Recipe Feature: Spicy Spare Moment Shrimp

It’s Historic recipe time, and we’re cooking with beer again! This time we are adding our new IPA, Spare Moment, to a spicy shrimp dish that is so easy and delicious that it’s sure to become part of your weekly rotation of recipes. 

If you’ve been following along with the blog you’ll know by now that IPAs are best paired with spicy foods, as the hop bitterness helps dull out some of the food’s spice on your tongue. This can help you taste the true flavors beyond the hot spiciness of the dish and add depth to the flavors as well. Our IPA, Spare Moment, is excellent used in this shrimp dish, and it is also a great beer to serve alongside your meal. Spare Moment has a balanced flavor, with some tropical and melon notes to it and a great hop bitterness that isn’t overwhelming. Give this recipe and this beer a try for yourself and let us know what you think!

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Spicy Spare Moment Shrimp

-3 tablespoons of olive oil or butter (or a combo of both)

-1-2 cloves of minced garlic

-½ of a finely chopped yellow onion

-1 pound of peeled and deveined raw shrimp

-⅔ cup of Spare Moment IPA

-2 tablespoons of tomato paste

-2 teaspoons of smoked paprika

-1 teaspoon of chili powder

-1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

-salt & pepper to taste

1. In a skillet or large pan heat the butter and/or olive oil

2. Add in the onion and garlic until translucent

3. Add in the tomato paste, spices, shrimp and beer and bring it a boil

4. Reduce to a simmer and cook until shrimp is cooked through and the sauce has reduced

5. Serve on top of rice or a salad, and alongside a Spare Moment IPA

See You Monsoon

Monsoon season, that time of the year where each afternoon is marked by rainfall and the subsequent cooling down and slowing down that happens throughout town. It’s also the perfect season for grabbing an afternoon beer and catching up on a good book or a conversation with a friend while you wait for the rain to end. In celebration of the monsoons we’ve made the perfect unfiltered West Coast style IPA that will have you saying “See You Monsoon.”

See You Monsoon is an IPA made with experimental hops that has an IBU of 67 and an ABV of 6.7%. It is dark gold in color with the aroma of mango, unripened pineapple, and a pleasant hop spice. While it is unfiltered and more of a West Coast style IPA, it leans more towards the tropical fruit side of things rather than citrus heavy like other IPAs in this style can be. It’s perfect for IPA lovers, especially those who like their beers with a bit more bitterness and spice to them. It is easy to taste the mango and pineapple flavors in this beer and these flavors add a slight sweetness that helps to balance out the bitterness present in the beer, but this bitterness as well as the hop spice does linger in the finish. 

See You Monsoon

This beer was brewed with 2-row, Bru, and Victory malt, as well as Hercules, Experimental 10416, and Palisade hops. We used 22 pounds of the Experimental hops to dry-hop this beer which helps enhance the flavors in this India Pale Ale. See You Monsoon will be available at our Flagstaff locations by August 13th, but it will only be around as long as the monsoon season.

Employee Feature: Austin Corbett

Without our kickass team, Historic Brewing Company would not be the business that it is. We rely upon our employees to not only do a great job but also to represent our brand and help us grow in the community and we are lucky enough to have some of the greatest people in Northern Arizona in our Historic family. One of those awesome team members is Austin Corbett, who is not only our Head Assistant Brewer but also our In-house Photographer and our Social Media Manager. He wears a lot of hats within the company, and his dedication and drive is apparent through each of his roles. 

When Austin isn’t at work brewing up tasty beers or working to shoot and create content for our social media accounts, you can find him working on his own personal photography, playing with his dog Luna, or grabbing a beer after a hike or a mountain bike ride. Austin is a great guy to know and is always down to chat with customers, friends, and coworkers. We interviewed Austin to get to know him a little more and the following questions will help you get to know him too. We hope you enjoy his funny and candid answers, and the next time you see Austin out in the world make sure you say hi. 

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  • What three things would you bring with you on a deserted island?

    • “My camera, a book, and my dog Luna.”

  • If you were a beer style which one would you be?

    • “Probably a session IPA, because I really enjoy drinking and brewing IPAs but I’m more mellow than a really hop forward IPA.”

  • What do you hope to be remembered for?

    • “I hope to be remembered for following my passions, treating people well, and creating photos that made an impact on people.”

  • What’s your ideal day off look like?

    • “Hiking in the Grand Canyon.”

  • If you had a superpower, what would it be?

    • “Probably flight so I could get places faster.”

  • How did you get into working at Historic Brewing Company?

    • “I started as a server downtown, then worked my way up to a bartender before I was offered a position brewing at the Brewery. Then I’ve just taken on more roles from there.”

  • What has been your most favorite and your least favorite day on the job?

    • “Favorite was probably the first day I brewed a beer by myself and least favorite was when Zack was gone at CBC and everything went wrong in the Brewery.”

  • Who is your biggest teacher?

    • “My parents, they taught me to follow my passions in life and have always supported me even when I didn’t know what I wanted to do.”

  • If this was your last meal, what would you be eating?

    • “Thai food - yellow curry.”

  • What type of music best describes you and your work ethic?

    • “Classic rock.”

  • Early riser or night owl?

    • “Early riser.”

  • What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about your job?

    • “Favorite is probably the environment and the industry as a whole because it’s laid back and the majority of people in it are there because they want to be and love it too. Least favorite would have to be canning.”

  • If you only had three words to describe yourself what would they be?

    • “Adventurous, passionate, and curious.”

  • What’s a skill you’d love to wake up tomorrow and have mastered?

    • “Time Management.”

  • You’re on a road trip and can only bring one CD with you - what would it be?

    • “Harvest by Neil Young.”

