Be sure to swing by Sinema (2600 8th Ave S Suite 102, Nashville, TN 37204) on your way home from work this afternoon to taste Afternoon Envy, their collaboration with Angel’s Envy and Yazoo Brewing. Brandon Jones brewed a 5% ABV brown ale for aging in a freshly emptied Angel’s Envy port/bourbon barrel. Brandon described the beer as: “A sessionable bourbon barrel aged brown ale. Toffee, caramel aromas/flavor with a brown sugar, vanilla and charred oak finish.” There are only 3 half barrels of this beer and I’m sure they won’t last long. Afternoon Envy will be tapped at 6 PM in the Sinema Lounge and Chef Kyle Patterson will offer a few menu items to pair with the beer. There also will be an Afternoon Envy/Angel’s Envy Boilermaker special. This is inspiring, as I’ve been supporting the idea of Brandon Jones Boilermakers for some time now. You know y’all want rare barrel aged beer. Go get it.
If you are anything like me, you are already ready for the Predators to drop the puck in Ocrober. In the meantime, you can keep the Preds excitement rolling at Saturday’s 5th annual Nashville Predators Craft Beer Festival presented by Orca Coolers. From 3PM to 7PM, Bridgestone Arena will be home to one of Nashville’s best beer festivals featuring games, live entertainment, and unlimited samples from nearly 70 breweries. Usually this event hangs their hat on being out of the heat, but being indoors will certainly come in handy this weekend with Tropical Storm Cindy moving into the area. Saturday will be absolutely perfect for day drinking the day away indoors.
Our friends at Lipman Brothers have offered Tennessee Maltz a pair of tickets to give away to this unique event. There are a few ways to enter the giveaway. You can simply comment below or you can head over to our Instagram for additional chances to win. We will choose a winner at noon CST on Friday, June 23rd and notify the winner soon thereafter. If you don’t ever win anything, tickets are available for purchase here. Proceeds of the festival benefit The Nashville Predators Foundation which supports local non-profits, so come out and celebrate the Western Conference Champions at “the coolest beer fest in town”.
On Wednesday, June 21st, the skilled zymurgists of Blackberry Farm Brewery are bringing their liquid offerings west to celebrate the first day of Summer at Husk Nashville. The event begins at 6:30 with a welcome cocktail featuring BFB’s Pineapple/Mango Brett Fruit Blend described by Head Bartender Mike Wolf as: “Calibogus! Basically the first beer cocktail ever created! Pineapple rum, lime, hoodoo chicory liqueur, tarragon.” Then, Sorghum Saison, 2017 Noble Cuvee Dry Hop Saison, 2017 Barrel Series Flanders, and the new Yazoo/Embrace the Funk collaboration, Peel Your Face IPA, will all be paired with canapés from Executive Sous Chef Nate Leonard and the exceptional team at Husk. Ali Besten of Mississippi’s Cathead Distillery will also be on hand representing their outstanding vodka. As an added bonus, everyone in attendance will leave with a gorgeous piece of Blackberry Farm Brewery stemmed glassware. Advance tickets are available for $60 (gratuity included) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This will undoubtedly be a wonderful evening of inspired Tennessee craft beer and cuisine not to be missed.
When I first started throwing around the idea of having a blog, I always thought that posting recipes would be a large part of what I did. People have always asked me for the recipes of dishes that I cooked. I would either shoot them an email or text and be done with it. So I thought the blog would be a great way to share recipes with more people, without having to do much more work. Well, here we are 5 months in and I haven’t posted the first recipe.
Luckily, my old buddy Tom Turner asked for a recipe on Instagram last week and it inspired me to actually post one for the first time. As many of you know, I do a lot of the cooking in my family these days. My wife is a wonderful cook, but her job doesn’t offer her the flexibility to get dinner started at a decent hour. I will cook pretty much anything and in every way, but I love to grill. I grill on a Weber performer and I only use lump charcoal, but we will delve into both of those decisions at a later date.
Many of the dishes we cook come from cookbooks that we have collected, family recipe scribbled on pads and notecards, and a little bit of creative licence. We also have a subscription to Cooking Light, where we get many of the recipes that we make. In addition to those sources, we often use the great cookbook that is Google. My sister-in-law, Leslie Severns, gave us some ground pork from Dowelltown’s Creekbend Farm and I dug up this old recipe from Food and Wine. I did make sliders instead of full size burgers, simply because my kids are more like to finish a slider. And they did just that. Since they weren’t full sized patties, I just cooked them for a minute or two less. This recipe is super easy and delicious. Give it a try!
- 1 1/2 pounds ground pork
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 4 hamburger buns, split
- 2 cups coleslaw mix
- 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. In a large bowl, mix the pork with the scallions, ginger, garlic, 1 teaspoon of the sesame oil, 2 teaspoons of kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Form the meat into four 3/4-inch thick patties.
- Grill the burgers, turning once, until cooked through, about 8 minutes. Lightly toast the buns on the grill.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss the coleslaw mix with the rice vinegar, soy sauce and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper. Set the burgers on the buns, top with the slaw and serve.
