Beer Bread

I woke up this morning and thought I should re-post a story from last year about Erie Bread Company and Original Gravity working together to bake a bread that is uniquely Michigan. And there isn’t a better day to do so considering that the bread is released on Wednesday and will be available at both locations.

Original Gravity sells the bread at their weekly farmer’s market which should be running at full steam during this time of year.

One update, I did end up tasting the bread baked from OG’s 440 Pepper Smoker and it was great.

(Originally posted in March 2011)One of the aspects of small locally-owned businesses that big chains can’t replicate is when they work together to create anoriginal product that is unique to the community in which they do business .  Erie Bread Company in Monroe and Original Gravity Brewing Company in Milan, (on the Monroe County side of County Street), are doing just that. Spent grains and beer from Original Gravity are being used to craft artisan bread at Erie Bread Company which be sold as loaves at Erie Bread and on sandwiches at Original Gravity.

Erie Bread Company opened in Monroe in the fall of 2010. They serve artisan breads and take-out lunches. Their sourdough is made from wild yeast present in the air of Monroe. Towne Club (made in Detroit) is their soda of choice. They also sell Spillson’ rice pudding, a local Monroe favorite. Being a part of the community is important to Nick and Alisa Seccia, the owners. They’ve even baked with spent grains from our local homebrew club, the Muskrat Mashers. The following is a quote from Nick Seccia, owner and baker at Erie Bread Company.

“We are excited to be working with a local brewer in Monroe County both for the quailty of OG’s beers going into our bread and the opportunity for two local producers to work together for a stronger local food community, and maybe help stimulate the economy a bit.”

Original Gravity Brewing Company has also been supportive of local businesses since they opened nearly three years ago. Brad Sancho,  Original Gravity’s owner and brewer, has held events for local charities, brewed beer using hops grown in Monroe County and will host a farmer’s market every Wednesday afternoon beginning April 6. Next week they will start using Erie Bread Company’s sourdough and 7 grain multi-grain on the sandwiches that they serve at the brewpub in Milan. Eventually, Original Gravity  will add beer bread to their menu which will be sold as part of a cheese tray. The bread will also be available for sale at their farmer’s market.

Brad Sancho, brewer and owner of Original Gravity had this to say about the collaboration:

“We plan on changing up the beer bread quite a bit.  Different beers, different spent grains, and different bread styles will make this an exciting project.  I cannot tell you how excited we are to work with Nick Seccia at Erie Bread Company.  He shares the same passion for his business, as I do for mine. Nothing goes better together than fresh  beer and fresh baked bread.”

We had our first taste of this union last week when, for Saint Patrick’s Day, Erie Bread Company baked “Original Gravity Stout Cheddar Rye.” The rye bread with the stout would be incredible in and of itself but they added chunks of real cheddar cheese which took it over the top. Nick did mention future plans to bake using Brad’s highly acclaimed 440 Pepper Smoker, possibly adding cumin, orange and smoked cheddar cheese or bacon. I can’t express how eager I am to try that bread.

 

Have You Been to OG Lately?

A few days ago Mike O’Brien posted about a recent  to Original Gravity on the Craft Beer in Michigan Yahoo group. I enjoyed reading it so I thought I would share it with you. I asked Mike to add a short introduction (he made it modest) for those who don’t know him.

I am Mike O’Brien  – BrewGyver. I spend my days – and some evenings – helping breweries stay running. I did help Brad install the equipment at OG and was there  the day I did the sampling  to help Brad rebuild the brewhouse pump. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Brad  and sampling a couple of his new beers. Brad’s Belgian offering  is now all grown up.  He has taken off his Training Wheels and is now serving 2-Wheeler Wit. A delicately balance beer  with ‘just the right amount’ of spice.

Ez-Duz-It is his offering for a lighter IPA (4.2%)  that is lacking nothing that you would expect in a hoppy IPA – great Amarillo character . . . and you can have more than one! 🙂

The latest addition  of his BellyWasher (Scotch Ale)  is nicely smokey with an addition of crystal rye?! If you think that his ‘famous’ 440 Pepper Smoker  now has just a little bit more of a kick  you are right. Brad added a couple of Habanero peppers to this batch – still super drinkable!

