
Le Coeur Noir (2 bottles)
Strong Patrick (1 bottle)
Farm Ale: Mild Ale (2 bottles)
Dark Helmut (2 bottles)
Bog Water (1 bottle)
Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale (1 bottle)
Gigantic Brewing’s La Formidable (1 bottle)
and a bottle of the signature Lug-Tread Lagered Ale for good measure! 

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. Heads up, most of the feBREWary beers are sold out. Put us on speed dial – Savvy Hip Hops Hotline: 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or beerme@savvycompany.ca

Cheers!
Debbie & the Savvy Brew Crew

Introducing…
Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

by Katy Watts

 

For the past month, I was called on (I consider this a privilege!) to help the Beau’s team with their bus shuttles from Ottawa to Vankleek Hill to bring beer fanatics to the brewery for a winter ‘getaway’.

While at the brewery, it was fun reflecting back on all that has changed since I first visited it in 2009; back when Lug-Tread was sold in ceramic bottles. Remember those good ol days? While the brewing tanks have multiplied and are now much bigger, the high standard of brewing and the feeling that you’re being welcomed like family hasn’t changed one iota!

What is feBREWary all about?

FeBREWary bannerTraditionally February is a slow month for restaurants, pubs and breweries. It may be due to consumers being shell shocked from holiday bills or maybe the frigid temperatures and snow cause a mini-hibernation. Whatever the case, Beau’s has taken a month where they have a lot of time and resources and turned it into one of the most exciting beer month of the year – feBREWary. At the brewery, nothing stills sit, the brewing team is going full throttle & the retail team is working around the clock…and added to this, the Beau’s team wanted to be featured in Savvy Hip Hops. As if they did not already have enough going on already!

During feBREWary Beau’s enlists over 149 restaurants and pubs across Ontario to help showcase a new special brewed beer each week. According to co-founder Steve Beauchesne, “There are a lot of winter beer styles that suit the season. It’s a lot of coordinating to make, package and ship a new beer each week, but we’d rather have fun than hibernate.”

With this being the fourth edition of feBREWary the Beau’s team really takes it seriously. While talking about the feBREWary brews Steve mentioned, “some of the feBREWary beers have been planned for more than a year, others much less. We have planning meetings weekly with people from many different areas of the brewery, not just the brewers or marketing team.” Everyone is involved in making feBREWary a roaring success.

The Beau’s Experience

Beaus outsideWhen the Beau’s staff aren’t busy brewing, packaging, or hosting an expertly paired beer dinner for feBREWary they are at the brewery in Vankleek Hill welcoming up to 3,000 guests for the ‘slow’ month. Visitors to the brewery are treated to samples at the tasting bar, a tour of the facility (you will marvel at the size and amount of bright tanks holding Lug-Tread), and if you’re lucky a chance to pet the brewery cat, Orkin.

Guests with a competitive streak can compete in the Stein Struggle, a competition where you go up against fellow beer fans to see who can hold a stein full of Lug-Tread with a straight arm the longest. It’s hard – try it at home! The longest I’ve seen was 24 minutes.

Five Beers, Five Weeks

Five beers may not seem like a lot, but when you put that together with Beau’s flagship, Lug-Tread, their new releases couple with their B-Side Label there is a lot of beer to make available in FeBREWary. I challenge you to find your favourite, I know I couldn’t and I did some extensive research for this month’s Taste Case!

I turned to Steve and asked what his favourite was and this is what he said, “Tough question, it’s like choosing your favourite child. I’m super-excited to release our next B-Side Brewing Label beer and it’s tasting wonderfully. Strong Patrick back is a treat, Coeur Noir is delicious and the Mild Ale is such a nice session beer; I don’t think I can choose!”

Here’s to feBREWary & the team at Beau’s!

 

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!

Lug-Tread Lagered Ale

label-lugtread-1024x1024A 5.2% ABV Kolsch-style ale that’s brewed with spring water and certified organic malts and hops. This award winning brew is Beau’s flagship beer and available year-round.

