We’re baking in Norfork today. It’s still snowing here; cold and blustery to boot. I worked up a recipe for you to try. It’s a Stout Raisin Soda Bread…and it’s really good. It’s also quite easy to make. There’s no yeast and no complicated directions.
3 cups all purpose or equal parts whole wheat flour and all purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup Black Oak Stout
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp molasses
2 tbsp honey
5 tbsp butter
1 cup raisins or currants (if you really want to, you can omit, but it’s so good with them!)
1 cups buttermilk (or 1 cup milk with 1 t vinegar to sour)
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 t freshly grated lemon or orange peel
Here’s how to make it! Preheat oven to 350°
Grease and flour or line with parchment paper a loaf pan.
Put Black Oak Stout into a medium pan over medium-low heat until it starts to bubble lightly. Add the brown sugar, molasses, honey and butter to the pan and stir until well combined. Add raisins and stir again. Simmer over low heat for a few minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for about 15 minutes.
While the beer mixture is cooling, add flour and other dry ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
Mix milk, egg, vanilla and grated peel in a small bowl.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add cooled beer mixture, stirring to combine. Add egg mixture and stir until mixed.
Pour into prepared loaf pan. Bake 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the loaf comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack until cool enough to remove from pan. Best eaten just a little warm with butter, a slice of cheddar cheese and a glass of Stout. Or with some potato soup. Or just about anything.
Here in Norfork, Arkansas,the snow is coming down hard and piling up quickly, keeping us indoors in the warm. We hope you all are keeping warm and safe, enjoying a beer as you sit by the fire.
We would like you take a moment to look at where Nature’s Beer visited this past summer, thanks to one of our fans, Lacey. We imagined that these Presidents would have greatly enjoyed a beer.
Were you aware that President Washington brewed his own beer? According to Beer History.com, President Washington greatly enjoyed a dark porter. I think he would have enjoyed a Black Oak Stout.
President Lincoln is believed to have said, “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.”
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is an incredibly important figure for us beer lovers. In 1933, he worked to pass the 21st Amendment, which officially ended Prohibition. Thank goodness for FDR!
So, on this chilly Presidents’ Day, take a moment to celebrate these three fine Presidents!
The ice storm is on its way. I’m staying in, working up some warm recipes using Nature’s Beer. Last week, I made a good stew great by pouring in a can of Black Oak Stout instead of broth.
When the cooking is over, I’m going to think of where I’d like to be. Our photographer, Curt Lewis, sent us this beautiful photo of sunset on the beach in Florida with some of his favorite beer. Where would you like to be with some of our beer?
In the meantime, we are busy getting Nature’s Beer ready for you. In the photo below, Joe and Ben are putting the beer into kegs to send out to restaurants and bars.
And, we are looking forward to seeing you all again soon. We have two performers this weekend. Garrett Duncan will be with us on Friday, Feb. 12 at 7. Garrett’s bio is on the events page, so check it out. It’s sure to be a great evening.
On Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7, Anthony Garner returns to the taproom. His music has been described as Folk/Americana/Outlaw. Should be fun!
Stay warm and safe, friends. Enjoy a good beer with us. See you soon.
Look at this! If you happen to stop by Walmart in Flippin, AR you will see our beer sharing a big cooler with beers from Ozark Beer Company. We hope you pick up a couple of our six packs to enjoy at home. We’d like to remind you to keep those receipts because when you bring them into our taproom in Norfork, we’ll pour you a glass for a dollar for each six pack you purchased. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
If you haven’t visited us in a while, we hope you’ll come by soon. We are open at noon Thursday through Sunday, We have live music every Saturday at 7, and some Fridays as well. This Saturday, February 6, Derek Herndon will be playing. Please check our events calendar on both the website and Facebook page to know who will be coming to the taproom.
And everyone is welcome to enjoy a nice time with us, sitting in front of the fire in one of the beautiful bentwood rocking chairs sipping your beer and enjoying a delicious pizza, cheesy bread-sticks, and the company of friends, old and new.
Can you believe that we are in the last days of January? We, like you, are looking forward to warmer weather, leaves on trees, green grass….and COVID to be a memory. The photo above, taken by Curt Lewis, sums up the way a lot of us may feel. It’s bleak, it’s cold, but something is rising–something GOOD is rising!
We are excited to let you know that a collaboration between Norfork Brewing Company and White River Distillery is bringing you something really good– Southern Hard Sweet Tea. Gluten Free, Sugar Free and totally delicious! We will let you know when this deliciousness is on tap–we are sure it’s going to sell out quickly. You can always check the “Our Beers” page for an up-to-date photo of our beer board.
If you are looking for a lovely evening with a really terrific musician, stop on by the taproom Saturday at 7 for Ashtyn Barbaree’s performance. You will enjoy this talented young lady’s original music and covers of songs you love. Enjoy some of our excellent thin crust pizza and tasty beer while you listen.
Let’s hope this last weekend of January 2021 brings hope, peace and good to health to us all. See you soon around the taproom.
Did you see the article that featured your favorite brewery? It was in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette this past Sunday. Scroll down for an excerpt of the article.
