Chef beer series raises funds for Growing Gardens through sales of Bull Run Distillery’s limited edition brew and Chef John Gorham’s Turkish Coffee Stout, both brewed by Gilgamesh Brewing
PORTLAND, Ore. (December 4, 2017) – After a year of exciting beer collaborations raising over $15,000 for local non-profits, Nicky USA will closeout 2017 with two unique brews, made by Gilgamesh Brewing and part of the Curated Chef Beer Series. Available now, a collaboration beer with Bull Run Distilling. The Bull Run Brown Ale is Pacific Rum barrel aged beer by Master Distiller Lee Madoff, who co-founded House Spirits before starting Bull Run Distillery where he focuses on creating dark, aged spirits, from rum made with Hawaiian cane sugar to many expressions of whiskey. This limited edition beer was produced to celebrate the 17th Annual Wild About Game, and is available into December, while supplies last. Following the Bull Run Distillery Brown Ale, Nicky USA is thrilled to again partner with award winning Chef John Gorham to bring back his popular Turkish Coffee Stout, a rich, classic toasty stout with coffee notes and hints of vanilla and cardamom. The stout will be available on tap at Shalom Y’all and Mediterranean Exploration Company and available in bottles at Gorham’s other restaurants and retailers this December. And, Nicky USA is excited to announce a collaboration with Chef Troy MacLarty of the popular Indian restaurant Bollywood Theater for a special beer release set to launch in March 2018.
A long-time member of the Portland culinary community, Nicky USA has become the premier butcher and game meats purveyor for the Northwest. Over the 27 years that Nicky USA has provided restaurants and home cooks alike with exceptional proteins, they’ve gotten to know, and become close partners with chefs throughout the region. Their passion is bringing together the best ingredients and culinary talent to create delicious experiences for our community. When the opportunity came to combine forces with Gilgamesh Brewing, Nicky USA asked their chef friends to join the team. As a result, Gilgamesh Brewing will launch different small-batch beers over the next year, each brew a unique collaboration with a different Portland chef that explores their personal culinary style. The collaboration series launched in August of 2016 with a collaboration between Gilgamesh Brewing and chef Carlo Lamagna of Clyde Common, raising over $1,500 for The Portland Kitchen with Lamagna’s Hibiscus Lager.
Each beer will be available at the Gilgamesh Brewing Campus in Salem, the participating chef’s restaurants, as well as retail stores including Zupan’s Markets and Green Zebra Grocery. $1 from the sale of each bottle, and $10 per keg will benefit Growing Gardens, Nicky USA’s charity partner. Growing Gardens uses the experience of growing food in schools, backyards and correctional facilities to cultivate healthy, equitable, communities. Since the series launch, Nicky USA has raised over $15,000 for local charities.
Nicky USA Curated Chef Collaboration Series Lineup:
November – December 2017 (while supplies last)
Bull Run Distilling
“Brown Ale” (Pacific Rum Barrel Aged)
December 2017 – February 2018 (or until sold out)
Turkish Coffee Stout
March – May 2018 (or until sold out)
About Nicky USA
Founded in 1990, Nicky USA is the Northwest’s leading butcher and purveyor of specialty game and high quality meats. The Portland-based company has forged relationships with local, national and international ranchers, as well as James Beard Award-winning chefs in an effort to make game a mainstay of specialty markets and fine restaurants. With the purchase of their very own 35.9-acre farm in Aurora, Ore., owner Geoff Latham is able to raise game for Nicky USA and host friends and customers. The company has built one of the nation’s only mobile processing units (MPU) for the sustainable and humane processing of animals, specially designed to process both poultry and hooved animals, making it the only USDA-compliant unit of its kind allowing complete control of the process from field to table. Aside from selling specialty game and high quality meats, Nicky USA hosts Wild About Game on October 2nd, 2016, an annual head-to-head cooking competition and the meatiest culinary celebration in the Northwest. Nicky USA expanded in 2013 with a second location in Seattle. Orders for either location can be made by calling 1.800.469.4162. For more information, visit www.nickyusa.com. Follow @NickyUSA on Twitter and Facebook, and @Nicky.USA on Instagram, as well as #NickyFarms on all channels. To learn more about Nicky USA and Nicky Farms, view the 25th anniversary video here.
About Nicky Farms
Nicky Farms is the house brand of Nicky USA. Launched in 2009 to support Nicky USA’s small, independent ranchers and growers, Nicky Farms products include Northwest raised rabbit, quail, elk, venison, water buffalo, goat and American bison. They can be found on the menus of the Northwest’s best restaurants and the shelves of leading retailers such as New Seasons Markets, World Foods, Zupan’s Markets, Metropolitan Market, and Central Co-Op. For more information, visit: www.nickyusa.com/nicky-farms
About Gilgamesh Brewing
Once located in the woods of Turner, Oregon, Gilgamesh Brewing has expanded and moved into a new facility in South Salem on Madrona Avenue. The three Radtke brothers, and their father, Lee, spent the summer of 2012 recreating a former grass seed warehouse into a full-scale brewery. They also transformed the warehouse office building into a handcrafted restaurant featuring custom woodwork and metal fabrication. Pringle Creek runs along the covered back patio, which opens up into the property’s large back yard creating a nice ambiance. The Gilgamesh motto is “a beer for everyone” and the range of selection provides the delicious proof.
More at gilgameshbrewing.com.