Just south of downtown Portland and off of I-5 at the Barbur Blvd exit is John’s Marketplace. From the outside the place looks like nothing more than a bare bones grocery in the heart of the Multnomah Village neighborhood in SW Portland. One step inside and you realize that you may have hit the adult beverage motherlode. If it weren’t for the state controlled hard liquor stores one may have everything that a thirsty adult needs…….but alas we will make due with beer and wine of seemingly never ending proportions. John’s stocks over 800 different beers and over 400 different wines from around the world. John’s also boasts one hell of a keg selection. The largest in Portland.
John’s Market was founded in 1923 by John Feuss, a Swiss Immigrant. It thrived for years as a neighborhood market. In the 1990’s, the store’s 2nd owner, Jack Furman, navigated through the threat of the big box retailers by adding beer and wine and selling for much, much less. When the 3rd owner, David Percival bought the store in 1999 he turned it into the premier beer and wine store in Portland.
With over 800 unique beer choices towering before me at John’s Marketplace, I go and choose Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. As if I’ve never had one before! Sometimes you just go with what brings you comfort. This beer does just that for me and with homemade mac & cheese waiting for me, I was going to do my best to reach a “comfort food” induced coma. www.johnsmarketplace.com/
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, is a delightful interpretation of a classic style. It has a deep amber color and an exceptionally full-bodied, complex character. Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.
Sierra Nevada was founded by Ken Grossman in 1979. A chemistry and physics student at Cal State U. in Chico, CA, Ken started a homebrew store after becoming a proficient homebrewer. He soon fulfilled his dream of opening his own brewery and in 1980 the first batch of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was brewed. It became a “landmark” in American craft brewing. Please see the attached link for more. www.sierranevada.com/beers/paleale.html
To the pairing. Here is the short version of the best damn macaroni & cheese recipe to enjoy with your favorite craft brew:
1.)Melt 2 tbl butter and mix in a bowl with 6 slices of breadcrumbs with crusts removed and then torn into crumbles. Remove and save. 2.)Add and mix hot milk into skillet with 6 tbl melting butter and 1/2 cup flour, stir and cook until thick, 12 min or so. Remove from heat. 3.)Stir in 2 tbl salt, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, black pepper and cayenne pepper respectively, 3 cups cheddar cheese, and 1 1/2 cups Gruyere. 4.)Cook macaroni(1lb) in boiling water. 5.)Transfer macaroni to a colander, undercooked. Rinse and stiir into cheese sauce. 6.) Pour into dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese over the top with the bread crumbs(1) and bake until golden (30 min) at 375 degrees. 7.) Wait 5 minutes to serve and crack a cold, frosty Sierra Nevada. Prepare to indulge yourself in the ultimate comfort food.