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Valentine’s Day Beer & Chocolate Pairings

If your better half says they don’t care about Valentine’s Day, don’t be fooled – IT’S A TEST! For all you last minute romantics looking to mix things up this year, we’ve got your game plan. Below are some decadent pairings combining our beers with artisan chocolates from the fine folks at Eclipse Chocolat in San Diego. If you haven’t had a chance to check them out, they’ve got quite an impressive selection at their store on El Cajon Blvd in the North Park area.

 

Beer & Chocolate Pairing Basics:

Complement: Find a beer that shares similar flavors with your chocolate. An example would be the the milk chocolate  and dark fruit undertones of a Baltic Porter paired with a blackberry  infused dark chocolate truffle. Easy, right?

Contrast: Find a beer and chocolate combination that enhances both by combining different flavors.  An example would be pairing a tart Kriek or Framboise with a sweet berry infused white chocolate.  Also, don’t discount hoppier beers; they’re great with chili infused chocolate.

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Red Trolley Ale & Salty Dulce de Leche - Fullsuit Belgian Brown & Balsamic Pink Peppercorn Truffle

Red Trolley Ale & Salty Dulce de Leche Chocolate

The salty white chocolate and pretzel contrast nicely with the sweet caramel malt flavors of Red Trolley Ale for a delicious balance of sweet and savory.  

Fullsuit Belgian Brown Ale & Balsamic Pink Peppercorn Truffle

While Fullsuit’s complex malt profile is a natural fit with the rich dark chocolate, it’s the beer’s  phenolic peppery character that matches beautifully with this peppercorn infused truffle.

Parrot in a Palm Tree & Blackberry Goat Cheese Truffle - 22nd Anniversary Vanilla Imperial Stout & Chili Hazelnut Chocolate

Parrot in a Palm Tree & Blackberry Goat Cheese Truffle

Parrot in a Palm Tree’s layered chocolate and dark fruit flavors meld perfectly with this blackberry and goat cheese truffle for the quintessential complementary pairing.

22nd Anniversary Vanilla Imperial Stout & Chili Hazelnut Chocolate

The dark chocolate flavors of an Imperial Stout are a natural match with chocolate but this robust pairing takes it a step further. The spicy cayenne-candied hazelnuts enhance the beer’s bourbon flavors that linger through its warming finish.

Pintail Pale Ale – Lemon Thyme Truffle

Pintail Pale Ale & Lemon Thyme Truffle - Tower 10 IPA & Mango Masala Chocolate

The floral and citrus character of Amarillo hops mirror the zesty flavors of this lemon and thyme infused truffle, while the sweet white chocolate balances Pintail’s hop bitterness.

Tower 10 IPA – Mango Masala Chocolate

American IPA’s are a great match with spicy India cuisine so it’s no surprise that Tower 10 is a bitchin addition to the Mango Masala Chocolate. T10′s hop bitterness tempers the spice of the masala, while citrus hop flavors highlight the candied mango. Who says IPA’s can’t pair with chocolate?!

Coming Soon:  Karl teams up with Misty from Pub Cakes for special recipes and pairings with our 22nd Anniversary Stout.

On Tap in the Brewery Restaurants:

22nd Anniversary Stout 9.0 % ABV – A bold Russian Imperial Stout brewed with vanilla beans and aged three months in American oak bourbon barrels. This robust strong ale has rich dark chocolate and espresso flavors, underpinned by nuances of vanilla, bourbon, and oak.

Old Columbia Barleywine 9.5% ABV – A full-bodied English-style Barleywine with rich toffee and caramel malt flavors, undertones of fried fruit, and a sweet warming finish.

Imperial Amber Lager 7.5% ABV – A massive amount of Centennial hops give this more robust version of Karl’s favorite beer an aggressive floral and pine-like hop character, over a backdrop of caramel and toasted malts.

Fullsuit Belgian Brown Ale 6.3% ABV – A Belgian-style brown ale brewed with a blend of caramel and brown malts for toasted and sweet coffee-like flavors, underpinned by the peppery spice of Belgian yeast. Aging on French oak adds a hint of vanilla to its slightly dry and warming finish.

Featured Pairing: Steak N’ Egg Sandwich

Steak N’ Egg Sandwich: Grilled prime rib-eye steak, poached egg, provolone and broccoli rabe on a grilled French roll. It’s served open-faced with a field green salad.

The Pairing: For our Anniversary, we created a flavorful pairing worth celebrating. The caramel and toasted flavors of our Amber Lager seamlessly complement the succulent steak, while its smooth finish balances the savory egg and cheese, refreshing the palate between bites. You’ll want a fork and knife with this one.