Tasting Notes: Clean biscuit aroma with hints of green apple and dried grass. Crisp carbonation leads to wonderful malty flavours of bread and biscuit with a clean bite of grassy hops for balance. The finish is dry with a slight herbal-ness.

Suggested Food Pairing: This German inspired brew loves bratwurst, shellfish or grilled chicken dishes or create a cheese plate with Brie, Camembert, Edam or Monterey Jack.

The Tom Green Beer!

label-tomgreen-1024x1024This 5% ABV Milk Stout is brewed in collaboration with Beau’s and Canadian actor and comedian Tom Green. A milk stout traditionally uses lactose (milk sugar) to create a more luscious mouthfeel and ‘nourishing’ attributes.

Tasting Notes: Aromas of roasted coffee, cocoa powder and sweet brown sugar lead to creamy flavours of dark chocolate milk, caramel and roasted malts. The lactose makes this brew smooth and silky on the palate, finishing slightly dry.

Suggested Food Pairing: With sweet stouts like this the obvious pairing would be dessert – chocolate cake, a decadent pudding. For the adventurous though go for barbequed beef to bring out the roast or an aged cheddar to accentuate the creaminess. 

Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale

Kissmeyer label-NPA-1024x1024Brewed under the B-Side Label in conjunction with Anders Kissmeyer, this 5.6% ABV brew isn’t your traditional Pale Ale. In addition to the four main brewing ingredients oats, maple syrup, heather flowers, rosehips, cranberries, wild sweet gale and yarrow were used to create a unique blend of Nordic and Canadian brewing traditions.

Tasting Notes: Take a few minutes to take in the aroma on this one, there’s a lot going on! At the start there’s some herbal notes with a touch of peppery spice followed by a tart cranberry that’s muted by a lick of maple syrup. The flavour is full of wonderful herbal and earthiness with a lingering hop bitterness that finishes dry.

Suggested Food Pairing: The herbs used in this brew make it a wonderful match for fresh salads and variety of fish dishes. However, the hop combination let it stand up to spicier dishes like fish tacos or spicy ceviche.

Gigantic Brewing’s La Formidable

Gigantic Brewings La FormidableThis is the newest B-Side Label release and one of Beau’s biggest secrets during feBREWary! Oh, they let out a few details here and there, but when it came to the brewer they were tight lipped!

Tasting Notes: According to Beau’s this 6.9% American-Belgo IPA has aromas of grapefruit and orange, along with pine notes and white pepper. The flavour is firm, but balanced with a hop bitterness that’s complemented by citrus.

Suggested Food Pairing: The citrus hop and fruity Belgian yeast notes in La Formidable will work wonderfully with a spicy seafood dish like drunken shrimp, spiced halibut or ceviche.

Le Coeur Noir

label-lecoeurnoir-1024x1024This beer is the 11th in Beau’s Pro-Am Series which features beers that are designed by amateur brewers, and brewed at Beau’s. Le Coeur Noir Black IPA was brewed in collaboration with the winner of the 2013 Toronto Beer Week Homebrew Contest, Jordan Rainhard.

Tasting Notes: This opaque brew has a roasted malt aroma with slight hop notes of pine and resin. When the first sip hits your palate you’ll think it starts off quite malty with that roast leading the charge with caramel flavours following through and then it hits you. The hops. Pine, resin, citrus, all at once! You won’t hesitate to take another sip and start the adventure again.

Suggested Food Pairing: Black IPA can be hard to pair due to its robust malt and hop flavours. For help in my pairing I asked Chef Bruce from Beau’s and he suggested pairing it with a strong blue cheese, braised oxtail or a charcuterie plate filled with prosciutto or salami.

Dark Helmüt

label-darkhelmut-1024x1024Schwartzbier, or black beer, is a German black lager. For those that categorize beer by colour it may be a bit intimidating, but a Schwartzbier is a refreshing dark beer with malty flavours and roast without the heaviness of an ale. Beau’s 7.3% ABV Imperious Schwartzbier was first brewed in 2012 for Oktoberfest and was a big hit!

