3 lbs Briess Pilsen Light Liquid Malt Extract
4 oz Honey Malt, milled
.5 oz Hallertau Hop Pellets
.25 Czech Saaz Hop Pellets
.02 oz Chamomile
8 oz Honey
Wyeast Northwest Ale Yeast 1332 (alternative dry yeast?)
½ Whirfloc Tablet
We're on TV…we're on TV!!! We were lucky enough to have the chance to work with the Cooking Channel in making a one hour special called "Eat This, Drink That" premiering on March 4th, at 8pm Eastern time. During the show we travel to discover the best of beer, wine and spirits, and equally importantly…what to eat with them, moving beyond the pint glass and searching to find passionate people who are creating new pairing rules!
We travel to New Orleans and find inspiration for 'Shrimp on Shrimp on Grits' (forget about it) with a sauce using the once forbidden absinthe. We worked on a shrimping boat in the Gulf of Mexico with a bonafide shrimpin' man and captain named "Big Sexy." Then we returned to Los Angeles and competed in LA's Beer Float competition to end all beer float competitions!
Please tune in if you get a chance! The show will be playing several times during the month of March. Hope you enjoy it and cheers!
All times Eastern
March 4 – 8pm
March 4 – 12am
March 9 – 10pm
March 9 – 2am
March 11 – 5pm
March 13 – 8pm
March 13 – 12am
March 17 – 9am
March 18 – 7am
Ok, we’re not Irish. But, like many, we have great reverence for their culture, and envy the true Irish on March 17th. Come St. Patrick’s Day, we all partake in Irish-style festivity and relish in the rampant beer drinking. This is the day everyone feels free to sing in the pub at the top of their lungs. The day mismatched green clothes are a welcome sight. The day even newbie beer drinkers who fear dark brews down a pint of Guinness with delight.
But St Patrick’s day isn’t just about how many pints you can slam, below are a few tidbits you can carry with you into the pub in case you want to pass for Irish – ish…
1) St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He was born in England, kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave, and then escaped back to England. Later, he chose to return to Ireland of his own free will to work as an ordained Bishop. He did not, however, banish snakes from the country, as has been told in tall tales. There are no snakes in Ireland, but there never were.
2) ‘Black and Tan’ is an offensive term in Ireland. The ‘Black and Tans’ referred to the Royal Irish Constabulary forces sent into Ireland by the British to supress the Irish Revolution. So it’s not exactly a festive term in that country. If you’d like to order a Black and Tan on St. Patty’s day, ask for a Half and Half; half Irish lager, half Irish stout.
3) How do you tell if a four leaf clover is actually real? Check the fourth leaf. It will be smaller than the other three. So don’t get bamboozled by imitations!
4) Everyone should know at least two Irish toasts to share with friends at the pub, here are two of our favorites:
"May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live."
"May you have the hindsight to know where you've been,
The foresight to know where you're going,
And the insight to know when you've gone too far."
5) Though Irish Stouts are dark in color, they are not huge beers with high alcohol content. The dark color comes from the roast level of the malt used in the brewing process. Guinness is actually fairly low in alcohol, around 5-6%. And it is a not a very bitter beer, far less bitter than many American Pale Ales. So don’t judge a beer by its color!!
6) Yes, Guinness is the favorite on St. Patty’s Day, but there are lots of craft-brewed Irish-style beers! Many local breweries across the nation brew Irish Stouts and Irish Red ales, so honor the Irish influence on local culture by drinking an Irish-style brew made nearby. Here are a few of our favorites:
Moylan’s Dragoons Dry Irish Stout – Moylan’s Brewing Company, Novato, CA. Dry Irish Stout with classic coffee and chocolate notes. 5% abv.
Taps Irish Red - Taps Fishouse and Brewery, Brea, CA. Malty beer with hints of nuts, biscuit and tea, slightly sweet finish. 5.3% abv.
Portsmouth Black Cat Stout - Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH. Bold coffee notes with hints of smoke and layers of dark fruit notes. 5.5% abv.
Donnybrook Stout - Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA. Roasted malt notes with hints of toffee dark chocolate. Creamy but mellow. 3.7% abv.
Brian Boru Old Irish Red – Three Floyds Brewing Company, Munster, IN. Fresh notes of pine, citrus and a sweet caramel background. 5.5% abv.
Let's just get it right out of the way that "Coq" means "rooster" okay? Deal with it. Moving on, one of our favorite dishes of all time is the delightful Coq au Vin, which means "Rooster cooked in wine." Originally made from extra roosters that came poking around (if you catch our drift), this is French provincial cooking at its finest. And it's even better with BEER!
