Grove Gourmet Picnic Contest with Anchor Brewing, 2017

There are few things more “summer” than Stern Grove Festival, but beer and picnicking comes pretty close. This weekend, we’re teaming up with our sponsor Anchor Brewing Company for the first Grove Gourmet Picnic Contest of the 80th season.

Bring your favorite beer-inspired picnic to the San Francisco Symphony’s performance at the Grove on Sunday, July 9. First place wins a private VIP brewery tour and tasting for 8 adults at Anchor Brewery. Second place will take home an Anchor merchandise gift basket.

Come prepared with enough to share with our judges! Anchor brewers in white coveralls will be in the Grove to judge picnic spreads between noon and 1:30 p.m. Be sure to let us know you’re entering into the contest by sharing an Instagram or tweeting a picture of your picnic and tagging #sterngrovefest and #RaiseYourAnchor.

Not sure what to bring? Here are some of delicious recipes for Anchor Brewing beer-centric bites, courtesy of Chef Kenneth Hernandez, Culinary Engineer and Founder of Collective Green SF.

If you’re of age, you can find the following tasty brews and others with Anchor Brewing’s Beer Finder.


Anchor Summer Wheat Potato SaladServes 10
Ingredients:

3 12 oz. cans of Anchor Summer Wheat® 3 cups vegetable stock or water
3 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes or red potatoes cut to medium dice
2 bay leaves
1/2 red onion diced and quickly pickled in red wine vinegar
2 stalks of celery diced
2 tablespoons chopped dill
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
4 oz. of mayo or vegan mayo
2 tablespoons mustard Salt pepper, mustard powder and paprika to taste
Lemon juice or red wine vinegar to taste

Instructions:

  1. Soak diced red onions in red wine vinegar for at least 1 hour.
  2. Bring Anchor Summer Wheat® and vegetable stock or water to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes with bay leaves. Add potatoes and cook until soft.
  3. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl (red onions should be removed from red wine vinegar), add potatoes.
  4. Add salt, pepper, mustard powder, paprika, and lemon juice/red wine vinegar to taste.

 


Anchor IPA Beer Bread – Serves 12

Ingredients:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1/4 brown sugar or coconut sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon sea salt or salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon fresh dill
1 12 oz. cans/bottles Anchor IPA™
1 tablespoon lemon juice, apple cider vinegar or lime juice
1/4 Ghee, Butter or Vegan Butter

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees, grease baking pan (9” x 4.5” pan or similar)with preferred fat (ghee, butter or vegan butter).
  2. In a bowl or standard mixer add self-rising flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, garlic powder, dill. Mix until evenly combined.
  3. Add beer and lemon/lime juice or apple cider vinegar and mix until moist.
  4. Transfer dough to baking pan. Top with preferred fat (ghee, butter or vegan butter).
  5. Bake 40 minutes to 1 hour until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Set aside to cool.
  6. Top with fresh dill, herbs and sea salt.

Anchor California Lager Kebobs – Serves 10

Ingredients:
3 lbs. of boneless organic chicken breast
Chicken Marinade: 1/4 cup chopped parsley, mint, cilantro, basil; salt, pepper, lemon juice, red chili flakes to taste; dash of grape seed oil and 2 12 oz. cans/bottles Anchor California Lager®.
1 lb. red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch square pieces
1 lb. red onion, cut into 1-inch square pieces
1 lb. wild mushroom or crimini mushroom, cut into 1-inch square pieces
10 10-inch wood skewers (soak in cold water for up to an hour)
Aluminum foil

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients for marinade in a large bowl, whisk until emulsified
  2. Cut chicken breast into medium size squares. Add to marinade and let sit for 2 hours (8 hours maximum)
  3. Pre-heat grill or oven at 375 degrees
  4. Wrap foil around bottom of skewers up to 4 inches (this will prevent skewers from breaking apart on grill)
  5. Skewer vegetables and meat in desired order (red pepper, chicken, red onion, chicken, mushroom, chicken, red pepper)
  6. Grill skewers on each side until cooked (internal temperature for chicken should be 165 degrees)

Liberty Ale Peanut Butter Brownies – Makes 3 dozen cookies (medium-sized)

Ingredients:
5 Eggs
1/3 cup Peanut Butter
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet or dark chocolate roughly chopped
1/2 Cocoa Powder
2 cups flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or fresh vanilla bean
1 1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup Liberty Ale®

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a bowl mix cream, peanut butter, butter, Liberty Ale® and a dash of salt
  3. Beat eggs and vanilla extract (or vanilla bean) until combined
  4. Add flour, cocoa powder and a dash of salt
  5. In a greased baking pan pour brownie butter and bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick test comes out clean.

All photos credited to Joseph Phillips Photography.

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