Every weekend Katie and I try to get out to Halifax’s unbeatable Seaport Market. On Saturdays and Sundays it’s a hotspot for local farmers, craftspeople, and families, and lately it’s also where we’ve tried to do most of our grocery shopping (if you consider German pastries groceries – which we do). Particularly luscious are the giant bunches of kale and freshly made sausages, which don’t last long in our house.
Nestled beside the Seaport Market is the Garrison, a local brewery that makes some of the tastiest ales this side of the Atlantic. After stocking up at the market, we headed over to the Garrison. Lucky for us, this year’s Winter Warmer (a seasonal brew for chilly nights) had just hit the shelves, so we grabbed a few to enjoy.
The Winter Warmer is a deliciously dark ale with hints of cloves and cinnamon. It’s a great beer for those who like their ales dark, but not too heavy (and at 7% it lives up to it’s name).
Tonight, despite the apartment being warmer than usual, we thought we’d heat things up with some spicy “Dragon Noodles” and a half pint of the Winter Warmer. The noodles are a great Asian-inspired recipe we found online here. They are super tasty, quick, and are easy on the budget (so you can still afford other necessities – like beer). They look great with fresh cilantro and pair perfectly with the Warmer.
Together they make for a dinner so toasty you’ll have to open up the windows. We did.