The most famous variation of this dish is from the Burgundy region which uses their earthy Pinot Noir as the wine in the recipe, but it's not unheard of – in the northern regions that produce only white to use wine wine in the recipe. You know what else is produced widely in the northern regions of France? Correctez vous! Vive la bière!
Like many dishes, Coq au Vin was a dish that used what was available, a "make due" dish if you will, with many different family recipes spanning Western Europe. So, don't worry about using your delicate poussins for this dish – they'll fall apart. Buy the "chipper chicken" at the grocery store for under $2.00/lb - find a great French Bière de Garde, and make the best and most traditional Coq à la Bière this side of the big pond!
We love the artisanal beers from Brasserie Castelain à Bénifontaine. They are reviving artisanal brewing in France (another country with over 90% mass produced / industrialized beer) making three delicious country and farmhouse style beers. Our favorite is their Castelain Blonde Bière de Garde, which is actually a very rarely made beer style. It's earthy, dry, herbaceous, grassy, with citrus aromatics and a long but light malty finish.
Try this delicious classic Coq à la Bière using artisanal Bière de Garde made lovingly in the north of France. Once you eat this you'll be saying "Oui, Oui, Oui!"
The Beer Chicks' Coq à la Bière
1 bottle (750ml) Castelain Blonde Bière de Garde*
3 fresh thyme sprigs2 fresh rosemary sprigs
1 bay leaf
1/2 leek (cut lengthwise)
6 oz. thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch dice
3 1/4 lb. chicken thighs and legs
1 lb. button mushrooms sliced thickly
3/4 lb. shallots, halved
1 Tbs. unsalted butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbs. tomato paste
2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups chicken brothKosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 Tbs. finely chopped parsley
Preheat an oven to 350°F.
In a large saucepan over high heat, slowly pour the beer and boil the beer until reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Place the rosemary, thyme sprigs and bay leaf against the cut side of the halved leek and tie with kitchen twine. Set aside.
In a 5 1/2-quart Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Discard all but 2 Tbs. of the fat from the pot. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Set the same pot over medium-high heat. Working in 2 batches, brown the chicken, turning once, 8 to 10 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate.
Discard all but 2 Tbs. of the fat from the pot. Return the pot to medium-high heat, add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the shallots and barely cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Reduce the heat to medium and melt the butter. Add the garlic, tomato paste and flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the reduced beer and the broth, increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Add the bacon, chicken, mushroom mixture, carrots and bouquet garni. Cover, transfer to the oven and bake until the chicken is tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper. If the sauce needs thickening, transfer the chicken to a plate. Set the pot over medium-high heat and simmer until the sauce is thickened, 12 to 15 minutes. Discard the bouquet garni. Return the chicken to the pot. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve in the pot immediately. We served ours over egg noodles. Serves 4 to 6.
Adapted from a recipe from Williams-Sonoma.com, which was adapted from a recipe from Canal House Cooking, Vol. 2, by Christopher Hirsheimer & Melissa Hamilton.*Other great Bière de Garde beers to use are Avant Garde by The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA and Bière de Garde by Brewery Ommegang from Cooperstown, NY.
Well, it's almost St. Patrick's Day, the Irish-est of all days here in the United States. So, of course we're all thinking about Black and Tans: the delicious beer cocktail usually made by floating a Stout or a Porter on top of an English Bitter or Pale Ale. Wait a minute…did we just say English? Why, yes we did, because in Ireland, the phrase "black and tan" actually refers to the Royal Irish Constabulary Reserve Force, which was put together in 1920 by the British and engaged in active suppression of the revolution in Ireland!
In fact, even though many modern day black and tans are made from the Irish beer staples of Guiness Stout and Harp Lager, they are much more popular with Brits and Americans, than the Irish. In Ireland, you may want to order a Half and Half, (another name for this combo) instead of a Black and Tan, to avoid offending anyone. But HEY we're not in Ireland, we're in Los Angeles! It's still a great way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day here in the U.S.!
B&T's are made by slowly pouring the tan portion into a pint first and finishing with Stout on top. The Stout is often poured over an inverted spoon, or "brolly," which hooks onto the pint glass, preventing a mixture of the two beers.
The perfect B&T is pleasing and counterintuitive to the eye because the black beer floats above the supposed lighter beer. The reason the Stout hangs above the lighter beer is because the Stout is actually less dense than the lager and Pale Ale. Wow for physics!
Check out the video below where our friends Evan George and Alex Brown (cheesemongers, food writers, beer reviewers), who have an awesome blog called Hot Knives, show us how to make the perfect Black and Tan!
