Wednesday, August 29, 2012

We win!

I hope...

Thanks President Obama!

What is beer's favorite food?

Hot wings of course!  I could live off of beer and wings.  The spicy, tangy, deliciousness flavor of a good wing compliments any good brew.  I've had a few people ask me for the recipe I use for my buffalo sauce.  Surprisingly enough, it's super easy to make! So here it is:

3 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup hot sauce (Frank's tastes best)
habanero hot sauce (optional)
white vinegar 
2-3 minced habanero peppers (optional)
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp water
salt & pepper 

Melt butter on low heat.  Once butter is melted, add hot sauce, habanero peppers, and a splash or two of vinegar.  Cook on medium-low heat whisking occasionally.  Mix cornstarch with about a tablespoon of cold water and mix thoroughly.  Once the sauce starts bubbling, add corn starch to sauce and whisk until mixed.  The cornstarch will thicken the sauce to make it stick to the chicken wings better.  For a hotter sauce, add more peppers and/or habanero hot sauce (however much you want).  Personally I just add 2 or 3 minced peppers and that gives it a good heat.  Not unbearably spicy.  

To cook the wings, I usually make extra wing sauce and let the wings marinate in the sauce for about 3 hours and then grill for about 20-30 minutes and toss in more wing sauce.  This last time, I just seasoned with salt and pepper and deep fried the wings until lightly golden brown and then tossed in the sauce.  I personally prefer grilled.  

Don't forget to make plenty of wings because they will fly!  And have a good beer next to you to wash it all down...

Monday, August 27, 2012

Escaped from Britain!

It's the Newcastle Werewolf Red Ale.  With the name "Werewolf", you would expect it to be a bold, intense, and flavorful beer.  Wrong.  It's similar to the original Newcastle English Ale.  The only difference is that it has slightly more hops, and reddish tint to it.  I wasn't impressed.  In my opinion, with a name like "Werewolf" it should intimidate you even after you've tasted it.  It does not.  Figured I'd put a scarier beast in the background of the picture.         

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sign the Petition for the White House Honey Ale Recipe

In the past 8 days, news has been circulating around the Internet about citizens asking the government for access to the recipe for President Obama's homebrew, White House Honey Ale.  There has been an email sent by Reddit user geeklimit, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request sent by Reddit user imatexasda, and an official White House petition started by John L.  With all of these requests, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has tweeted that if the petition receives enough signatures (25,000 total... 15,796 remaining as of the time of writing), that the White House will release the recipe.

If and when the recipe gets released, we will brew a batch of it ourselves!

I ask you to sign this petition by the deadline (September 17, 2012) so that we can share a part of American history.  We might even share a bottle of it with you if you sign it and ask us nicely enough.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

In the mood to grill.

The weather's finally starting to cool down a bit; perfect for grilling!  I was hungry for Mexican food the other day, but didn't want the same ol' ground beef and cheese taco, and I have a ton of peppers to use from my pepper garden!  I decided I would make a spicy pulled beef taco with pico de gallo.  Went to the grocery store and picked up some short ribs, a few Hatch Chiles that were on sale, and a good brew.  Long story short, I roasted the chiles, quickly put some nice grill marks on the short ribs, and then slow cooked all that together for about three hours.  Turned out delicious!  Here's the rough recipe I pulled together:

2 1/2 lbs beef short ribs
24oz crushed tomatoes
1/2 sliced onion
3 garlic cloves
1 can chipotle peppers in adobo
4 hatch chile peppers
4-5 chopped Serrano chiles (from my garden)
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp onion powder

Blend crushed tomatoes and onions and add to a large pot. Roast hatch chile peppers on grill. Then blend chile peppers, chipotle peppers, Serrano chiles, one crushed tomato can worth of water, and garlic; add to pot.

Season all sides of short ribs and drizzle with evoo. Grill for about 1 1/2 minutes on each side just browning the outside. Then add to pot, bring to a boil, and bring down to a simmer for 3 hours.  Then just pull the meat apart!

The beer I picked at the store?  Hy-Vee's exclusive brew, Baraboo!  I grabbed their Red Granite Lager.  It's not your typical lager; it's a malty, full flavor, good all around lager.  Might be a good go-to beer.
They also have two other beers: Woodpecker Wheat & Lumberjack IPA.  Their first seasonal will be coming out soon.  I am super excited about it!  It's called Bonfire.  It's a Marzen style ale with a hint of smoke.  I'll be sure to review it as soon as it comes out.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Let's hope this works...

Well, there it is: the equipment and ingredients for our first batch of homebrewed beer.

Brian and I ordered the Brewing Basics Equipment Kit and Plain American Ale Kit from Midwest Supplies, and a 5 gallon pot and The Complete Joy of Homebrewing from Amazon.  All we need now are bottles and a day set aside to clean and brew!

We're completely new at this whole "beer making" thing, but from what I've read so far it'll be easy and fun!  The only portion that will suck is cleaning all of the equipment, but it's a necessary evil in order to make good beer.

This is just the start.  When this turns out well, we'll be on our way to making all sorts of delicious types of beer.  Wish us good luck!

Friday, August 17, 2012

I'm gonna make this blog my bitch!

First post.  First thing I'd like to say is that my little brother Eric is a little bitch.  Secondly, the Schlafly Raspberry Coffee Stout is delicious.  If you're a fan of Schlafly's original Coffee Stout then you will most definitely enjoy their Raspberry Coffee Stout.  Nothing too special about the beer, just that it's made with raspberry puree and has a higher alcohol content.  However, you are only able to buy it at Schlafly's and Schnucks in the STL Metro, Columbia, and Jefferson City, MO but only for a limited time since there were only 154 cases.  Go buy a bottle and give it a try!

The purpose behind this blog is to share our upcoming homebrewing adventures, personal recipes, insight into beer and food, and pictures... lots and lots of pictures.  The people behind this are four brothers:  Sean, Patrick, Brian and Eric Schaefer.  The Schaefer Bros.