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MUST BE 21 ENEGREN BREWING’S GERMAN ACCENT I t takes barely a minute to detect Enegren Brewing Company’s founder and brew captain Chris Enegren’s thirst for Belgian and German beers, and his passion for brewing. As proof, take a sip of Valkyrie Altbier, the Moorpark brewing facility and tasting room’s hallmark brew. Th e beer’s name references Scandinavian folklore, where Valkyrie brought the dead warriors to Valhalla (heaven) and served them mead for their glory in battle, says Chris. “We always saw beer as a reward for hard work and that’s one of the reasons the lions on our logo are high-fi ving and having a cheers.” Th e lions also pay homage to “Iggy the Lion” of Loyola Mary-mount University, where the Enegren team got their start making home brew as students. Altbier means “old beer” in German, a nod to the old style of pre-lager beer. For this beer, Enegren uses an American ale yeast (rather than lager yeast), and emphasizes the beer’s malt fl avors with a formula that has more than 60% German Munich dark malt and chocolate wheat malt, among others. Th is gives the beer a toasty, smooth taste with strong caramel notes. German noble hops add a bit of bitterness for balance. When developing brews, the Enegren team is on the lookout for perfect food parings to go with the beer. As a German-style brown ale that’s brewed and fermented similarly to a lager, Valkyrie mates well with shorts ribs, steaks and wiener schnitzel, says Chris. For more info, visit EnegrenBrewing.com . EdibleVenturaCounty.com F i G cur a t ed l iving ǬǫǰõñăĄÿúñùñĆõþąõÿúñù�d;óñüùöÿĂþùñǲǬǩǫǬtǱǩǮ�f;ǯǭǯ�f;ǯǮǯǪ spring 2014 9
Must Be 21
ENEGREN BREWING'S GERMAN ACCENT
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