This drink, chilled down with a bottle of Duvel, will knock a couple of degrees off a hot day's temperature.
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Rich, hot beer-cheese soup may not sound like ideal summer fare, but this version is made with a warm-weather cookout star—smoky grilled brats—that transform it into a dish that's seasonally appropriate. Flavored with cheddar and spiked with a bit of Velveeta for improved texture, it's my go-to meal when I want a taste of my Midwestern roots.
A tasty elderflower shandy that says, "stop taking your drink so seriously."
Sangrita moves from lowly shooter to a full-fledged cocktail in this smoky, spicy and refreshing beer-based pitcher drink.
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.
Pot roast braised in beer and mustard is warmed with spicy peppers and offset by sweet carrots and potatoes.
Rubbed, steamed in beer and rubbed again, these burnished baby back ribs are a great option when it's too cold to grill.
This crisp, refreshing beer and ginger beer cocktail is super-simple to make.
Brats mingle with bacon, apples and onions in a bold mustard pan sauce, accompanied by parsley spaetzle.
Beer-braised bison chuck roast in a rich sauce.
Kevin Schulz of Bridge Bar in Chicago tried a sour ale, vermouth, and Coke cocktail in LA that led him to create The Coked-Up Monk, his own "flip" on the concept, with the addition of an egg white fizz and whiskey.
Even if I'd never tried making salami or kombucha before doesn't mean I haven't put it into my body at some point. But these bran-fermented vegetables are a different story. Called nuka in Japan, they're traditionally made by burying relatively dense vegetables, like daikon or carrot, in a salty fermented rice bran mixture fortified with kelp, miso, and/or beer. The vegetables take only a day or so to ferment, and emerge from the bran relatively crisp, tasting lightly of salted sourdough.
This easy, refreshing shandy is best with a pilsner or Mexican lager. I used Modelo Especial (not Negra Modelo!).
This is a simple fondue recipe featuring Irish cheddar cheese. The addition of Irish stout adds some malty undertones to the fondue, while a splash of Irish whiskey provides an extra bit of bite and spice to the rich and nutty melted cheese.
Choose a full-flavored beer to give this cheese dip character, then grab a fresh hot pretzel and enjoy.
For this SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hop) beer, I chose Mosaic hops, the daughter of American IPA hop stalwart Simcoe. Mosaic hops only became commercially available following the fall 2012 harvest, but they're already picking up steam among home and craft brewers for creating an array of flavors and aromas that have been said to include cedar, stone fruit, tropical fruit, blueberry, and floral notes. To round things out, I paired the Mosaic hops with the sweet, clean Golden Promise pale malt.
Mention cheese soup, and my mind immediately goes towards the neon orange cans of condensed Campbell's stuck between the chicken noodle and bean with bacon in the middle of the grocery store. But for Dave Becker, cheese is just another way to dress up soups in his new book Stewed. Instead of attempting to incorporate cheese directly into his Cheddar Ale Soup, he melts it on top a la French Onion. Oh, and that soup base? It's made up of beer. Yes, beer.
Days before I left New York for St. Louis, my good friend Chris Cuzme invited me to write this dubbel recipe—I call it 'Parting Glass'—and brew it with him at 508 Gastrobrewery in Tribeca.
I knew going into the recipe that the bacon and butter would taste great with the greens, but the beer was a total surprise. Its beer-ness dissipates during cooking, leaving only malty sweetness and just a hint of fermented grain to the greens. It was this extra level of complexity that made these greens my favorite side of the season.
Think of a Michelada if you need help understanding this one: it's a beer cocktail made with a light lager. They add fattiness to the drink with a long, crisp slice of applewood smoked bacon.