Pot au Feu with Grilled Cheese for National Grilled Cheese Day

Pot au Feu with Grilled Cheese

Bacon, Cheddar, and Apple Grilled Cheese with Pot Au Feu for National Grilled Cheese Day.

Pot Au Feu with a Bacon, Cheddar, and Apple Grilled Cheese: It’s National Grilled Cheese Day; and a soup and sandwich beer pairing is a great way to celebrate. This melty sandwich had tart Granny Smith apple slices, a hefty portion of gooey cheddar cheese, and a thick-cut serving of Stoltzfus Meat’s hickory smoked bacon, all lovingly sandwiched in between slices of home baked sour dough bread; coupled with a bowl of homemade pot au feu soup. Served with a glass of Iron Hill Brewery’s “Winter Wheat Wine Ale”; a sweet 10% abv wheat wine which while complementing the freshly baked bread was robust enough to handle the rich, herbal stock in the soup.

Duck Matzo Ball Soup with a Hillel Sandwich (Korech)

Duck Matzo Ball Soup with a Hillel Sandwich (Korech)

Duck Matzo Ball Soup with a Hillel Sandwich:

Chag Sameach! Today is the last day of Passover 2015, and that means no chametz (no leavened food with wheat, barley, spelt, oats, or rye). So while not traditional, it’s the perfect opportunity to use gluten free beer! Korech sandwich made with pulled beef shoulder roast (braised in New Planet Beer’s Brown Ale), homemade horseradish sauce, bitter herbs, and home baked “Matzah Rolls” made from crushed Streits Matzo whole wheat matzos; accompanied by a springtime duck matzo ball soup made with homemade duck broth, home rendered duck schmaltz, and gorgeous homegrown chive flowers (preserved from last year). Served with Greens Beers’ Dubbel Dark Ale; the dark, sweet, raisin-like dark fruit flavors in the dubbel paired particularly well with the residual sweetness contributed by the brown ale that the beef was braised in, while the herbal bitterness from the arugula and the horseradish provided counterbalance for the meal.

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Buttermilk Fried Chicken on Sweet Potato Waffles

Buttermilk Fried Chicken on Sweet Potato Wafles sprinkled with a Pecan Crumble

Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Waffles: It may technically be Spring, but it feels more like autumn around here! Time to warm up with some hot, golden-hued fried chicken sitting on a throne of crisp sweet potato waffles with a side of home pickled watermelon rind and greens with bacon, mushrooms, and blue cheese; drizzled with a deglazed pan dressing. Against The Grain Brewery’s (@ATGBrewery) “Kentucky Ryed Chiquen” proved to be a near perfect pairing for this southern style meal, since it’s brewed with rye malt and aged in oak barrels that previously contained rye bourbon.

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Flourless Chocolate Stout Cake

 Flourless Chocolate Stout Cake

Flourless Chocolate Stout Cake: homemade Flourless Chocolate Tart baked with Russian Imperial Stout accompanied by Dark Chocolate Mousse with Honey Buttercream swirls. Paired with Shawnee Craft Brewing Co’s framboise, Frambozenbier, a blend of two vintages of their Raspberry Blanche that creates a pleasantly tart, but fruity brew that paired wonderfully with the dark chocolate.

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Chinese Dumplings

Chinese Dumplings

Chinese Dumplings: Chinese New Year is here and what better way to welcome the Year Of The Sheep than with a Dim Sum Beer Pairing. A hearty portion of hot steamed Shumai dumplings served with a dipping sauce followed by a sweet Beer And Dessert course of homemade, cast iron baked, Green Tea Sponge Cake drizzled with Honey Butter cream; served with Asahi Beer’s Asahi Super Dry, a very well attenuated (due to Asahi’s yeast strain No. 318) rice lager.

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Orange Chicken for Chinese New Year

Orange Chicken

Orange Chicken: Chinese New Year is only a day away and there’s nothing quite like a Beer Pairing to get you in the mood for the Spring Festival celebrations! Homemade whole wheat battered fried chicken pieces slathered in a delicious homemade orange sauce made with homegrown oranges for that bright, citrus zing that can only be provided with “fresh off the tree” fruit. Paired with Crooked Stave’s and Evil Twin Brewing’s Ryan And The Gosling, a 100% brettanomyces (CMY-1, CMY-5, and CMY-7 strains) fermented pale ale brewed with citrus peels, zest, and juice. The beers slightly tart brett funk serves as a foil to the sweetness of the honeyed orange sauce on the chicken, while the citrus peel, juice, zest, and citrus-y hop flavors meshed well with the orange chicken providing for a truly exceptional Beer And Food Pairing.

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Creole Style Gumbo for Mardi Gras

Creole Style Gumbo

Creole Style Gumbo: Its Mardi Gras, so that means it’s time for some extra large portions of homemade Lousiana Seafood Gumbo in order to celebrate Fat Tuesday right! What could possibly be more fitting to serve with this Louisiana dish than a tall mug of Abita Beer’s Mardi Gras Bock (brewed about 30 miles north of New Orleans). Since this bock leans more toward the golden lager/ maibock / hells bock side of the malt spectrum, it faired far better with the hotter Cajun spices than a more malt-forward bock would have, and it brought an authentic southern flare to the meal.

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Sweet and Sour Pork Lo Mein

Sweet and Sour Pork Lo Mein

Sweet And Sour Pork Lo Mein: With today being Presidents Day and Chinese New Year just around the corner, a relevant Beer Pairing seems appropriate. Homemade Whole Grain Lo Mein noodles, marinated pork strips, #organic carrots, sugar snap peas, sesame seeds, and celery all smothered in a homemade Pineapple Sweet And Sour Sauce made from diced, caramelized, home juiced pineapple; all washed down with Yards Brewing’s Thomas Jeffersons Tavern Ale, a great tribute beer for Presidents Day 2015; with the clean taste, carbonation, and body to stand up to the lo mein’s oily nature.