Stuart Forster interviews master distiller Christian Krogstad of Westward Whiskey, a distillery based in Portland, Oregon. Christian Krogstad founded his company as House Spirits Distillery in 2004. Its flagship products include Casa Magdalena rum, Krogstad aquavit, Volstead vodka and Westward American Single Malt whiskey. Disclosure: Some of the links below, marked with a (£), are...
The lockdown has resulted in a surge of interest for virtual tours of the world's leading museums and art galleries. By contrast, the UK's Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has reported that, on average, sales of its members beers dipped by 82 per cent. The majority of SIBA's members offer free local deliveries. I've placed orders with two outstanding local breweries during the lockdown. Alpha Delta Brewing and Two by Two Brewing both delivered beer to my door.
The sky is leaden and the air has a distinct chill. Perhaps this isn’t really a day for al fresco dining, I reflect, as I crunch my way across the gravel terrace towards a seat under an umbrella at Ibérica la Terraza on Cabot Square, at London’s Canary Wharf.
While travelling in South Carolina, I had the pleasure of eating pulled pork plus a range of other succulent barbecued dishes at Piggyback’s BBQ and Catfish in Lake City. Served with the likes of grilled shrimps, sauce-lathered barbecued ribs and sweetcorn, the food — and southern hospitality — made a positive impression.
I tend to dispense with the garnish. Who needs to faff about chopping fruit when there’s drinking to be done?
Generally, I’m pleased with the food I’ve cooked during the lockdown period. It’s been varied, nutritious and, in the main, enjoyable to prepare. I’ve both followed recipes and experimented, which has kept it interesting. Variety is the spice of life. It would be dull to have the same type of toasty every time, so why not give something different a go? Those were my thoughts as I came up with this recipe.
The soup is both filling and relatively healthy. It’s also relatively easy to cook. Depending on your portion size, this lightly spiced butternut squash soup recipe should make enough for between four and six bowlfuls.
The Saltbox Brewing Company’s beer names tend relate to aspects of the province’s heritage. For example, Make and Break double IPA takes its name from the marine engine used by fishing vessels in the early 1900s. The Loyalist Old English Ale is a tip of a tricorn hat to the 35,000 British subjects who resettled in Nova Scotia following the American Revolution. Blue Nose 1850 is named after the famous schooner that was built in Mahone Bay and features on the reverse of Canadian 10 cent coins.
Daniel aims to reach beyond the craft beer market. “We love the creative, seasonal, alternative aspect within that drinkable, palatable framework but we also want to appeal to people outside the craft beer bubble. We want to produce beers that are sessionable and drinkable, and appeal to anyone from a 24-year-old craft beer drinker up to my dad, who’s touching 70. We don’t want to be pigeon-holed as a one-hit wonder craft brewery,” he explains.
While I was out a few months ago, my girlfriend Helen baked a batch of granola. We ate it the next morning and I was blown away by the flavour and crunchy texture. It was excellent; significantly better than any shop-bought version that I’d tried.