Breweries going with the flow, But some better-positioned than others to survive virus
by John Magsam | January 24, 2021 at 2:27 a.m.
Jason Aamodt, owner and founder of Norfork Brewing Co., added a canning line before the coronavirus pandemic hit, never realizing how vital it would become to the brewery’s survival.
When stay-at-home orders went into effect in Arkansas, restaurants closed their doors and the brewery’s own taproom was shuttered, the typical channels Norfork Brewing used to sell its suds dried up nearly overnight. That’s when Aamodt’s attention turned to his recently purchased and idle, canning line.
Aamodt said that when the brewery opened in 2018 in north-central Arkansas, there was no plan for canning, instead the focus was on kegs and sales at the taproom. Norfork Brewing added the canning equipment with the intention of easing into that aspect of the business but that plan went out the window when the coronavirus struck.
“We were sitting there looking at the canning line saying, it’s a good thing we bought this,” Aamodt said.
Since then, Norfork Brewing shifted from a taproom focused on the community, trout fishermen and tourists in a place Aamodt likens to The Shire, the home of J.R.R. Tolkien’s hobbits, into a production brewery. It’s canning four of the brewery’s top offerings and is having the beer distributed in parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma. The brewery has a 15-barrel setup, capable of producing about 45 barrels of beer a week.
But it wasn’t all smooth sailing. There was a can shortage to deal with, so cans had to be obtained and the whole canning process and distribution channels had to be established from the ground up. There was a lot of trial and error and mistakes along the way.
“We had some lucky breaks,” Aamodt said. “We had some bad breaks, too.”
For the rest of the article, please click on the following link:
Luke, our Scurvy Dog, would like to let you know that we’ve updated our website this week. We hope you are finding it helpful. There are a few things we’d like to point out.
First, we are posting music and other events on the Events page on the website so you can plan your weekend trip to the Taproom. You will see that we have a terrific line up in the weeks to come of some of the best musicians in the area. Keep checking back to see who will be performing.
This weekend Kasey Lee Kimmons plays Saturday, January 23 at 7. And this Sunday, we will be open noon until the playoff game ends so you can watch the game on our big TVs.
Second, are you wondering what’s on tap this week? You don’t have to wonder. You will find a photo of the beer board on the Our Beers page. You will also find a description of each of our beers on the page. Is your favorite beer there? Luke is pleased that Scurvy Dog is always available.
When we are open, we will have pizza. We overheard someone say last week that it was the best pizza he’d had in a long time. Thin crust, homemade sauce and the best cheese and toppings–all really good and made to order in our pizza oven. You can enjoy that pizza with a tasty beer in front of the wood stove, so that even when it’s frightful outside, it’s delightful in the taproom.
As you likely know, you can buy Nature’s Beer in liquor and grocery stores throughout Arkansas and Oklahoma. Check out the Find Nature’s Beer page to locate those stores. We will be updating the listings as we get them from the distributors. And don’t forget to save your receipts when you buy a six pack of our beer at your local store. Bring those receipts in to the taproom and we will pour you a glass for $1. It’s a great deal with no expiration date.
The whole team at Norfork Brewing Company thanks you for your support of our little brewery! We really love brewing some tasty beer and getting it to you. See you soon!
Hello, Friends. We hope your weekend was pleasant, peaceful and productive. It also was likely introspective. We had time to reflect on the incredible history of Martin Luther King, Jr. as we remembered his many contributions to a just and free country. He was a powerful advocate for doing the right thing, for finding love when hatred roars, for understanding that everyone has something good to share with the world.
We would like to share something good with all of you. Our photographer, Curt Lewis, took these incredible photos of Bald Eagles, a symbol of our democracy. We thought you would enjoy seeing these amazing birds, knowing that they were taken along the banks of the White River here in Norfork, where we brew your favorite beer. We are grateful for the beauty that surrounds us.
We’ve had a busy week at your favorite brewery. We’ve been brewing beer, canning beer, getting the beer ready for delivery to liquor and grocery stores throughout Arkansas and Oklahoma. We’ve had a terrific article in The Arkansas Times this week. We hope you enjoy reading it!
We hope you, too, have had a productive week and are looking forward to a relaxing beer with us. It’s a chilly day here in Norfork, but luckily there is no snow in the forecast. As you know the woodstove is warming the taproom, the pizza’s cooking and the beer is ready for you.
Friday evening (1/15/21), Robert Scott will be back in the taproom with his really lovely acoustic music. He plays 7-9. Saturday (1/16/21) we will be hosting a Karaoke Night starting at 7. Are you ready for some fun?
Typically your friends here at NBCO would post a pretty nature photo taken by Curt Lewis, the guardian of the Scurvy Dog, Luke, or a photo of the taproom or the performers. But, not today. Today we leave you with this authentic, not altered in the least, photo from Piney Creek Farms in Calico Rock. Our friends there raise Kunekune pigs. And cats. Big cats. Where do you think they may be headed?
It’s a beautiful, frosty morning here in Norfork, high in the Ozarks. We just wanted to show you a little of the beauty that greeted us on the way in to the brewery this morning. We think you just may feel like you are here with us, seeing this and smelling the clean, crisp air, as you open a can of Nature’s Beer. Enjoy!