Sriracha and mayonnaise.
(Source: Melissa Rubel Jacobson, Food and Wine, August 2012)
For the second post in our Shift Beer series, I
Photo credit: Danielle B. Atkins
reached out to my friend Tony Galzin of Nicky’s Coal Fired in Nashville’s The Nations neighborhood. I first met Tony and his wonderful wife, Caroline, when he was working as the pastry chef at Flyte, about 5 years ago. I was immediately drawn to the Galzins’ love for and knowledge of beer. This was rare to see in Nashville’s dining scene, at that point. That passion combined with Tony’s love of fishing pretty much sealed the deal on our relationship. It has been truly inspiring to watch the Galzins grow from their Sycamore and Deli House pop-ups, to the highly successful 51st Kitchen, and now on to Nicky’s Coal Fired. Since opening in December of 2016, Nicky’s has been one of the hottest restaurants in all of #ITcity. I asked Tony to participate a few weeks ago and I posed the same Shift Beer questions to Tony that I did to Karl Worley:
- What is your most memorable beer experience?
- What is your desert island beer?
As I said before, I want this to be as easy and painless as possible. These chefs work crazy hours and I deeply appreciate their willingness to give me just a few minutes of their time. Here is what Tony had to say:
“My most memorable beer experience is the first Belgian beer I drank in Belgium.
After college, my friend Dim and I went backpacking through Europe. We spent like 2 weeks in Belgium at one of his friend’s house, because he had met a bunch of people during his summer internship in Brussels. This dude worked at a bar in Waterloo, and we went there the first night. It was a Kasteel Brune served in the Kasteel castle mug. I probably still have the label somewhere.
My desert island beer is not as fancy.
Modelo Especial with a lime and salt. I love Mexican beers! Especially if the desert island has a beach.”
– Tony Galzin
For the second year, our friends at M.L.Rose have collaborated with Jackalope Brewing Company to create a special beer to celebrate their sponsorship of Brew at the Zoo. The Great Horned Owl, a 6.0% ABV dunkelweiss dark wheat ale, will be tapped during release parties at M.L.Rose’s Melrose (2535 8th Ave S #107, Nashville, TN 37204) and Sylvan Park (4408 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209) locations on Thursday, June 1st from 3-6 PM. M.L.Rose will be giving away Jackalope swag, as well as a pair of tickets to Friday’s 6th Annual Brew at The Zoo presented by M.L.Rose. This event is a great way to see the ever expanding Nashville Zoo and enjoy some outstanding beers on what is shaping up to be a fantastic evening.
Tennessee Maltz has also received a copy of M.L.Rose’s new Summer Beer Menu. M.L.Rose has always had one of the most well cultivated lists in Nashville and this edition certainly lives up to that reputation. There are some great offerings for the hopheads, including the highly sought after Homestyle from Germantown’s Bearded Iris Brewing. For the DFH fans, there’s 60 Minute IPA in the bottle, 90 Minute IPA on draft, and a keg of 120 Minute IPA that will be tapped at a later date. Beyond these great hop forward beers, M.L.Rose truly has something for every beer drinker. Take a look at the new beer menu here.
In addition to the 2 pairs of tickets being given away a tomorrow’s The Great Horned Owl release parties, Tennessee Maltz is also giving away a pair of tickets to Friday’s Brew at the Zoo presented by M.L.Rose. With animals, live music, and some of Nashville’s finest food trucks, this is always one of the year’s best events. It’s organized by our good friend Matt Leff of Rhizome Productions, so you know it will run smoothly and feature the best beers and breweries. As I mentioned earlier, the Nashville Zoo is always in a state of improvement and many new exhibits have been added recently. There’s really nothing like roaming around the zoo with your friends and some great beers. There are a few ways to enter the giveaway. You can simply comment below or head over to our Instagram for additional chances to win. We will give away the tickets at noon CST on Friday, June 2nd and email them to the winner soon thereafter. Thank you to M.L.Rose for graciously offering the tickets. If you don’t have good luck, tickets are still available for purchase here. Whatever you do, just don’t miss this unique craft beer event. Cheers!
If you are still looking for something to do on this Memorial Day Saturday, head over to East Park for the 3rd Annual East Nashville Crawfish Bash. Crawfish season is quickly coming to an end, so this may be your last chance for mudbugs in 2017. The crawfish are being provided by Sehrt Seafood, but other food truck options will be available. Also, Pickers Vodka and Yazoo Brew are bringing their delicious liquids, so you know there will be plenty to go around.
Admission to the event is free, but there are some VIP packages available that include guaranteed crawfish and discounted beer throughout the day. For the kids, the Bash will include a bounce house, face painting, and a bubble area. The party starts at 11AM and will go into the evening. Palaver Records has some great live music lined up, with Alana Royale headlining at 5PM. Here’s the rest of the lineup:
12pm – The Medium
1pm – Waterfall Wash
2pm – Sad Baxter
3pm – Harpooner
4pm – Tristen
5pm – Alanna Royale
6pm – Charlie Whitten
7pm – Little Bandit
So, forget the pool or lake on this overcast day and come meet me at East Park. We’re headed over early. It should be a great day and a wonderful way to kick off Memorial Day weekend. Cheers!
