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Welcome Chef Michael Mahalick!

chef michael5Peoria Artisan Brewery is excited to welcome Chef Michael Mahalick to our team!

Chef Michael grew up in a small town in Upstate New York with his two brothers who are also in the restaurant industry.  In California, Michael began as a dishwasher and worked his way through the ranks in cafés, gastropubs, hotels and farmers markets.

Michael honed his culinary technique under the tutelage of Executive Chef Stephen Jones and at fine culinary institutions such as Latilla at the Boulders Resort, Blue Hound at The Palomar Hotel and The Larder at Desoto Central Market.

Chef Michael’s approach to New American Cuisine is to utilize top quality products combined with simple ingredients and a playful flair.  Michael enjoys the culinary flavors of the American Southwest, American South and Argentina.  His love of the cooler months is shown in the bold flavors and presentation of his food.  Michael emphasizes the comfort factor of food as he finds his cuisine to be nostalgic as community and family are highly important to him.

Meet Chef Mahalick this Thursday at The Litchfield Taproom where he will be serving Pulled Pork on a King’s Hawaiian Roll with Spicy Pickles during the tapping of our Litchfield Hollow Pumpkin Ale.  We will also be serving delicious slices of Pumpkin Pie with house whipped cream.

We are excited to have Michael and Nicole, his wife, as part of our craft beer family.  His passion is genuine, contagious and readily apparent in his cuisine.

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What is a Gastropub and How Does it Apply to Us?

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Our hand crushed malted barley

In our opening announcement several weeks ago, we mentioned that our North Peoria Brewery location would be a “new 3,000 square foot brewery and gastropub” featuring “the flagship beers of Peoria Artisan,” with a restaurant which “will feature classic, upscale cuisine emphasizing fresh and local ingredients whenever possible.”  Since then we’ve been asked somewhat frequently, “What exactly is a gastropub?”

Put quite simply, a gastropub is a bar that serves high-quality cuisine.  In our case, a brewery that serves high-quality cuisine.  Specifically, we aim to incorporate our beers into fresh, locally sourced and sustainable foods in order to provide our customers with an amazing beer experience complemented by damn good food.  Essentially, we invest a significant amount of time and effort into brewing our beers: sourcing malt, hops and yeast, preparing and maintaining our yeast, developing recipes, personally crushing our malt, cleaning and sanitizing equipment, controlling mash temperatures, controlling fermentation, packaging our beer, cleaning beer lines and the list goes on.  Why in the world would we not put the same level of dedication and attention to detail into the foods we will serve?

To think that accomplishing the above will be easy would constitute blissful ignorance on our part.  We recognize the many challenges inherent in this endeavor and appreciate that we must learn, grow and develop.  However, having accomplished so much thus far with our beers; not taking on this challenge would be a disservice to our customers.  We could keep it simple.  We could take an approach of purchasing pre-made or frozen food from local vendors.  We could, but we won’t.

Our environment will have a significant impact on availability of locally sourced and sustainable foods.  Honestly, many of us caught in the hustle and bustle of life in the Valley of the Sun do not commonly associate the day-to-day with farming and agriculture; however, it is alive and well right under our noses and goes well beyond the many citrus trees found throughout our neighborhoods.  Local Farmers’ Markets continue to grow in size and popularity while we all recognize the great food scene we have in The Valley.  It’s time to bring this culture to the NW Valley!

Relationships with our local farmers will be an instrumental component of our gastropub.  Date Creek Ranch, Maya’s Farm, McReynolds Farms and Duncan Family Farms are just some of the wonderful purveyors of agricultural goods that will allow us to provide you with unique culinary creations emphasizing what is fresh and local.  Organizations such as Arizona Farmer+Chef Connection are also key resources for Keeping it Local in AZ.

Another key component of our new brewery will be our Chef.  Our Steward of Delicious Eats is not yet known – we are searching.  Diligently, we are looking for someone that shares our passion for beer, food and for the camaraderie that is an essential component of our AZ Craft Beer Culture.  This person must be as dedicated to citrus, kale, pork and eggs as we are to malted barley, hops, yeast and water.  Together, we will combine our heartfelt passions into creating a community gathering place that emphasizes the best of what our families and Arizona have to offer.

Comments or inquiries, please feel free to contact Matt at matt@peoriaartisanbrewing.com.

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Peoria Artisan Brewery® Expanding to Second Location in North Peoria

On Site Brewery and Gastropub to Open by October, 2015

Peoria, AZ – Peoria Artisan Brewery®, an Arizona Limited Liability Company, proudly announces their expansion to North Peoria with plans to open by October, 2015. The North Peoria location is at the Southeast corner of the intersection of Lake Pleasant Parkway and Deer Valley Road in the Camino A Lago Marketplace. The new 3,000 square foot brewery and gastropub will feature the flagship beers of Peoria Artisan such as Savannah Marie IPA, Haboob™ Black IPA, Angus Boy Scottish Ale and Peanut Butter Porter. The full-service restaurant will feature classic, upscale cuisine emphasizing fresh and local ingredients whenever possible.

“We are extremely excited to open our second location and appreciative of the support we have received from our amazing customers and the Arizona Craft Beer Community,” said Head Brewer and Co-owner Neal Farrell. “We will continue to brew creative and hand-crafted beers to complement our exciting food menu.”

The brewery and gastropub will occupy 3,000 square feet in the Camino A Lago Marketplace adjacent to Lake Pleasant Parkway. The patio will accommodate approximately 50 patrons and provide access to the split indoor/outdoor bar which will feature 18 taps of craft beer and an Arizona centric wine list. The brewery area will include a 5 barrel brewing system (1 barrel = 31 gallons) with the cellar and support capacity to produce approximately 15 barrels of beer a week. The new full-service kitchen will be capable of providing fresh and unique meals to patio and dining area patrons during lunch, dinner and brunch service on Sundays.

Peoria Artisan will continue to operate and brew at The Litchfield Taproom in historic Old Town Litchfield Park. “We have been overwhelmed by the positive response our beers have received in the Southwest Valley and will maintain and evolve our location in Litchfield Park,” says Co-owner Kristina Frosch. “We are equally excited to be able to continue to brew unique and creative beers at the Litchfield Taproom that we can leverage as a pilot system. We think our Southwest Valley customers will appreciate the new beer recipes they will be able to continue to enjoy.”

Construction of the new location will begin in June and is slated for completion by September following the arrival of the brewing system which is scheduled for August. Hiring will commence in August for both hourly and salary positions to include an Assistant Brewer, Restaurant Manager, Chef and craft beer focused Serving Staff. “Our current and future team members are extremely valuable to our craft beer family,” says Kristina. “We are honored to provide great jobs in our local community.”

About Peoria Artisan Brewery®

Peoria Artisan Brewery®, LLC was established in 2012, and opened The Litchfield Taproom in Old Town Litchfield Park in 2013. As the first independent craft brewery in the West Valley, Peoria Artisan has emphasized creative and hand-crafted beers brewed by Neal Farrell, Head Brewer and Co-owner. Follow Peoria Artisan at www.PeoriaArtisanBrewing.com, on Facebook® at www.Facebook.com/PeoriaArtisanBrewery and on Twitter® @PeoriaCraftBrew.

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