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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!

 

Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops!

 

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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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