Supernova Burger/Goose Island Midway/Deadly Vipers “Fueltronaut”
Here’s another theme night of sorts, we dug this Deadly Vipers album “Fueltronaut” so much that we wanted to create a burger after one of the songs on the album. We settled on the track “Supernova” to create the namesake burger, but after a quick Google search we saw that a bar in New York City had already done the work for us. Their Supernova burger was about as simplistic as we go with a burger; just butter lettuce, heirloom tomato and a kimchi mayo. For the beer, even though this burger was pretty bare bones, we still opted for an IPA to pair along side it, as we always do. We chose Goose Island’s new Midway session IPA to handle that duty while we cranked up this incredible album full blast.
Supernova Burger – As you can surmise from the introduction, there isn’t a lot to this burger ingredient-wise, which translates to a pretty quick prep time. We can start with maybe the oddest ingredient, this kimchi mayo. It’s a fancy, if not inaccurate, name for an Asian-inspired mayo. We start by combining 1/2 cup of mayo in a bowl with a heaping tablespoon of Sambal Oelek red pepper paste.
Next up we hit the bowl with a splash each of sesame oil and rice wine vinegar.
The last step is the a small handful of sesame seeds before we whisk everything together into a smooth paste.
While the mayo is chilling in the fridge, we can turn our attention to the burgers. We form 1/3 pound grass-fed beef into patties then season them up liberally with our Not So Gentle Butcher’s Rub.
The burgers go down on a super hot charcoal grill for only a couple minutes per side.
That’s pretty much it, we place each patty on a toasted brioche bun and top with butter lettuce.
Next up comes the heirloom tomato slices.
The finishing touch is the mayo, a healthy slather of which goes on the top half of the bun.
Close the whole thing up and dig in. The result? A very sushi-like burger experience. The mayo wound up making the whole thing taste like a cross between a hamburger and a spicy tuna roll, different yet delicious.
Goose Island Midway – When discussing the Goose Island/Anheuser Busch purchase with someone not too long ago, they put their thoughts on it this way: Let Goose Island give AB their popular 312, Green Line, IPA and Honkers Ale to mass produce and distribute nationally, as long as they are still making great beers locally, who cares? A completely different yet non-confrontational view on this lightning rod of a buyout. So here we are, with a six pack of their newest session IPA, Midway. A beer that pours orange and bright with the aroma of a sweet Jolly Rancher stuck inside a pine cone. The beer is super easy drinking as the name implies but with a lot more lager-y qualities to it than one might expect. The hops are there at the finish, but pretty muted. In the over saturated session IPA market where breweries are doing amazing things to make these beers ultra-hoppy while still keeping the ABVs down, Midway focuses more on the easy drinking aspect, unfortunately.
Deadly Vipers “Fueltronaut” – We came across this great French band courtesy of our buds over at Heavy Planet who described them as a mix between The Truckfighters and Kyuss. With a description like that, especially from the highly respected Heavy Planet blog, how could we not be pumped to check these guys out? Man, are we glad we did. The fuzz that comes out of the speaker is almost palpable from the opening chords of the album. It’s the perfect soundtrack album whether you’re vannin across the country, or opening up your muscle car on the open road, or anything in between, the John Garcia-like vocals and the desert rock groove will get you to where you’re going in a hurry and with a huge smile on your face while you’re getting there.