Beer and yoga come together at Freedom’s Edge Brewing Co. in Cheyenne, Wyoming! I love beer and I love yoga. So you can imagine that I get a little excited when the two come together. And why not? Beer and yoga are amazing! Recently, while visiting Freedom’s Edge Brewing Co. in Cheyenne, Wyoming I saw a post on their chalkboard that caught my eye. They had posted a couple dates for something called Detox/Retox with Little Lotus Yoga Studio in Cheyenne. The description read this: “Why beer and yoga? Well, it is fun, it gets people to try yoga who otherwise might not, meet new friends who also like beer and are interested in yoga and to build community around small business. Never done yoga? No problem! No need to be flexible, no need to have a yoga mat, no experience necessary…bring a friend, an open mind and the courage to try something new.” Wow! This sounded great. So I immediately texted a friend who I knew would love to join me and we signed up! I’m so glad we did. Our class took place right in the brewery, the class and instructor was so fun and friendly and we got to try some delicious hand crafted beer before, during and after the class. Freedom’s Edge has so many beers to choose from. They had everything from a light raspberry pilsner to a deep vanilla porter. They’ve been in business since 2012 and are well on their way to becoming a very successful brewery in Wyoming. The brewery is located in an older downtown building equipped with garage doors that can be opened up with good weather. It was a beautiful day the day of our yoga session so they rolled the doors up. The yoga class was appropriate for all levels and included a fun music play list. Before class, we received a token we could redeem for a pint of our choice. I chose the 1890 IPA. A hoppy, light and refreshing IPA that was a perfect ending to an uplifting yoga class. I think it’s fun when people come up with ideas like a beer and yoga class. I love when communities and business come together. Another beer and yoga class will be in my future for sure. You should join me!
Food and beer pairing you ask? Attending food and wine pairings is something I’ve had the opportunity to do many times in my life. Only until recently have I attended food and beer pairings. I had often wondered if beer was that complex. Can it honestly be paired with food to enhance the flavors and enjoyment of the beer? It sure can!
We are very fortunate here in Laramie to have Altitude Chophouse and Brewery. They often have special events that the public can attend. One of my favorites is food and beer pairings that they have with guest breweries. Last month I was very excited to see that they were going to bring in Blacktooth Brewing from Sheridan, Wyoming. They have been making unique and delicious craft beer for over 5 years. A representative from their brewery along with Altitude’s head brewer, Jessie, collaborated with chef Justin Sanchez of Laramie to bring a southwest food and beer pairing that knocked my socks off!
The menu consisted of 5 courses paired with one 4 ounce pour from each brewery. Here’s how the night went down. I’ve listed the food with the beers paired below. The first beer noted under all the courses was from Blacktooth, the second from Altitude.
Soft and Airy Tamales with Chimichurri Sauce
Hot Streak IPA
Green Chili with House Made Tortillas
Caught Looking American Blonde Ale
The Three Cabelleros Unfiltered Mexican Lager
El Pastor Taco with House Made Corn Tortilla
Big Red American Double Red Ale
Anniversary Ale American Barley Wine
Crisp Pork Belly, Mango and Mole Spiced Turtle Beans
1516 Barrel Aged American Double IPA
The Bear Necessities Session IPA
Horchata Creme Brulee
Black Eagle Baltic Porter
Whistle While You Work H&S Coffee Stout
My favorite pairing was the pork belly and Blacktooth’s 1516 Barrel Aged American Double IPA. The rich, and smooth taste of the IPA really brought out the sweet and spicy flavors in the mole sauce. That, combined with pork and beans and I was in heaven! The dessert course was the icing on the cake. Chef Sanchez made a creme brulee out of horchata, a Latin American milky drink made from ground almonds. It was perfect for brulee. So creamy and delicious. It was paired with Altitude’s H+S Coffee Stout made with local H+S coffee. Coffee beer has become something I seek out when I go to new breweries. It may sound like a weird combination but you’d be surprised. Try it!
If you travel to Laramie or Sheridan Wyoming make stops at Altitude and Blacktooth breweries. There’s something for everyone. I hope you get the chance to attend a food and beer pairing. Beers these days are complex and unique. There are so many flavors that can be added to beer that can make it very special. I’ll think twice now when I go out for a meal. Maybe my dish would be better with a beer along side rather than a glass of wine. All I know is that I am continually excited to see what Wyoming brew masters are up to. They keep getting more creative. That makes me a happy beer drinker!
I’ve gone through so many ups and downs in my life regarding meat. Should I eat meat? What meat should I eat? Fish only? Red meat is bad for my heart, right? The processing of meat scares me. Where did this meat come from? What did this animal eat? Paleo all the way baby!! Don’t even get me started on poultry. AAAAHHHHRRRGGG!!!! But here’s what I have recently decided. I love it all and for me to eat meat with a good conscience I need to know a few things. Where did this meat come from? How was the animal treated? What did it eat? How was it processed? Is it sustainable? I think about some of these things with all the food I eat. I try to buy local and organic. I want my food as natural as possible. I want to choose the best! Why shouldn’t all this hold true for the meat I eat? It should. That’s why I am so glad to have found Black Market Farm in Centennial, Wyoming. They are a local CSA farm (Community Supported Agriculture) just outside of Laramie, Wyoming. Their mission is to promote health, family, community and freedom by delivering honest, natural and simple pasture raised meats from their homestead to yours. After I read that I was hooked! As a member I get to choose a half or whole share of selections of pasture raised beef, pork, chicken and eggs delivered right to my door. Their grass-fed, free range animals are 100% natural, no hormones and loved by all who raise them. What more could you ask for?
Click here to watch a video about Black Market Farm to learn more!
Matt Sigel, Owner
Hecht Creek Road
The very first delivery I received from Black Market Farm included some gorgeous, thick, bone-in pork chops. It was a beautiful summer day and I thought they would be perfect for the grill. Here is a recipe I came up with. Keep it in mind for a summer evening on the back porch.
Grilled Pork and Veggies with Kalamata Olives, Feta and Italian Parsley
2 Black Market Farms pork chops bone-in
1/2 bottle Stubbs Chilies, Lime and Ginger Pork Marinade ( I like this brand because it is natural ingredients and no high-fructose corn syrup)
1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 orange bell pepper
1/2 green bell pepper
1/2 purple onion
1/4 cup kalamata olives chopped
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
salt and pepper to taste
Marinate pork chops for 4-6 hours or overnight. Heat grill. Lightly coat vegetables in olive oil and salt and pepper. Grill vegetables on medium heat until soft and cooked through. Set aside. Grill pork chops until just done, no pink inside. Remove from grill and let rest for 5 min. Slice pork chop, and vegetables. Toss with olives, feta and parsley. Salt and pepper to taste. Could serve with couscous, rice, or pita bread. Enjoy!