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Dog Food and Beer?

Yes,  I know it sounds crazy but on Tuesday I watched people have dog food and beer.  The Fish & Bone (217 Newbury St) hosted a tasting of The Honest Kitchen for both dogs and their humans.  Kathy Palmer, the owner, and her crew put out quite a spread for everyone.  From doggie beer and beer bones for the pooches to human beer, chicken sausage and chips for everyone else, Kathy made sure no one would go hungry.

This was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Yes, I love dogs and I was excited to see them drinking their Bowser Beer and trying a new food.  So I offered to come down and talk about the beers that Kathy was offering her guests.  My job was to just tell people about the Avery’s IPA, Avery’s White Rascal, Smuttynose Old Brown Dog and Lagunitas New Dogtown American Pale Ale.  These four delicious beers I paired with the dog foods from The Honest Kitchen.   Little did I know that people would actually take me up on these pairings.  It isn’t as gross as it sounds.  The Honest Kitchen’s dog food is made from meat, vegetables and fruit only; there’s even a vegetarian choice.  They are gluten free and most of them contain no grain.  I would equate it to putting your dinner in the blender before you eat it.  Surprisingly,  there wasn’t a single taster, human or canine, that didn’t enjoy every bite.

Overall, the dogs and their humans had a great time.  I am thrilled that I could be a part of their event and promote some of Bauer’s beer.  The big hit of the hour was definitely Avery’s White Rascal.  A truly authentic Belgian style wheat or “white” ale, that is unfiltered (yup, that’s yeast on the bottom) and cleverly spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel producing a refreshingly fruity thirst quencher.

Bowzer Beer

Kathy and Matt setting up

The Honest Kitchen

Cameron and his Grandma

Matt says "It's good"

Matt taste testing The Honest Kitchen

A taster named Tobo

Getting to know each other

Human Tasters

Making Friends

Morgan was more interested in the human beer and almost tall enough to reach it

Moose loved his taste!!!

Kathy and her pug, Zip

Liquid Gold with a Little Spice

Jack D'Or label

Well, the Red Sox home opener is this week and there is no better way to say goodbye to college basketball and hello to the baseball season than with a Jack D’Or by Pretty Little Things.  Brewed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Jack D’Or is what Dann and Martha Paquette call a Saison Americain and is styled after the Belgium Saison.  This bright, golden yellow farmhouse ale has aromas that are spicy, citrusy with a splash of clove.  But the taste….oh the taste… hoppy with lemon zest and a bit peppery.  This is one of those beers that just make you smile the moment it passes your lips.

According to the Beer Advocate and one of Bauer’s resident beer guys, Andy, Jack D’Or is best suited with curried foods or cheese.  I say why not both.  Buy yourself a few bottles, invite some people over and serve up some crusty bread,  Gorganzola and Fontina cheese to get everyone started.

For the main course though, if you are like me and can’t afford to buy Indian takeout for all your friends, let me give you a nice simple recipe for you to make.  But first… a disclaimer.  I know there are vegetarians out there in the world who enjoy beer too so this recipe is for you.  For those that aren’t, feel free to add sauteed chicken to this dish to make it, shall we say….meatier.

Minted Rice with Garbanzo Curry**:

Minted Rice:

1 cinnamon stick (~3 inches)

2 whole cloves

1/8 tsp cumin seeds

2 tsp canola oil

1 cup of uncooked long grain rice

1 cups of water

½ cup minced fresh mint

Garbanzo Curry:

1 medium onion, chopped

1 cinnamon stick (~3 inches)

1 Tbsp canola oil

1 tsp curry powder

1 garlic clove, minced

¼ tsp minced fresh ginger root

1 can garbanzo beans

1 cup of water

1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce

2 Tbsp lemon juice

½ tsp of salt

½ cup minced fresh cilantro

In a large saucepan over medium heat saute cinnamon, cloves and cumin seeds in oil until aromatic (1-2 minutes).  Add rice; cook and stir until lightly browned.  Add the water and mint and then bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes-until the rice is tender.

In a large skillet, saute the chopped onion and cinnamon in oil until onion is tender.  Add the curry, garlic and ginger.  Cook 1 minute longer.  Add garbanzo beans (and if you choose sauteed chicken), water, tomato sauce, lemon juice and salt.  Bring to a boil.  Then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 4-6 minutes until it is slightly thickened.  Discard the cinnamon and add the cilantro.  Fluff the rice with a fork and discard the cinnamon and cloves.  Serve the garbanzo curry over the rice and pour yourself a Jack D’or!

If you really want to impress your friends then make your own curry powder.  I recommend this because fresh curry is more flavorful and more aromatic than store bought.  It’s really easy (if you have a spice grinder that is).

3 Cardamon seeds

2 tsp ground coriander

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp ground turmeric

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp of pepper

1/8 tsp of fennel seed

Remove the Cardamon seeds from the pod if needed.  In a spice grinder (or mortar and pestle if you have one) combine all the ingredients; grind until mixture becomes a powder.  This can be stored in an airtight container for 1 year.

**courtesy tasteofhome.com

The Case of the IPA

Straight from Westport Rivers comes  the coolest thing in liquid narratives we have seen yet! From Just Beer, “The Case of the IPA” is a hard-boiled detective farce printed chapter by chapter on 12 bottles of a newly released India Pale Ale. Each 22 ounce bottle not only has 22 ounces of brilliantly deduced IPA, but also 1 of the 12 chapters of the story. Each case has 12 bottles, which makes for the entire tale told in a case. And so, the Case of the IPA is indeed a case of the IPA.

Brewer Harry Smith proposed the idea to author Paul Goodchild and they quickly agreed on a format: a noir-ish detective serial. Smith brewed up a batch of hoppy craft brew whilst Goodchild penned the story. It’s a mystery of zany brewers and their intrigues; sure to tickle the ribs and please the belly of any fan of craft beer.

We are very excited to be one of the select stores carrying the IPAs and can’t wait to solve the case! Here’s a sneak peak at the first chapter..

So what are we putting on our holiday wish list?

Click here to see Boston.com’s Beer gifting guide as well and drop by for some tasty beer AND an entertaining story!