Collaborative beer series raises funds for Growing Gardens through sales of Chef Troy MacLarty’s tea-driven Pomegranate Pale Ale brewed by Gilgamesh Brewing, available now
PORTLAND, Ore. (March 15, 2018) – Nicky USA is excited to release the fifth beer in their Chef Beer Collaboration series with Gilgamesh Brewing, made with Troy MacLarty chef/owner of Bollywood Theater, and the upcoming Churchgate Station supper club. A Chez Panisse alum and People’s Choice Winner at Nicky USA’s 2016 Wild About Game, MacLarty serves up the bright, spicy and funky flavors of Indian street food at Bollywood Theater, all prepared with the best local ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. MacLarty’s Pomegranate Pale Ale is brewed with Darjeeling tea, featuring soft earthy notes of toffee and a refreshing touch of tart fruitiness for balance. It’s a food friendly beer, paired perfectly with your favorite Bollywood Theater snack. The Pomegranate Pale Ale is available now throughout Portland including both Bollywood Theater locations (3010 SE Division Street and 2039 NE Alberta Street).
Nicky USA launched the Chef Beer in August of 2016 with a collaboration between Gilgamesh Brewing and chef Carlo Lamagna of Clyde Common, later welcoming chefs John Gorham (Shalom Y’all), Aaron Barnett (St. Jack), and Andy Ricker (PokPok), raising well over $25,000 for local charities to date. Each beer is available at the Gilgamesh Brewing Campus in Salem, the participating chef’s restaurants, Zupan’s Markets, Green Zebra Grocery, and local bottle shops. $1 from the sale of each bottle, and $10 per keg benefits Growing Gardens, which partners with diverse, multi-generational families and community to build and sustain food-producing home gardens, with strengthen the health of people, communities and the environment.
A long-time member of the Portland culinary community, Nicky USA has become the premier butcher and game meats purveyor for the Pacific Northwest. Over the 28 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 local our community. When the opportunity came to combine forces with Gilgamesh Brewing to brew beer for good, Nicky USA asked their chef friends to join the team. As a result, Gilgamesh Brewing is launching a different small batch beer every three months, each brew a unique collaboration with a beloved Portland chef that explores their personal culinary style.
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 8th, 2017, an annual head-to-head cooking competition and the meatiest culinary celebration in the Northwest featuring the best rising star chefs in the region. 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.