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Craft Beer Kitchen

Beer and food naturally just go together, so why not have food with beer in it!  This page is devoted to recipes submitted by our friends, families and neighbours who have used our craft beer to make amazing, meals, appies and desserts! If you would like to submit a recipe email Justin at beer@garrisonbrewing.com

Jackie Fraser-Dunfield’s Fantastic Nut Brown Braised Beef Short Ribs


4 pounds bone-in beef short ribs, cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 large onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 tablespoon cornstarch or allpurpose flour, prepared with water in a cup

1 bottle Nut Brown Ale, Garrison Brewing Co.

2 cups beef broth

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon Garam Masala

1 bunch fresh thyme & rosemary

6-8 large mushrooms, chopped in quarters

2 tablespoons tomato paste

6 whole tomatoes (canned) or cherry tomatoes

2 bay leaves

Fresh parsley, chopped parsley to taste

Browning sauce is optional to darken


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Pat the short ribs dry with a paper towel and season generously with salt and pepper. Heat the oil over medium high heat.  If using a Dutch oven, you can do it all in one pot.  If using a cast iron roasting dish, then brown ribs in a frying pan and transfer.  Brown the short ribs on all sides, about 2-3 minutes per side, working in batches if necessary. Remove browned short ribs to a plate and discard most of the fat, leaving about 2 tablespoons in the pan.

3. Lower the heat to medium and add the onions, garlic, carrots, celery, leeks or green onions & mushrooms. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened and fragrant. Place short ribs in roasting pan and add aromatics (vegetables) to the ribs.

4. Add the beer and beef broth, cornstarch, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, tomato paste and garam masala in a mixing bowl. Pour over short ribs and aromatics (vegetables).  Cover with tin foil and place in preheated oven.  Drop oven temperature to 325 F.

5. Cook until the short ribs are very tender, about 2.5 hours.

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The Environment Makin’ Green Beer!

Can craft beer be green? Absolutely (just not for St. Paddy’s Day!) At Garrison we strive to make great beer with as little impact & as much sustainability as possible. It’s a commitment we stand behind & here are a few ways we live it:

  • Wastewater – we capture & direct all operations wastewater to a single point, sample & test in-house, separate & dispose of all high-strength discharge (yeast, trub, waste beer, etc.) & screen off the solids before sending on for treatment. Over to you Halifax Water!
  • Spent Grain – after we’ve removed the starches (sugars) & flavours from the grain, Bovidae Farms in Falmouth comes & takes it away to feed their dairy cows (no tipping please). Thanks Bob!
  • Solids Separation – We work with suppliers to reduce their waste materials at source. After that though, nearly everything gets broken into separate streams: paper, plastic, cardboard, pallets, scrap wood & steel
  • Energy Efficiency – Building our new brewery & refurbishing the older market brewery has allowed us to invest in improvements throughout: natural gas steam boiler, VFD pumps, energy-efficient lighting, water & heat recovery
  • East Coast Beer Gear – Most of our brewing & cellar equipment is designed & built in Prince Edward Island. Thanks neighbour!
  • 3R’s of Packaging – All beer packaging is either returnable (bottles & cans), reusable (growlers & kegs) or recyclable (cardboard trays/boxes, boxboard packs & metal crowns)
  • Corn Starch Cups – We’ve been using these nifty compostable/biodegradable cups for nearly a decade & we wouldn’t serve you any other way. Guaranteed to break down in whichever stream they end up, it’s just the right thing to do. Cheers to Green Shift Inc.!
  • Old Buildings/Good Bones – The Halifax Seaport has given us not one but two amazing opportunities to repurpose, refurbish & otherwise return to service an old, derelict building. Brick, steel & rough-cut wood, they just don’t make ‘em like that anymore!
  • Environmental Partnership – Garrison is thrilled to be a Sustainability Ally of Ecology Action Centre! By partnering together on the Backlot Bash we’re making our event more green, fundraising for EAC causes & highlighting the environment while having a serious good time. Cheers partner!

& add to that, Garrisons’ Market Brewery, retail store & participation in events, festivals & trade shows are now… Bullfrogpowered!  That means that Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, puts 100% clean, green electricity from wind and low-impact hydro sources onto the grid to match the amount of electricity this facility uses. This clean & renewable energy displaces regular energy from nonrenewable or polluting sources. We’re proud to do our part as a leading craft brewer & we’re in pretty good company. Here’s a few other Bullfrogged brewers:  Beau’s, Steam Whistle, Granville Island, The Grizzly Paw, Alley Kat, Trolley No.5, Picaroons, Upstreet, North, Sleeping Giant & Schoolhouse!

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Are you a registered Non-Profit or Charity? If yes we want to help you. Need some help with an event, need a beer sponsor, looking for an auction item give Justin a call and you can discuss your event with him and we will see how we can help!