Beer for Breakfast: Part I

Breakfast on weekends should be more exciting than high-fiber cereal and protein shakes. The weekend is our opportunity to indulge, to sample new foods and drinks, and to not feel guilty about doing it. Weekend mornings are for French toast, biscuits and gravy, Irish coffees, and mimosas – and this month beer claims a spot at the breakfast table.  Below are a few breakfast recipes and beer-cocktails for the craft beer enthusiast with a penchant for barley based beverages before noon.

Windansea Wheat French Toast

Windansea Wheat French Toast & Hefmosa

Prep Time: 15min – Serves 2
Ingredients:
4 Large Eggs
1/3 cup Windansea Wheat 1/3 cup Heavy Cream
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Orange Zest
2 tbs Butter
4 Slices thick-cut Egg Bread, Brioche, or Challah

Preparation:

Combine eggs, cream, beer, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and orange zest in a mixing bowl. Whisk vigorously for 2 minutes until batter is well blended.  Add butter to large skillet and heat on medium-high until hot but NOT smoking.  Generously coat each slice of bread in batter until saturated but still firm. Fry slices in butter for 2 minutes on each side, until slightly crispy and golden brown. Top with butter, orange blossom honey, and powdered sugar. Serve with scrambled eggs, bacon, and a Hefmosa.

Windansea Wheat Hefmosa:

Bavarian Hefeweizens are unfiltered wheat beers know for their banana and clove flavors. The yeast in these beers is rich in complex B vitamins, something your body might need a little more of on a weekend morning. A splash of OJ adds a nice flavor and a shot of vitamin C, why wouldn’t you want one of these with breakfast?

How to make:

Combine 12oz of Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen with 4oz of fresh orange juice.

Red Trolley Sausage Gravy

Prep Time: 15min – Serves 2

Red Trolley Sausage Gravy with Biscuits and Poached Eggs

Ingredients:
½ lb Pork Sausage
½ tsp Red Pepper Flakes
½ tsp Fresh Rosemary (finely chopped)
2 tbs Unsalted Butter
2 tbs All-purpose Flour
¾ Cup Whole Milk
¼ Cup Red Trolley AleSalt
Pepper

Preparation:

Brown pork sausage in a medium sauce pan until crumbling. Reduce heat to medium and add butter, salt, and pepper. After butter has melted, gradually add flour –stirring constantly for 3-4 minutes. Slowly stir in milk, about a quarter cup at a time, until the gravy begins to thicken. Add Red Trolley Ale and stir for an additional 2-3 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste.  Serve over buttermilk biscuits with poached eggs and a Hop Hound.

Tower 10 IPA Hop Hound:

Hop Heads across the country crave the grapefruit hop flavors of a West Coast IPA but few are bold enough to enjoy this robust style with breakfast. Inspired by the Greyhound cocktail, this crafty mixture tastes awesome when paired with rich and savory breakfast fare.

How to make:

Combine 12oz of Tower 10 IPA with 4oz of ruby red grapefruit juice.

 

 


Holiday Beer & Cheese Pairing

Whether you’re hosting a holiday get together or bringing something to your office party,  a thoughtfully paired beer and cheese spread is always a good call.  Sure, you can bust out your Mom’s favorite Chardonnay with some store-bought brie but this isn’t 1987 and you’re more original than that.   When most of us think of paring cheese, wine is the first thing that comes to mind – and while wine and cheese have their moments, any Sommelier will be hard-pressed to compete with beer’s range of flavors.  When was the last time you found a Zinfandel that tempered the heat of a chipotle infused cheddar or a Riesling that complemented a coffee & lavender-rubbed cheese?  The answer is probably never and that’s why beer is a much better partner to cheese.   Here you’ll find a few simple yet sophisticated cheese parings to accompany the beers in our Holiday 4-pack, along with a DIY tasting sheet to guide your friends.

Holiday Beer & Cheese

Beer & Cheese Pairing Basics:

There are many different approaches to planning a great pairing but the general principles are rather simple.  Start with your beer, evaluate its flavors and decide what you want to accomplish with your pairing. Use these tips as a guide:

Complement: Find a cheese that mirrors the flavors of your beer. An example would be taking a sweeter English Barleywine and finding a cheese like Noord Hollander (aged Gouda) that matches the caramel and toffee notes in the beer.

Contrast: Find a beer and cheese combination that enhances both by combining different flavors.  An example would be tempering the heat of a spicy cheese like Chipotle Cranberry Cheddar with the hop profile of an IPA or balancing the tanginess of Bucherondin with the sweetness of a malty Red Ale.

