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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 16, 2014) – This year’s winners were selected from 1,450 entries from all 50 states in a Blind Tasting held in September. The 225 judges, experts in their various industries, flew to San Francisco for a full day of blind tasting. Those that rose to the top were subject to a rigorous vetting process to verify they met the sustainability and social responsibility criteria to win a Good Food Award. This year’s Good Food Award winners exemplify excellence in both taste and responsible production.
Grand Teton Brewing Company, Sweetgrass APA, Idaho
Here’s just a few reasons Sweetgrass was a winner:
Our beer is crafted with Teton mountain glacier water, local barley, hops and yeast. No artificial ingredients are used in our brews. This year more than half of our hops were grown in Southern Idaho. We expect as much as 85% of our hops will be locally sourced by the end of our current five-year contract cycle. We have always brewed with pure, clean Teton mountain glacier water, filtered over the course of 300-500 years by Teton mountain limestone and granite before it surfaces at a spring a half mile from the brewery.
Our water recycling process is such that as water is used to cool the wort (the liquid extracted from the mashing process during the brewing) it is recaptured and re-used for the next brew. As for resource conservation, the heat recovered from the wort is used in the next brew. Heat generated by yeast during the fermentation process is used to preheat water for brewing and cleaning. Our spent grain is donated to a local farmer to feed his cattle. Additionally yeast is saved and spread on local fields, as the yeast is reportedly good for the soil. All of the lights in our brewery are energy efficient and we are in the process of re-insulating our warehouse.
We are excited that Sweetgrass has won the Good Food Awards for a second time (2011 and 2014). To see if it is available near you, check out our distribution page.
Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwich
Adjusted from Caryn Ross’s recipe found here:
Prep Time: 15 min; Inactive Prep Time: — Cook Time: 8 hr 15 min
Serves: 8 sandwiches
- 1 pork butt/shoulder (about 2 pounds), cut in half
- 1 tablespoon seasoning salt
- 1 bottle Grand Teton Root Beer
- 4 tsp applewood liquid smoke (for smokier flavor, use up to 4 ounces)
- 1 cup Sassy Sauce, recipe follows
- 8 hamburger buns
- Spicy bread and butter pickle chips and sliced onion, for serving
Place the pork in the bottom of a slow cooker and sprinkle with the seasoning salt. Pour the root beer and liquid smoke over the top. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours. Once the pork is done, remove from the pan and shred with a fork. Place into a bowl and add in the Sassy Sauce, as well as 1/2 cup of the juice from the slow cooker. Serve on a bun with pickles and onions.
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
To make the sauce, add the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard to a medium saucepan. Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes. Remove and serve with pulled pork sandwiches. Makes 1 1/2 cups.
The most recent addition to our signature series of beer is 208 Session Ale. Launched in September of this year, it has been very well received. This Ale is brewed with 100% Idaho grown grain, hops, and pure Idaho spring water. The package imagery is inspired by and pays tribute to Idaho’s rich agricultural heritage and its diverse and beautiful vistas. The name comes directly from the 208 area code that encompasses all of Idaho.
Share your photos of Ale 208 with us and we can include them in the slideshow!
Vegetarian Black Cauldron Stew
1 block tempeh
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 celery stalks
3 small onions
3 large carrots, peeled
1 tablespoon flour
One 12-ounce bottle of Black Cauldron Imperial Stout
1 teaspoon mustard
1 tablespoon Better than Bouillon vegetable base
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
4 cups water
salt and black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon worcestershire
Pan fry tempeh until golden brown, set aside. Finely chop celery and 2 of the onions. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot and add chopped vegetables. Cook until softened and beginning to brown, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, chop the remaining onion and carrots into large chunks and set aside.
Add flour to the softened mixture and stir to coat. Cook for 2 minutes. Pour in Black Cauldron and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add all the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until all vegetables are fork-tender, 45-60 minutes.
If you prefer meat in your main course, try any game meet in place of tempeh.
Serve with mashed potatoes (try our Roasted Garlic Sweetgrass Mashed potato recipe)
1 orange, thinly sliced with peel
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
5 or 6 garlic cloves, halved and smashed
2 1/4 pounds skirt steak
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
1 cup Teton Ale (also try Old Faithful or Bitch Creek)
1/2 cup soy sauce
In a wide, shallow glass baking dish, scatter half of the orange slices, half of the onion slices and half of the garlic pieces on the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle the steak all over with salt and pepper and put in the dish on top of the orange and onion slices. Scatter the remaining orange, onion and garlic over the steak and pour in the beer and soy sauce. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate overnight in the refrigerator or 1 hour at room temperature. Prepare a barbecue on medium-high heat or preheat a broiler. Remove the meat from the marinade. Grill the steak to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare and coat with marinade in the early stage of grilling. Serving suggestion: serve with tortillas, ranchero beans, avocado and salad.
Please see the original recipe here.