Pieces of salty pretzels are strewn about a dark chocolate ice cream base flavored with Guinness beer. Need we say more?
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Chocolate and pretzels aren't a groundbreaking combination. Neither are pretzels and beer. But chocolate, pretzels and beer? Yes, please. Do yourself a favor and whip this one up if you want rich, chocolate-and-beer-y ice cream with the salty crunch of pretzels.
Fall is here, and with it comes fall flavored-everything. We sampled seven new seasonal drinkables, including three vodkas, a beer, a cider, a liqueur, and a refrigerated coffee drink.
The most popular tourist destination in Ireland? Nope, not the Book of Kells at Trinity College or the Blarney Castle. It's the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Situated on St. James Street in an industrial complex overlooking the rest of the city, this is where Guinness has been brewed since the stout's inception in 1759. But to clarify, the Guinness Storehouse that's open to visitors is not the physical brewery; it's a six-story (pint-shaped!) museum full of interactive exhibits explaining the Guinness brewing process and its Irish heritage.
We did it, guys. We made it through all 50 days of January. The worst is over. We endured a full miserable month of cold and darkness and we have emerged onto the glorious other side where groundhogs promise sunshine and Beyonce sings during Sunday supper. It's not dark out at 4:00 in the afternoon anymore, and baseball sort of starts sort of soon. All is right with the world. Almost.
The long, lazy days of summer are the perfect time for boozy baking. And from Kahlua infused cookies to bourbon pecan pie, here are 10 of your recipes that have a little something special.
The fine editors at Serious Eats asked me, a 15+ year Dublin bartender, to opine on the best ways to imbibe in my city. This guide is intended for newcomers to Dublin and should give you a very rough idea of where to go and what to drink (whilst simultaneously preventing you from coming to harm on your first night). What happens after that is your own business: I take no responsibility for your safety, wellbeing, personal finances, romantic entanglements, hangovers, the stock market or anything else that happens while you're here. If you go home with stories to tell, well, then you've got the idea.
The key to great roasty Guinness flavor? Reduce it on the stovetop into a concentrated syrup first.
I'd drink porter and stout anytime, but this early in the fall, you may want to reach for something a little crisper. Guinness recently released the first lager brewed under the Guinness name, and we gave it a try.
Winter is a call for us to beef up the heartiness of just about everything. Though I'm not normally a huge fan of stout beers, when the frigid cold has set in, there's something appealing to drinking what feels like a meal in a bottle. I wanted to take that appropriate seasonal heaviness and apply it to a barbecue sauce. So I married the two to create a stout barbecue sauce.
This Chocolate Stout Gelato from The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato and Sorbetto takes beer and ice cream to the next level by freezing them together. The chocolate base from Ciao Bella is spectacular on its own, especially when made with a dark chocolate, such as Le Noir Amer from Valrhona—creamy, light, and incredibly chocolaty. But when you add a cup of stout that has been simmered down to intensify its flavors and a scoop or two of malt powder, this gelato will send any chocolate and beer lover into fits of ice cream-derived delight.
This Irish Porter Cake from Forgotten Skills of Cooking by Darina Allen is the St. Patrick's Day version of of a Christmas fruit cake—except you actually want to eat this one since it's doused in Guinness and ridiculously delicious.
One of the great things about mid-March: you are encouraged to make Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Whiskey Filling, a festive treat for this St. Paddy's week.
With St. Patrick's Day around the corner, this week's Mixed Review, is on the official Guinness Bread Mix. Beer bread mixes are usually pretty simple to throw together, but this one was a bit more involved. It required additions of butter, milk, beer, molasses, and (optional) raisins. But if you aren't feeling the mix, try this from-scratch recipe for Plum Biercake instead.
[Photograph: Joshua Bousel] Wings, nachos, ribs—they're all lined up for Sunday. As I eagerly await my excuse to devour my favorite party foods, I was craving along the same lines but more of a quick, weeknight night dinner, and this...
[Photo: Carey Jones] Pull a pint and raise your glass: Guinness turns 250 years old today, marking a quarter-millennium (!) since Arthur Guinness took over a brewery at St. James's Gate, in Dublin... on a 9,000 year lease. (Here's hoping that gives us 8,750 more years of the black stuff.) Honoring the occasion? Join drinkers across the world in a toast today at 17:59, Dublin time. (That's a minute to one in the afternoon on the East Coast. But nothing wrong with that—Guinness is good for you.)...
The crap economy has forestalled Guinness's plans to open a "super brewery." St. James Gate, the company's historic Dublin brewery, was to consolidate older buildings and sell off the freed-up land to finance the new operation. But, as the Wall Street Journal reports, that's down the drain now....
Guinness decided to use fridges flying down the street with magnetic qualities as a marketing tactic in this new commercial. Though it's a little odd that the people involved don't get severely injured due to fridge impact, it's also kind of funny. And maybe when people giggle, they crave more Guinness. The commercial, after the jump....
Behold, the perfect gift for the Guinness lover in your life: an authentic Guinness home pub, being offered in honor of Guinness's 250th anniversary. The $250,000 price tag includes a VIP trip for two to Dublin to get an inside look at Guiness's St. James's Gate brewery, and a year's supply of fresh Guinness Stout. Check out Neiman Marcus's Christmas book for more gift ideas you probably can't afford. [via Uncrate]...