Roger Williams Park Brew at the Zoo

Brew at the zoo2A couple of weeks ago I was at the Rogers Williams Park Zoo in Rhode Island. I took the trip up with the Garden State Brewfest crew for the Brew at the Zoo event. It was a four hour drive from my house in Jersey, but when I got there the Garden State Brewfest crew and I got a private tour of the zoo before the Brewfest.

 

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I have volunteered in their last couple Brewfest but now they have give me the opportunity to step up my game and be a zone captain. What’s a zone captain you ask? I’d be overlooking one of the 5 zones that features 100 craft beers from the regions finest brewers in Rhode Island.

Note to self: make sure I talk to Rob and Ryan Staats about putting me back in zone 5 again, because there’s nothing better then being sandwiched between an Oompah band and an Acoustic musician. It was a blast.

Some of the Breweries in my section were Otter Creek, Foolproof, Victory, Shipyard & my favorite Saranac Brewery.

Being early September a few Breweries brought with them their seasonal pumpkin brew. Shipyard Brewery had their golden Pumpkinhead Ale, which is a crisp and refreshing wheat ale with a  subtle spiced flavor – with an ABV at 4.5%. What is great about this brew is that it is available from August untill November. It’s not only out for a month or so, they give you a while to stock up on a few cases.

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After trying Shipyard’s Pumpkinhead, I was off to taste some of the other pumpkin beers. I met a guy named Al Burch from Saranac Brewery who gave me a little bit of history of pumpkin beer and reminded me that pumpkin is technically a fruit which helps bring out the unique flavor during the fermentation process. The brew that Al brought from Saranac was their Pumpkin Ale, which is a hearty ale brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice and ginger with a full body and amber color. This is a strong one too, with an ABV at 5.1%.

 

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Thank god for the designated drivers at the Brewfest – and to prove what a nice guy Al is, he brought some of Saranac’s soft drinks like their Saranac 1888 Root Beer. The Root Beer is made in small batches at the brewery with notes of fresh vanilla and licorice. I just wished I could have spent more time with the crew from Saranac because as always Al kicked his kegs first.

But the good news is that Al has invited me and any Mantitlement followers that want to take a road trip to the Saranac Brewery in Lake Placid, New York for a tour and little sampling of their brews.

This sounds like it’s going to be the next Mantitlement road trip – I’m calling shot gun!

Beam-N-Bacon Boozy Shake

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I’m wrapping up whiskey week, sadly, but luckily the crew over at Red Robin reached out to me to see if I could pop in and have a taste of their new Beam-N-Bacon Boozy shake and Southern Charm Burger.

The Beam-N-Bacon Boozy Shake is made with Jim Beam Maple, and I already know how good that stuff is, bacon bits, caramel all mixed in with vanilla soft serve ice cream. Oh and a big ol’ piece of bacon for garnish. And also…the new Southern Charm burger that has candied bacon on it. Candied bacon on a burger sounds pretty amazing to me. I just did my Whiskey Burger earlier this week and just having bacon on a burger is tasty enough, but candied bacon? I can’t wait.

 As you know, usually I’m not an adventurous food guy – but lately the more toppings (especially including bacon) you can get onto a burger for me the better.

So I order up my burger and a nice cold beer to drink while I’m waiting. I have to save the Beam-N-Bacon Boozy shake for dessert.

The burger came out pretty much exactly the way it looks in the picture – just not swinging on a swing – but pretty close. And for the tasting…yep…it’s good. Really good. The candied bacon is so amazing I wanted to order extra on the side. I didn’t, but I wanted to. Still have the shake waiting for me.

The manager at Red Robin was nice enough to let me take over the bar area and take some pictures, but as the saga of restaurant pictures goes…the lighting wasn’t great and the pictures didn’t turn out so well. So I used the Red Robin promotion pictures instead.

The shake didn’t disappoint at all. It was my first time having bacon with ice cream and I don’t know if you’ve ever tried the combination – but you should. It’s got that whole sweet and salty thing going on, plus Jim Beam Maple to round it all out. Pretty damn delicious.

I’d describe the tastes like  boozy pancakes, with caramelized bacon. Pretty much was fighting my wife for the straw. She won. I gave in.

I’ll be going back to order one again before they’re gone, which I was told will be early November, so hurry up and get over to Red Robin!

