Willimantic Brewing Company
Holiday Beer Dinner
Featuring Fresh Hand Crafted Beers from
First Course: New England Beef Stew – Tender cubes of beef simmered with carrots, parsnips, celery, onions and butternut squash in a rich India Pale Ale, beef and vegetable stock and presented in a Brewer’s bread bowl.
~ Paired with Back East Misty Mountain IPA ~
Second Course: Baby Pear Salad – Smokey bacon wrapped around baby pears with fresh herbed goat cheese, served over baby arugula and dressed with Winterfest sweet honey vinaigrette.
~ Paired with Back East Winterfest ~
Third Course: Phyllo Wrapped Sea Bass – Served over mashed butternut squash folded with sweet Maine lobster and stacked with garlic sautéed red and green heirloom spinach.
~ Paired with Back East Golden Ale ~
Fourth Course: Holiday Plum Pudding – Sweetly spiced steamed plum “Duff” moistened with Imperial Stout and topped with rich English sauce.
~ Paired with Back East Imperial Stout ~
Congratulations to our recent Comment Card Winner, Gina Putnam from Brooklyn, CT! Gina won dinner for two and so can you by filling out a comment card the next time you’re in!
Time: 3.5 hours
Beer Style: Stout
Serves: 2 – 3
1 pound beef
1 ounce butter
4 small onions
Half a medium sized pumpkin
7 ounces round carrots
12 ounces sout or pumpkin beer
5 cloves garlic
1 pice of mace or a little nutmeg
2 bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick
sugar to taste
Serve with mashed potatoes or rice.
Cut the beef into small chunks and pepper and salt them. On medium-high, melt the butter in a stock pot. Once the butter stops foaming, add the meat. Cook the meat for about 10 minutes, until it’s browned.
Cut up three onions in rough pieces and add them to the meat. Cook for another 5 minutes. Add the beer.
Stick the cloves into the remaining onion (you can leave it whole, it will fall apart anyway) and add this together with the mace, bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, add pepper and salt and sugar to taste. You don’t want it to be overly sweet. Put a lid on the pot and simmer for approximately two hours.
Add the carrots in and simmer for another half hour before you add the pumpkin. Simmer for another half hour and check if the meat is fall apart tender and the pumpkin well done.
You can add potatoes and mix together with the pumpkin and have a one pot meal, or you can make mashed potatoes and serve those on the site. Sprinkle some freshly grated nutmeg over the mashed potatoes!
Recipe credit goes to: Craftbeer.com
The Great American Beer Fest was a blast! They had over 4300 entries and over 500 breweries pouring their unique and oddball varieties on the festival floor. Sadly we did not garner any medals but I’m looking forward to reading the judges comments.
Many of my fellow brewers were available to talk about recipes and the brewing business. The Governor of Colorado, the honorable John Hickenlooper, gave a toast to the brewers. He was the founder Wynkoop Brewing Company in downtown Denver and he helped revitalize the area.
So now I’m back and ready to brew!
Have a hoppy day!
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Chocolate Whiskey and Beer Cupcakes
Makes 20 to 24 cupcakes
For the Chocolate Stout Cupcakes
1 cup stout (such as WBC’s Dead Letter Drye Stout or any other quality stout)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-process)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 to 2 teaspoons Irish whiskey (optional)
Baileys Frosting (see Recipe Notes)
3 to 4 cups confections sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup or 4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperatue
3 to 4 tablespoons Baileys (or milk, or heavy cream, or a combination thereof)
Special equipment: 1-inch round cookie cutter or an apple corer and a piping bag (though a plastic bag with the corner snipped off will also work)
Make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 24 cupcake cups with liners. Bring 1 cup stout and 1 cup butter to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.
Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in large bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl to blend. Add stout-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed. Using rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined. Divide batter among cupcake liners, filling them 2/3 to 3/4 of the way. Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, rotating them once front to back if your oven bakes unevenly, about 17 minutes. Cool cupcakes on a rack completely.
Make the filling: Chop the chocolate and transfer it to a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for one minute and then stir until smooth. (If this has not sufficiently melted the chocolate, you can return it to a double-boiler to gently melt what remains. 20 seconds in the microwave, watching carefully, will also work.) Add the butter and whiskey (if you’re using it) and stir until combined.
Fill the cupcakes: Let the ganache cool until thick but still soft enough to be piped (the fridge will speed this along but you must stir it every 10 minutes). Meanwhile, using your 1-inch round cookie cutter or an apple corer, cut the centers out of the cooled cupcakes. You want to go most of the way down the cupcake but not cut through the bottom — aim for 2/3 of the way. A slim spoon or grapefruit knife will help you get the center out. Those are your “tasters”. Put the ganache into a piping bag with a wide tip and fill the holes in each cupcake to the top.
Make the frosting: Whip the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, for several minutes. You want to get it very light and fluffy. Slowly add the powdered sugar, a few tablespoons at a time.
When the frosting looks thick enough to spread, drizzle in the Baileys (or milk) and whip it until combined. If this has made the frosting too thin (it shouldn’t, but just in case) beat in another spoonful or two of powdered sugar.
Ice and decorate the cupcakes.
Recipe Credit to: https://smittenkitchen.com/2009/01/car-bomb-cupcakes/