Friday, July 25, 2014

Dogs Love Homebrewers Too

If you're a homebrewer and dog lover we have the perfect solution for all of those left over spent grains after a brew day. Simply cool your grains and use to make spent grain dog biscuits that your pup will go nuts over. We stored our spent grain in gallon ziplock bags and froze until ready to bake.

Cookie Ingredients:
4 cups spent grain
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup all natural peanut butter
2 eggs
cookie cutters (we love the dog bone shape)

(optional glaze – MUST be applied before baking
Glaze Ingredients:
1 egg yolk
1/4 tsp water
liquid food coloring
pastry brush

yield: approx 4 dozen cookies

1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl with a wooden spoon.
2. Flour surface, roll out cookie dough to 1/4 inch and then cut a shape out of them. (Due to the texture it is hard to get a clean cut and some gentle shaping was necessary).
3. If using colored cookie glaze – whisk together ingredients (add color as desired), paint onto cookies with a pastry brush.
4. Put the cookies into a pre-heated oven of 350 degrees.
5. Cook for about 45 mins.
6. Turn off oven for 30 mins and then heat again for 2 hours at 225.
7. Turn off oven and let sit in oven overnight or for 2-3 hours. This helps the cookies get completely dried-out so they don’t get moldy. If the cookies don’t have a hearty snap to them they are not dry enough.
8. Store up to 2 weeks in airtight tupperware, ziplocks or package in cellophane candy bags or with bakers twine as gifts for your dog-loving friends.

Just a few satisfied tasters:

Drinking For The Sharks

For the second year we are collaborating with Lake Effect Brewing to make our celebratory Shark Week beer, Blood In The Water. Our recipe is a refreshing saison, brewed with spicy Saaz hops, fresh ginger for a bite, and a ton of hibiscus flowers for its beautiful blood red color. 

Why are we brewing a Shark Week beer? Well, sharks are awesome.

As an East Coast native, ocean conservation and awareness for marine habitat has always been a passion. For us, Shark Week is another holiday and a chance to raise awareness for a species that is endangered, and an important part of our ecosystem. Being in Chicago and removed from the ocean, my hope is to bring awareness to folks here by celebrating one bad-ass fish through another passion – craft beer.

Last year proceeds from pint sales and our launch party were donated to Shark Savers charity (501(c)3). This year we're upping our game. We've doubled production and are bottling Blood In The Water, with donations from bottle sales also going to charity. 

In addition we'll be putting a killer bottle release party on August 12th with our friends over at Bottles & Cans in North Center. We'll be raffling off rare beers and prizes from local businesses. Shark themed surprises will ensue, you don't want to miss this celebration!

Shark Party!!
August 12th/6-9pm, 4109 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Free to the public, must be 21+ to sample

For more information or press inquiries, please contact us here.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Upcoming Events!

We've got a busy upcoming month and wanted to share all of the exciting events on the horizon...

July 21st
Homebrewing with Spices: Beer & BBQ
Savory Spice Shop, 7pm
We'll have discussions, demos and sampling of beer fermented with different spices as well as some BBQ snacks using spices/rubs from Savory Spice. BYOB friendly. $18

July 22nd
Chicago Beer Gals: Demystifying the IPA 
Fatpour Tap Works, 7pm
Sample a selection of IPAs with women from Bell's, Widmer Brothers & Hop Head Farms. We'll talk about various hop varieties and their qualities, demystifying why IPAs can be more bitter, grassy, citrusy than other beer styles. $25

August 12th
"Blood In The Water" bottle release party
Bottles & Cans, 7pm
Bottle release party for our collaboration beer with Lake Effect Brewing "Blood In The Water" hibiscus saison. In celebration of "Shark Week" $1 per bottle goes to Shark Savers charity. Snacks, samples, raffle prizes.
Free event.

August 19th
Chicago Beer Gals: Lagunitas Event
Lagunitas Taproom, 6:30pm
Our monthly ladies event with Lagunitas Brewmaster Mary Bauer. We will have a private tour and beer samples with Mary herself. Beer samples & snacks included.