Dark Chocolate Mousse Filled Popovers

 Dark Chocolate Mousse Filled Popovers

Dark Chocolate Mousse Filled Popovers: This Beer And Dessert pairing is the ideal ending for a sweet Valentines Day 2015. Rich, gooey, homemade Dark Chocolate Mousse flavored with Iron Hill Brewery’s Russian Imperial Stout injected into crisp, freshly baked, popovers; served with the delectable Bo And Luke from ATG Brewery and Brouwerij De Molen. This beer was brewed with cherry wood smoked malt, barley, rye, and corn, then barrel-aged; resulting in a stout so smooth and silky, the only thing comparable was the chocolate mousse it was paired with.

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Seared Duck Breast with Farro Risotto

Seared Duck Breast with Farro Risotto

Seared Duck Breast with Farro Risotto: It’s Valentines Day, and what better way to show your affection for that special person than with a decadent, home cooked, Valentines Day Beer Pairing! Allagash Brewing’s Sour Red Ale Allagash Nancy provided the inspiration for this meal; brewed with a blend of Montmorrency and Balaton cherries, this Wild Ale was the perfect complement to the dish. Homemade honey-cherry sauce covered the tender Marinated Duck breast encircled by a cherry flavored farro risotto making for a tasty shared meal.

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Coffee Infused Creme Brulee with Chocolate Gingersnaps

Coffee Infused Creme Brulee with Chocolate Gingersnaps

Coffee infused Creme Brulee with Cholocate Gingersnaps: with only a few hours to go until Valentines Day 2015 it’s time for a Beer And Dessert pairing to get in the festive mood; and what traditional flavor combination could possibly fit this holiday better than a complementary chocolate and coffee combo to celebrate the dark, roast-y quality of both flavors? The organic cocoa and the roasted chocolate malt in Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout provided the perfect accompaniment for this Valentines Day Dessert.

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Cauliflower Soup with Rye Bread

Cauliflower Soup with Rye Bread

Cauliflower Soup with Rye Bread: There’s nothing quite like the smooth, nutty, earthy, warmth of a freshly made bowl of Creamy Cauliflower Soup. It just clings to your insides and warms you right up. The home baked rye bread synced with the soups toasty, earthy, sweetness; a flavor which was reflected in Boulevard Beer’s Love Child 4. However, the lactobaccillus and brettanomyces in this Barrel Aged Wild Ale brought some new flavors to the party too, dark fruit character with a burst of sour tartness to contract the soup’s nutty sweetness and provide balance to the meal. All while the beer’s funky notes kept the meal focused on the earthy theme.

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Chicken and Corn Chowder with Caesar Salad

Chicken and Corn Chowder with Caesar Salad

Chicken And Corn Chowder with Caesar Salad: Continuing Soup Month 2015 with a brawny Caesar salad and richly flavored soup. Strangeways’ Placebo Pils (an interesting beer brewed to celebrate the brewery’s first anniversary; utilizing Cascade, Centennial, Citra, Galena, Palisade, Opal, and Saphir hops) was uniquely qualified to accompany this meal because it incorporated various hopping methods, which contributed to different flavor profiles in the final product. The mash hopping provided a spicy, peppery, piney bitterness that worked well with the sturdy salad; while hop bursting and dry hoping added some bright, hoppy, floral elements that worked well with the soup’s herbal character.

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Chicken and Rice Soup and Molasses Dinner Rolls

Chicken and Rice Soup and Molasses Dinner Rolls

Chicken And Rice Soup and Molasses Dinner Rolls: After some time outside in the frosty weather exposed to frigid temperatures, a warm, comforting Chicken And Rice soup Beer Pairing might be just the ticket to melt through a body’s frozen exterior and snugly wrap its cozy warmth around you. Paired with Round Guys Brewery’s clean tasting, 100% #Brett fermented Pale Ale, Fear Of A Brett Planet. The caramel-y, bready-like malt character of the beer complemented the sweetness of the Molasses Rolls while the very mild barnyard taste from the Brettynomyces Bruxellensis played well with the rustically herbal flavors in the soup.

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Whole Wheat Apple Pie for National Pie Day

Whole Wheat Apple Pie

Whole Wheat Apple Pie: Celebrated National Pie Day 2015 yesterday with delicious Homemade Apple Pie, garnished with homemade Apple Jelly made from the fruit’s natural pectin; complemented by a tall glass of Gluten Free Traditional Dry Commonwealth Ciders. While there are definitely some great beers that would pair nicely with the dish, this Cider Pairing was full of flavor and avoided a potential beer pairing pitfall by ensuring that the apple-y flavors did not come off as acetaldehyde, an off-flavor in beer.

Whole Wheat Apple Pie

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Caraway Beet Soup with Smoked Salmon Toast Points

Caraway Beet Soup with Smoked Salmon Toast Points

Caraway Beet Soup with Smoked Salmon Toast Points: Today is Beer Can Appreciation Day and the 80th Anniversary of Canned Beer, so it only seems fitting to celebrate the utilitarian Beer Can with a Beer Pairing using a Can Of Craft Beer. Since the sun is setting on this snowy day, even Mother Nature herself approves of using a can of Round Guys Brewery’s Sundown Saison to mark the occasion. The Caraway seeds in the Beet Soup matched the toasted ground caraway in the home baked landbrot (rye bread), while the lemon pepper-y flavor of the cardamom in the soup complimented the spicy orange-y flavor of the coriander in the bread; all while the aromatic French yeast and the floral, citrus hops in the beer tied the meal together.

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Pineapple-Jell Bottomed Coconut Cream Pie with Coconut Ice Cream

Pineapple-Jell Bottomed Coconut Cream Pie with Coconut Ice Cream

Pineapple-jell bottomed Coconut Cream Pie with homemade Coconut Ice Cream: What could match with the fruity, tropical, Pina Colada-like flavors in Cisco Brewers Lady Of The Woods better than a Beer Pairing using fresh white coconut meat and caramelized pineapple? A slice of home baked coconut cream pie with a fruity pineapple jell bottom spiced with winter spices and rum, a dip of silky smooth homemade coconut ice cream with crunchy chunks of Fly Joy Bars to provide a healthy textural contrast, and a smear of pineapple sauce for garnish; a great winter Beer And Dessert pairing to end the day with.

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