Tasting Notes: The aroma is full on roast and doesn’t give a hint of any other flavours hiding in the opaque black liquid. Once you get your nerve up and give it a swallow notes of sweet caramel, vanilla and anise cut through the roast ending with a crisp, highly carbonated finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Fondue made with Emmental and Gruyere or roasted meat, sausage or barbeque would complement the malt profile.

Strong Patrick

label-strongpatrick-1024x1024This 6.7% ABV intensified Irish Red Ale has part of the batch aged in whisky barrels which is then reintroduced to add subtle wood and vanilla notes.

Tasting Notes: Sláinte! This brew starts with a warm caramel aroma with a subtle citrus and vanilla note in the background. The flavour starts dry with sweeter malt base opening up to whisky and warming alcohol. Strong Patrick puts you in a headlock with its slightly heavier body and lower carbonation making it easy to open a second bottle.

Suggested Food Pairing: The caramel in this beer will go well with corned beef and cabbage, Irish beef stew or Shepherd’s pie. Or forget about St. Patrick’s Day and pair it with a spicy Quesadilla or Enchilada to bring out more of that malt sweetness.

Farm Table: Mild Ale

label-mild-ale-bybo-1024x675This is a throwback to the Mild Ales brewed in England and Wales to quench the thirst of blue collar workers. This 3.7% ABV may be a bit lower in alcohol than you’re used to, but it’s not missing any flavour.

Tasting Notes: A slight aroma of coffee, nuts and caramel lead to a big gulp of malt forward flavours with notes of sweet caramel, grain, and dried dark fruits. The body is fairly light, which makes is very easy to drink, with a slightly dry finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Since this beer is malt forward it’s going to pair well with meaty foods. Go for pub favourites like beef stew or bangers and mash. The dark fruit esters would go well with raisin butter tart or Eccles Cake.

Bog Water

label-bog-water-1024x1024Gruit is a mixture of herbs that medieval brewers used to flavour their beers before the Bavarian Purity Act of 1516 (Reinheitsgebot) that specified only water, malt and hops were to be used in brewing. Beau’s, and many other breweries, are part of a brewing revival, using wild harvested bog myrtle (sweet gale) to create their own version of Gruit.

Tasting Notes: There’s a herbal tone with sweet aroma of dried dark fruit and brown sugar. The dark fruit carries over to the flavour with some light rye breadiness, herbal bitterness and finishes dry with a soft mouthfeel.

Suggested Food Pairing: The herbs and yeast in this beer will go well with roasted chicken or meats with a good amount of seasoning on it. Think of pairing a gruit with a meat kind of like an extra seasoning kick!

 

Recipes to enjoy with the featured Savvy Hip Hops •

 

With Lug-Tread Lagered Ale

Seitan Brisk-’ain’t’

From Chef Bruce Enloe at The Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill

Ingredients

photo-lugtread-4pk2 onions
3 measured amounts: 2 tsp, 2 tsp and ¼ cup vegetable oil
Wood chips, smoker
2 cups ‘vital wheat gluten’ –Bob’s Red Mill version available in the health food section of many grocery stores
2 measured amounts: 1 ½ cups and ½ litres of light unsalted vegetable stock
¼ cup tamari
3 tsp black pepper
2 tsp chili powder
3 cloves crushed garlic
2 cups Beau’s Lug-Tread Lager
BBQ Sauce

Method

Peel and halve the onions, toss with the first 2 tsp of oil and smoke for 45 minutes in your preferred smoker. Then slice thin and caramelize slowly with the second 2 tsp of oil over medium heat until dark brown (not burnt). Cool and mince.

In a large bowl, combine the minced smoked caramelized onions, the ¼ cup oil, gluten flour, the 1 ½ cups light vegetable stock, the tamari, pepper, chilli powder, and garlic and a splash of Lug-Tread.

Mix all the ingredients with your hands until spongy and combined.