A New School Saison: Hops-on Deck

It’s time for another small-batch beer release! This time in the form of a Hoppy Saison that is full of spicy Saison flavor and extra hops to keep it interesting. Hops-on Deck was brewed for anyone who wants a Belgium style beer fix, but is also a secret hop head. It’s a new school Saison that will have you wishing that we had brewed a bigger batch so that you could enjoy it for even longer. 

Hops-on Deck has an ABV of 7.3% and an IBU of 30. This beer smells spicy on the nose, which fades into more floral notes and finishes with tropical mango aromas. It is straw in color and has a lot of the traditional Saison beer qualities in both the aroma and the flavor. When you taste this beer you immediately notice the spiciness that Saisons are known for, which comes from the unique yeast that is used to brew this style of beer. There are also subtle notes of citrus and mango, and the beer has a decent bitterness from the addition of the extra hops. Hops-on Deck also has a dry quality to it that is common in traditional Saisons. 

Sampling Hops-On Deck

This style of beer is one of Zack’s, our Head Brewer, favorite styles and so he wanted to create one for everyone to enjoy. It was brewed with more hops than you’d typically find in a Saison but that was done to create even more depth of flavor and an extra amount of bitterness within the beer. Hops-on Deck was brewed with Pilsner and Wheat malts, and Hercules hops for bittering and Loral hops for finishing. This beer will be released by August 6th at our Flagstaff locations, but since it is a small batch we can’t promise that it will even last the whole month of August. Come try this new school Saison for yourself, and see what the addition of some extra hops does to transform this traditional style of beer.

The Perfect Pair: Beer & Food

We all know beer and food go well together, or else why would fries taste even better when eaten with your favorite beer... But do you know what foods work best with each style of beer and how to perfectly pair your favorite brew to food so that you optimize the taste of both?  

While beer pairing is more of an art than a science, we thought we’d break it down for you a little bit and even show you how we would pair some of our favorite Historic beers to food so that you can do it at home too. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn a thing or two and be able to show off your beer and food pairing skills next time you’re out with friends or trying to impress your cute date. 

The Basics:

When thinking about beer and food pairing you’re going to want to consider a few things - the style of beer, the hop quality of the beer, certain flavor notes to the beer, and then the style of food, its heaviness, and its spice or sweetness. As a general rule of thumb we want our flavors to compliment one another and help enhance the experience of both, but it isn’t always as simple as pairing a chocolate cake with a roasty, chocolate Porter. For instance, spicy food and IPAs generally go really well together, not because you’d immediately think their flavors compliment one another, but because the hop bitterness helps to enhance the spices in the dish and illuminate their rich flavor qualities. Pairing a heavier beer with a heavier food is also a good rule of thumb, and vice versa with lighter foods and lighter beers. Again, this is an art and not a science so it may take some time to really get good at pairing your food and beer, but below is a guide to how we would pair our favorite Historic Brewing Company beers to food. Use this guide as a starting point to explore how you would want to pair some of your favorite beers and styles, and then go from there!

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The Guide:

-Piehole Porter: Our signature Cherry Vanilla Porter, although more medium bodied, is still a darker heavier beer and thus should be paired with something heavier in nature. The sweetness of this beer goes well with BBQ beef or pork, or even a BBQ Pizza. Piehole Porter is also delicious paired with something sweet like chocolate cake, fudge, or a brownie.

-Oceanfront Property Lager: One of our lighter offerings, Oceanfront Property Lager, is crisp and easy to drink and pairs well with lighter dishes such as fish, chicken, and salad. We also think it pairs great with tacos, and other lighter Mexican fare. If you’re craving something sweet with your Oceanfront though, pair this light lager with a Key Lime Pie, Lemon Bar, or a Shortbread Cookie. 

-Spare Moment IPA: This India Pale Ale has notes of melon and tropical fruit with a great bitterness to it. We suggest pairing this hopped ale with something spicy - perhaps a good Thai or Indian Curry, or a heavily spiced Chili. You could also pair Spare Moment with a dessert like Carrot Cake or a Rice Pudding to bring out those deep, rich flavors as well. 

Humpback Chub: A Fish and a Beer

It’s time for our third beer release from our year long collaboration with the Grand Canyon Conservancy, and this time we brewed a delicious easy-drinking Blonde Ale. This Blonde Ale, named the Humpback Chub Blonde, was named after one of the endangered fish species that is found in the rivers of the Grand Canyon.  It is the only remaining chub species of fish still living and the highest population of this species is found within the Grand Canyon.

While the Humpback Chub fish has quite an interesting name and it’s not the prettiest thing to look at, we wanted to bring awareness to this endangered fish with our latest beer. Most of these fish live near the confluence of the Little Colorado River, however there are eight other small groups of fish that live in other parts of the Canyon. The Grand Canyon National Park is working to protect this species of fish through different efforts with the hopes of building back up this native species.

The Humpback Chub Blonde Ale has an ABV of 5% and an IBU of 20, with an aroma of floral honey and biscuit crackers. It is pale gold in color with a smooth finish. This beer has a slight hop floral taste to it that finishes with a malt sweetness similar to light honey. Humpback Chub Blonde is perfect for anyone that loves a smooth, refreshing beer and wants to help support an awesome local organization.

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We are releasing this beer on July 19th at our Beer Release Event at the Brewery from 6-8pm. The Grand Canyon Conservancy will be at the Brewery to help us celebrate and will be raffling off prizes as well. 10% of all keg sales from this beer will be going back to the Grand Canyon Conservancy, and we’ve got two more special brews up our sleeve this year to round out our collaboration with their organization. Keep an eye out for news about those brews, and in the meantime enjoy a Humpback Chub Blonde Ale!