Apple Bourbon Bellini

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It’s a great cocktail Friday – my first post is live on Food Fanatic today! It’s an Apple Bourbon Bellini, and not your typical sweet bellini, this one has some kick to it.

Food Fanatic is a website that hosts several different amazing food bloggers, bringing together all of their best recipes in one spot. I’m pretty excited that I was lucky enough to be invited to join their team, I can’t wait to start making some cocktails…or some more cocktails…

I’ve been asked to contribute cocktail recipes to the Food Fanatic site (it’s like they already know me) so I’ll be posting lots of unique drink recipes over there that you’ll have to be sure and check out.

My first post today is an Apple Bourbon Bellini – and it’s a serious cocktail – I promise you.  This Apple Bourbon Bellini has a homemade apple puree and Red Stag Hard Core Apple bourbon mixed in with the prosecco. The recipe is below but click over to check out the whole post at Food Fanatic!

So check back on Mantitlement and the Food Fanatic website to get my latest drink recipes that I know you’re going to love. I’m looking forward to getting to know the team over at Food Fanatic and hopefully I’ll get to learn a lot from them along the way!

Cheers!

 

Whiskey Recipe Round Up

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It’s Whiskey Recipe Round Up time!

I’m always looking to see what everyone else is doing that fits into the “theme” of my week. You can definitely get ideas from what other people are doing but most of all it’s fun just to see what everyone’s cooking up!

 

How about these Apple Whiskey Chicken Meatballs from Inside BruCrew Life – 

Apple Whiskey Chicken Meatballs

Open Pit is a favorite BBQ sauce for my in-laws, they used to get it all the time when they lived in Chicago and for a long time they couldn’t find it here until recently. Wait until I tell them that there’s an Apple Whiskey flavor!

 

 

How about this Jack Daniel’s Bacon Mac and Cheese from White Lights on Wednesday –

 Bacon Mac & cheese

Not only is there bacon in this mac and cheese but it’s candied bacon. That’s a genius move, adding candied bacon to mac and cheese. Oh and there’s lots of Jack Daniels and lots of cheese in there too. Can’t wait to try this!

 

Check out this Bourbon Bacon Jam on the Cravings of a Lunatic site –

Bacon Jam 

I’ve been wanting to make Bacon Jam for a while now and just haven’t gotten to it. Bacon, vidalia onions, maple syrup and bourbon all cooked down to a sweet jam that I think would be good on pretty much everything.

 

Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken Kabobs  from Host the Toast – 

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The beauty in this recipe is the marinade for the chicken. It’s bacon paste. What’s bacon paste? Glad you asked, I didn’t know either and now that I do I can’t wait to make some. You take bacon, some seasonings and brown sugar and put it all in a food processor until smooth. Then paste it all over the chicken to marinade. Then you grill them and brush them with a bourbon BBQ sauce. A must make.

 

I hope you give some of these recipes a try – I know I will be!

Liquor Chiller

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Doesn’t everyone need a Liquor Chiller? I’d like one. I’m not even going to call this one a gadget. It’s just a useful tool that everyone who enjoys a good spirit should have.

Or I wish I had.

This Handcrafted Ceramic Liquor Chiller keeps your spirits at the optimal temperature in a handcrafted ceramic container. No need for ice which will dilute your beverage, and in case you forgot to chill those whiskey stones…Nothing to worry about if you have the liquor chiller. This was featured in Cigar Aficionado and Wine Spectator as one of their top sellers.

I can see why because I’d really, really like one.

Just store your liquor inside the ceramic chiller and set the temperature  as low as you need it to go…it can be set to as low as 15 degrees! Perfect it says for storing your moonshine…I think this is a perfect gift for a few people in my world. I for one think tequila is best served slightly chilled but I don’t think I’d get away with throwing ice in the Don Julio without my friends giving me a hard time, so in comes the liquor chiller. And vodka? Good way to get all those bottles out of your freezer.

I am not implying that anyone has several bottles of vodka in their freezer. I’m just saying. You might.

This Liquor Chiller would be ideal for parties so your guests can serve themselves – also this would cut way down on all those ice runs, but hey, any excuse to get myself one of these chillers works for me!

The Liquor Chiller retails for $199.00 so make sure to put it on your Christmas list…’cause that’s right around the corner!

Let me know if anyone has or gets one of these 0 I’d love to hear what you think!