Local Potions Curiosity Club at Eventide Brewery!
From Cider, to Vinegar, to Spring Tonic and Beyond!
“Local Potions” w/Cherokee Moon @Eventide Brewery 3/21
by nicole bluh & almeta tulloss
Have you ever been to an educational happy hour where you learned something new while imbibing local brews with people who share common interests? When was the last time the herbs and weeds from your yard made it into your food and drinks? What adventures await in your pantry with a few good ingredients, equipment and know how?!?
We set out to explore these questions and more with a few adventurous souls on the second day of Spring 2018!
Hosted by The Homestead Atl “Curiosity Club” Crew
@Eventide Brewery in Grant Park Atlanta
Almeta Tulloss: Head Brewer & Food Scientist (check out the curriculum she made with Chef Hugh Acheson @ www.seedlifeskills.org)
Nicole Bluh (pronounced Blue, @thirdmoonbotanica): Agroecologist, Herbalist & Farmer (check out her Certified Naturally Grown, 100% Veganic Farm Cooperative @ www.growwhereyouare.farm)
Deisha Millar (@dtmillar): Graphic Design, Marketing + Branding (check the design work at www.dtmillar.com)
Eugene Cooke: Agroecologist, Farmer & Father - Co-Founder of Grow Where You Are Farm & Culture of Health Ambassador - On FedEx Grant Support...
One thing we have learned, as young folks working to help rebuild an ecological and just food system, is that it requires everybody’s participation. No one stands alone in this work. This can be counter-intuitive to the lesson taught by this modern world where we fancy ourselves as “independent.” We are interdependent! We farm, brew, build and imbibe together and the potential energy contained in collective work is treasured by us. Together with our customers and co-op members, this value has built our business and sustained our passions.
The Shop Talk:
Our mini-laboratory and pop-up demo kitchen were poised and ready while Almeta walked us through the quick and dirty of homebrewing from apples-to-cider-to-vinegar. (The key is #SlowBrewing, it tastes like fresh apples!)
We explored the world of Shandys, paired with Eventide’s delicious Kölsch. Shandys (or “Radlers” or “Micheladas”) are delicious with Pilsners, Berliner Weisses, or Mexican Lagers (Here’s lookin’ @ you Tecate!) For this evening we paired with our CiderHouse Sours line of vinegars including our Prickly Pear Sangria and Southern Woods Tonic. Check out what is in each of our CiderHouse Sour tonics below:
CiderHouse Sours are our “shrubalicious” juicy vinegars for use as dank + nutritious Sour Mixes, Shandy Makers, and delectable Citrus Vinaigrettes for Salad dressings or Marinades.
The Backyard Tonic:
Next we prepared a Wild Spring Greens Tonic on the spot. We discussed the seasonality of wild nutrition and the importance of Tonic (it’s prophylactic!)- from different historical uses to what these herbs offer as cleansers, vitality-inducers, for immune enhancement and cellular regeneration. This recipe is easily adaptable to use with a number of edible wild greens, sweeteners, proportions, and can be made easily in your own home!
Think: Fruit, Wild Greens, Living Vinegar, Spices, Sweetener, Water, and maybe the wild-card of some Edible Flowers. The taste and the color of this blend turned out incredible. It was literally the Color of Spring! We are now thinking, it might make consuming these Spring herbs real easy round these parts…
Store in Refrigerator and this will last for weeks, that is if you don’t drink it all first (which we recommend- drink up while it”s fresh!)
Notably: We always promote utilizing the wild herbs with reverence and ethical wildcrafting practices. We also promote growing and consuming locally grown herbs and produce. These acts are simple and also make the world of difference in creating a better environment for current health and the generations to come. Please reach out to us if you have questions about this recipe.
... to Kimmy Coburn & The Homestead Atl team, and to all of the folks who showed up to learn with us. Ushering in Spring with this group of fresh faces and some of our greatest supporters was precious!
Happy and Abundant Spring to yall!