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Cerise Chutney & Dirty Bastard Sweet Onion Jam

John Freyer—our sales rep in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota—made a chutney with our Cerise and a sweet onion jam with our Dirty Bastard, and was kind enough to share the recipes with us. Both were served at the Map Room during Chicago Beer Week; the chutney works well as a dessert when poured over mascarpone cheese.

Cerise Chutney

Cerise chutney being prepared

2 cups dried or frozen pitted cherries
1/2 cup Cerise
1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 grated finger of fresh ginger
1/2 cup palm or cane sugar
1/2 cup Granny Smith apple (peeled and chopped)
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/8 cup currants
1/4 T curry powder
1/4 T cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a large pan and cook on low heat until sugar melts and liquid reduces, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate.

Dirty Bastard Sweet Onion Jam

Dirty Bastard onion jam with Monte Cristo sandwiches

1 large sweet vidalia or walla walla onion
1/2 bottle of Dirty Bastard
1/2 cup palm or cane sugar
1/8 cup golden raisins
Olive oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar

Coat frying pan with olive oil. Chop onions and cook until brown and caramelized. Add all other ingredients and cook down until liquids reduce and sugar melts. About 20 minutes. Refrigerate.

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The First Post.

New website, new blog. We figured now was the perfect time to launch the Founders Brewing Company Blog. As we grow and as our beer gets into the hands of more people, we want to be able to share the stories behind what we do with all of you. We live the phrase that’s on all of our packaging: “Brewed for us. Enjoyed by everyone.” And we hope that our personality comes across in each and every one of the beers that you drink. But if you want a little bit more, this is the place to find it.

In this blog, we plan on writing about what’s going on in the brewery (Why are there giant bars of chocolate everywhere? Are the brewers having a Willy Wonka party? Oh, it’s because we’re brewing Breakfast Stout.); commentary on craft beer trends and news; beer festivals, tastings, dinners, and other events; live music and taproom happenings (brought to you by Joey, who runs our Taproom Facebook page); the story behind causes we support (such as Grand Rapids Whitewater); fun anecdotes about the Founders Family; updates on our current expansion progress; and, hopefully, we’ll be able to share some of the great Founders stories, photos, and more that we get from you, the people who drink our beer! A staff favorite is this Breakfast Stout birthday cake that was posted on our Flickr page:

Breakfast Stout birthday cake

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