Beer and Green Chile Marinated Chicken Wrap - Let's start with the marinade for the chicken which is just equal parts salsa verde and a mild beer.
Next up get a grill going to about a medium heat and place the marinated chicken over the coals. Grill on both sides until a nice char forms and the meat is cooked through, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat.
Tent the chicken with foil to keep warm while we set-up our burrito-rolling station. We will need at the ready warmed spinach tortillas, slices of pepper jack cheese, strips of crispy bacon, a bowl of homemade guac and a bottle of Cholula. Working quickly slap a warmed spinach tortilla down on the cutting board and place a couple of slices of pepper jack on followed by strips of chicken and bacon and a big scoop of guac.
Now it's time for the heat. A large scattering of fresh chopped jalapeños and a liberal dose of Cholula and we are ready to roll. No, literally. We're going to roll this thing up.
A quick slice in half and this thing is ready to be devoured. It's a super spicy, delicious creation that we killed in a couple of seconds.
Slades Brewing Co. Hopped Up ESB - It felt good to get another Slades Brewing Co. offering out there, in this case we just kegged the easy drinking Hoppy ESB. The beer pours a dark cloudy brown with some orange highlights. The head is thick and foamy and rises high above the rim of the glass. The aroma is mild with some floral notes and a little malty sweetness. The flavor is super smooth. It's bready but with a nice hoppy wallop. With a really light mouthfeel, it's on the easy drinking end of ESBs. It turned out to be a nice pairing with the food; easy-drinking enough for the light wrap but with enough hoppiness to combat the massive amount of spice.
Freedom Hawk "Tractor-Trailor" - We're already salivating at the thought of a new Freedom Hawk release this year and seeing as though we've featured their entire catalog here already, we dug deep to their 2005 Demo release "Tractor-Trailer" to pair up with the food and drink on this summery day. The four songs here have all been released on their subsequent albums, but we are treated to slightly different versions. The demo opens up with "My Road" which was released on the self-tilted album as a little glossier version. This version is a little more stripped down, raw and heavier. "North Swell" made its appearance on the band's most recent "Holding On" LP, the demo version is a little dirtier than the album version. Sticking with the "Holding On" release, "Magic Lady" is a huge, brooding number that needs to be played at maximum volume. The demo version of this song is trippier though no less heavy. The demo ends with "Hollow Caverns" which was released on the self-titled debut as a super chill ending track on the album. The demo version possesses a more hard-driving feel. Even though these are songs we have heard over and over again listening to the albums, hearing these early demos are like listening to them again for the first time. This new release can't come out soon enough!