Brewing Beer

Last week I met up with my friend from college Justin.  He invited me to go and brew beer over at Shenandoah Brewery.  Basically it is a brew your own beer brewery.  They had 8-10 steam kettles and a ton of recipes.  We decided to Hellesfest.  Basically it is a 9% alcohol Ocktoberfest Lager.  Pretty potent stuff.  We did the brewing, but still have to wait 9-12 weeks for it to ferment.  The brewing process was really simple and only took about 2 1/2 hours.

The finished beer in the fermenting barrel.
The finished beer in the fermenting barrel.

The first step was to bring the steam kettle up to a boil.

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Triple “B” Stew

I have had a couple of readers ask me for a hearty stew/fall dish to make. I wrote down the things that I wanted to see in my stew. Beef – Beef stew is the way to go. Barley – My neighbor growing up always used to make us a barley stew and it was a must. Finally – Beer – Why not. I put it in everything else. Actually it could be called Quadruple “B” Stew as I started with Bacon. Mouth watering yet? Well here is a pic.

You can't beat Beef, Barley and Beer
You can't beat Beef, Barley and Beer

I served it over a freshly made biscuit. Awesome!!

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Beer Can Chicken

Over the weekend I attended the Food and Wine Festival at the National Harbor. While I was there I met a few guys from Pork Barrel BBQ. We chatted for a bit about barbecuing and about their business.  I love BBQ and I am always looking for a short cut.  They make BBQ rubs and I must say it is pretty tasty.  Spices are expensive and when you can purchase a single spice instead of 15 for barbecuing, that is the kind of short cut I am looking for.  Before I left they gave me a can of their All American Spice Rub to try.  So I went to the store looking for something to BBQ.  In the fresh meat department they had chickens on sale.  Ninety-nine cents a pound, you can’t beat that.  So I decided to make a beer can chicken.  I had the beer and the rub, so this was a pretty easy choice.

Perfectly Cooked and Ready to Eat
Perfectly Cooked and Ready to Eat

There is no need to purchase any apparatus to make a beer can chicken.  There are a ton of products out there that are available to help make a beer can chicken.  As the name states, all you need is a beer can and a chicken.  The chicken legs and the beer can balance the chicken perfectly.  Plus, once it is on the grill you are not going to move it till you remove it.  So my tip of the day, don’t get scammed by beer can chicken holders. 

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