Your wine and beer gift pack includes two delicious craft beers from Niagara Oast House Brewers. Here are the full tasting notes from the brewmaster along with a delicious custom recipe from kwäf Resident Chef, Claire Tansey, for Taco Lasagna:
Aroma: Up-front malty aromas - Toasty notes, with characteristics of burnt sugar and a hint of cherry.
Appearance: A red/orange colour, with off-white head - Medium clarity.
Taste: Big malt flavour, toasty notes and characteristics of caramel, cocoa and cherry. Well rounded, with some dry-earthiness – leading to a long, dry finish.
Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium-bodied - Silky character - High carbonation.
Overall Impression: This is a malty farmhouse ale with a beautiful cherry accent. It has an array of malt-derived flavours, intermingled with a light touch of fruit.
Food Pairing Ideas: Roast Duck with cherry compote, Traditional Turkey Dinner, Grilled Meats, Braised Short Ribs, Charcuterie, Chicken Liver Mousse. Cheese pairings: Munster, Livarot.
Vital Statistics: IBU – 20; Alcohol – 7%
Aroma: Our Saison displays aromas of banana, spicy yeast, coriander and black pepper.
Appearance: Golden yellow colour with a slight haze, and a pillowy white head.
Taste: With initial flavours of rich banana, black pepper and hints of citrus, this beer finishes off with an earthy, yeast-driven characteristic and a long dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. This is a highly effervescent beer and is balanced with a silky mouth-feel.
Overall Impression: Our Saison is a classic Farmhouse Ale with yeast-driven aromas and flavours of banana and black pepper. The complexity in its flavour has been retained through bottle conditioning. The finish is bone dry offering a well rounded, complex beer.
Food Pairing Ideas: Great with lighter fish dishes (trout, snapper), Pad Thai, mussels, crab cakes, calamari and sautéed mushrooms. Cheese suggestions: Sauvagine, Tallegio, Toscano
Vital Statistics: IBU – 27; Alcohol – 6.5%
By Claire Tansey, kwäf Resident Chef
This quick and easy shareable snack that puts a twist on the classic nacho platter. Diced green chilies are not spicy, but they add a welcome tanginess to the mix. You can sauté half a red or green pepper (diced) along with the onions instead. Make it vegetarian by using two cans of beans and no chicken.
1 tbsp canola oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp chili powder
796-mL can whole tomatoes
156-mL can tomato paste
250g frozen spinach
540-mL can black beans, drained and rinsed
127-mL can chopped green chilies (optional)
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
1 cup frozen corn
½ tsp salt
2 cups shredded cheddar
6 large whole wheat tortillas
Preheat oven to 400F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or foil. Heat a large, deep frying pan over medium. Add oil, then onion. Cook 3 to 5 min or until slightly softened. Add garlic and cook another minute. Stir in chili powder. Add tomatoes and tomato paste. Simmer, stirring and crushing tomatoes with a wooden spoon, until starting to thicken, about 5 min. Add spinach and cook until thawed. Add black beans, chilies, chicken, corn and salt. Stir well and cook until heated through and bubbling, about 5 min. Remove from heat.
Place one tortilla on prepared baking sheet. Scoop about one-sixth of bean mixture onto tortilla and spread out to the edges. Sprinkle with about ¼ cup of cheese. Top with another tortilla and repeat layers, ending with all the remaining bean mixture and sprinkling with all remaining cheese.
Bake 20 min or until hot and bubbly. Broil up to 5 min if desired for extra colour and bubbliness on top. Let stand 5 min before serving. Serve with sour cream, lime wedges and cilantro if desired.
Creekside Estate Winery 2012 Undercurrent Cabernet-Shiraz
An exclusive small-batch wine from Creekside Estate Winery's Undercurrent series, the Cabernet Shiraz blend is a robust blend, showcasing the beauty and power of the 2012 vintage in Niagara.
Handmade soap from local Niagara producer - made with beer!
The Hockey Puck
Oast House Brewers' very own regulation hockey puck.