Brews News: Eastbound also touts its beers for pickling

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From green tomatoes to eggs, pickled foods make great bar snacks – and perhaps no one knows that better than Eastbound Brewing.

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The Toronto brewery and restaurant, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this spring, draws fans as much for its food as it does for its craft beer. The two reunite when chef Tara Lee reaches across the room for some beer freshly brewed by her husband Dave.

Her beer-marinated eggs can be bred at home.

“Being a brewery that frequently changes what’s on tap, I try to use the darkest beer we have on tap for the eggs,” Tara Lee said. “But in general, I like to use stout. Coupled with malt vinegar, it gives the eggs a nice mocha tint.

“For something like a pickled vegetable, I like to use a really tropical tasting IPA, like our Slack Tide Session NEIPA. The flavors of the hops really come out with the pickling liquid.

The eggs are soft-boiled to showcase the silky yolk.

“We chose to boil the egg to make it a little out of the ordinary,” Lee said. “It not only makes it visually appealing with the silky yolk, it adds another level of texture to the snack.

“To continue the theme of all things beer, I make a hop salt to go beyond that. We take Maldon Flaky Sea Salt, which is great for the finish and adds a nice little crunch with its irregularly sized flakes, and grate in granulated hops. It’s a great use of the samples that were donated to the brewery and it also adds flavor.

Beer-marinated green tomatoes have been in Eastbound, and in the Eastbound Market store this winter are dill-marinated cucumbers.

The use of Eastbound beers in takeout is not limited to pickled products. Lee creates a marmalade using Tight Knit Belgian Wit and clementine oranges.

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“I use clementines because they’re a bit less bitter than navel oranges and make them a bit more accessible for people who want to try. It’s citrus season now and everything that’s coming is at its peak. The color virtually glows in the dark.

“I used our Belgian Wit because it’s packed with coriander, Meyer lemon peel, grapefruit peel and Seville orange peel. It goes perfectly with all the flavors of a traditional marmalade.

Nestled in Toronto’s Riverside neighborhood made famous by the TV series Degrassi, Eastbound will be known to craft beer lovers for its Revealed Constellations SMaSH IPA and Electro Tonic Juniper Saison (LCBO listed). Revealed Constellations is brewed with Golden Promise malt and Mosaic hops. Electro uses juniper berries, coriander, cardamom, orange and lemon zest to bring out gin-inspired botanicals.

Exploring Eastbound from home is just a few clicks away. When last checked, a mix of 24 beers curated by the brewmaster was for sale on Eastbound’s online store and in person.

Exploring beer-marinated foods is as close as your kitchen.

Eastbound Brewing's Justacuppacawfee Oatmeal and Coffee Stout is pleasing to the palate, with or without using it for beer-pickled eggs.  (photo Brewery looking east)
Eastbound Brewing’s Justacuppacawfee Oatmeal and Coffee Stout is pleasing to the palate, with or without using it for beer-pickled eggs. (photo Brewery looking east)

Eastbound Beer Pickled Eggs

The pickled egg recipe is super simple, says chef Tara Lee.

In a medium saucepan, bring two liters of water to a boil.

Add six large eggs and bring to a boil. Bring to a light boil so the shells don’t crack at the bottom of the pan.

Boil for six minutes. Remove the eggs and immediately put them in ice water.

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Once they are cool enough to peel, remove the shells and place them in a non-reactive container.

Add dill, garlic and chili flakes or any of your favorite spices and herbs.

Add malt vinegar until eggs are three-quarters covered. Garnish with dark beer. Lee uses Eastbound’s Justacuppacawfee Oatmeal Coffee Stout.

The eggs are ready to eat the next day and will last two weeks in the refrigerator as long as they remain covered in the pickling liquid.

A new NEIPA from Shakespeare Brewing features Ontario-grown Triumph hops from Bulldog Hop Company in Minto, Ontario.  (photo Shakespeare Brewery)
A new NEIPA from Shakespeare Brewing features Ontario-grown Triumph hops from Bulldog Hop Company in Minto, Ontario. (photo Shakespeare Brewery)

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– A fruity hop and hopyard you probably haven’t heard of are the stars of a new New England IPA at Shakespeare Brewing. It used Triumph hops grown in Minto, Ontario by Bulldog Hop Company. Triumph, with its apricot and chewing gum flavours, was developed from East Kent Goldings, Brewers Gold, Nugget and Hallertau Mittelfruh and has been sold by producers in the United States since 2019. Shakespeare’s IPA is packaged in 355 milliliter cans and contains 6.5% alcohol.

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Wayne Newton is a London-based freelance journalist.

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