If you can’t get into Bridgestone Arena tonight, Little Harpeth Brewing’s East Bank taproom is definitely the place to be. The incomparable Vivek Surti of VEA Supper Club will be roasting ducks for duck tacos with salsa roja, pickled onions, and cilantro., while game 6 of the Western Conference Final is shown on a 12′ screen with sound. Also, LHB beers will be 2-4-1 all night. What more could you ask for? Well, other than the hardest ticket in Nashville history (for now). See you there around 6PM. The puck drops at 7.
(source: Warner Brothers)
Beer and Cheese supporting The Tennessee Respite Coalition and family caregivers returns on Tuesday May 16th in a new location. The 5th Annual Beer and Cheese event will take place at The Black Abbey Brewery (2952 Sidco Dr, Nashville, TN 37204) from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The Tennessee Respite Coalition “provides relief to families and caregivers from the extraordinary and intensive demands of providing ongoing care.” At some point in life, many of us will find ourselves as the caregiver for a loved one. Tennessee Respite is there to support those who have taken on this demanding and selfless role of caregiver. There is more information about Tennessee Respite’s mission and history below.
The good people at The Bloomy Rind and The Black Abbey will be pairing BA’s Belgian-inspired ales with cheeses from Nashville’s premier cheese purveyor. Tickets are $3o in advance and will be $35 at the door. There are also a couple of add-on packages available this year. For an additional $10, you can take a guided tour of the brewery at 6 PM or for $40 more, you can take home a full growler of Black Abbey beer and a wedge of cheese. There also will be live music courtesy of Nashville Universe. You can get more information and purchase tickets here.
Now, to the giveaway. Tennessee Respite Coalition has graciously given Tennessee Maltz two tickets to give away to the event. To win the tickets, you just need to follow us both on Instagram (@TennesseeMaltz and @tnrespite), like this post, and tag three friends. For an additional entry or if you don’t have an IG account, you can also comment below. That’s all it takes! The contest ends on Friday, March 12th at noon CST and I will select a winner soon thereafter. Good luck and don’t miss this great event supporting Tennessee Respite Coalition!
The Tennessee Respite Coalition’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for family caregivers through respite.
In 1996, a small group of individuals interested in respite met to discuss the status of respite in Tennessee. They called themselves the Tennessee Respite Coalition and set goals of raising respite awareness and increasing respite services in Tennessee. This group received funding to further their efforts, which included developing a universal access point for respite and organizing Respite Awareness Days at the state Capitol. By 2000, the work had expanded to create a need for a full-time coordinator. At this time, the organization operated from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. As the organization evolved, the TRC transformed into an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit, which allowed it to receive grants and donations to support respite services. In 2006, Congress passed the Lifespan Respite Act. Three years later, Tennessee was one of the first seven states to receive a three-year Lifespan Respite grant. Through its work, the TRC has gained national presence and developed connections with respite leaders across the country. Today, the original goals set by that small group of volunteers in 1996 still remain at the heart of the TRC’s mission to enhance the quality of life for caregivers throughout Tennessee.
Today’s post marks the beginning of the first series here on Tennessee Maltz. As I tried to brainstorm ideas and determine the direction in which this blog would go, my dear friend Matty Hargrove threw out an idea. Matty suggested that I ask my chef friends a couple questions about their personal experiences with beer. As with most thoughts from Mr. Hargrove, I immediately loved the idea. Nothing complicated or over thought here. Just straight answers in their own words. I know how busy chefs are and how crazy their hours can be, so I didn’t want to take up to much of their time or be a burden. Matty and I eventually agreed upon two questions:
- What is your most memorable beer experience?
- What is your desert island beer?
For the first Shift Beer entry, Biscuit Love’s Karl Worley was the only choice. Karl and I met just over 5 years ago, a few months before Karl and his wife, Sarah, rolled out the Biscuit Love Truck. The moment I met Karl in person, he handed me my first 6 pack of Hopslam and the rest was history. Karl quickly became one of my closest friends and and we consider the Worleys family. He even named a (short-lived) biscuit, The T. Oliver, after my son when he was born in 2012. When the Worley’s opened Biscuit Love Brunch in the Gulch, Karl asked me to select the beers and it has been nothing but an honor to head the Biscuit Love Beer Board as the Worley’s restaurant family grows. With the Worley’s 2nd brick and mortar restaurant opening in Hillsboro Village in May, Karl is busier than ever, but was able to take a little time for Tennessee Maltz to answer our Shift Beer questions. Here’s what Karl had to say:
“My most memorable beer experience is when I would finish with shifts late night on the truck and would come and have a beer with you while you brewed. Not only was it some great beer but more importantly it was the act of drinking something really special while sharing life. I know it sounds like a Sunday school answer…but it is my best beer memory.
Desert Island Beer – Blackberry Farm Classic Saison – It is my jam. I think it is the perfect beer, and I believe people would find me to drink it with me on that desert island…it’s that good!”
(Photo: Nathan Wilburn)