Cookin’ on the Coast 2023 – Episode 7:
Bones Brewing Imperial Vanilla Stout w/Middle Eastern Falafel & Pita
For episode #7 of Cookin’ on the Coast, Chef Heidi is joined by Garrett MacDonald from Bones Brewing. Garrett has brought the ‘Black as Night’ Imperial Vanilla Stout, the featured pairing of the week.
This beer is brewed to imperial strength making it extra strong. Plus with intensely rich flavours and a complex malt profile, this beer will require a dish that can also pack a punch.
Head to a Liquor Plus liquor store near you to pickup this rich and flavourful Imperial Vanilla Stout from Bones Brewing.
To pair with the Imperial Vanilla Stout from Bones Brewing, Chef Heidi has prepared a Middle Eastern-inspired Falafel pita with tahini sauce, fresh vegetables and pickled onions. A vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free option, this dish has lots going on from the pickles to the garlic and cumin.
Grab the recipes below and all the ingredients at your local Country Grocer:
Featured Beverage: ‘Black as Night’ Imperial Vanilla Stout from Bones Brewing
The Black as Night Imperial Vanilla Stout from Bones Brewing is ideal for a cozy night in during bad weather season. This imperial stout will warm your insides with flavour notes of rich caramel, chocolate, coffee and Madagascar vanilla beans.
The Black as Night Imperial Vanilla Stout is not for the faint of heart. At a whopping 10% ABV, a single serving of this beer will be sure to make you feel it.
Find the Black as Night Imperial Vanilla Stout at a liquor store near you.
Type: Imperial Stout
Why it Works with Middle Eastern Falafel & Pita
Chef Heidi’s falafel dish is full of loud flavours, from the pickles to the garlic and spice, so pairing it with a beverage is no easy task. Garrett MacDonald from Bones Brewing has brought an Imperial Vanilla Stout, which provides plenty of its own punch for the taste buds.
The beer is extra strong at 10% ABV, with deep, rich flavours. The 10 different malts provide a complexity that’s able to pair well with the falafel dish. Rather than being drowned out by the flavours in the meal, the beer is able to stand up to it and enhance the flavours of cumin and garlic.
Imperial Stout Pairing Tips
Imperial stouts are well known to be creamy, rich and strong. They’re full of complex malty flavours, which can get right up in your face. And when you’ve got one like the Black as Night Imperial Vanilla Stout, you’ve got plenty of alcohol content to work with.
As a rather unique style of beer, the imperial stout won’t pair well with just anything – you’ll need some strong flavour to back it up. Next time you’re looking to pair an Imperial Stout, try it with:
- Rich desserts like torts and truffles
- Rich cheeses
- Juicy steak
This Week’s Partner: Bones Brewing
Bones Brewing was created in 2020 by two friends. Garrett was a seasoned salesperson and marketer in the local craft scene, and Mike was an award-winning brewer based in Asia. After several gold medals at international BJCP competitions in, Mike returned to Canada to start Bones Brewing with Garrett.
Bones Brewing shares production with operating breweries in the Victoria area in order to decrease their carbon footprint, increase efficiency, and give much needed revenue to local breweries.
Bones specializes in imperial strength beers, with hoppy IPAs and delicious sours making up the majority of their repertoire.
Learn more about Bones Brewing, their beers, and more: Bones Brewing
Liquor Plus Sponsors Cookin’ on the Coast
Each week, Liquor Plus sponsors the Pairings segment of Cookin’ on the Coast on CHEK. The show features unique food and drink pairings offered by BC suppliers, with recipes created by Chef Heidi Fink and sponsored by Country Grocer. All of the beverages featured on the program can be found in Liquor Plus stores across Vancouver Island.