Monthly Archives: October 2012

Everything's Big in Texas

North-Coast-Dinner-JazzNorth Coast Brewing at Coco BarNorth Coast Brewing has just completed a couple of high-profile, sellout beer dinners at some of the most-happening spots in Texas. Coco Bar in El Paso was the site of a great food/beer/music evening co-hosted by Audrey Kiefer, North Coast’s Texas Sales Manager, and Chef Julio. One of the favorite pairings of the evening was savory lamb sliders which were a great match for Red Seal Ale. Marty Olivas and his jazz group, Case Closed, provided some first-rate sounds including some Thelonious Monk tunes in tribute to, guess what, our Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale.

North Coast Beers with Chocolate CakeThat was followed by a memorable evening at Rudyard’s British Pub in Houston. Audrey Kiefer teamed with co-founder, Tom Allen to represent the brewery while Chef Joe Apa and his crew handled the food duties. The menu was a Texas tour-de-force with each dish incorporating a beer ingredient to match the accompanying ale. A smoked trout pate with Scrimshaw Pilsner started the meal followed by Venison sliders with Red Seal Ale and Texas wild boar cassoulet with Brother Thelonious. A chocolate flan made with Old Rasputin rounded out the dinner. It was a landmark event capped off by a round of standing applause from the well-fed and  thirst-slaked capacity crowd.

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Ensemble VIII—Upcoming Concert Sponsored by North Coast Brewing

Ensemble VIII ConcertNorth Coast Brewing is proud to sponsor Ensemble VIII, a Renaissance and Baroque a capella ensemble. If you’re in Texas, check out their upcoming concerts!

http://www.ensembleviii.org/

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Old No. 38 Stout Recipe: Stout-Soaked Porterhouse with Beer Butter, from Better Homes & Gardens

Stout-Soaked Porterhouse with Beer ButterThe October 2012 Better Homes & Gardens issue has a whole spread on cooking with beer, including a recipe they recommend making with Old No. 38 Stout!

Here’s what they say about their recipe for Stout-Soaked Porterhouse with Beer Butter:

“Marinating the porterhouse steak in stout beer infuses it with bold coffeelike flavor, while our tarragon-and-stout butter adds a perfectly savory topper. Use your extra butter over hot vegetables.”

Stout-Soaked Porterhouse with Beer Butter

Makes: 2 to 3 servings
Prep 35 mins
Marinate 4 hrs
Broil 12 mins
Stand 5 mins

1    Porterhouse steak, 1-inch thick (about 1¼ lb.)
1    12 ounce bottle stout beer (Guiness)
1    tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
1    tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2    teaspoons dried tarragon, crushed
½  teaspoon salt
½  teaspoon ground black pepper
1    shallot, finely chopped
2    teaspoons olive oil
½  cup butter, softened

Directions

1. Place steak in a self-sealing plastic bag set in a shallow dish. Set aside 2 tablespoons beer; in a small bowl combine remaining beer, mustard, Worcestershire, 1 teaspoon of the tarragon, the salt, and pepper. Pour beer mixture over steak in bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours, turning occasionally.

2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet over medium heat, cook shallot in hot oil 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in reserved 2 tablespoons beer. Remove from heat. Cool 10 minutes. In a small bowl combine softened butter, shallot mixture, and remaining 1 teaspoon tarragon. Transfer to waxed paper, shape into a log. Wrap and freeze.

3. Preheat broiler. Drain steak; reserve marinade. Season steak with additional salt and pepper. Place steak on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat to desired doneness, turning once, broiling 12 to 15 minutes for medium rare (145 degrees F) or 15 to 20 minutes for medium (160 degrees F). Transfer to platter. Tent with foil and let stand 5 minutes.

4. Place reserved marinade in a small saucepan. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes (Do not overcook; marinade can become bitter).

5. To serve, slice steak into portions. Drizzle with some of the marinade reduction, and top each with a slice of frozen butter. Makes 2 to 3 servings.

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