Happy Memorial Day!

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As you gear up for the three-day weekend, don’t forget to include a trip by the Alehouse to get your Auburn Alehouse growlers! Bring in your clean Alehouse growler to get a refill of your favorite craft beer (or try a new one!) starting at only $12 for 64oz. If you haven’t already purchased one, you can buy one for only $4!

The brewing team has been busy getting ready for this patriotic holiday. They will be releasing the summertime favorite Miner’s Wheat Ale today! This is an all-American filtered wheat ale with American grown Pale and Wheat malts and Willamette Valley hops. These combine to give Miner’s Wheat Ale a crisp malt presence that is swept away by citrusy floral hops. At only 22 IBU’s and 5% ABV, this is a real summertime crowd pleaser! Available on tap and in growlers while supplies last.

Alehouse Employee Making a Big Impact

Shanon Ousley has been working at the Alehouse since May of 2013 when she moved from her native San Diego with boyfriend and business partner, Michael Whamond, to help Michael’s parents Jeff and Estela Whamond fulfill their dream of transforming their property into an organic farm here in Auburn. Since the start of Hillview Farms, they have been a wonderful addition to the growing organic farm movement within the area.

They utilize a truly unique kind of farming for their 50 varieties of vegetables and fruits. They believe in growing veggies without the use of harsh chemicals or pesticides and instead rely on soil health and beneficial habitats to keep their plants happy. Healthy soils = healthy families = healthy communities is the simple idea that they stand by.

For them, farming just makes sense. “We farm for three important reasons,” says Ousley. “First, we want to bring together our small community through an appreciation of local food. Secondly, we believe in doing our part to leave the world a little better than we found it. Last but not least, we love cooking with organic veggies!”

Hillview Farms

Hillview Farms is USDA Organic and more recently received their California Certified Organic Farmers certification.”We would be crazy not to take advantage of this great local company that is right in our backyard,” says Alehous Manager Allison King. “We get regular deliveries of such things like heirloom tomatoes, arugula, squash, zucchini and a variety of lettuce during the summer months.” Last season you might remember seeing Hillview Farms’ Caprese Salad on the restaurant menu! You can look forward to eating their veggies at the Alehouse soon, as deliveries will start back up shortly.

You can visit Hillview Farms year round at the Old Town Auburn and the Roseville Fountains Farmers Markets and seasonally at the Auburn Dewitt Center and the Rocklin RC Wiley Center Farmers Markets. They also open the doors to their farm every Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 4:00pm to 7:00pm June-October for their farm stand where community members can buy their produce directly from the very spot it was grown. For more information on Hillview Farms or to follow their “growing” adventure go to www.hillviewfarmsauburn.com.

Here is a recipe from Alehouse Chef, Chris Manning, to help inspire you to eat local veg!

Hillview Farms Crunchy Asian Salad with Miso Vinaigrette

1 cup tatsoi greens
1 cup baby kale (chopped)
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1 walla walla onion (thin cut)
1 cup shredded cabbage
bean sprouts (optional)
1/2 cup chopped broccoli

Dressing:
2 Tbsp miso paste (available in the produce section at your local supermarket)
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup orange juice
2 Tbsp sugar
pinch of salt
2 Tbsp olive oil

Mix tatsoi greens, cabbage and baby kale in a large bowl. Cut top and bottom off of the onion, then cut in half, length wise. Lay the onion flat and using a sharp knife, cut the onion as thin as possible or use a mandolin. On a cheese grater, shred the carrots after peeling it. Cut the tops off the broccoli and chop until fine. Mix all vegetables into the greens and loosely toss.

In a separate bowl, whisk together miso paste, o.j., rice wine vinegar and sugar. While whisking at a rapid pace slowly drizzle in olive oil (pouring all ingredients into a bottle and shaking vigorously also works.) Season with salt. Feeds about four people.

Try adding shrimp or chicken for a nice protein fix, or some fried chow mein noodles for more crunch.

Happy Eating!

Brian & Lisa Ford and the Alehouse staff

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