Transfer the mixture to a loaf pan, cover with the remaining stock and beer, and bake, covered, at 350F for 45 minutes, or until just firm.

Remove the loaf from the pan after this process and broil with the BBQ sauce before serving. Enjoy sliced thin on a sandwich or however you would like your roasted or barbecued beef!

 

With Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale

Shepherd’s Pie

From Beau’s resident chef (and Savvy friend!) Chef Bruce Wood www.beaus.ca/recipes

Ingredients

2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 large onions, finely chopped
2lbs ground lamb
4 branches fresh thyme, leaves only, chopped
4 bay leaves
1 tsp sea salt
Freshly milled black pepper to taste
4 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 28-ounce tin diced tomatoes
4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 cup lamb or beef stock
1 cup Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale
1 ½ lbs baking or russet potatoes
¼ cup homogenized milk
4 Tbsp butter
1 egg yolk

Method

Boil the potatoes, then drain in a sieve and place into a clean bowl. Add the milk, butter and egg yolk, and mash together. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper, and set aside.

In a large pot, heat the butter and olive oil. Add the onion and cook for five minutes. Add the ground lamb, stirring until browned all over. While the meat is frying, break up any lumps with the back of the spoon. Add the thyme, bay leaves and salt and pepper. Add the flour to the mix and stir well, then add the tomatoes, beer and stock and stir well again. Let the mixture simmer on low heat for about 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Pour the meat into an ovenproof dish and spread the mash on top, smooth over and mark with a spatula. Put this dish into the oven and cook uncovered until the surface is bubbling and golden brown.

 

With Nordic Pale Ale

Trout Tartlet

From Chef Bruce at Beau’s www.beaus.ca/recipes

Ingredients

1 450g package puff pastry
8 oz smoked trout, flaked
2 tsp mixed chopped herbs (e.g. dill, parsley, tarragon, chives)
2 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks
1 cup whipping cream
⅛ tsp sea salt
Pinch ground black pepper
Pinch nutmeg

Method

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Using non-stick spray, lightly spray a 12-insert small muffin tin. Remove the pastry from package and unroll. Using a regular Mason jar ring, cut 12 rounds from the pastry and fit into the muffin tin.

Toss the trout with the herbs, and divide between the 12 pastry shells.

In a bowl, beat together the eggs & yolks, cream, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Pour the mixture into the shells. Place the muffin tin on a baking sheet and place into oven.

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until mixture is just set. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Remove the tartlets from the muffin pan and serve with Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale.

 

With The Tom Green Beer

Beaus tomgreenGingerbread Stout Cake with Caramel-Ale Sauce

From CraftBeer.com (recipe & photo)

Ingredients

1 cup Tom Green Beer
1 cup dark molasses
½ tsp baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of ground cardamom
3 large eggs
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
¾ cup vegetable oil
12 ounces Ale (Lug-Tread would be good)
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 ½ cups brown sugar, packed
1 cup heavy cream
pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

gingerbread cakeGenerously grease and dust with flour (or use baking spray) a 10-inch bundt pan, set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Bring stout and molasses to a boil in a large saucepan and remove from heat. Whisk in baking soda, then cool to room temperature. Sift together flour, baking powder, and spices in a large bowl. Whisk in oil, then molasses mixture. Add to flour mixture and whisk until just combined.

Pour batter into bundt pan and rap pans sharply on counter to eliminate air bubbles. Bake in middle of oven until a tester comes out with just a few moist crumbs adhering, about 50 minutes.

Cool cakes on rack for 5 minutes.

Pour Lug-Tread into a medium saucepan and bring to a low boil. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until reduced by two-thirds. Add butter and brown sugar and cook, stirring only when the mixture is in danger of boiling over, until thick and syrupy (10-15 minutes). Slowly stir in cream. Cook for another 5-6 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Cool to warm, it will thicken as it cools. Pour over stout cake and add ice cream if desired.