Cleanse: For soft, creamy cheeses like Camembert or Brie de Meaux, choose a crisp, effervescent beer to cleanse your palate.  Saisons, Belgian Trippels and Pilsners work well here.

Beer & Cheese Pairings with Our Holiday 4-Pack

Our Holiday 4-Pack is available exclusively in our Brewery Restaurants and includes a 22oz bomber of Red Trolley Ale, Tower 10 IPA, Parrot in a Palm Tree & Big Barrel Double IPA. Below are some beer and cheese pairings featuring all four beers included.

Red Trolley Ale & Bucherondin

 

Bucherondin with Fig Jam

 

Red Trolley is a medium-bodied red ale with a sweet caramel malt profile, underpinned by notes of dried fruit.

Bucherondin is a semi-aged goat’s milk cheese from the Loire Valley of France with a creamy texture and tangy flavor.

The Pairing: Red Trolley’s sweet caramel malt flavors provide a nice contrast to the tangy Bucherondin.  Try this pairing with fig jam to add a complement to the dried fruit flavors in the beer.

 

Chipotle Cranberry Cheddar

Tower 10 IPA & Chipotle Cranberry Cheddar

Tower 10 IPA is an American-style India Pale Ale with assertive citrus and floral hop flavors from Cascade and Chinook hops.

Chipotle Cranberry Cheddar is studded with dried cranberries and infused with spicy chipotle for a nice blend of sweet and spicy flavors.

 

The Pairing: Tower 1o’s hop bitterness gently tempers the spicy chipotle, while the citrus and floral flavors in the beer are complemented by the cranberry.

Parrot in a Palm Tree & Barely Buzzed

Barely Buzzed

 

Parrot in a Palm Tree is a robust Baltic Porter with layers of chocolate, coffee and dried fruit flavors.

Barely Buzzed is an American white cheddar, dusted in coffee and lavender. This full-bodied cheese is aged on Blue Spruce racks, developing notes of caramel and butterscotch with hints of cocoa and coffee.

The Pairing: Parrot’s milk-chocolate and espresso flavors draw out the coffee and nutty flavors in the cheese.

 

Stilton with Grilled Persimmons

Big Barrel IIPA & Stilton Blue

Big Barrel is an aggressively hopped Double IPA with a vibrant floral aroma and tropical fruit character.

Stilton, “The King of Blues”, is a soft, tangy, and complex English blue with an assertively ripe flavor.

The Pairing: Both Big Barrel and Stilton possess bold flavors on their own but when paired together their flavors are mellowed. Big Barrel’s hop bitterness is balanced by Stilton’s bold flavors, allowing a rich floral and tropical fruit character to emerge in both the beer and the cheese.

On Tap in the Brewery Restaurants:

Parrot in a Palm Tree 8.5 % ABV – A robust Baltic Porter brewed especially for the Holidays.  Aged two months in San Pasqual Tawny port barrels, the resulting brew boasts a complex bouquet of dark fruits, espresso and chocolate, with hints of oak in its warming finish.

Extra Special Bitter 5.6% ABV – A traditional English-style ale brewed with imported Ashburne and Maris Otter malts for rich caramel and toasted malt flavors. Dry-hopping with Willamette hops adds an earthy hop character that lingers through the finish.

Fullsuit Belgian Brown Ale 6.3% ABV – A Belgian-style brown ale brewed with a blend of caramel and brown malts for toasted and sweet coffee-like flavors, underpinned by the peppery spice of Belgian yeast. Aging on French oak adds a hint of vanilla to its slightly dry and warming finish.

Featured Pairing: Parrot in a Palm Tree with Holiday Shake N’ Cake

Holiday Shake N’ Cake: Baltic Porter vanilla bean ice cream shake topped with spiced whipped cream.  Chocolate cupcake, caramel pecans, and raspberry coulis.

The Pairing: Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, this is the perfect pairing to end the year on a high note. Our Baltic Porter ice cream shake is a decadent blend of vanilla and chocolate malt flavors. It’s served with a caramel and raspberry drizzled chocolate cake that draws out layers of dark fruit and espresso in the beer. Santa’s coming to town for this one.

KARL Around Town:

12/23 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl – San Diego State University vs. Navy – We’re the exclusive beer of this years VIP Tailgate.  Join us before kick-off  between 2:30 and 4:30pm for pints of Karl Strauss Amber Lager, Red Trolley Ale & Tower 10 IPA.