As we head into FogHorn’s second Christmas it is an opportunity to look back on the year and to thank everyone involved for their support on our continuing voyage. In particular we have developed a strong following for our beer dinners with several supporters who don't miss an event. In addition we have our First Fleeters™, the Friday Fraternities™ and the Faithful Flagon Fillers™who all have become a part of the FogHorn Family.
We've been really pleased with our events in the second half of the year. We recently hosted our first wedding (photos below) which received fantastic feedback from the guests.
Our team in the kitchen showed just what they could do as we hosted FogHorn's first wedding. Canapés, mains and desserts!
We also received an overwhelming response to our Melbourne Cup Luncheon, which saw us run the inaugural FogHorn Derby. For every race we auctioned off each of the 6 hobby horses to the bidding syndicates. We actually think the auction would have been the highlight of the day had it not been for the hilarious and nailbiting finish to the final race of the day.
To future plans, we are looking forward to extending our support of local music artists with the return of "Home Brew" a monthly night showcasing local songwriters performing their own original tunes. Our Head Chef, Dan Correia, has recently brought in his Summer menu and Shawn is, of course, planning plenty of new beers for the new year.
Come January and February we will switch up our Sunday schedule with the introduction of our giant games days (see more at the end of the newsletter!
We're hosting plenty of functions and Christmas parties this December which will keep us very busy indeed. Whatever your plans over the "silly season" we wish you the best and if we don't see you in these last few weeks of 2016 then we look forward to seeing you next year!
So what's new in the brewery? Pivo Bohemian Pilsner has awoke from its hibernation and returned to the taps after a winter hiatus. Pivo has always tussled for the most popular beer on our taps, and with Summer upon us a crisp, easy drinking lager such as Pivo is sure to be a front-runner once again. Speaking of refreshing beers, Shawn will be launching at least two new farmhouse ales in the coming Summer months. Previous farmhouse ales such as FogHorn's Funky Farmhouse and Liaison Saison proved much more popular than we expected and it was refreshing for us to see the general public take to a style they have not had much exposure to.
We've also been surprised by the popularity of Jumpin' Jack Mash, our pumpkin ale. We expected that many people may try it once out of curiosity but then opt for something more familiar - and we've been proved wrong. The Jumpin' Jack Mash has proved particularly popular with the fairer sex so if you're trying to convince the lady in your life to try beer then perhaps offer her a Jumpin'! Want to know more about pumpkin beers? See Riley's post here on all things pumpkin!
Joining the brewery team this year is Joe. This big, friendly giant can be seen both in the brewery and in the bar - check his staff profile out below. With Joe coming on board Shawn has been able to find the time to sound our horn at various beer festivals. In 2016 we've poured our brews at Bitter & Twisted, Warners at the Bay Craft Beer Festival, The Great Australian Beer Spectapular, Central Coast Craft Beer Festival, Sydney Craft Beer Week and The Boardwalk Beer Festival.
Always keen to man a tap at the festivals is Sam Webber, one of our bar staff hailing from England. Sam has had plenty of experience in craft beer bars, including UK giant Brewdog, and as it happens his father owns and runs Tuckers Malting Company. Sam will leave us soon to head back home, but hopefully not before our order from Tuckers turns up. Being able to pour a FogHorn beer made with malt from his dad's company is our way of saying thanks to Sam for his hard work.
To brewing of a different kind: we now make our own cold brew! Making things from scratch is a part of our ethos here at FogHorn and our restaurant manager Rachel has jumped at the chance to introduce our own. To make our cold brew we soak coarse-ground beans in cool water for over 12 hours. The result is a coffee concentrate with a sweet and smooth flavour profile.
Here at FogHorn we're really proud of our team in the kitchen. This year we've been able to add Tori and Carlos as full time chefs who have each stamped their mark on FogHorn food.
Each Monday Carlos brings us fresh Mexican dishes, inspired by his homeland, from tacos to enchiladas to Fajita pizzas. We took a gamble on re-opening on Monday nights and it has paid off - largely thanks to Carlos. Meanwhile Tori jumps at the chance to design our event menus. From our monthly beer dinners, to special events such as Melbourne Cup and comedy nights, Tori loves the chance to experiment with new dishes and show just what our team is capable of.
It has been a pleasure over the year to watch our beer events evolve. What started as beer education with nibbles has blossomed into multi-course dinners, with each dish designed to suit the beer on offer.
We've already started planning our 2017 Beer Dinners but if you have any suggestions we'd love to hear them.
Our Summer menu was launched a fortnight ago. New additions to the menu include Lemon Pepper Squid, Buttermilk Chicken Burger, Moroccan Spring Lamb Salad, Jerk Chicken Salad, Chicken Supreme, Wagyu Rump and Sopressa Pizza. Some old favourites have also returned including the Noah's Ark Barn Pizza and the Cheesesteaks (both the classic Philly and Chicken).
New additions: Moroccan Spring Lamb Salad, Slow Cooked Pork Belly, Chicken Supreme
Rachel, our restaurant manager and resident baker, has expanded her dessert portfolio to include the Ice Cream Sandwich: Vanilla bean ice-cream sandwiched between two handmade, gluten free, choc chip cookies. Do yourself a favour and try it!
Rachel is responsible for many desserts that FogHorn has to offer including the Best Ever Brownie, Peg's Baked Cheesecake and the very popular Peanut Butter Oreo Pie.
STAFF PROFILE Joe Lappin: Assistant Brewer and 2IC Bar Manager
Joe has been a regular on the Newcastle hospitality scene for over 10 years, appearing at venues as diverse as King Street Hotel, The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle Yacht Club & Carrington Bowling Club.
Joe's love and passion for craft beer took him to a sales role at Murray’s Craft Brewing Co, and his desire to learn more about the Craft of Beer lead him to FogHorn Brewhouse.
When he’s not backing up Shawn in the brewery, Joe can be regularly seen at the frontline of the FogHorn bar. As one of only a handful of Ciccerone Certified Beer Server in the region, he is always up for a chat about great beer!
We've asked Santa for some toys and we're pretty sure he's going to deliver.
On Sundays in January and February we'll be breaking out our games collection, including