Friday, November 22, 2013

Recipe: Aaron's Holiday Bruery Beer Cocktails

Our manager over at The Bruery Tasting Room has experience working at fancypants cocktail bars in San Diego, so when we were looking for some holiday recipes that incorporate beer, we had to include a couple bonus "recipes" that the cook might enjoy while preparing all those holiday plates. Aaron put together some new beer cocktails using each a limited release Bruery beer, a seasonal, and a brand new brew that we have not released just yet. It's tough work, but someone has to do it!

The first cocktail is a classic that has been around The Bruery since it's inception -- you will even see it in our Tasting Room from time to time: the Hottenroth Mimosa.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Recipe: Daniel's Smoked & Savory Grey Monday Wild Boar Shanks

When Daniel sent in his directions for making your own delicious-and-simple-yet-time-intensive soaked & smoked wild boar shanks in your own backyard, we couldn't help but share this one with you. And the fact that it requires we open up a little Grey Monday isn't too shabby either. For honorable mention in our Holiday Cooking with Beer Recipe contest, enjoy Daniel Fernandez's take on smoked shanks.

Full recipe after the jump.

Recipe: Stacey's Bread Pudding with Spiced Black Tuesday Sauce

The first winning recipe from our Holiday Cooking with Beer Recipe contest comes from Stacey Thompson. Her Bread Pudding with Spiced Black Tuesday Sauce is an indulgent holiday twist on a relatively simple holiday classic. We love the idea of having a "bread + liquid bread" dessert to top off an evening of gluttonous holiday dining.

Full recipe after the jump.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Recipe: Belgian Beer Geek's "Chicken a la Bruery"

Our next winner from our Holiday Cooking with Beer Recipe contest comes all the way from Belgium! Belgian Beer Geek's Kevin Desmet translated his recipe for a spiced up chicken dish that incorporates Saison Rue, our award-winning farmhouse ale made with malted rye and Brettanomyces.

I saw the post about the recipes on the FB-site of The Bruery and wanted to participate even tough I realize that Belgium is a bit too far away to really be a contender.

I made this recipe with Saison Rue (about the only Bruery beer that is easy to get around here) and posted this on my Dutch written beer blog, Belgian Beer Geek.

The spiciness of the beer nicely accentuates the spices of the chicken and the freshness of the tarragon while the carbonation cuts trough the creaminess of the sauce.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Recipe: Bräuista's Beer Cheese Fondue Macaroni & Cheese

The first winning recipe from our Holiday Cooking with Beer Recipe contest comes from Cher Lemos of Brä Her Beer Cheese Fondue Mac & Cheese certainly works well as a filling meal, but for the sake of our waistlines we'll start this week off using her rich recipe as our contest-winning appetizer.

Nothing says comfort food to me quite like homemade macaroni and cheese. It's warm, gooey and cozy. But can I leave it at that? No can do. I had to add beer.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Harvest Beer & Cheese Pairing Favorites from our Resident Cheesemonger

Today's Harvest Month beer & food pairing comes from one of our humble barrel fellows who spends his day making sure the thousands of barrels in our warehouses stay happy and organized. Before Cesar started focusing much of his time on Bruery beer, he did a lot of homebrewing and worked at a local cheese shop.

Here around The Bruery some call me The Barrel Whisperer, but did you know when first starting at The Bruery I was also working as a cheesemonger? Let’s say I just did I did it for some extra ... cheddar.

Anyways, while working the cheese shop I learned a great deal about different varieties of cheese and how I can incorporate my love of beer to every type.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Holiday Beer & Food Pairings for the Season from our Certified Cicerone™

Our very own Director of Marketing has some thoughts to share on pairing seasonal beers with seasonal foods. For today's pairing suggestions, Ben give us his best Certified Cicerone™ thoughts on what to pair with Saisons, pumpkin beers, and holiday ales which fit this time of year all too well.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. The weather has changed and parts of the country are about to see their first snowfall. It’s time to fatten up for the winter. May as well do it in style. Right?

This is a great time of year for both food and beer. It’s not too hot to enjoy something hearty or spicy and it isn’t too cold that a frosty beer seems out of the question. There are great new vegetables popping their heads up at the farmers market and all of those malty holiday ales are starting to hit the shelves at the local bodega. So, where do we begin? As with any classic tasting, let’s go light to dark.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Harvesting a Brew: Hop School with Tyler King

The words "harvest beer" may trigger thoughts of fresh or wet hopped beers. They are indeed delicious, and though we don't make a lot of beers that taste hugely hoppy, we use hops regularly in both our sours and barrel aged beers for balance and flavor. For our third post on what it takes to harvest a beer, our Senior Director of Brewing Operations Tyler King shares his experience in visiting the Pacific Northwest during hop harvest.

During my transition from BJ’s to The Bruery I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful Yakima Valley for the 2007 hop harvest. I guess I never thought of where hops came from before my trip. With my love of wine and the countryside, I always envisioned lush green mountainsides with 20 foot tall hop towers as far as the eye could see.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Harvesting a Brew: Jessica Davis explains Working with Brewer's Yeast

So far we've explored what it takes to harvest barley for brewing, but what does it take to get those amazing little living beings we call yeast to convert that barley-sugar-water into beer? Our Lady of The Bruery Lab Jessica Davis can explain and expand your microbiology vocabulary.

You can’t get very far in a brewery without yeast. One way to keep a yeast culture going is to harvest it. Harvesting yeast implies that the cell culture has already been used to make beer. The basic principle is that you are collecting it to use again, then again and probably 10 more times.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Harvesting a Brew: Barley Basics, from Brewer Andrew Bell

As we jump into Harvest Month at The Bruery and The Tasting Room, our staff is dissecting what it takes to harvest all the parts that make up beer. With the number of craft breweries skyrocketing, it's a wonder barley and hop suppliers can keep up

It's easy to take the supply & demand of beer ingredients for granted when we're simply focusing on the enjoyment of a fresh brew, so let's get to know our beer better in our series of posts on Harvesting a Brew. This first one comes from Bruery brewer Andrew Bell, homebrewer-extraordinaire-gone-pro.

Barley is by and large the biggest harvest-able component of beer. Hops get all the glory, and beer people sometimes grow hops at home, but very rarely have you heard of people growing barley at home. In fact, very few breweries grow barley in the US -- two of the few that I can think of off the top of my head are Sierra Nevada and Rogue, and only for a small range of beers.

This is probably due to the fact that raw barley is not particularly useful for beer making. To make it useful in most circumstances, it has to be malted. The malting process is both an art and a science, and is relatively complicated and resource-heavy to do at home, or at an actual brewery, in any large quantity.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Black Tuesday - The technical side of things

Our goal at The Bruery is to create exciting beer and along with that, to share that beer with as many people as we can. It sucks when the plan to share the beer becomes an issue, as it did earlier this week with our Black Tuesday 2013 online sale.

Though our online store website initially failed us, it did eventually start working, and thanks to our amazing and patient fans we were then able to get Black Tuesday into the hands of more people than ever before. We know how frustrating this was, and we are very sorry. We appreciate the flood of comments offering advice and support, so we felt it appropriate to give you guys an outline of what happened.