While we’re all dreaming of the hot summer days complete with a cold and frosty pint in hand, Whitewater Brewing Co. is finding creative ways to enjoy a cold brew that go beyond the glass.
For brewery founders James Innes, Chris Thompson and Chris Thompson (yes, you read that correctly) there are quite honestly no bad ways to savour the flavours of a well-made beer. These former whitewater rafting guides may share names and a love of the mighty Ottawa River, but they’ve managed to imbibe each of their brews with their own quirky personalities.
And is there a bad way to savour the hoppy flavours of a good, solid beer? We think not, and the brewery’s three founders agree. Beer adds depth and a rich flavour profile to dishes, and when you use a microbrew you’re quite literally bringing the flavours of a region to your plate. At Whitewater Brewing Co., Chef Sarah has headed to the kitchen to whip up some fun dishes – even bread! – that pair oh so well with the rich and hoppy flavours of beer.
Make this chicken pie recipe using Whitewater Brewery’s Farmer’s Daughter ale, and pair it with the Class V India Pale Ale. Order your beer online and have it shipped straight to your door, or if you’re lucky enough to live near by, you can place and order for curbside pick-up using their take-out menu (how handy is that?). If chicken pie isn’t your thing, you can find more recipes here.
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
½ Red onion
2 Celery stalks
1 Large carrot
2 Chicken breasts
2 Large russet potatoes
1 cup 35% cream
8 oz Farmer’s Daughter Ale
1tsp Granulated garlic
1/2tsp Chilli powder
1/2tsp Smoked paprika
1 Pie crust of your choice
Dash Salt and pepper
Directions: Cube chicken and sear in sauté pan with vegetable oil and spices until fully cooked. Dice carrots, celery, onions and potatoes. Add to pan with Farmer’s Daughter and simmer until potatoes are tender. Add cream and then fill your pie crust. Bake according to the pie crust you’ve used. Enjoy with a cold mug of Class V beer!
About the founders of Whitewater Brewing Co.:
The Chrises and James first met working as raft guides for Wilderness Tours nearly 15 years ago and became fast friends. When you’re spending your summer days on the water and evenings beside the water, a cold brew is a natural accompaniment, so it’s no coincidence that the trio decided that opening a brewery was the logical next step. The founders are all in agreement that if you have good friends, food, music and beer, then you are set for life in the Ottawa Valley.
Locals Tip: It’s not all beer and food at Whitewater Brewing Co.! They sell some pretty cool swag too, that can be delivered straight to your door.