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This Bud's for Burgers

04-24-2015

America’s number one full-flavored lager has finally found their tastiest partner in the burger. The savory, complex and rich burger is matched by the full-flavored Budweiser that serves as a refreshment and palate cleanser between bites.

 

 

In collaboration with Chef David Chang, Budweiser is challenging all grillers out there to participate in a nation-wide best burger competition to find the Champion of Bud and Burgers, who will then go on to compete on the United State of Burgers competition. With $100,00 on the line, amateur burger chefs are lining up to take part in the “United States of Burgers” cooking competition that will air on the Esquire Network. The six-episode series will air over the summer and will culminate with the crowning of the perfect burger to pair with Budweiser.

 

With competitions firing up across the country, we too can participate in Michigan with this featured Bud and Burger recipe. To start, try out this Budweiser Backyard Burger recipe from Chef Hubert Keller and featured on Good Morning America. Follow along online through the Budweiser Facebook and Twitter and use the hashtag #BudandBurgers to show off your own beer and burger pairing skills.

 

 

Ingredients

  • For the shallot jam:
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 cups Shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 ?? teaspoon Fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • ?? cup Budweiser
  • ?? cup Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Aged balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • For the burger:
  • 2 pounds Coarsely ground chuck, chilled
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 bunch Fresh spinach, stemmed
  • 4 Onion buns or ciabatta buns
  • 4 ounces Crumbled blue cheese at room temperature
  • 8 tablespoons Caramelized Budweiser shallot jam (see recipe below)
  • 4 Leaves of butter lettuce
  • 1 Large ripe tomato, cut into 4 thick slices
  • 8 slices Crisp apple smoked bacon (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

 

Cooking Directions

 

For the shallot jam:

In a skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and heat until hot. Add the shallots, stir, and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallots are light gold and have thoroughly melted. Deglaze with the beer and add the thyme. Stir often towards the end of cooking to make sure the shallots do not stick and all the beer is reduced to almost dry. Set aside.

 

While the shallots are cooking, in a small saucepan, melt the sugar with about 1 tablespoon water over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Cook at a boil, uncovered and without stirring, until the sugar caramelizes to a medium amber color, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add the vinegar. The mixture will foam and spit, so stand back to avoid being spattered. Return the pan to low heat, and stir until the caramel has melted.

 

Scrape the shallots into the caramel and stir well. Remove to a bowl, cover, and set aside to cool. Taste for seasoning, and adjust with salt and pepper.

 

Refrigerate the jam in a covered container for several days or longer. It may also be frozen. Bring to room temperature before using.

 

For the burger:

For the burgers, shape the meat into 4 evenly-sized patties about 1 inch thick. Handle lightly to keep the texture light and juicy. The burgers can be shaped and refrigerated, covered, for several hours.

When ready to cook, heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat until very hot or build a medium-hot fire in a barbecue. Generously season the meat on both sides with salt and pepper.

 

Cook the burgers in the skillet, turning once or twice, 7 to 10 minutes for medium-rare. Do not press down on the patties. With a large spoon, baste the burgers several times with the fat in the pan. (You can also preheat the oven to 450?? F and cook the burgers on top of the stove until they are brown on both sides, and then finish them in the oven.) To grill the burgers, oil the grate, arrange the patties on it, and cover. Cook as above.

 

While the burgers are searing, heat up one tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over high heat, and cook the spinach stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. Saut?? until the leaves are wilted but bright green about 3 minutes. Keep warm.

 

Toast the buns in a toaster oven or on the outer perimeter of the grill rack until golden brown

For the last minute of cooking, display the blue cheese over each burger to melt lightly. Then top the cheese with the warmed up shallot jam. Top the shallots with the spinach. Then remove to a warm platter, keep warm, and let rest several minutes before serving

 

To assemble the burgers, divide the butter lettuce leaves between the buns and top with the tomatoes. Add the burgers and the bacon on top of each. Cover with the bun tops. Serve immediately with remaining shallot jam.

Alcohol Safety Tips

04-14-2015
This April is the 29th annual Alcohol Awareness Month designed to highlight the best practices for safely and legally enjoying alcoholic beverages. West Side Beer Distributing is committed to practicing, educating and encouraging the use of safe habits when it comes to alcohol consumption. Use this information to responsibly enjoy your next alcoholic beverage. 
 
 

7 Beer Experts to Grab a Beer With

04-07-2015

There is no doubt that we’ll be celebrating #NationalBeerDay in good beery fashion. What else are you supposed to do in order to pay homage to the official repeal of Prohibition than to return to the original social networking group and grab a beer with your friends? Although Ranker already reported on the top celebrities to grab a beer with, we think there is no better person to drink with than a beer expert. This list is in no way comprehensive but does serve to highlight some of the absurdly smart, hysterical and trailblazing folks who have helped shape the beer community into what it is today.

 

Jim Koch. Founder, Boston Beer Company

One of the OGs of the craft beer community, Jim Koch knows a thing or two (or a thousand) about the beer industry and can probably entertain you with stories all night. All while teaching you the secrets to not getting drunk.

 

 

Dale Kotechis. Founder, Oskar Blues Brewery

From brewing beer in bathtubs to becoming the 2012 Craft Brewer of the Year, Dale has successfully gone against many accepted methods to further push the boundaries of craft beer. While downing those 19.2 ounce cans of Dale’s you’ll gain new perspectives on craft beer trends and maybe learn how to trick out your bike.

 

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Brett Porter. Brewmaster, Goose Island Brewery

Brett is the man to talk to if you want to learn anything about barrel aged beer, considering Goose Island’s continual success with their program. Based off of his Reddit AMA he’s full of puns and up front information about beer.

 

Mitch Steele. Brewmaster, Stone Brewing Co.

I have a personal bias that Mitch Steele is one of the coolest people to drink with, which is why he is on this list.  Beyond personal bias, the guy knows his way around an IPA and his numerous years of experience have provided him with tales to entertain throughout a night of drinking.

 

 

 

Russ Springsteen. Founder, Right Brain Brewery.

Russ founded a brewery focused on intuitive, well-crafted “right brain” beers, which is how he is. Be prepared converse and analyze beer in a whole new light while laughing at his sly wit as you learn how and why he came up with ideas for beers brewed with pig heads and whole pies.

 

 

Kim Jordon. Co-Founder, New Belgium Brewing Co.

Want to learn how to start and run an internationally successful brewery? Sit down with Kim, who co-founded a brewery on the main prospect of being a force of good and made it into a successful business model for New Belgium Brewing Co.  

 

 

Mike Plesz. Founder, Rochester Mills Beer Co.

Thanks to Mike’s focus on impeccable quality, Rochester Mills Beer Co. has been a craft beer staple in Michigan. His enthusiasm for brewing is infectious to the point where a night of drinking with him will pass by in a flash of good beer and great conversation. If you’re lucky, like I was, he might even give you great tips for new ways to cook with beer.

 

 

 

 

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