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Burnside on Coffee and the Foreside Tavern & Side Bar

Burnside and CoffeeCOFFEE.  A quick look around shows how deeply coffee has sunk into our culture. First thing in the morning, you grab a coffee. Coffee is what you drink at work to keep you going. It is what you drink when you are meeting with an old friend when grabbing a beer is not an option. Okay, I’ll admit it, … we have a coffee problem, which is that we just ran out and need more!

It is no accident that the taste of Burnside has strong coffee notes. We created this beer by talking about the flavors we were looking for in the glass, and worked backwards. With Burnside, we wanted to highlight the roasted notes, coffee and chocolate, with enough malt and caramel sweetness to bind everything together. However, we decided that it would be fun to give it even more of a punch. So, Burnside on Coffee was born.

We cold-brewed locally roasted premium coffee beans, which highlights the natural flavors of the coffee, but does not extract the bitterness. We then blended that coffee extraction heavily with Burnside. The final result is a smooth, delicious, rounded beer with deep coffee aroma and flavor throughout.

We made a special keg of this beer for our Meet the Brewers event tonight at the Foreside Tavern, in which we nearly doubled the amount of coffee added to Burnside, sure to make it even more amazing than the blend we served last weekend at the brewery.  The event runs from 5:30-7 pm tonight, and we would love to share a pint with you!

Cheers,
John & Joel

Burnside Brown Ale release

burnside brown aleAugust 7th was National IPA Day, so naturally, on August 8th, we are proud to announce that we will be pouring our English style brown ale – Burnside – in the tasting room. Yes, a brown ale.

Our deep love of Saisons is evident in the focus of our brewery. They have a special place in our hearts and are the focus of Foundation Brewing Company. Joel and I also have a great fondness for well-done traditional British style ales. I had a chance to travel through the UK a couple of times, and the pub culture was something that just felt so natural. Drinking true cask conditioned ales was an incredible experience. It was very different than what I was used to growing up in the US, but perfect for the setting and the cuisine. My wife, Tina, lived in London for a time, and as a result, developed a strong affinity for British ales as well. Back in my home brewing days, I was required to keep a keg of a British style ale on tap at all times.

As an avowed foodie, living in Portland is kind of like being a kid in a candy store. I love to chat food, and one of the great things about this place are all the fantastic chefs and restaurateurs who also call it home. In the course of running our brewery, Joel, Christie, Tina and I get to talk with them frequently. Naturally, we often end up discussing food and beer pairings. When this conversation comes up, one of the common themes is trying to find beers that pair really well with grilled, roasted, and caramelized flavors. This got us thinking, what would go well? Something that was not too bitter, with plenty of roasted notes that come across as coffee, burnt sugar, and chocolate to play off the grilled and caramelized flavors. The deeply roasted flavors have to be tempered a bit as they can come across as a bit bitter and acrid when they are too strong, and we wanted it balanced with a malty but dry finish. That sounded like the perfect pint of brown ale to us!

We partnered with Chris and Paige of Central Provisions for a beer dinner in May, and to add to the menu we made a small batch of Burnside. Then a few weeks ago, we made a second small batch that we served just in the tasting room. It flew out the door, and when it was all gone, we were asked, “When are you going to make it again?” So, here it is. We hope you enjoy.

Cheers,
John

Central Provisions & Foundation Brewing Company beer dinner

We would like to thank Chris and Paige Gould, Central Provisions’ proprietors, for inviting Foundation Brewing to a special beer dinner last Wednesday night. We knew we wanted to make something special for the event, so when we were working out the details, we asked what they would look for in a beer if they could create it themselves from the ground up. Chris and Paige suggested a beer to highlight caramelized and toasted flavors, something that would have some maltiness and body to it. Joel and John knew right away the beer for this job, and Burnside, our take on an English brown ale, was born.

Confit Pork Belly

Confit Pork Belly

Patrick, CP’s Bar Manager, developed a delicious Eddy Shandy to round out the beer offerings of Blaze, Eddy and Burnside. The Eddy Shandy was made using peach infused brandy, a house-made grenadine using Chinese Knotweed, and of course, Eddy, our Saison.

It was tough going, but we had to try all the beers with all the selected pairings (and then some) to make sure everything worked like we had hoped. The general consensus was that for John & Tina, the favorite dish was the Pasilla Chicken Tacos (radish, cotija, lime crema) paired with Blaze. Just to make sure, we had to order the dish twice! That said, the pork belly confit marinated in a reduction of Burnside was also stunningly good. Joel & Christie found instead that their favorite pairings were Burnside with the Caramelized Sheep’s Cheese, and the Eddy Shandy with a Key Lime Tart for dessert.

Chicken Tacos

Chicken Tacos

Thank you, Chris, Paige and the entire staff of Central Provisions, for a fabulous evening enjoying our Foundation beers in a marvelous and quintessentially Portland setting.