March 2015: Joe Sent Me

About Joe Sent Me

Joe Sent Me label

Dark roasted grains are the forefront of the beer, leading to coffee and chocolate flavors(no coffee and chocolate are actually used!), along with some caramel and roasted malt notes. A heavy and creamy mouthfeel, in addition to a sweet finish due to the addition of lactose.

  • Style: Milk Stout
  • Colour: Black, 36 SRM
  • ABV: 5.2%
  • IBU: 27
  • Hops: Magnum

About Milk Stouts

History

Historically, these types of beers are known as "Milk" or "Cream" stouts. This term began when brewers started incorporating milk/unfermented sugar before bottling. Milk stouts were marketed in the 1800s as 'nutritious', even claiming to have the benefits of drinking "pure dairy milk".

This style of brew evolved from trying to take advantage of on the success of London porters, but became a beer of fuller, creamier, more “stout” body and strength. Originally, when a pub offered a stout and a porter, the stout was always the stronger beer. This has now changed as the ABV can have a large range.

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Serving Temperature (°C)

Cool, 7-12°

Glassware

Pint or nonic, tumbler, beer mug

Food Pairings

Beef barbecue, spicy Asian dishes, chocolate cake, creamy cheeses.

Joe Sent Me Braised Beef and Swiss Melt

3 hours 6-8

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 pounds stewing beef
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 green pepper, cored and sliced
  • 1 red pepper, cored and sliced
  • 2 cups fresh button mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ½ cups (750 ml bomber) Joe Sent Me
  • 4 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 6-8 fresh crusty buns
  • 3 cups grated swiss cheese
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 300˚F
  2. In a large dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add some of the stewing beef to the skillet and brown all sides. Place just enough beef cubes to cover the bottom of the dutch oven. Once browned, remove the beef and add some more. Continue to brown the beef in batches until they are all browned. Remove beef and set aside in a large bowl.
  3. Melt butter in the dutch oven. Add the onions, green and red pepper, mushrooms and minced garlic. Saute, stirring often, until the vegetables are tender, about 6-8 minutes. Stir in the Joe Sent Me, tomato paste, paprika, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, lower heat and let simmer for 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and mix in the brown stewing beef.
  4. Put a lid on the dutch oven and bake in the oven for about 3 hours. Remove from the oven and increase the oven temperature to broil.
  5. Slice a crusty bun lengthwise, making sure to not slice all the way through. Open it up and place on a large baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Spoon some of the beef and vegetable mixture in the opening of the crusty bun. Spoon a little extra sauce on the bun. Sprinkle some grated cheese on top of the beef mixture. Do this with the remaining crusty buns.
  6. Place in the oven and broil until the cheese melts, about 3-5 minutes.
  7. Serve with a glass of Joe Sent Me!

Pairings

OB1 Pierogi

Our friends at OB1 Pierogi have matched up our Joe Sent Me with a beer-braised sausage and caramelized cabbage, onions and garlic pierogi! Check out their website for a full menu, as well as ordering instructions.