The current beer list on a chalk board -you can read from across the room 🙂 Brad’s  always delicious  sandwiches  are now available on beer bread from the Erie Bread Co. Wednesday’s Erie Bread Co.’s beer bread  is sold by the loaf. This week was Porter Rye – mmm! If you haven’t been there in a while – it’s time to go back! If you have never been to OG?! – shame on you! Look what you are missing!

Mike O’Brien
BrewGyver

I share Mike’s love of Original Gravity. It is what I would want my brewery to be if I owned one. Fantastic beer. Brad’s sense of community (using a local bakery, hosting a farmer’s market) and a family atmosphere makes OG a special part of the community. Thanks Brad! We will be out to drink one soon.

Tashmoo

Tashmoo. An early 20th century Great Lakes steam ship. A former amusement park on Harsen’s Island. A Native American word meaning “meeting place.” Plenty to talk about over a good bier.

 

What to do with all that Detroit space? Well, drink beer. Or should we say, bier? This fall, over five Sundays, we’re transforming a vacant lot in Detroit’s West Village into a European-style biergarten with a little Detroit moxie.

 

http://tashmoodetroit.com

In addition to 5 Michigan beers on tap, there were two local food vendors (who will rotate in the coming weeks), Porktown Sausage and People’s Pierogi. As a meat-eater I went for the brat, beer’s natural partner, at least according to most

 

https://mllenoelle.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/pop-goes-the-biergarten

A “Beeriage” Baked in Heaven

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One of the aspects of small locally-owned businesses that big chains can’t replicate is when they work together to create an original product that is unique to the community in which they do business .  Erie Bread Company in Monroe and Original Gravity Brewing Company in Milan, (on the Monroe County side of County Street), are doing just that. Spent grains and beer from Original Gravity are being used to craft artisan bread at Erie Bread Company which be sold as loaves at Erie Bread and on sandwiches at Original Gravity.

Erie Bread Company opened in Monroe in the fall of 2010. They serve artisan breads and take-out lunches. Their sourdough is made from wild yeast present in the air of Monroe. Towne Club (made in Detroit) is their soda of choice. They also sell Spillson’ rice pudding, a local Monroe favorite. Being a part of the community is important to Nick and Alisa Seccia, the owners. They’ve even baked with spent grains from our local homebrew club, the Muskrat Mashers.
The following is a quote from Nick Seccia, owner and baker at Erie Bread Company.

“We are excited to be working with a local brewer in Monroe County both for the quailty of OG’s beers going into our bread and the opportunity for two local producers to work together for a stronger local food community, and maybe help stimulate the economy a bit.”

Original Gravity Brewing Company has also been supportive of local businesses since they opened nearly three years ago. Brad Sancho,  Original Gravity’s owner and brewer, has held events for local charities, brewed beer using hops grown in Monroe County and will host a farmer’s market every Wednesday afternoon beginning April 6. Next week they will start using Erie Bread Company’s sourdough and 7 grain multi-grain on the sandwiches that they serve at the brewpub in Milan. Eventually, Original Gravity  will add beer bread to their menu which will be sold as part of a cheese tray. The bread will also be available for sale at their farmer’s market.

Brad Sancho, brewer and owner of Original Gravity had this to say about the collaboration:

“We plan on changing up the beer bread quite a bit.  Different beers, different spent grains, and different bread styles will make this an exciting project.  I cannot tell you how excited we are to work with Nick Seccia at Erie Bread Company.  He shares the same passion for his business, as I do for mine. Nothing goes better together than fresh  beer and fresh baked bread.”

We had our first taste of this union last week when, for Saint Patrick’s Day, Erie Bread Company baked “Original Gravity Stout Cheddar Rye.” The rye bread with the stout would be incredible in and of itself but they added chunks of real cheddar cheese which took it over the top. Nick did mention future plans to bake using Brad’s highly acclaimed 440 Pepper Smoker, possibly adding cumin, orange and smoked cheddar cheese or bacon. I can’t express how eager I am to try that bread.