With Le Coeur Noir

Squash Gnocchi with Blue Cheese, Apple & Sage

From Chef Bruce at Beau’s www.beaus.ca/recipes

Ingredients

beaus coeur noir1 lb russet potatoes
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
Sea salt
4 eggs
1 cup roast squash puree
3-4 cup all-purpose flour
Cornmeal (to dust tray)
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
8 fresh sage leaves
1 apple, cut in ¼ “ dice
4 oz blue cheese (such as Glengarry Celtic), crumbled

Method

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Rub the potatoes with a little vegetable oil and salt and place them on a baking sheet. Bake the potatoes for one hour, or until fork tender. When the potatoes have cooled, peel them and pass them through a food mill (or grate them).

Place the potatoes in a bowl and add the eggs, squash and a pinch of salt. Add 2 cups of flour and mix to combine; the mixture will probably be fairly sticky. Turn out on to a well-floured surface and liberally dust with flour. Knead the dough, adding more flour as it becomes sticky. When the dough is a cohesive ball and is no longer sticky, place in a bowl, cover with saran wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.

Divide the gnocchi dough into golf-ball-sized pieces. Using your fingertips roll the dough into a long rope shape about ½” around. Cut the dough into one inch lengths and place on a cornmeal-dusted baking sheet. Continue with the remaining dough until you have a tray full of gnocchi. Place the tray in the freezer and freeze for 30 minutes.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop the frozen gnocchi into the boiling water. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until tender, drain, and place on a lightly oiled tray until needed.

To finish, heat the butter in a pan over medium-high heat until lightly browned. Add the apple and sage and cook for one minute. Add the cooked gnocchi and the blue cheese. Mix to combine.

Serve hot, paired with a bottle of Beau’s Coeur Noir Black IPA.

 

With Bog Water

Bog Water Sausages

From Ontario Craft Brewers Association

Ingredients

1 small white onion
8 – 12 good quality sausages
½ cup Bog Water
Fresh sage (one leaf per sausage)
1-2 oz maple syrup 

Method

In a heated oiled pan, add sausages (pat dry them first with paper towel), once they have browned on one side turn them over and add your onion or shallots (finely chopped ). Add your sage at this point, slightly bruised but left whole. Stir the onions around so they do not burn.

Once both sides of the sausages are browned (no colour – no flavour), add the Bog Water and turn down the heat, the sausages are mostly cooked at this point. The Bog Water is a braising liquid.

Once you are ready to serve check the sausages by poking them in the middle to see if they are firm. You can also poke them with a fork and see if the juices run clear. However if you poke them, you will lose some moisture and they may be slightly drier than you’d like. If they are cooked remove the sausages to a serving plate, leaving the onion and sage leaves in the pan.

Turn the heat up so the Bog Water begins to simmer, once it reduces slightly remove the sage leaves and discard.

Add 1 oz. of maple syrup, stir quickly to incorporate. It should thicken the bog water almost immediately. The bubbles should become big and frothy, at this point you can pour this thick sauce over the sausages.

It will make a spicy beer toffee!

 

With Dark Helmut

German Cheddar and Beer Fondue

From The Food Network

Ingredients

10 oz shredded sharp Cheddar
4 to 6 oz shredded Gruyere
1 rounded tablespoon all-purprose flour
1 cup Dark Helmut
2 Tbsp spicy brown mustard
A few drops of hot sauce
A few drops of Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ pounds cubed or thick sliced wursts: knock, brat or brot
1 package mini party franks
1 head cauliflower, separated into florets
1 small jar mini Gherkin pickles, drained
1 small jar pickled onions
1 small loaf pumpernickel bread, cubed

Method

Combine cheeses in a bowl with flour.

Add Dark Helmut to a small pot and bring up to a bubble over medium heat. Reduce the heat to simmer and add cheese in handfuls. Stir constantly, melting the cheese in batches. Stir in a figure-eight pattern with wooden spoon.

When the cheese has been incorporated fully, stir in the mustard, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Transfer fondue to warm fondue pot.

In a large skillet, bring 2-inches of water to a boil and blanch the cauliflower for 2 to 3 minutes, drain and arrange around the fondue pot.

