Hello, Taco-and-Beer lovers!
Last Thursday, Urban Accents teamed up with our Ravenswood, Chicago neighbors at Begyle Brewing for a party to celebrate the local launch of our new global taco simmer sauces. Begyle provided their taproom for the festivities, and they put several of their fantastic craft beers on special for partygoers. The UA team cooked up almost 200 pounds of protein to make about 1,000 tacos for near 300 guests! The taco line was out the door from 5:45-9:15. Whew!
Begyle Brewing is one of Chicago’s premier craft breweries (Chicago Magazine’s Best New Brewery in 2013), and our new taco flavors paired beautifully with their brews. Our favorite beer-taco combinations included:
Begyle Blonde American Blonde Ale with Jamaican Jerk Chicken Tacos
The sweet and spicy pop of our Jamaican Jerk sauce paired beautifully with one of Begyle’s flagship beers, Begyle Blonde. This beer is nicely carbonated and cut through the bold body and flavors of our rich, smoky Jerk sauce. These were topped with crisp purple cabbage and sweet pineapple to mirror the slight sweetness of the tasty Blonde Ale.
Freebird American Pale Ale with Korean BBQ Steak Tacos
The tender cuts of steak in these tacos were generously provided by our friends at PRE Beef – also headquartered here in sweet-home Chicago. PRE Brands sources only the best grass-fed, pasture-raised beef. These ultra-savory tacos were a crowd favorite, and we loved them with the UA staff’s favorite beer, Freebird APA. If you’re tired of the hop-bomb beer trend, this American Pale is for you. It could be paired with almost any cuisine, but our not-too-spicy, sesame-tinged sauce was an excellent match.
For some bonus fun, we made special Taco ‘Bout It T-shirts and temporary tattoos. Our talented art direction team designed these little beauties, and they were SO much fun!
Did you snap a picture of your #tacolife tattoo? Show us on Instagram! Find us here: @urbanaccentsspices
We had a raffle for prizes including taco sauce gift sets, Urban Accents kitchen towels, Taco ‘Bout It T-shirts, Begyle merchandise, AND taco ankle socks.
Congratulations to our lucky winners!
We were delighted by the crowd that came out to enjoy the night. Big thanks to Begyle Brewing for hosting us and HUGE thanks to you, taco-fan! We are so happy you all had such a good time!
Our four new Global Taco Simmer Sauces are available online at urbanaccents.com and on Amazon. Here in Chicago, you can find them at Gene’s Sausage Shop and select Jewel-Osco stores. They are available across the country at Mid-Atlantic Whole Foods stores, Portland-area Safeway stores, and a grocery store near you soon!