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Westside U Brew Newsletter- October 2014
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Westside U Brew
Hops & Vines
Serving the Okanagan since 1992
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October 2014
In This Issue
Brewed from Scratch
Limited Editions Wines
Recap of Wine Tasting Event
French Onion Soup

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Beer Brewed from Scratch in Copper Kettles
Westside U brew is pleased to be able to offer you the chance to make your very own micro-brewed beer in one of our 6 copper kettles.
Top 5 Beers
All the beers we brew are made from scratch from specialist recipes using only the freshest malts and hops and no harmful chemicals. What you are left with is the true taste of real beer: filtered, carbonated, and ready to sample on site on bottling day.
Over 100 recipes to choose from, here are customer favourites:
Alexander Keith's
American Lager
Aussie Lager
Bayou Blue
Canadian Pilsner
Cold Filtered Draft
Czech Pilsner
India Pale Ale
Irish Stout
Mexican Lager
Munich Helles
Royal City Cream Ale
Ross Road Red
Stock Ale
Westside Light
Yankee Lager
All batches are 48 litres. Some half batches are available, ask the brewmaster. Beers are carbonated and ready to bottle and drink in 2 weeks.


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Hello from Westside U Brew Hops and Vines.

As I write this it is pouring rain and cooler outside a sure sign that winter is on its way making me think red wine will be my color of choice for these cooler evenings. We have had a new red come on board called Enigma. Yes, Enigma meaning surprise and yes it is. A beautiful medium bodied red with 6 different grapes. The base is a red Zinfandel and it models Apotholic red. It should age as usual 6 months but is very tasty right off the get go.

In the whites we have had fun blending Pinot Grigio with both Viognier and Chardonnay. Viognier being a more fruit forward wine, and Chardonnay a stronger more buttery flavor, creating a new outlook on Pinot Grigio. How blending with us works is you purchase 2 wines and get 3 flavors. For example you would purchase a Pinot Grigio and a Viognier and you would receive 14 bottles of Pinot Grigio, 14 bottles of Viognier and a full batch 28 bottles of your blend.

We have had a busy fall with our wine blending, tasting, and then we took a cheese making seminar for Brie and Roquefort Style Blue in Niagara On the Lake. Now we wait and wait for 5-6 weeks before we can eat. We are working on setting up some cheese making seminars in Jan and Feb so stay tuned and we will keep you posted. Our first seminar will be making Feta, Mozzarella , and cream cheese, a great Xmas gift.

No matter what you choose, get your orders in asap in order to be ready for the holiday season social events with family and friends.

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Limited Editions Wines
Order by December 5th
Featured Wines In honour of Winexpert's 25th Anniversary, we are reintroducing four of your favourite wines plus a special anniversary blend, aptly named Triumph. Triumph is a blend created especially for you, and is a celebration of the achievement which defines this Limited Edition program.
Riesling - Mosel Valley Germany (ready in 6 weeks)
Trio Blanca - California (6 weeks)
Shiraz Viognier - Australia (6 weeks)
Super Tuscan - Italy (8 weeks)
Triumph - Washington (6 weeks)

Reserve these limited edition favourites by December 5th, it might be another 25 years before you see them again.
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Recap of Wine Tasting Event
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On October 8th we hosted a Wine Tasting featuring the five 2014 Limited Editions from Winexpert.

A fun, educational evening with food supplied by La Cuccina`s everything from coconut rice with shrimp to beef ragout , all made to pair perfectly with the wine.

The servers for the evening were our local West Kelowna Rangers from Girl Guides Canada whom are raising money for a trip to Australia. The girls did an awesome job and if anyone needs servers for a special occasion please give Claire a call at 250-707-1173.

Congratulations to the 3 winners of one of these delicious wines:
Frank Day, Marilyn C, and Clark Gunoff.
French Onion Soup
"Featuring beer and a touch of whisky"

A favourite for a cold Fall or Winter's night.
  • French onion soup 4.5 Cups Beef stock
  • 1.5 Cups Beer (ale best but reg works)
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 5T. butter
  • 3 large white onions
  • 3 large yellow onions
  • 4 large shallots thinly sliced
  • 2-3 T whiskey (optional)
  • 2T flour; 1 tsp salt
  • Croutons and freshly grated cheese (fontinella or parmesan)
  1. Heat stock, beer, and thyme until very hot. Then set aside. Melt butter in a LARGE pot. When foam subsides, add onions, shallots, and salt.
  2. Cook uncovered over med heat 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently. Add whiskey and continue cooking.
  3. When onions have taken on a rich caramel color sprinkle in flour and continue to cook stirring for 4 minutes.
  4. Stirring constantly, slowly pour in 2 cups of stock and cook for 3-4 minutes. Stir in remaining stock and simmer partially covered for another 30 minutes.
  5. Serve in heat proof bowls. Top with croutons and freshly grated cheese (fontinella or parmesan).
Seems a little pain staking but well worth the time! Serve with a nice full bodied wine of your choice red or white. More Recipes