Monday, March 31, 2014

Flavor Tripping

Never having tried the flavor altering substance known as Miracle fruit, the Funkwerks gang decided to get together and “flavor trip.” We tested a few of the different forms of miracle fruit; dried, powder, and pill form. Best results were found with the powder and pill form from and mberry.

Synsepalum dulificum is a berry, commonly known as Miracle or Magic Fruit, composed of protein molecules that bind to the tongue’s taste buds and activate sweet receptors when it comes in contact with acidic foods. Originating in West Africa, Miracle fruit is consumed before a meal to sweeten plum wine, beer, and to improve the flavor of soured corn bread and other foods that easily sour.  

A smorgasbord Lemons, limes, hot sauce, salty Chex Mix, Sour Patch Kids, and of course, our sour brown ale, Oud Bruin. Although miracle fruit is reported to only activate with low pH foods, we experimented with all of the taste buds. After letting the powder fully dissolve, our puckered faces relaxed. The lemons tasted like refreshingly sweet lemonade, and Oud Bruin tasted like sweet Belgian ale with no sourness. As to be expected there was no taste difference in the Chex Mix, and not a noticeable difference in Frank’s Red hot sauce, however there may be more of an effect with a more acidic hot sauce.

Walking away with stomachaches from all the candy and citrus, it was universally decided we enjoyed our Oud Bruin more when our taste buds were not under the influence. Nonetheless it was an interesting experience.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Basil Saison Cocktail

1 1/4 oz      gin of choice (I recommend Hendricks)
1       oz      simple syrup
3/4 -1oz      squeezed lemon juice
5 - 7            basil leaves
3 - 5  oz      Funkwerks Saison

1) Muddle basil leaves and lemon juice in a shaker.
2) Add ice, simple syrup, and gin and shake! Or stir.
3) Add Funkwerks Saison, and stir. (Do not shake!)
4) Pour into a glass and garnish with a bail leaf.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Funkwerks Saison Beer Bread

Funkwerks Saison Beer Bread Recipe 

3     cups of all-purpose flour
1     Tablespoon of baking powder
1.5  teaspoons of salt
4     Tablespoons of Sugar 
1     bottle of Funkwerks Saison - 12 oz for the bread, remaining for your face :)
3     Tablespoons of butter (optional)

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a desired pan. 
2) In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Mix well. 
3) Stir in 12 oz of Funkwerks Saison beer and mix with hands until a stiff batter is formed. Do not over     mix. Pour remaining Saison in a glass and sip occasionally. 
4) Brush melted butter across top of dough. This step is optional.
5) Bake until done, baking time can vary. Mine took about 45 minutes. A toothpick should come out         clean.
6) Enjoy :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Saison Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:  serves two

1 tablespoon oil
2 boneless skinless diced chicken breasts 
1 5oz cans of water chestnut (cut in quarters)
2/3 cup sliced mushrooms 
3 tablespoons chopped onions
1 teaspoon minced garlic
4 -6 leaves iceberg lettuce

Sauce Ingredients:
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon oil (sesame oil recommended)
1 tablespoon hot mustard
1 teaspoon garlic 
1 teaspoon red chile paste
3 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
1/4 cup Funkwerks Saison beer

1) In a large saucepan, sauté diced chicken breasts in 1 tablespoon of cooking oil for 2-3 minutes on medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onions, and garlic, and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until chicken is finished cooking. Set aside, and drain if necessary. 

2) Mix together sugar, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ketchup, lemon juice, oil, hot mustard, garlic, red chili paste, peanut butter, and 1/4 cup of Funkwerks Saison in a bowl or sauce pan. 

3) Mix in sautéed chicken and vegetables with the sauce, and serve on lettuce leaves. 

4) Enjoy with a glass of Funkwerks Saison!

Beer Dinner at Lot 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar

Lot 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar in Omaha, Nebraska was a success! Here's a little recap. 

1st Course: Quail

ginger snap-date puree, turnip, orange, rosemary, marcona almond
Paired with Funkwerks Saison

2nd Course: Hamachi

radicchio, mango, basil, preserved lemon vinaigrette
Paired with Funkwerks Tropic King

3rd Course: Short Rib

bourbon fig jus, sabayon, lamb macon-marmalade, potato
Paired with Bourbon Barrel Aged Quad

4th Course: Brownie

fig, candied macadamia, coffee bean orange zest marshmallow
Paired with Funkwerks Dark Prophet

Thank you, Lot 2 Restaurant and Wine, for hosting this delicious beer dinner!