Is there anything more Irish in the beer world than the Irish Stout? Other than a Leprechaun drinking said Irish Stout, the answer is a resounding "N-O!" We all think we know what a Stout is, but do we really? The word Stout as it applies to beer was originally a general term for a strong dark beer (Mmmmm). Stouts have an impressive range from chocolaty and smooth, to bitter and intense.
Today, since the grand day of beer (St. Patrick's Day) 'tis just o'er yonder, we're focused on the Irish Stout as opposed to other sweet, milk, oatmeal, imperial or chocolate varieties. Often found on nitrogen taps at pubs because it benefits from a creamy mouthfeel and a dense head, too many people turn away from the Irish Stout because they think it's too heavy or too high in alcohol; others feel a sense of overwrought pride because they are "man enough" to drink this dark beer.
Most people don't realize that Irish Stouts aren't particularly high in alcohol and aren't particularly heavy or bitter. These are all misconceptions. The truth is that the Irish Stout Guinness is in fact as low in alcohol, and often lower, than a Pale Ale. And, this may come as a shock, but in the realm of Stouts and Porters, Guinness is actually considered "light." (gasp, it's true!)
Irish Stouts tend to be on the dryer side of the Stout spectrum and can sometimes have a light, woody hoppy bitterness. They are rich in color (duh) and can have notes of coffee and toffee and hints of chocolate and smoke. The more intense Irish Stouts can range from sweet to bitter chocolate or even a wee bit sour.
Try some of these delicious and dry Irish Stouts:
Dragoons Dry Irish Stout
Moylans Brewery – Novato, CA
Dry, roasty and incredibly rich in flavor, Dragoons Dry Irish Stout is made with a unique blend of imported hops and malted barley from the United Kingdom. This award winning stout is brewed in the Irish tradition to commemorate General Stephen Moylan, Irish-born commander of the 4th Continental Dragoons during the American Revolutionary War. 8% ABV.
Guinness Extra Stout
Guiness Ltd – Ireland (and all over)
The most ubiquitous of all Irish Stouts, this beer is dark, rich and creamy, yet light-bodied and dry with notes of roasted grains, dark chocolate and coffee. Usually found on nitro taps in pubs or with a nitro widget in the can, we prefer this beer au natural out of the glass bottle. 5% ABV
Victory Brewing Company – Downingtown, PA
Available on tap on the East Coast, this amazingly light dark beer will take you back to Dublin, even if you've never been there. Low alcohol and roasted barley keep it clean and flavorful. The subtle earthiness harmonize with the roasted barley with a hint of peat. An impressive head and silken body of a classic stout. 3.7% ABV.
Our favorite beer seasons are upon us! Fall and Winter usher forth some of the best artisanal beers from around the world. We find great comfort in an alcoholic beverage that showcases rich fall flavors like clove, pine, pumpkin, allspice, brandied cherries, vanilla custard and dark chocolate.
This is also the time of Halloween parties and Holiday shin-digs, and we find that the best drinkable gift is a seasonal beer in hand. Let everyone else bring recycled wine gifts, we prefer to provide the conversation piece; a carefully brewed craft beer.
Here’s a list of seasonal craft beers available at 8th Street Bottle Shop (8thstreetbottleshop.com ). Buy a couple as gifts for your friends and co-workers, but be sure to keep at least one for yourself and your beer fridge (selfishness in beer-buying is key to enjoyment of the experience).
Please note that many of these seasonal brews are rare and limited, so we may only have a few bottles left!!
Autumn Maple – The Bruery, Placentia, CA.
Belgian-style brown ale, brewed with yams, molasses, maple syrup and spices. Trick or treat! 10%
750 ml bottle – $14.00
Kern River Pumpkin Ale – Kern River Brewing Company, Kernville, CA.
Fall seasonal brewed with real pumpkin and a hint of allspice. Lightly sweet and spicy like good pumpkin pie. 6%
22 oz bottle – $11.00
White Knuckle Double IPA – Marin Brewing Company, Larkspur, CA.
A Hophead’s beer. Big, fat, chewy, resiny hops. Nice spice, grapefruit and caramel notes. 8%
22 oz bottle – $ 15.00
Scaldis Noel 2010 (Yes beer can age!!) – Brasserie Dubuisson Freres, Belgium.
This ‘Belgian Special Ale’ is brewed for X-mas & is an indulgence that will leave you warm and tingly. Dark fruit, spices and malty sweetness. 12%
8.48 oz bottle – $8.00
Token – Alpine Brewing Company, Alpine, CA.
