It was about that time to hit the road once more and since we've spent ample time on the west coast lately, we decided to hit up the midwest for some tasty BBQ and fabulous hospitality in the "Paris of the Plains" also known as Kansas City!
After a week of hanging out with craft beer fans at pubs, restaurants, bars, liquor stores, and bottle shops, "The Kids," Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter, decided to play the tourist card and hit up some local landmarks around town.
Since the Kentucky Derby was yesterday, it just seemed fitting to post our latest blog highlighting our recent trip out to Kentucky! "The Kids," Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter, had never been to this part of the country before, so when Deschutes Brewery announced that they'd be expanding into the "Bluegrass State", we were all on board.
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.
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.
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.
Meet Brewer Veronica Vega
Deschutes brewer Veronica Vega talks about the wisdom in failure and the brewery's flagship beer, Black Butte Porter.
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
1/4 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.
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