Last night kicked ass! Even more so now that I'm recovered from it. A fun documentary (I mean, it was about beer, what could be better??), great friends, great food, great beer - ahhhhh.
Another doc for the casual learner. Some pretty good cartoons, some decent reenactments, loads of trivia - but what we all noticed was they would spend only a minute or two on some topics that should have gotten much more attention. At just 45min, this doc is packed with great info, but not enough detail. A beginner's doc, let's say - to introduce you to the vast world of beer.
I was joined for this one by my great friends Art and the Baron Von Bronco. All of us work at the same liquor store and love making cocktails, homebrew, and cooking. These were the perfect guys to watch this movie with; every so often we'd have to stop to expand upon or debate something in the doc. Great meeting of the minds.
In the theme of the night I whipped up some simple beer-based recipies:
BROWN ALE BRAUTS
Brauts (as many as you need)
Onion (about one per bottle of brown)
Rogue's Morimoto Hazelnut Brown Ale (enough to cover the brauts)
1 Tbsp flour
black pepper to taste
Put the brauts in a deep pot. Just cover with brown ale. Add onion. Heat on medium high - high until brauts are cooked. Remove brauts. Reduce beer and onions by half. Stir in flour. Reheat brauts in the sauce.
Serve on bread or mashed potatoes. Black pepper to taste.
BEER JELLO - (Brello?)
beer - your choice
Read the instructions on the gelatin to find the liquid : powder ratio. Heat about 1/8 the amount of beer you need in the microwave. Whisk in gelatin until completely dissolved. Add cold remaining beer. Let set until firm.
AND SOME GREAT (and not so great) BEER!!:
Some lights, some darks, lots of IPA, and a great homebrewed Imperial IPA from the Baron Von Bronco.
We were all excited to try the Father Damian (sainted for his humanitarian work here in Hawaii). Sadly this beer was not worthy of the great man's name. It says it's a "dark belgian ale", but the most predominant flavors were fuckin' Birkenstocks and dish soap. A disaster of a beer.
The Kilt Lifter was solid, not too strong, mostly malt with some wine notes. A great beer to have with a hearty dinner.