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The Dish: Porter Cake

If you’re like me, you’re over the bar scene associated with St. Patrick’s Day. Skip the green beer this year and make yourself a proper Irish breakfast. Pour a nice cup of Irish Breakfast tea or better yet an Irish coffee and enjoy a slice of Porter Cake.

If you’re interested in a true Irish breakfast check out this guide to a proper fry up. For other Irish recipes and many more featured on The Dish check out the Pinterest board where I pin my inspirations for all the recipes you enjoy each week.

This cake tastes even better when its had a week or so to let the flavors meld.

Porter Cake

1 cup butter, at room temp
1 cup brown sugar
3 cups flour
pinch of salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp pie spice
3 eggs
2 3/4 cups mixed dried fruit (golden raisins, dried cherries, cranberries, currants, chopped apricots, etc…)
zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
2/3 cup stout, such as Guinness

Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease and line the bottom of an 8 inch round cake pan with parchment paper or grease a bundt pan.

In a bowl, sieve the flour, salt, baking powder and spice. Set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time adding a 1/4 cup flour with each egg. Beat well after each addition. Mix well and add remaining flour. Add stout until batter is a soft consistency. Add fruit and nuts and mix well.

Scrape mixture into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour. Reduce heat to 300°F and bake for another 1-1 1/2 hours until the top springs back when touched and skewer comes out clean. Cool cake in pan.

*If baking in a bundt pan cook cake for 45 minutes at 325°F, reduce temp to 300°F and cook for another 30 minutes.

When cool, turn out cake and remove paper if using a cake pan. Wrap in parchment paper and store in an airtight container in a cool dry place.

You can eat it right away but it tastes best when it has had up to a week to let the flavors mellow and meld. Enjoy spread with butter alongside a hot cup of Irish Breakfast tea.

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Praying Monk Presents "Summer School at the Monk"

Scottsdale’s Praying Monk is offering an opportunity to enjoy and learn about some of the most interesting beers from around the world, as well as the dishes that compliment them, during what they are calling “Summer School at the Monk.”

The beer café’s new general manager, David Johnson, is a beer aficionado and will be extending his encyclopedic knowledge of adult beverages to the public during four Tuesday sessions this summer, where those who attend will also be able to enjoy award-winning cuisine provided by Chef Aaron May.

“Not only do we want guests to taste this interesting beer but understand them as well; we want to expand every ‘students’ knowledge and love of beer,” Johnson said.  “The combination of great beer and Chef May’s amazing food is unbeatable.”166138907

Each class will expose the “students” to a different type of beer.

  • June 25: Ales and Lagers.
  • July 16: Geographic Styles
  • July 30: Micro Producers of the World.
  • August 13: Unique and Specialties.

“Praying Monk has rededicated itself to beer,” Chef May said.  “These classes are the perfect opportunity to demonstrate that.”

Tickets will $30 per-class, or $100 to attend all four.

For more information visit: PrayingMonkScottsdale.com.

160552281

Praying Monk Presents "Summer School at the Monk"

Scottsdale’s Praying Monk is offering an opportunity to enjoy and learn about some of the most interesting beers from around the world, as well as the dishes that compliment them, during what they are calling “Summer School at the Monk.

The beer café’s new general manager, David Johnson, is a beer aficionado and will be extending his encyclopedic knowledge of adult beverages to the public during four Tuesday sessions this summer, where those who attend will also be able to enjoy award-winning cuisine provided by Chef Aaron May.

“Not only do we want guests to taste this interesting beer but understand them as well; we 166138907want to expand every ‘students’ knowledge and love of beer,” Johnson said.  “The combination of great beer and Chef May’s amazing food is unbeatable.”

Each class will expose the “students” to a different type of beer.

  • June 25: Ales and Lagers.
  • July 16: Geographic Styles
  • July 30: Micro Producers of the World.
  • August 13: Unique and Specialties.

“Praying Monk has rededicated itself to beer,” Chef May said.  “These classes are the perfect opportunity to demonstrate that.”

Tickets will $30 per-class, or $100 to attend all four.

For more information visit: PrayingMonkScottsdale.com.

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Four Peaks Makes Mark on Spring Training

This Spring Training season, locally brewed Four Peaks craft beer made its way into the hands and hearts of baseball fans from across the globe—a big step for the Tempe-based company, whose clearly-stated mission is “to craft exceptional beer and be able to share it with good people.”

Greg Ross, Director of Marketing at Four Peaks, explains the reasoning behind the recent addition: “Obviously beer and baseball have enjoyed a long marriage over the years in our country. Once we told our story to stadium management and concessionaires, we felt consumer demand and our place as the market leader could lead to a mutually beneficial addition to their concession offerings.  Our sales figures three weeks into the Cactus League season have been very strong and feedback from our concessionaires has been very positive.”

