Chef beer series raises funds for The Portland Kitchen through sales of Chef Aaron Barnett’s La Moule de L’Amour Red Brett Saison brewed by Gilgamesh Brewing
PORTLAND, Ore. (February 17, 2017) – Nicky USA is excited to release the third beer in the Nicky USA Curated Portland Chef Beer Series with Gilgamesh Brewing to benefit The Portland Kitchen. Nicky USA welcomes Portland chef Aaron Barnett (La Moule, St. Jack) and his La Moule de L’Amour Red Brett Saison brewed with with oyster shells, a nod to European saisons and a perfect pairing for seafood dishes, made in a French farmhouse style with funky and mineral notes. The saison will be available in retailers and on tap at Barnett’s restaurants La Moule and St. Jack beginning on Tuesday, February 21. The series launched in August with a collaboration between Gilgamesh Brewing and chef Carlo Lamagna of Clyde Common, raising over $1,500 for The Portland Kitchen (TPK) with Lamagna’s Hibiscus Lager, later welcoming chef and restaurateur John Gorham and his Turkish Coffee Stout, which raised over [$] for TPK. Beginning in 2017, the Richard & Helen Phillips Charitable Fund will be matching the $1 per 22oz bottle donation up to $10,000. Chef Aaron Barnett’s La Moule de L’Amour Red Brett Saison will be available through April 2017 (or until it sells out) and will be followed by collaborations with chef Andy Ricker of PokPok and chef Rick Gencarelli of Lardo.
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 26 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 Nicky USA Curated Chef Collaboration Series includes:
August – October ‘16
November ‘16 – January ‘17 (or until sold out)
Turkish Coffee Stout
February – April ‘17 (or until sold out)
La Moule de L’Amour, Red Brett Saison
May – July ‘17 (or until sold out)
August – October ‘17 (or until sold out)
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 The Portland Kitchen (TPK) which sets the table for successful futures by using food and cooking to empower underserved teens to create healthy lifestyles, prepare for meaningful employment, and become engaged citizens in our community. During 2017, the Richard & Helen Phillips Charitable Fund will be matching the $1 per 22oz bottle donation up to $10,000. Nicky USA helped raise over $15,000 last year for TPK through fundraising efforts and product donations. For more information on The Portland Kitchen, visit: http://www.theportlandkitchen.
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.