Luxurious Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Porter. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla and charred oak. Great complexity. 9.5%
22 oz bottle – $ 25.00
Aphrodite – Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, New York.
Limited edition sour fruit ale with lots of beautiful Brett and Champagne-like bubbles. Brewed with tart raspberry and fresh pear, finishes with an earthy funk. She’s soooo pretty…. 8.9%
750ml bottle – $ 22.00
Schonramer Festweise – Brauerei Schonram, Germany.
Brewed for the first time in 2005 to commemorate 225 years of brewing, this delicious dry wheat seasonal fest beer has notes of banana. 5.6%
500 ml bottle – $7.00
DuganA – Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, Colorado.
Double IPA with Chinook, Centennial, and Columbus hops. Piney resin coats your mouth and leaves a hop kick at the end. 8.5%
22 oz bottle – $ 12.00
8th Street Bottle Shop is a curated craft beer bottle shop inside the Golden Gopher bar in downtown LA, and is a collaboration between 213 Downtown Nightlife (213nightlife.com) and The Beer Chicks. We sell beer to go!!
The beer list is carefully selected by The Beer Chicks
8th Street Bottle Shop
417 W. 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA
(inside the Golden Gopher)
As a kick off to their Social Sundays, The beautiful Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica will offer authentic Oktoberfest fare paired with delicious craft beer hand-picked by yours truly, The Beer Chicks.
The menu will feature house-made sausages, classic sides like sauerkraut and spaetzle, and delicious baked German desserts created by Chefs Tony DiSalvo and Chris Crary.
We chose a few traditional pairings like Hopf Helle Weisse (German wheat beer with subtle fruit notes) with Weisswurst and Reutberger Export Helle (German lager with notes of grass and earth) with Bratwurst, and a few out-of-the-box pairings like Echt Kriekenbier (Flanders-style sour cherry ale) with Duck, Orange, Pecan sausage.
Dessert comes with beer too! (As it always should…) We’ll have Stollen paired with Trois Pistoles (Abbey-style ale with notes of fig), Black Forest Cake with Bootlegger’s Coffee Chipotle Stout (Smoky, spicy, coffee stout), and Bienenstich with Allagash Curieux (Bourbon-barrel aged Belgian-style tripel).
The event takes place this Sunday evening 9/25 from 6pm till 9pm. The Beer garden will be set up out back poolside. And we’ll be on hand to drink beer with you, answer your burning craft beer questions and chat about our beer pairing choices. The cost is $25 for food and $10 for 5 beer samples!
Here is the complete list of craft brews on our pairing menu:
Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits, San Diego, CA.
Hopf Helle Weisse – Weißbierbrauerei Hopf (Schörghuber), Germany.
Reutberger Export Helle, Klosterbrauerei Reutberg, Sachsenkam, Germany.
Schonramer Gold Maerzen, Private Landbrauerei Schonram, Petting/Shonram, Germany.
Kostritzer Schwarzbier, Kotstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co., Bad Kostritz/Thuringen, Germany.
Ephemere - Unibroue, Chambly, Quebec.
Echt Kriekenbier - Brouwerij Verhaeghe, Vichte, Belgium.
Allagash Curieux – Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, Maine.
Unibroue, Chambly, Quebec.
Black Phoenix Chipotle Coffee Stout Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton, CA.
Schonramer Saphir Bock, Private Landbrauerei Schonram, Petting/Schonram, Germany.
1819 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA
Call 310.260.7500 for reservations
As you may or may not know, the world of craft beer is everchanging! We are hoping that we'll be getting some more beers in the next two days – whose names we dare not mention. That being said, here is the list of the 90 beers and where they'll be along the LA Craft Beer Crawl this Saturday, August 13th. Can't wait to share a pint with those of you who are attending!
