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TJ’s Brew Works and spent grain menu has recently completed 5 years and they celebrated this occasion by introducing some new craft beers and some healthy pizzas.
TJ Venkateshwaran, fondly known as TJ, founder TJ’s Brew Works and partner Girish Monie met sometime back, and in a casual conversation discovered they shared similar ideologies while they were independently experimenting and innovating with healthy food choices in life. This resulted in a new collaboration where the duo decided to pursue their passions under the same roof with an already established commercial entity at TJ’s Brew Works.
Girish in the kitchen and TJ in the brewery, TJ’s Brew Works is all set to bring in a new era with a new look, new brews, new menu and a new vibe as it turns five.
The new addition
The two new additions to the existing portfolio of brews available at TJ’s Brew Works are the TJ’s Quin B and TJ’s Buck B, made from super seeds Quinoa and Buckwheat respectively.
TJ’s Brew Works wanted to give a new twist to the way people have always perceived these super foods, by introducing the two new beers that are Belly Good!
Beer per se made from barley is the healthiest alcoholic beverage since it is natural. By replacing some proportions of barley with Quinoa or Buckwheat, the goodness of these seeds and health benefits of these ingredients now augment the beers without taking the essence out of the beer.
The microbrewery with a fun dining café is spread across 6,500 square feet, which has a seating capacity for 178 guests, now has a new look with a new color palette that gives a fresh feeling with greenery and freshness to the ambiance, a larger outdoor seating that has helped achieve a more open and expansive view while the indoor seating has reduced with ambient air-conditioned temperature at 20 Degrees Celsius inside.
Brewster (lady brew master) Ashwini Rajagopal’s diligent research and discussions with veteran brewer Dr. Cariapa, who has been collaborating with the microbrewery since its inception resulted in the two new beer variants, TJ’s Quin B and TJ’s Buck B.
TJ’s Quin B is a refreshing, pale yellow, full-bodied beer with a balanced roasted quinoa and hops aroma and TJ’s Buck B is a hazy yellow lager with a pronounced nutty, biscuit flavor and a dense, long-lasting head.
Spent Grain Menu at TJ’s Brew Works
The new Spent Grain menu at TJ’s Brew Works was a result of the constant endeavor to make healthy choices. Tweaking the existing menu at the microbrewery to add the Spent Grain dishes is driven with the aim to unlock what seems to be nothing short of a treasure of goodness, nutrition, taste and health.
Spent grain is the residue left over after the Wort, which is the liquid extracted from the malt during the brewing process. This residue is very healthy, super rich in protein, fiber content and a lot of macronutrients.
The breads, buns, baos and cookies made from spent grain with Chef Ubeid’s expertise make these common dishes unique at TJ’s Brew Works. Some of the interesting dishes made from spent grain at TJ’s Brew Works are; Dark Malt Bao, a bao made from dark malt used to make brews with a stuffing of Teriyaki Chicken or Chilly Tofu, TJ’s Spent Grain Pelmeni is a healthy spin on a native Russian dish, Pelmeni comes with a filling of either Spinach and Ricotta or Chicken.
Nudo Pizzas at TJ’s Brew Works
Another food revolution at TJ’s Brew Works is the introduction of Gluten Free, Grain Free and Guilt-Free Pizzas by Nudo Pizzeria Al Naturale, the brainchild of Girish Monie.
Nudo pizzas are made with interesting Superfoods in their 5 Crusts; Almond, Buckwheat, Quinoa, Amaranth and Waterchestnut, Cauliflower and Whey Protein, with unusual sauces such as their Classic Red Tomato Marinara, Roasted Garlic White Sauce and Almond and Pine Nut with Basil – Green Pesto.
From its Signature list; Nude Farm Veg, is a Quinoa Crust Pizza with a Roasted Garlic White Sauce, Nudo Pepperoni, made with Amaranth Crust and Classic Red Tomato Marinara Sauce are some of the Nudo pizzas that are good for you and taste divine.
Speaking on Nudo Pizza, Girish Monie says, “NUDO lies skin deep. Nudo is a way of life imbibed into a culinary innovation. It roots for foods with innate goodness, stripped of any artificiality whatsoever. We have foregone grains in a bid to make it completely Gluten-Free. Nudo is all about Whole Foods, Real Foods, Super Foods.”
After a very in depth engaging conversation with the management and the owners and the quick tour of the place we started our food journey to their new menu items with some standard famous appetisers.
Chicken BBQ wings: Very ideal and neatly done, it had nice crunch and succulent chicken on the inside. The BBQ sauce was done perfectly and not too strong like most of the places do now a days.
Spinach Cheese Toast on Spent Grain Roll: The Spent Grain roll is the twist on this very simple dish here. The cheese gave the salty feeling to the spinach and combined with the bread it managed to keep the overall taste to ideal. The bread was superb, healthy and comforting.
Nudo Green Salad: A fresh salad which had tons of items making it visually irresistible. However with a bit of excessive use of onions this salad came out to loud on it’s taste.
TJ’s Spent Grain Pelmeni: Nice soft chicken covered by the spend grain crunchy layer was a delight for the taste buds. Pelmeni are dumplings consisting of a filling wrapped in thin, unleavened dough.
Cheesy 4some: I would pick this one from all the wonderful pizzas served that day. The taste was so good it really felt like a ideal pizza for me. A must have at TJ’s !! All the rest had their own unique taste which one needs to try it to judge.
Mini Burgers: A slider, with a appearance which can be super attractive. however the buns and the patty overall was simply difficult for me to take a bite. The the patty was huge and can be used for a decent sized burger instead of a mini burger.
SPENT GRANOLA BAR & VEGAN MASALA CHAI PANACOTTA were quite different from the regular desserts that I’ve had at various other place. While the granola bar seemed like a misfit for dessert and the panacotta felt like a non-sweet item, I’m sure the place must have other desserts to offer.
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