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February 12, 2014
February 11, 2014
One of the joy’s of spreading the lust with family and friends is what they do with it, here is my son Kevin’s Sweet and Savory Lusty Monk Sauerkraut
1- 16oz package of Boar’s Head Sauerkraut
1- Bosc Pear, julienned
1/2- Onion, sliced thin
1 cup of your favorite Ale, Pilsner, or Kolsch to make your kraut more savory
1 cup Apple Juice to keep your kraut sweeter
1 big ole’ heap of Lusty Monk Original Sin Mustard (1-2 Tbsp depending on preference)
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
Heat up oil over medium low heat in a medium sized saucepan, add onions, a dash of salt and pepper and saute until onions just start to become translucent. Next add in the pears and continue to saute until onions are fully translucent. Now add the beer or apple juice and turn up the heat! The flame should be on high, and just before reaching a rolling boil add the sauerkraut and Lusty Monk. Keep it hot, and when it starts to bubble, turn it down to a simmer. Let it simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes. As it is simmering, season to taste with salt and pepper. I have a “Bavarian Seasoning” by Penzeys Spices that is basically a mix of crushed brown mustard, rosemary, garlic, thyme, bay leaf and sage, it is optional, I only added 1/2 teaspoon at most.
Serve with grass fed all natural beef brats in a roll or just enjoy your brats on a pile of Kevin’s sweet and savory Lusty Monk sauerkraut!
Beer Pairings: Gaffel Kölsch, Sünner Kölscher, or a German Pilsner like Weihenstephaner Pilsner
February 8, 2014
With a little under a week until Valentine’s Day, Japan is still in the midst of chocolate madness, and it appears the fast food industry is no exception. Hot on the heels of their unique french fries and chocolate sauce combination, fast food chain Lotteria has now come out with a burger with … yes, you guessed it — chocolate sauce!
For a limited time until late February, Lotteria is offering their “Chocolate & Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Burger”. If you think the name sounds fancy, that may be because it actually is kind of a fancy burger, judging from the description provided in Lotteria’s press release. The burger features a thick piece of chicken thigh that is marinated in white wine, garlic and onions and then oven-cooked. And the important honey mustard sauce is made from a mixture of whole-grain mustard and french mustard, to which honey and mayonnaise are added. To all this, you can add the chocolate sauce, which comes in a separate packet. The chocolate used in the sauce is the milky and flavorful yet mild Ghana Milk Chocolate produced by Lotte, the popular snack maker belonging to the same corporate group as Lotteria. Marinated chicken and Ghana chocolate? We definitely had to try this unusual combination!
▼ I bought the Chocolate & Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Burger, priced at 390yen (US$3.80) along with a drink.
▼ This is the packet of chocolate sauce that came separately.
▼ The burger came in this paper wrap.
▼ The burger unveiled!
▼ And also a look at what’s between the buns.
▼ Now, for the chocolate sauce …
▼ We don’t want to be stingy with the sauce, do we?
▼ You can see there’s plenty of mustard sauce and chocolate sauce.
So, how was the Chocolate & Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Burger? I actually quite liked it. The chicken was thick and juicy, and the chocolate sauce matched it quite well. The flavor of the mustard sauce was slightly strong, so maybe it could have been milder. In fact, it may be interesting to try what it would be like with just the chicken and chocolate sauce. Still, the chicken was flavored very nicely — the marinating definitely seemed to work here — and I enjoyed savoring the rich sweetness of the chocolate along with the juiciness of the chicken.
If I had the chance, I would be more than happy to have the burger again. On second thought, the french fries with the chocolate sauce, which I haven’t tried yet, look awfully good too …
Reference and top image: Lotteria press release (Japanese)
All other photos: RocketNews24
February 8, 2014
It’s officially Girl Scout cookie season, and while the young women selling the snacks are too young to drink beer, most of us paying for the treats can enjoy a brewed beverage with our Thin Mints and Samoas. But which beers will work best alongside each variety of cookie?
This would seem to be a tricky pairing, with the Thin Mint’s strong mint and chocolate taste not always wanting to play nice with other flavors. A sampling of suggestions seems to point to a darker beer being the answer. The beer chicks of TheBeerChicks.com single out a Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout (7.5% ABV) as the best beverage for enjoying Thin Mints, while the folks at Central Track recommend a 9.5% ABV imperial stout, suggesting the Great Divide Yeti by name. Doubling up on the chocolate and mint, Brooklyn Brew Shopoffers up the Mint Chocolate Porter from California’s Bootlegger’s Brewery as its pairing suggestion.
Peanut butter poses the challenge here for those looking to pair up their cookies and beer. The Beer Chicks suggest adding banana to the mix with Wells & Young’s Banana Bread beer from the U.K. Central Track heads over to Belgium for its pairing, recommending Duvel Belgian Golden Ale or any Belgian ale to go with this classic snack. Again, Brooklyn Brew Shop goes matchy-matchy with its pairing of Tagalongs and its own recipe for Peanut Butter Porter.
Toasted coconut, caramel and chocolate all on one cookie is a lot to take in, but there are still good beer pairing suggestions out there. Brooklyn Brew Shop seeks to accentuate the coconut flavor with Maui Brewing Co.’s Coconut Porter, while Central Track suggests an 8.5% ABV heavy ale, like a Founders Dirty Bastard.
Each of the three sites linked in this story have other pairing suggestions for other Girl Scout cookies, so check them out if you’re curious.
February 8, 2014
In physics, this phenomenon is called the “Leidenfrost effect.” It can happen with any liquid, not just beer.
Normally, when you pour liquid into a hot pan, the droplets will sizzle and evaporate. But when you crank up the temperature so that the surface is significantly hotter than the liquid’s boiling point, the heat is so extreme that it boils the underside of the liquid immediately. The resulting vapor acts like a bed, protecting the liquid above it from touching the hot pan. The droplets will fuse together and evaporate very slowly.
February 8, 2014
However, more than 25% of young people prefer to drink whiskey in non-traditional ways such as with Coke or other mixers.
World Whisky Day founder Blair Bowman said that whiskey is increasingly a worldwide drink.
“In the Far East and South America it’s incredibly popular amongst all ages and now it seems we’re seeing a new generation at home discovering its charms and versatility,” Bowman added.
“This year’s World Whisky Day on May 17th will be bigger and better than ever before. With the Commonwealth Games, Homecoming and the Ryder Cup the focus is really on Scotland in 2014 so we’re expecting to see events in every continent and some special celebrations here.”
Endorsed by VisitScotland, Scotch Whisky Experience and Heritage Centre and Scotland Food & Drink, the inaugural World Whisky Day was held in 2012 and saw over 20,000 people attend over 200 events all over the world.
The event is aimed at boosting the profile of whiskey across the world, while stimulating interest in whiskey.
February 3, 2014
Emily’s Three Bean Lusty Monk Chili
1 can of whole plum tomatoes chopped
1 can of kidney beans
1 can of black beans
1 can of cannellini beans
1 cup of corn
1 chopped onion
2 chopped carrots
diced garlic (3cloves)
dollop of Lusty Monk Burn in Hell mustard
dash of Cinnamon
crushed red pepper
Put In Crock Pot and read a book