Currently, four Cactus League stadiums now boast the ever-popular Four Peaks Kilt Lifter, a full-bodied Scottish style ale, along with gold-medal winning Sunbru, a Kolsch-style lighter and more delicate style of beer. You will also find the 8th Street Ale, Arizona Peach Ale, and Hefeweizen styles at select parks. Matt Slatus, Director of Marketing & Corporate Partnerships at Camelback Ranch Stadium in Glendale which hosts both the Dodgers and White Sox, expresses his excitement: “For the first time in [Cactus League’s] history, fans have the opportunity to taste beer that may be within 48 hours of finishing the brewing process. It’s a unique opportunity for fans to enjoy a local product in its freshest state.”

Arizona is not the only state to recently introduce local craft beers to its spring training selection. This year, they are popping up in stadiums throughout the nation. Not only does this enhance the overall experience of the fans, but it also allows the unique opportunity for product exposure to markets that a company might normally miss out on. This exposure helps increase craft beer sales in those out-of-state markets where various teams are represented.

According to the Brewers Association, craft beer sales rose 17 percent in 2012, while volume was up 15 percent. By comparison, the entire U.S. beer industry saw volume go up only 1 percent. Better beer coupled with a positive economic impact is a win-win for the community and the craft beer industry. This increased desire to “drink local” has made companies like Four Peaks valuable contributors to economic growth.

Tempe Festival of the Arts

Tempe Festival Of The Arts

On March 30th, 2012, the popular Tempe Festival of the Arts will return to the Mill Avenue District.

A bi-annual event, the festival typically draws in more than 225,000 visitors over a three-day period. The Tempe Festival of the Arts, which is considered to be one of the top art festivals in the country, is famous for attracting an abundance of talented artists from across the nation.

In addition to selling their works, some of the top artists compete in judging competitions in categories such as metalwork, glass, leather, painting, photography, sculpture, woodwork and even wearable art. More than 400 artists will be selling their works at the festival this year.

The Tempe Festival of the Arts will also feature plenty of activities for attendees of all ages. Adults can check out the exhibits for the Arizona Wine Festival and the Art of Beer microbrewery, both of which will offer free samples and sales. Families will be able to make their own arts and crafts at the Kids Innovation Station.

Numerous entertainment acts will perform throughout the weekend, including Traveler, Chicks with Picks, and Jazz Alive. Hungry visitors will be able to buy snacks, such as kettle corn or caramel apples, from street vendors, or grab a meal at one of the many restaurants located on the Mill Avenue District.

The spring Tempe Festival of the Arts will be held from March 30th to April 1st. Admission is free, and dogs are welcome, provided they are well-behaved and on a leash. During the festival, Mill Avenue will be closed between University Drive and 3rd Street.

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Homegrown Brews: Get A Taste Of Arizona’s Own Beers

Breweries from all over the state that brew their own beers for a taste of Arizona.

  1. Four Peaks Brewery

    Tempe & Scottsdale – Kilt Lifter, 8th St Ale, Arizona Peach, Oatmeal Stout, The Raj India Pale Ale (IPA), Sunbru Kölsch Style Ale, Hop Knot IPA, Hefeweizenclose up of website

  2. SunUp Brewing

    Phoenix – Trooper IPA, Horizon Wheat, Amber, Vanilla Porter, Light Rail Cream Ale, Armadillo Red Ale, Stinger Pale Aleclose up of website

  3. Papago Brewing

    Scottsdale – Orange Blossom Wheat, El Robusto Porter, Churchill’s Wheatwine, Ryans Red Ale, Oude Zuipers, Elsie’s Irish Coffee Milk Stoutclose up of website

  4. Thunder Canyon Brewery

    Tucson – Deep Canyon Amber, Thunder Canyon IPA, Blackout Stout, Countown Honey Brown, Good Vibrations IPA, Sandstone Cream Ale, Warhead reserve, Windstorm Wheatclose up of website

  5. Flagstaff Brewing Company

    Flagstaff – American Blonde Ale, Sasquatch Stoutclose-up of website

  6. Oak Creek Brewery

    Two Sedona Locations – Gold Lager, Amber Ale, Nut Brown Ale, Hefeweizen, Pale Aleclose-up of website

  7. BJ Restaurant and Brewhouse

    Six Arizona Locations – Brewhouse Blonde, Harvest Hefeweizen, Piranha Pale Ale, Jeremiah Red, P.M. Porter, Tatonka Stout, Nutty Brewnetteclose up of website

  8. Beaver Street Brewery

    Flagstaff – Big Red Rapid, Hopshot IPA, Bramble Berry Brew, R&R Oatmeal Stoutclose-up of website

  9. Rock Bottom Brewery

    Four Arizona Locations – Varies depending on location: Raptor Red, Desert Trail Pale Ale, Light Lager, Wheat, Red or Amber Ale, Brown Ale, Pale Ale, Darkclose-up of website

  10. SanTan Brewing Company

    Chandler – Devil’s Ale, Sunspot Gold, HefeWeizen, HopShock I.P.A., Gordo Stout, Epicenter Amber Aleclose-up of website