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beer pairings

Well I guess its that time of year again, time for another blog… Christmas season!
The Townsite Brew Crew is gearing up for the holidays at home this year, except dear Uli who has up & gone to Australia for a month. He’s trading in the rain&cold weather for rain&warm weather.

Since we are cooking turkeys in our own kitchens we thought, what better way to celebrate than with a beer paired dinner! Here’s what Brewery Manager Chloe Smith has come up with:

Course 1. Beer– open your favorite Townsite brew, fill a glass, put on your apron and get cookin’

Course 2. Westview Wheat Cranberry Sauce:
This one is super simple: get out a pot. Put the following in said pot:
1C Westview Wheat
12 Oz fresh Cranberries
1C Sugar
1C Orange Juice
Zest of ½ an orange
Bring to a boil and simmer 15 mins until Crans are the consistency you desire. Place in a bowl and refrigerate until dinner is served.

Course 3. Perfect Storm Stout & Mushroom Gravy:
This one is slightly more complicated:
-3TBSP butter
¼ C chopped onion
8 Oz chopped Mushrooms (fresh Chanterelles would be my suggestion)
1/4C flour
1 C Stock (beef or veg you choose)
¾ C Stout
¼ Heavy cream
Saute onions in butter until soft. Add Mushrooms & cook until soft. Sprinkle with flour & cook until flour is browned. Add stock & stout, simmer until thickened. Add cream and stir to combine. S&P to taste.

Course 4. Charleston Triple
This isn’t so much a course as a tip. Charleston is the white wine of beer, at 9% alcohol it is dry and effervescent- The perfect pairing for turkey dinner.

From all of us at Townsite to all of you of you on this beautiful coast and beyond have a very happy holiday season and please, for the love, do not drink and drive!

Brew Crew

Phew!! Another year under our collective belt. We sure had some fun times this year, and we are gearing up for more to come!!

We’ll be kick-starting 2014 with our THIRD ANNUAL (!!) BREWMASTER INVITATIONAL WEEKEND Friday & Saturday January 17 & 18. Cedric has invited brewmasters Graham With (Parallel 49 Brewing – Vancouver), Sean Hoyne (Hoyne Brewing – Victoria) and Ron & Patt Dyck (Cannery Brewing – Penticton) to come up for a visit and some fun times.

One beer from each brewmaster has been paired with a local chef to create a 4-course beer-pairing menu for Friday night and for Saturday, we have schemed with our pals at the Old Courthouse Inn/ Edie Rae’s Cafe and CAMRA Powell River for a PAJAMA CASK PARTY! Each brewmaster is bringing a special cask for Saturday night, Chef Kelly Belanger of Edie Rae’s Cafe will have a delicious assortment of yummies, and we’ll be taking over the entire inn for the evening with cask and food stations.

The dinner is already sold out, but there are a few ways you can still get tickets for Saturday night’s pajamacaskarama:

1. Purchase from the brewery store, The Old Courthouse Inn, or by calling 604.223.3064

2. Book a room at the Old Courthouse Inn for Saturday night and receive an all-access wristband

3. WIN TICKETS FOR THE ENTIRE WEEKEND – including the sold-out dinner – from CAMRA Powell River!