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Irish Lamb & Stout Stew

March 17th, 2019 by

Irish Stew with Stout

If you’re hosting a St. Patrick’s Day get-together, consider pairing our Dry Irish Stout with a traditional lamb (or beef) stew… Made with our stout right in it! One growler and you’ll have food and drinks for a group.

Ingredients:

  • 2+ tbsp butter
  • 2.5 lbs. lamb or chuck roast cut into 1.5-2″ cubes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 4 cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 8 oz bacon, diced into small pieces
  • 3-4 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 cups beef broth (substitute chicken if needed)
  • 2 cups Six Mile Bridge Dry Irish Stout
  • 4-5 medium carrots peeled and cut into pieces of desired thickness
  • 3 celery stalks cut into pieces of desired thickness
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Fresh thyme sprigs (3 for stew, rest for garnish)

Irish Stew Ingredients

Directions:

  1. Rinse and dry stew meat pieces.
  2. Season meat with salt and pepper.
  3. In a large lidded pot or dutch oven, melt 2 tbsp of the butter and then turn up the heat to medium/medium-high to brown the stew meat. You’ll probably need to do the meat in smaller batches, removing to a bowl or plate once browned.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium/low. If the pot looks too dry, add another tablespoon of butter. Then add the garlic and onions and cook until the onions start to get soft.
  5. Add the diced bacon and cook until it is brown.
  6. Add 3 tablespoons of flour and stir. If the mixture appears more liquidy than a paste, add another tablespoon of flour.
  7. Add Irish Stout, beef broth, and tomato paste. Mix very well.
  8. Add meat, carrots, celery, bay leaves, and 3 large sprigs of thyme.
  9. Add as much water is needed to ensure the meat and vegetables are fully submerged.
  10. Reduce heat to low and cover the pot with lid. Simmer for 2 hours.
  11. Remove lid and continue to simmer for 45 minutes to an hour until the meat is extremely tender and the sauce is the desired texture.
  12. Skim fat off the top as needed. You’re more likely to need to do this if you used a chuck roast than if you used lamb.
  13. Remove bay leaves and thyme sprigs.
  14. Serve over homemade mashed potatoes or roasted potatoes. Garnish with a small sprig of fresh thyme.

Fish Fry Fridays ARE BACK!

March 14th, 2019 by
Frankly Sausages Fried Cod

Image courtesy of Whiskey and Soba

Did you know that Frankly on Cherokee and their food truck “Frankly Sausages,” provide some of THE BEST fried cod in all of St. Louis? It’s true. Maybe it’s because their line-caught cod is totally 100% fresh, never frozen. Maybe it’s because their beer batter uses our Irish Red Ale. Maybe it’s because it comes with a side of French fries so good, you’ll dream about them.

The important thing is, you get to eat it. Yep, our widely celebrated Fish Fry event is back this year for every Friday of lent. Come to the Taproom (early!) to drink your fill of delicious, hand-crafted beers alongside one of the best fried fish in the city.

Image courtesy of Whiskey and Soba.

Image courtesy of Whiskey and Soba.

Michelle and Kevin are always happy to see you!

Michelle and Kevin are always happy to see you!

What you need to know:

Our Fish Fry events are every Friday of lent (March 8th through April 12th) beginning at 5 PM until the food sells out! This fish is so good, we will always sell out and sell out fast… Get to the Taproom early (we will let you in at 4:00) if possible and you can enjoy some beer while you wait for the food truck to open for business.

As with most of our Taproom events, we are kid/family-friendly for anyone who can be patient. All food is made to order and the best quality doesn’t happen instantaneously. We do have a selection of games available to entertain one and all, or you can bring your own (we suggest “Go Fish” if you want to be festive while you wait).

While all of our current draft selections are delicious, we have several fantastic options for those looking for a perfect pairing with their fried fish. Our Irish Red Ale is both seasonally appropriate and tastes delicious alongside the beer-battered cod made with that same brew. The Southern German Lager is light and bright, excellent for balancing all that deep fried goodness. And both our Bavarian Hefeweizen and Double Dry Hopped Citra IPA have uniquely great citrusy elements that pair well with many seafood dishes. But don’t let those suggestions stop you from enjoying our Dry Irish Stout, Coffee Maple Stout, or Harvest Peach Farmhouse… We have something for every mood and preference.

See you soon!

Drink Irish with Six Mile Bridge Beer

March 5th, 2019 by

Six Mile Bridge Irish BeersShamrock season is upon us and with it, a variety of festive beer options. If the “dyed green” beer genre isn’t to your taste, we hope you’ll celebrate with one of our handcrafted Irish style beers. No matter your preferences or St. Paddy’s menu, we have a great option for your celebrations.

Irish Red Ale Featured on SauceOur Irish Red Ale tastes as delicious as it looks, a warm and robust beer with ruby and amber hues. You may have caught an eyeful of our beautiful Irish Red Ale on the recent cover of Sauce Magazine or in a savvy Instagram post, as this beer was tailor-made for March festivities and beyond. So many Irish Reds have a bitter finish, not at all in keeping with the sweetness of friendly celebrations. We specifically chose to smooth out our Irish Red with Wildflower honey as opposed to Clover honey for the unique flavor profile it brought to our beer. While it doesn’t add a sugary sweetness, it helps round out the overall notes to create a more even and enjoyable experience. When we say “Made With Integrity” one of the things we take such pride in is the attention to detail, including every single ingredient that goes into our products. This beer goes great with so many foods such as battered fish, roasted veggies, or poached stone fruits, but the toffee and caramel tones really compliment a sharp Irish cheddar. A great starter course or snack if you’re having people over to your home or if you’re camped on a sidewalk to enjoy a parade.

You can also come by our tap room for a pint and a growler of our award-winning Irish Stout. Bold, malty, rich, and a little bit smoky, this beer won a gold medal in the 2016 US Beer Open and has been a customer favorite for years. The complex and roasty flavor of this beer goes great with oysters, sharp cheeses (another vote for Irish cheddar!) and rich desserts… especially chocolate. This tasty stout is actually one of our oldest and best recipes, going back to the early days of Ryan and Lindsay’s home brews and open houses. You might want to drink one just to toast the brewery as it may have single-handedly convinced Lindsay they could really do the whole professional beer thing!

Six Mile Bridge Drink Irish ShirtA fun fact about our dry Irish Stout is that it was once called “Six Mile Bridge” after the small, friendly and beer-centric town in Ireland. From this beer in its inception to our entire brewery in 2019, we have wanted to embody what we feel that town embodies… Openness, authenticity, camaraderie, and great beer. It is in that same spirit that we hope you’ll Drink Irish with Six Mile Bridge and the people who bring you joy and friendship this March.

And if great beer isn’t incentive enough to celebrate with us, we have a sweet St. Paddy’s Drink Irish package up for grabs in our “Drink Irish” photo contest! Share a picture on Instagram of your Six Mile Bridge Irish Red Ale or Irish Stout using the hashtag #DrinkIrishWithSMB between now and March 14 and we will randomly select one participant to win a “Drink Irish” tee, two green logo pint glasses, and two “Drink Irish” koozies.

Our Irish Stout is available on draft in our Taproom and in bars and restaurants around Missouri. The Irish Red Ale is available on draft in our Taproom, in your favorite bar or restaurant, or in 16 ounce cans at a wide variety of retail locations with very good taste in beer.