In the same pan, bring the cooking water back to a boil and add the mini franks and sliced wursts. Cook, uncovered until all the liquid has evaporated.

Add 1 Tbsp butter to the pan to crisp the casings.

Pile wursts and dogs near fondue.

Complete the dipping selections with dishes of pickles, onions and cubed bread.


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Newsletter January 2014: We’ve got BIG craft beer news!

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
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And now . . . for something completely different! Savvy Company is launching Ontario’s first Craft Beer of the Month ‘Club’.

Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month clubYes, you got that right – subscribe to Savvy Hip Hops & have hard to find craft beers delivered . . . to your home, office, even your cottage or chalet. For all of you craft beer lovers & ‘hopsters’, life really doesn’t get much better than this!

Our Savvy Selections wine of the month ‘club’ is so popular that it has become the largest in Ontario. . . and many of you have asked us to create a beer of the month club. We seize every opportunity to wave the Canadian flag, so launching Savvy Hip Hops was natural.

 

 

The breweries are all a buzz:

“Savvy Hip Hops is ingenious!” – Paul Meek, co-owner of Kichesippi Beer Co.

“I think Savvy Hip Hops should be weekly!” – Shane Clark, brewmaster at Beyond the Pale Brewing Company

“Savvy Hip Hops is like having your birthday every month.” – Steve Beauchesne co-owner of Beau’s All Natural

How Savvy Hip Hops works. . .

Like everything Savvy, it’s simple! Each month, you’ll receive the Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case with an assortment of bottles, cans & growlers from one of Ontario’s more than 60 craft breweries. The Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case will be a variety of what’s on tap & in tank at the brewery – from fresh spins on old standards to seasonal specialties.

These craft beers are hand-picked for you 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 special assortment of hard-to-find beers that are only available at the brewery or rarely found at the LCBO or The Beer Store.

Subscribe to this first-of-its-kind ‘club’ > >

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

All of these breweries are excited to be featured in Savvy Hip Hops. Check out what they’re saying about this first-of-its-kind craft beer of the month club.

Get ready for your delivery!

The Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case will be delivered to you by courier directly from the brewery on the Friday closest to the 2-4 (as in 24th) of the month.

Subscribe now & you will receive your first delivery featuring Beau’s beers on Friday February 28th. Your Savvy Hip Hops shipment will contain the speciality beers that they are creating exclusively next month for their FeBREWary festivities & tap take overs along with other craft beers that you probably haven’t had before.

Start your subscription to Savvy Hip Hops ANYTIME. And it is a perfect one-of-a-kind gift (hint: Valentine’s Day is sooner than you think!)

What’s the cost? How many beers will I get?

Just as you shop for beer at a store, the number of bottles you pick up & the amount you pay is different each time. This will be exactly the same with Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case – each month will be a surprise!

There are no membership fees or upfront payments. The featured brewmaster & the Savvy Brew Crew will put together a variety of beers in various bottles that will be between $60 – $80 per month. One month you could receive a couple of growlers, some cans & an assorted 6 pack. The next month would be a completely different combo.

From time to time, you can add more bottles of your favorite beers from the featured brewery as well as order brewery T-shirts, specialty beer glasses & other cool brewery branded merchandise.

That is not all. . .

With a cold Savvy Hip Hops beer in hand, kick back & relax while you read our monthly Beer Backstory Magazine that the Savvy Brew Crew creates for our subscribers including a chat with the brewmaster & brewery owners, trivia about the featured beers, the brewery staff’s favorite foods to enjoy with the selected beers & recipes with the beers as the ingredients or to serve with a pint.

Being a ‘Savvy Hip Hopster’ has loads more perks too!

What are you waiting for? Subscribe for 4, 6 or 12 months > >

And with all this news about craft beers, be on the lookout for more Savvy Events featuring craft breweries!

Here’s to having you join us as a Savvy Hip Hops subscriber – it will be a delicious discovery of the best of the best brews made in Ontario.

Cheers!
Debbie

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