830 S. Broadway
The Bruery, Placentia, CA
VIP – Tart of Darkness
VIP – Mischief Gone Wild
Lagunitas, Brewing Company, Petaluma, CA
Lucky 13 Altbier
VIP – Little Sumpin’ Wild Ale
Telegraph Brewing Co, Santa Barbara, CA
Cerveza De Fiesta Pilsner
Reserve Wheat Wild Ale
VIP – Obscura Amber Ale
Nibble Bit Tabby Brewery, LA, CA
Cana Rum Bar
714 W. Olympic
Maui Brewing Company, Lahaina, HI
Big Swell IPA (on draught)
VIP – Coconut Porter (on draught)
VIP – Ice Cream Beer Float
Ladyface Ale Companie, Agoura Hills, CA
Trois Filles Tripel
Ladyface Red Rye
VIP – Chesebro IPA
613 S. Grand
Moylan’s Brewery, Novato, CA
Dragoons Dry Irish Stout
VIP – Hopsickle
Strand Brewing Company, Torrance, CA
Beach House Amber
24th St. Pale Ale
VIP – Cask Double Dry Hopped 24th Street Pale
North Coast Brewing Co, Fort Bragg, CA
Le Merle Saison
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, Chico, CA
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim, CA
Alpha Red Imperial Red Ale
VIP – Knight Changer Imperial Stout
Green Flash Brewing Co, San Diego, CA
West Coast IPA
Hop Head Red Ale
Trippel Belgian Style Ale
VIP Cocktail- The Black Raspberry
Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout &
118 E. 6th Street
TAPS Fish House and Brewery, Brea, CA
Cali Gold XPA
Neo-Colonial Stout (Oatmeal Stout w/ Portola Coffee)
VIP – Oaked Thomas Jefferson
Chimay, Abbaye De Scourmont, Belgium
Chimay Tripel Draft
VIP – Chimay Grande Reserve Jeroboums
G. Schneider and Sohn, Kelheim, Germany
Schneider Hopfen-Weisse Draft
Lost Coast Brewing Co, Eureka, CA
Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat
Lost Coast Double Trouble Double IPA
417 W. 8th Street
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, San Diego, CA
Big Eye IPA
VIP – Sculpin IPA
New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, CO
Abbey Grand Cru
VIP – Super Cru
VIP – 10-10-10
Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton, CA
Black Phoenix Chipotle Coffee Stout
Rustic Rye IPA
Golden Chaos Belgian-style Golden Ale
VIP – Eliminator IPA
Drakes Brewing, San Leandro, CA
1500 Dry-hopped Pale Ale
Aroma Coma (first time poured in Socal!)
Cismontane, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Black's Dawn Stout
VIP – Coffee Citizen Common
107 E. 6th Street
Uncommon Brewers, Santa Cruz, CA
Golden State Ale
VIP – Siamese Twin Ale
VIP – Raul Yrastorza Michelada
Brouwerij West, Palos Verdes, CA
Eagle Rock Brewery, LA, CA
Solidarity Black Mild Ale
VIP – Stimulus Belgian Amber w/ Intelligentsia Coffee
515 W. 7th Street
Craftsman Brewing Co, Pasadena, CA
Smoked Black Lager
Triple White Sage
1903 Prohibition Lager – we think
VIP – Sour Braggot – we think
Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, CA
Levitation Amber Ale
Highway 78 Scotch Ale
VIP – Double Dry Hopped Ruination IPA
Firestone Walker Fine Ales, Paso Robles, CA
Double Barrel Ale
Union Jack IPA
Solace Wheat Ale
VIP – Double Jack
Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR
Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Black Butte Porter
Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale
VIP – Conflux White IPA
Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY
Ommegang Belgian Pale Ale
VIP – Ommegang Aphrodite
Brasserie D’Achouffe, Achouffe, Belgium
Houblon Chouffe Belgian IPA
Duvel, Breendonk, Belgium
Allagash Brewing, Portland, ME
Brewers / Beer Rock Stars / People of Note!
(in alphabetical order)
Owner/brewmaster Strand Brewing Company
Brewmaster Ladyface Alehouse and Brasserie
Ambassador – Sierra Nevada Brewery
Owner/brewmaster Craftsman Brewing Company
CEO and Brewmaster of Stone Brewing Company
Owner/brewmaster – Noble Aleworks
Owner/Brewmaster Nibble Bit Tabby
Mainland Ops Manager, Maui Brewing Co.
Owner, Strand Brewing Co.
Owner/Brewer Brouwerij West
Proprietor Ladyface Alehouse and Brasserie
Brewmaster TAPS Fish House and Brewery
Brewer Craftsman Brewing Co
Owner/Brewmaster Eagle Rock Brewery
Brewer Telegraph Brewing Company
Also, don't forget to stop buy our new craft beer bottle store, 8th Street Bottle Shop, located inside the Golden Gopher at 417 W. 8th Street! We're carrying over 20 beers from the crawl and even more beers from participating breweries, not to mention over 80 specialty craft and artisanal beers!
TO ENTER TO WIN TWO VIP PASSES:Entering is easy, either "Like" Beer Chicks on Facebook by clicking HERE or "Follow" TheBeerChicks on Twitter by clicking HERE. We’ll do a random drawing of all the entrants and notify the winner via email.
Deadline is Friday, August 12th at 4pm. Winner will be announced Friday at Beer Thirty (4:30pm).