Name: Judy Nadeau
Position: Sales Manager - New England and New York
Office you work out of: 250 Niantic Ave. Providence, RI
Where did you grow up? I am from a small seaside town called Little Compton, RI. My dad still lives there in the house I grew up in. I spend each Sunday there with my dad. My entire family still lives within an hours drive of our family home.
What was the first beer that made a big impression on you? Oatmeal Stout. I remember the first time I had Oatmeal Stout brewed by Tod Mott at Portsmouth Brewery back in 2003. I didn’t know beer could taste that good! Before I tasted this beer I thought that dark beer meant heavy and burnt tasting. Wow, was I wrong! This was the most creamy, malty, chocolatey, roasty, yummy beer I had ever tasted. This beer opened my eyes to a new side of craft beer. Since then when I visit my customers my first beer is always on the dark side, whether it be a stout, a porter, a schwartzbier, a black IPA or a bock, this girl loves her dark beer.
What is your favorite food-beer pairing? I organized a five course beer dinner a few years ago and for dessert I paired Berkshire’s Coffeehouse Porter with dark chocolate cake. This hands down has to be my favorite food-beer pairing ever.
What activities do you enjoy in your free time? I enjoy gardening and spending time with my family in my free time. My husband and I own a camper and like to sneak away every chance we get to enjoy the outdoors and the quiet life with family and friends. I also enjoy attending local sporting events and following my favorite hometown teams.
Share a food recipe that pairs well with a certain beer style:
At this time of year, when the clams are fresh and the warm weather is here, one of my favorite recipes is a New England Clam Boil. This pairs perfectly with Harpoon IPA, Troegs Sunshine Pils, Mayflower IPA, Victory Prima Pils, and many other great east coast IPA’s and Pilsners. Here is the recipe. I would highly recommend this at your next backyard event.
New England Clam Boil with Lobster
- 1 - 2 Quarts Water
- 2 x 12oz Beer (whichever one you choose to drink with the clam boil)
- 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
- 2 Tbsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 Tbsp Salt
- 1 Quart (or 2 pounds) Steamers (soft shell clams) per person
- 1 x 1.5 pound Lobster per person
- 2 Hot Dogs per person
- 2 Breakfast Sausage per person
- ½ Stick Portuguese Chourico per person
- 1.5 Medium Potatoes per person
- 1 Medium Onion, peeled, per person
Rinse Steamers with warm water then soak in cold water for about 15 minutes before cooking. Bring water, beer and spices to a boil. Add potatoes, onion and chourico and cook for about 10 minutes covered. Add Lobster, sausage and hot dogs and cook 10 minutes more covered (no need to wait for the water to come back to a boil, start timer when you add the lobster). Add steamers and cover. As soon as the steamers open wide they are done. Serve on a warm sunny day with cold beer and melted butter on the side. Also can drain some of the juice from the clam boil for each person to rinse steamers in before dipping in butter.
Anything else you would like to share? I am married and mother to two sons and one stepson. I am also the grandmother (memere) to three grandsons, Connor, Nickolas and Hunter who are hands down the loves of my life. I have lived in New England my entire life and wouldn’t change it for anything. I am an avid (or a rabid) sports fan with my favorite teams including the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins and Boston College Football. My husband John and I live in Marion, MA. John is a very talented woodworker who creates furniture out of reclaimed and recycled wood. Every piece of furniture in my house has a story behind it which always makes for great conversation starters. I enjoy taking pictures (my family calls me the paparazzi) of all family events. I have lots of pictures all over my house and each time the family visits the first thing they do is look at what new pictures I have put up. I also like to arrange flowers and give the arrangements as gifts. My life long dream is to own a small hometown diner which offers great local food and beer. I will definitely have Berkshire Coffehouse Porter and dark chocolate cake on the menu!