Beer and Food

Beer and Chocolate PairingThere was a time in my life when my idea of pairing beer with chocolate was drinking a Natty Light with a Kit Kat Bar.

Ok so I haven’t evolved much. My beer choices have improved but the chocolate I eat isn’t exactly artisanal. That will soon change, and I will tell you why a little later.

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Video of making a beer pan sauce
Cooking with beer is best when you can incorporate beer into something you already make on a regular basis. For me, that’s a rib eye steak.

There’s nothing like cooking a steak on the grill, but the drawback is that you can’t make a delicious sauce from all the juices, fats, and proteins come off of it. That’s why I often pan fry them – to make a beer pan sauce.

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IPA and Cheese Pairing


The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. When it comes to a great IPA paired with a great cheese, that statement is 100% true.

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Beer Cheese Soup


Any time I’m able to work cheese into a beer recipe, I’m all over it.

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For beer and food recipes, ’tis no better source than The Homebrew Chef, Sean Paxton. Sean has been cooking with beer for years and spreads his message across the country: beer is a great cooking ingredient, even better than wine.

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Beer brats are easy to make and really hit the spot – my type of beer and food recipe. Since college, I’ve looked forward to the release of Sam Adams Octoberfest. It’s not going to top the charts of a beer geek’s list, but it’s a truly solid beer that will be in my fridge every year.

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Beer and cheese pair well together, but do they mix well together? Darn right they do.

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Deep fried pickles?!? I’ve got to be joking, right?

I was skeptical at first too, but quickly became hooked on these tasty treats. If you like pickles, you will love these. Plus beer can be added to ramp up the recipe, as it so often does.

Here’s how you make them:

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When you see beer can chicken, it’s always a similar sight. The crispy brown chicken on top looks delicious enough, but when you gaze down it’s always sitting on top of a can of Budweiser, Coors, or another equally bland beer.

That’s when I thought, “Why not use a beer with flavor?”

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Beer and Cheese PairingBeer is a delicious ingredient. (Photo: icemn091)

Note: This is the 5th post in a 5-part series called Beer Newbie Missions, a guide on how to like beer.

Beer is food. Have I mentioned that?

Think about what’s in bread: grains, yeast, water, spices. Sound familiar? Beer is liquid bread! (Do I hear trumpets?)

So agreeing that beer is food, it’s time to use it as an ingredient to enhance a dish. We’re going to cook with beer.

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