Harvest Fest at Fort Street Brewing

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Below are the details for the Harvest Fest at Fort Street Brewing straight from Doug’s keyboard. Of all the Fort Street events this one is my personal favorite. Fantastic local specials and great beer makes it worth the trip.

This Wednesday through Saturday (Sep. 29 – Oct. 2) is our 4th annual Harvest Fest.  It’s a celebration of the Michigan harvest.  Being one of the leading agricultural states in the country, we have a lot to offer!  We’ll run a special menu all week of Michigan grown foods and Michigan inspired recipes.  More on the food later.
Let’s talk about beer!  I have seven new beer to tap this week!  Who’s the beer man?  I’m the beer man!  Two new beers on Wednesday, two on Thursday, one on Friday, two on Saturday.  Beers will be tapped at 8ish p.m. each night.
On Wednesday, we’ll have “Funky Pumpkin”, which is made with pumpkin, molasses, pumpkin pie spices, and fermented with wild yeast.  Also on tap is our 14th edition of “Build a Beer”.  This is the world-famous beer made with random ingredients drawn from a hat.  This time, we drew ingredients with a harvest theme, including heather honey and peppers fresh-picked from our garden.
Thursday brings “Dave’s Hop Farm IPA”, which is a wet-hop ale made with hops fresh-picked from Dave’s Hop Farm, located on the west side of Lincoln Park.  We’ll also tap that damn Oktoberfest beer that you keep bugging me about.  You don’t know anything about Oktoberfest beers, so I’ll just tell you that this is what they’re supposed to taste like.  I’ll also tell you that while I brewed it, I wore lederhosen, spoke German, ate spaetzel, and conversed with large-breasted women wearing dirndls!
On Friday, we’ll tap “Obewan’s Hop Saison”.  This is a French-style ale made with fresh-picked hops grown by John Oberhausen on the east side of Lincoln Park.
Saturday’s grand finale brings “Honey Dipped Apple Ale”, which is made with blueberry honey and apples from Michigan.  Also, “Cup O’ Cassava Citra”, which is the world’s first gluten-free wet-hopped ale.  It’s gluten-free and absolutely delicious.  You could expect to see such celiac-suffering celebrities as Mickey Redmond, The Duchess of Kent, Terrence Stamp, and officials from the Guinness Book of Records, in attendance.
Every night we’ll have fabulous prizes, big fun, adorable new-born puppies, famous people who will pretend to be your friend if you come, candy, and police officers who’ll arrest you if you don’t come.

Original Gravity Beer with Local Hops

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Here are the details from Brad of Original Gravity about a special beer release tonight at the OG.
OG’s Fresh Hop Ale Ale will be released September 23 at 6:00pm.
Brew Crew Members get $3.00 pints of the new brew all night long!
Fresh Hop beers are brewed with fresh rather than dried hops, as is the case the rest of the year.  Once per year, during the hop harvest brewers are able to take advantage of this opportunity are brew with the hops at the peak of their freshness.  OG’s version of this beer is brewed with Cascade hops that were grown locally in Monroe.  Refreshing Pale Ale that is light gold in color with assertive bitterness and an inviting hop aroma and flavor.

Farmers Market at Original Gravity

Back before prohibition, most small towns had their own brewery. Monroe was no different. Our big brewery was Wahl Brewing. In the oral history at the library there were many stories about how Wahl  was not just a brewery but a vital part of the community. One story is from a woman who tells  how she would push a wheel barrel from Dunbar and South Dixie to the brewery to buy malt. It is almost a two mile hike,  she said that the hard part was walking back home with a  wheelbarrow  full of malt.

The craft beer industry is bringing back that sense of communtity. A great example is what Original Gravity will be doing every Thursday. After  a weather delay last week , OG will be having a farmers market on the brewery’s patio. It will run from 4pm to 7pm. Shop for fresh fruit and vegetables will drinking some beer. Best of all you will be supporting local farmers from Milan while supporting a local brewery.

Original Gravity Farmers Market
EVERY Thursday
4pm-7.pm

OG’s Tuesday Small Batch Release

Here is some big news from Original Gravity about this Tuesday’s small batch release that I want to pass on to everyone.

