Cookin’ on the Coast 2023 – Episode 12:
Phillips Brewing Reverb IPA w/Greek Spanakopita
For episode #12 of Cookin’ on the Coast, Russell Stefan is here from Phillip’s Brewing out of Victoria, BC. With him he’s brought the Reverb West Coast IPA. Slightly bitter and filled with citrus, like most West Coast IPA’s, Reverb is brewed with a modern twist that makes it an ideal pairing for this episode’s dish.
In this episode, Russell and Chef Heidi will discuss the qualities of this new beer from Phillip’s Brewing, why the flavours are able to match with the dish so well, what’s new at the brewery, and more.
Head to a Liquor Plus liquor store near you to pickup this modern take on the West Coast IPA from Phillip’s Brewing.
To be paired up with the Reverb West Coast IPA from Phillip’s brewing, Chef Heidi has prepared a Greek/west coast fusion inspired Wild Green Spanakopita with Tzatziki. Made with flaky pastry and Mediterranean flavours, this vegetarian-friendly dish could be your new favourite!
Grab the recipes below and all the ingredients at your local Country Grocer:
Featured Beverage: Reverb West Coast IPA
The Reverb West Coast IPA from Phillips Brewing embodies the West Coast vibe. The classic flavours and aromas from the region are brought out in this beer, including floral, citrus and pine.
At 6.4% the Reverb West Coast IPA is pretty strong, but doesn’t come with an overpowering hop character. The malt bill is also on the medium side, and it pours a golden colour that’s slightly translucent.
Find the Reverb West Coast IPA from Phillips Brewing at a liquor store near you, available in both 6-packs and inside the Phillips Hop Box mixed packs.
Style: West Coast IPA
Why it Works with Wild Green Spanakopita with Tzatziki
Chef Heidi has prepared Greek/west coast fusion inspired Wild Green Spanakopita with Tzatziki, made with plenty of butter and Mediterranean flavours like lemon, garlic and spices. The dish is packed with flavour and bitterness, and will require a beer that can match those strong tastes.
Reverb West Coast IPA from Phillip’s Brewing is slightly bitter with a strong punch of citrus, which pairs well with the lemon in the dish. And being more of a modern West Coast IPA, Reverb is brewed with a rice, corn and grain bill, which lightens up the body and matches the butter in the Spanakopita.
IPA Pairing Tips
India Pale Ales (IPAs) are known to be strong beers with plenty of hop character, bitterness, flavour, and alcohol by volume. For that reason, they can be difficult to pair with food. The key is to pair the beer with an equally flavourful dish as to match them.
But not all IPAs are made equal. If you’re trying to pair a West Coast IPA like Reverb from Phillips, you’re dealing with some big aromas and flavours, along with some decent bitterness. Along with Chef Heidi’s Greek Spanakopita with Tzatziki, try your Reverb IPA with:
- strong, aged cheeses
- chicken wings
- barbecued steak
This Week’s Partner: Phillips Brewing
Phillips got its start in 2001 in a windowless apartment with plenty of credit card debt, and grew into one of Victoria’s largest and most successful craft breweries.
Today, Phillips occupies a large piece of a block on the northern edge of town, which is used to not only make great beer and feed thirsty customers, but to host some of the biggest and best events in the city.
Their new tasting room has plenty of seating, with an attached retail shop and growler filling station. They pour a rotating selection of beers across a wide range of styles, including Vancouver Island classics and new inventions. And in the summertime, be sure to check out one of their outdoor music festivals.
Learn more about Phillips Brewing, their history, beers, tasting room and more: Phillips Brewing.
Photo credit to Douglas Magazine
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.