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Cooking with Beer: 3 Tips from Carrie Cohen of The Pudding Truck

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Cooking with Beer: 3 Tips from Carrie Cohen of The Pudding Truck

Hey Guys! I’m Carrie, the owner of The Pudding Truck, LA’s first food truck to serve gourmet pudding and toppings. I’m so excited to be bringing the truck back to The Pub at Golden Road to celebrate our 1st birthday! Whenever the truck makes an appearance at the pub I like to create a pudding using one of the beers on tap, so I figured I’d take the opportunity to share my top 3 tips for cooking with beer. 
 

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Golden Road to Sponsor Echo Park Rising 2014

Golden Road Brewing to sponsor the Echo Park Rising music festival Aug. 15-17

 

Let's flash back to a year ago -- to the last Echo Park Rising festival. I (Franny), along with our Market Manager Omar and our graphic designer Asif spent a great day meandering through all of the venues participating in that weekend's totally free and totally awesome music fest. I distinctly remember a recurring sentiment from that day: "Wouldn't it be awesome if Golden Road was involved in this?!?"

Flash Forward to today, when we can officially (and very enthusiastically) announce that Golden Road will be a proud sponsor of this year's Echo Park Rising happening all over Echo Park on August 15-17. This has been a project that our entire team has had a hand in; from marketing to public relations, sales, social media, and beyond. We are big proponents to local events, culture, and music and we thought "what better way than to serve local beer, too?" 

For the uninitiated, Echo Park Rising takes place at multiple venues over three days including The Echo, TAIX, and Lot 1 Cafe. A complete list of participants can be found here. Golden Road will be the official beer of EPR and will be featured in their outdoor beer garden as well as inside TAIX's 321 Lounge which will be named 329 Lounge for the weekend!

But beer aside, EPR is all about the music. This year's lineup is bigger and better than ever and we cannot wait to boogie down to up-and-coming locals like Allah-Las, Together Pangea, and Wide Streets. Check out the full lineup here and stay tuned for some of our staff picks! 

For a wider selection of Golden Road brews, visit our sister company Mohawk Bend where you can meet a few members of our team. They will be hosting live music during brunch hours from 9:30am-3pm on Saturday, Aug. 16. 

 

 

 

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Week 07: Ninety-Nine Problems but a Beer Ain't One

Ninety-Nine Problems returns after a brief hiatus with this installation featuring advice from Golden Road Quality Assurance Manager Cris Carter. 

 
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What kind of yeast should I begin brewing with? Is there a way to tell what different strains do?
— David N., Montebello, CA

Most homebrewers are no stranger to 001 yeast from producers such as White Labs or Wyeast. The former, also known as Chico or Sierra Nevada yeast is a very neutral yeast with good vigor and low diacetyl production. For homebrewing, it's important to select a yeast with good flocculation characteristics unless you have a refrigeration area to cold crash. Getting your beer clean/bright helps avoid yeast autolysis which is something to always be cognizant about when brewing.  

It's imperative to rack to bottle carefully as to not risk getting yeast in your bottles. Some sedimentary yeast is not a bad thing, but to achieve clarity, it's recommended to rack to a clean bucket or carboy first before adding your priming sugar (if necessary) then moving on to bottling. 

Selecting the right yeast boils down to style and flavors that you hope to attain. A strain such as White Labs' Hefeweizen yeast (WL300) will produce more fruity esters typical of a Bavarian Hefeweizen while WL007, an English ale strain, is a great one to use for brown ales, porters, and stouts. When selecting yeast strains for your brews, controlling your fermentation temperature is critical. If using 001 yeast for an IPA for example, a hot ferment would produce undesirable esters (and we can't have that).  Do your research when formulating your recipe and once you've brewed enough, you may even discover that a variety of strains combined will help get you to where you want your beer to be. 

For a run-down of yeast strains and their characteristics easily available in many homebrew stores and online, check out White Labs and Wyeast

Got a question? Let us know! Feel free to comment or e-mail frances@goldenroad.la with any of your burning homebrewing questions and we'll try to answer them! 





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