Best of Luck to you Sean.

Title: OG’s Tuesday Small Batch Release
Location: Original Gravity in Milan
Link out: Click here
Description: Also, just a heads up for next weeks small batch. It is a Belgian Saison brewed with a myriad of spices. Sean from Jolly Pumpkin (and OG) developed the recipe and brewed it on the pilot system here at OG. It is kind of a farewell beer for Sean as he has accepted a brewing position in California with Stone Brewing Company and will be leaving Michigan the following weekend. Come out on January 6th and say bye to Sean and have a beer.

Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2009-01-06

Beer, wine to be made downtown Ann Arbor

Chris Nass passed this article from Mlive.com written by Tina Reed onto me. It is about some exciting beer related news concerning downtown Ann Arbor. I have the post cut and pasted but you can still click here for the link.

Beer, wine to be made downtown Ann Arbor

Posted by Tina Reed | The Ann Arbor News December 15, 2008 09:22AM

Downtown Ann Arbor may soon have its own beer and wine manufacturing company.

Called Northern United Brewing LLC, the company plans to make, bottle and sell beer, wine and distilled spirits in downtown Ann Arbor, Dexter and Traverse City. State tax credits for the company are expected to be approved today.

The company also plans to add a tasting room and a restaurant to the Ann Arbor location, said Jon Carlson, one of two managers in charge of operating the company.

It will join a small number of local businesses where patrons can purchase beer brewed on site, such as Grizzly Peak Brewing Co. and Arbor Brewing Co. But while the established businesses mainly sell beer consumed on site, the new company’s planned focus will be selling its packaged beer and wine.

The managers behind downtown brewing restaurants Grizzly Peak Brewing Co. and the recently opened Blue Tractor Cook Shop and Dexter-based Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales are behind the company. Northern United Brewing owns the Jolly Pumpkin Artisan and Grizzly Peak brands, as well as North Peak, a brand served in one of the restaurants in Traverse City.

Ron Jefferies, owner of Jolly Pumpkin, will serve as president of the new company.
The group plans to invest $5.8 million in the project and will hire 67 people between the Ann Arbor and Traverse City sites in its first year of business. The owners plan to create 158 manufacturing-type jobs in five years.

The business should be approved for $1.1 million in tax credits over eight years during a Michigan Economic Growth Authority meeting today, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

The company is considering setting up shop in the space in the former Kaplan and Instant Furniture Rental building downtown. Work should begin in January, Carlson said.

Tina Reed can be reached at 734-994-6843 or treed@annarbornews.com.

Slow Food Detroit Presents An Inspired Brewery Tour

On June 21,  Slow Food Detroit is having an extremely special event. It is the tour of Bell’s Brewery. This is even more special giving the fact that they don’t give tours anymore. Not impressed yet? Rex Halfpenny will be giving a speech on the modern craft brewery industry in Michigan. The tour will be led by head brewer Ken Belau. On top of that you will get to sample small batch beer brewed at Bell’s and only offered at the Eccentric Cafe.  Oh yeah, then you have an optional stop at Dark Horse on the way home. Well, I’ve sold it enough, although I believe it sells itself. The details are below.

 

Saturday, June 21
Tour begins at 11:00 am
Bell’s Brewery
8938 Krum Ave. • Galesburg

Lunch and lecture follows
Sample Bell’s brews straight from the tap, including small batch brews not distributed outside of the pub.
Rex Halfpenny, publisher of Michigan Beer Guide,  will talk about Bell’s and Michigan breweries.
Bell’s Eccentric Cafe 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave. • Kalamazoo

Just $18 per person! Food and beverage additional.
Send check or money order payable to:
Slow Food Detroit to
3070 Portman
Keego Harbor, MI 48320

Must be received by June 19.
Include your email address to receive an e-ticket and confirmation.
Email rsvp@slowfooddetroit.org for more information.

 ** BONUS STOP** (Optional) Dark Horse Brewing Co.  
511 S. Kalamazoo Ave. • Marshall
Owner Aaron Morse will share the Dark Horse story and will lead a tour of the brewery