Five Bean Cutthroat Chili

We’ve all had those long, winter days where you can’t quite get warm enough. You just want something savory to eat and easy to cook. Something to fill your stomach and warm your heart.  Our recipe for Five Bean Cutthroat Chili will do just the trick! It won’t be long before you’ll have something warm and delicious to beat the winter blues. It also pairs well with Cutthroat Porter or 90 Shilling… before, during, and after. Go ahead. Relax and watch the snow fall.

Chili

What you’ll need:

1 lb. Ground Beef

1 medium onion, chopped

1 jalapeno, diced

1 green bell pepper, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tomato, diced

1 can Dark Red Kidney Beans

1 can Garbanzo beans

1 can Great Northern beans

1 can Black beans

1 can Pinto beans

¼ cup Chili Powder

1 ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper

1Tbsp Cumin

1 bottle of Cutthroat Porter

Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

Start by browning the ground beef over medium-high heat and add onion, jalapeno, bell pepper, and garlic. Then, drain the meat/veggies, and pour into a 5 quart pot. Add tomato and drained cans of beans, and seasonings. Pour the Cutthroat Porter over the meat and beans and stir well (if you like a soupier chili, you can add another ½ beer or ½ cup of water). Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 30 –60 min. Salt & Pepper to taste.

 

Brew Q & A: Brazzle – Sour Golden Raspberry

Brazzle! Brazzle! Brazzle! The release is finally near! On Friday, February 27, Odell Brewing Co., will be releasing this Sour Golden Raspberry. Brazzle has been a long time coming and let me tell you… It has been worth the wait!

Brazzle 1We sat down with our Barrel Aging/Pilot System Manager Brent Cordle to talk about the inspiration behind this sweet, sour.

 

Q: What was the inspiration behind Brazzle?

A: This beer was originally born on the pilot system a while back.  We did a small batch and threw in whole raspberries to see what would happen.  It was a tasty sour the first time, so we wanted to re-create something similar.

 

 

Q: What was involved in the brewing process?Brazzle 2

A: The initial brewing was simple. We brewed a Golden Ale at a higher mash temperature to keep some of the sugars from breaking down.  Other yeasts can break down the sugars later in the fermentation process, giving it those unique flavors.  It was the secondary fermentation process that was more time consuming.  We used former Woodcut barrels for the aging process which took a little over two years. The lacto and acidity weren’t where we wanted them to be initially. This beer took longer to mature, but it was WELL worth the wait! It’s a delicious beer. I’m very proud of the way this beer turned out.

 

 

 

Q:  What are some key flavors you taste in this beer?

A: Raspberry… obviously.  But, I don’t get the tartness that comes from red raspberries.  We used golden raspberries to brew with which gives this sour a little more sweetness.  There is also a light, tart peach flavor that comes through as well as lemon citrus.  The acidity from the lemon plays with the sweet raspberry flavor.  This is a very unique sour.  I’d recommend getting a bottle (or two) while you can!

 

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Check our calendar of events for the Tap Room release party for Brazzle.  This Cellar Series Beer will hit shelves the first week of March!

Want to learn more about your favorite Odell Beer?  E-mail amandabecklin@odellbrewing.com for a Brew Q & A request!

Sensory Basics – Understanding Flavor

Sensory PanelHave you ever swallowed a sip of your favorite beer and struggled to find the right words to describe its delicious flavor? It’s not always easy. Beers come in an array of styles, colors, and flavors.  That’s the best part about craft beer, right? There’s a lot that goes  into tasting a beer: sight, taste, smell, and touch (mouthfeel); although, you may not realize it when  you’re sipping beers with your friends. Here’s a simple guide to really tasting beer:

 

First, start by covering the beer with your (clean) hand and swirl it around in the glass.  Then, take two or three short sniffs followed by one long sniff.  Finally, pinch your nose while drinking a small amount and breathe out of your nose after you have finished for additional flavors and aromas.  When you take a sip of beer, you might first taste citrus or floral characters.  But, after you swallow, you may think to yourself, “I taste pineapple, mango, or herbs”.  This happens when odorant molecules bind with sensory receptors – or an easier way to think of it  is a lock and key; which when the two connect, it sends a signal to your brain.  Your senses and taste buds connect flavors in the beer to past experiences with similar flavors.  Five basic flavors most people recognize are sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami. The beer flavor wheel can help explain some of these characteristics and and the flavors you may be sensing.

(image courtesy of http://www.beerflavorwheel.com/)
(image courtesy of http://www.beerflavorwheel.com/)

Each time you enjoy a beer, consider the basic sensory steps.  Not only will you learn a thing or two about the beer in your hand, you might even impress your neighbor with your newfound knowledge. They say “practice makes perfect”… so drink up!