Taking "The Kids" Sightseeing in Nebraska!

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Last month we headed to Nebraska for a week of launch events to introduce Deschutes Brewery beer to the craft beer fans of the Midwest! Since we had never been to "...The Good Life" State, we decided to take "The Kids" along for the ride....and some sightseeing.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter pair very well with sports so our first stop was the TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. This baseball stadium is the home field of the College World Series and has been since 2011. Due to an agreement with the NCAA, the games will remain there each year until at least 2035. With seating for 24,000, it's a great place to watch the series in the summer, the Creighton University Bluejays in the Spring and the Omaha Nighthawks (United Football League) in the Fall. After hearing "hey, batta, batta, batta, batta," about 100 times from "The Kids," we decided to head on to our next adventure.

Your Secret Gourmet Ingredient

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What happens when you take more than 20 years of experimenting with craft beer and gourmet cooking? You end up with an amazing assortment of culinary wonders that garner flavor and depth from beers like our flagship Black Butte Porter in the recipe itself. Want to savor the experience? We invite you to become a part of the story by trying it first-hand. View the guide on Facebook, Pinterest, or email us for a copy to throw in your kitchen drawer.

Taking "The Kids" Sightseeing in Chicago

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As part of the Marketing Department, I was asked to accompany other Deschutes Brewery crew members to Chicago for a huge beer launch. This sounded like an exciting adventure so I thought I’d take “the kids” along for some sightseeing since neither Mirror Pond Pale Ale nor Black Butte Porter had been to the windy city before.

Brewer Film #4: Black Butte Porter

Meet Brewer Veronica Vega

Deschutes brewer Veronica Vega talks about the wisdom in failure and the brewery's flagship beer, Black Butte Porter.

Black Butte Porter Chocolate Chip & Walnut Cookies

Sub Title: 
Beer for dessert, yum!
Recipe Type: 
Pub Recipe

Ingredients

2 C all-purpose flour
1/2 C butter (semi-melted)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 C chocolate chips
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 C brown sugar
1 ¼ C Black Butte Porter
1/2 C walnuts, chopped

Black Butte Porter Roasted Chicken Salad

Sub Title: 
A full-of-flavor (and porter!) chicken salad
Recipe Type: 
Pub Recipe

Brined Chicken

3 chicken breasts - boneless, skinless
1 ½ C Black Butte Porter
1/4 C cider vinegar
1 sweet onion-peel and large dice
8 garlic cloves-peeled
1 lemon-juiced
1/4 C brown sugar
1/4 C sea salt-fine

Combine all ingredients EXCEPT the chicken and bring to a boil. As soon as the liquid boils, pull off the heat and chill completely to 40 degrees. Add cleaned chicken breasts and allow to brine overnight in the refrigerator.

Grilled Salmon with Black Butte Porter BBQ Sauce

Sub Title: 
Perfect for that summer BBQ
Recipe Type: 
Pub Recipe

Ingredients

6 8oz Wild Salmon filets or steaks
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, whole
2 oz butter
2 Tbs olive oil
Pinch of salt and pepper
3/4 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp garlic, granulated
1 tsp onion, granulated
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp honey
1 Tbs Kosher salt
1 tsp dark molasses
1/2 C Black Butte Porter
1 Tbs red wine vinegar

Spicy Italian Sausage

Sub Title: 
This is a sausage recipe that almost anyone can create at home!
Recipe Type: 
Pub Recipe

Ingredients

4 lbs ground pork
1 Tbs red pepper flakes
1 Tbs garlic, minced
2 tsp ground black pepper
4 tsp salt
1/4 C Black Butte Porter
2 Tbs anise or fennel seed
1 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions

Combine all ingredients well. Form into patties and grill until done. You can also form into meatballs and bake at 350 degrees until completely cooked and serve over pasta with a marinara sauce and a Black Butte Porter.

Serves 4

Black Butte Porter Spice Cake

Sub Title: 
Spice up your life a bit!
Recipe Type: 
Pub Recipe

Ingredients

3 C all-purpose flour
2 ½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 ½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 C sugar
1 C vegetable oil
1 C molasses
1 C Black Butte Porter

Directions

Butter and flour a 9x9-inch cake pan. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine liquid ingredients. Slowly add liquid to dry ingredients mixing well and pour into prepared pan.

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