Chuckanut Beer Dinner at Cliff House
Chuckanut Brewery is excited to announce their first beer dinner held at the Cliff House Restaurant, 331 N State, will be in honor of the brewmaster’s birthday September 15. Billed as the Grand Brew Masters Dinner, Chuckanut’s award winning brewmaster Will Kemper will be on hand to talk about beers, brewing, and beer travel as diners enjoy a five course paired menu to Chuckanut beers. The dinner starts promptly at 6pm and tickets need to be purchased in advance for $50 (does not include tip or tax). Call the Cliff House at 360-734-8660, seats are limited and if weather permits, seating will take place on the view patio.
The dinner will start with Chuckanut Kolsch (effervescent, golden, refreshing ale) and Shigoku Oyster on the half shell with koslch-jalepeno granita, shaved horseradish & lemon. Helles Lager (smooth golden Munich style lager) will be served with Bruschetta of Gothberg Farms Chevre, thai basil, cherry tomato confit, slow roasted pork belly and local balsamic honey. A NW Salmon Salad with king salmon rubbed with coriander-fennel spices topping local greens dressed with house pickled blueberry dressing, finished with walla walla onion & chevre will be served with Bohemian Pils (traditional Czech malts and Saaz hops with a smooth malt center). Slow braised Australian Lamb shank finished with Alt Bier & chantrelle demi-glace will be paired with the Local Malt Alt (old style German ale made from Skagit Valley malts). To finish the dinner off Dunkel Lager (World Beer Cup Silver Medal 2014 & Gold Medal 2010) will be served with a house made Ice Cream Sandwich with Mallard’s ice cream and Maureen’s cowboy cookies in a dunkel-caramel sauce. This is a beer dinner you won't want to miss so call asap to get your tickets!
The Grain Gathering
There's alot going on in Skagit County that many of us have not heard about. Professor Steve Jones has been busy researching with his graduate students seeds for growing barley and wheat in our Cascadia Region (starting north on Vancouver Island and going all the way to Eugene, OR). And our friends at Skagit Valley Malt are putting together an amazing high tech malting facility to malt these grains that have not been available for brewers or bakers in the past or have not been used in malting most recently. Some of the grains are ancient (an Egyptian purple barley as an example) and some have not been grown because they don't fit into the specifications that are required by big malting companies. By opening up these grains for use we predict will add new flavors in beers, especially malt forward beers like the ones Chuckanut brews.
Mari and brewmaster Will Kemper along with head brewer Bryan Cardwell have all been invited to meet and connect with others at the Grain Gathering down at Skagit County's WSU Bread Lab. Other well known growers, users, and scientists will be getting together to talk grains, using them in food, baking, brewing, and distilling. Will has been asked to join a round table discussion with Wayne Carpenter (Skagit Valley Malt), Matt Linsecum (Fremont Brewery), Charles Finkel (Pike Brewer), and Emerson from Westland distillery. The topic they will discuss is "With the rediscovery of grain "varietal flavor", beer and spirits hear the industry leaders forecast the future of brewing, distilling and potential food pairing using malted grain." We can't wait to see what they have to say... stay tuned!
Head Brewer Bryan Completes German Studies
You may remember back in January our head brewer Bryan Cardwell headed to Germany to take part in the VLB Brewers program in Berlin,Germany. At that time Michael Toomes our brewer at the time took over as Lead Brewer at Chuckanut. Well Bryan has successfully completed the Master Brewer course at the VLB and is heading home in August. We’re all excited that Bryan passed the exam with flying colors. Being the bright young man he is he graduated as one of the top brewers. He’s excited to return to Chuckanut and impart some of his new knowledge on the brewers and collaborate with our brewmaster Will. We congratulate Bryan and can’t wait for his return.
Before returning to Bellingham Bryan will be visiting various breweries across Belgium and Germany as well as England. Actually right now Bryan is brewing with our friends at Rebellion Brewery who sent their lead brewer over to Chuckanut back in March. Now Bryan will be brewing with Rebellion and learning how they truly make those British style Ales!
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