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Q&A: Do you Cook with Beer?

Jessica @themostprost

Yes! I have used Modern Times’ Black House Coffee Oatmeal Stout to make a delicious stout ice cream! I have a huge sweet tooth, so the chance to combine two of my favorite things, beer and ice cream? Uhm, yes please!! The beauty of an ice cream recipe is that you can get mega-creative with what beer you use in the mix… it’s fun to experiment with different stouts to see what you end up with. No matter what stout you use, it will almost ALWAYS end up delicious, so don’t be afraid to go wild with it!

Other than ice cream, I haven’t cooked too much with beer, but I am excited to! Beer-battered fish, beer cheese, and beer-marinated steak, are just a few on my list of beer-centric recipes to make! Cheers!

Brad @thatlastdrop

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Yes, I do cook with beer. Mostly with curries however my favorite recipe is simply cooking a traditional South African dish we call “Potjiekos” which directly translates to “Pot Food” so like a stew and we cook using these big iron cauldrons on an open fire adding oxtail or beef with various vegetables and potatoes for a few hours.

I like to then add a strong flavorful IPA (my favorite is Devils Peak, King’s Blockhouse IPA) to the last half an hour or even marinade the meat in it over night. Absolutely delish! Cheers!

Taylor @mylovelyladyhops

I love cooking with beer! My favorite recipe is a Texas Chili with roast chuck (large chunks), lots of fragrant spices, onions, peppers, tomatoes and an imperial stout. I like to use an oatmeal stout. It’s rich, hearty and delicious!

Laura @southernbrewreviews

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Yes!

I love cooking with beer! Not only is it a great excuse to pop open a cold one, use a little in your dish and drink the rest, it’s a great flavor enhancer to most dishes!

Beer is so diverse these days, you can pretty much find any style or flavor profile you’re looking for to add to your favorite dish or sauce.

I make unique condiments based on brews. I love subbing vinegars out with tart sours in BBQ sauces, or stouts when I’m want something richer. Other than sauces, I have been known to add beers to the typical beer-friendly dishes: chili’s, appetizer dips, soups & chocolate cakes.

This year my goal is to make a cranberry sauce at thanksgiving with craft beer. (last year there were so many great cranberry sours available, it’d be silly not to try it!)

Drew @average_blokes_critique

Drew

I’m experimental. My Wife doesn’t think I’m an amazingly versatile cook because I generally cook the same things for us for meals but when I’m on my own and she’s away travelling I’ll get fancy and throw out the recipe books (that I can barely follow anyway). Beer wise I look at the style – Recently it was “Sticky Hand Shake” by Nomad Brewing which was a date paste infused imperial brown ale. I instantly knew I could reduce it into a sauce and whilst I was doing that decided to throw in some bananas for good measure. As it was reducing I fried up some french toast, pan fried some more bananas and the result was a delicious breakfast (which I ate in the afternoon). It paired quite well with the rest of the beer. I was only missing walnuts.

With so many different types of beers on the market these days and so many strange and wonderful flavours, how can you not think about trying some in a recipe or two!

Jackie @thatonebeergirl

thatonebeergirl

Yes but only as a novice. I’ve been only cooked beer cheese but would love more recipes. @beeroness is goals for cooking with beer!

@BeerDrankShawty

I use Imperial IPAs, with sriracha butter base, and a beef bouillon cream sauce , drizzled with egg whites as well as a balsamic vinaigrette spread over lettuce for my burger base.. LITERALLY!! The best burger dressing in the world. And It’s documented #duH

Monica The Italian Craft Beer

I’m a polysaccharides-girl (a girl that had cold pizza for breakfast), and I love to bake bread. It is so relaxing to work the dough and to observe it slowly rising. I also adore the scent of the fresh-baked bread in my house and to eat a warm slice of bread fresh out of the oven, with a pinch of salt and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. So, here you are my favourite beer-bread recipe: HONEY & BOCK BEER BREAD. It is simple and quick to make, although delicious. It has a soft texture, caramel/honey aroma and rustic touch of the Bock beer.

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Q&A: What Beer are You Saving for a Special Occasion?

Jen @pumpedtopour

The Holy Hermit from Moonraker Brewing!

I am saving it to share with my beer friends who have yet experienced any craftbeers from Moonraker. I am excited for them to try one of the best breweries in California. Sharing is Caring!

@_laura_brittany from @craftedandcuffed

I thought it couldn’t be more perfect than to save our birthday gift for a late night concert date coming up with my husband!!! Do you all know how great date nights end? Hopefully with dessert, am I right??? Well I’m not much for desserts but my husband on the other hand has enough of a sweet tooth for us both! So albeit despite my traditional taste choices like IPA’S, Sours or a Berliner Weiss, I recently have been allowing my pallet to try, savor, and appreciate the various different dessert style stouts out there. Now more often than not when we walk into a brewery, I find myself starting off with an imperial or pastry stout. Best part of it all is since we both enjoy great craft beer, this has turned into a dessert we both can enjoy. With that being said I’m saving this delicious mouth watering, pallet warming Imperial Stout with coconut, cocoa nibs and vanilla called “After Hours” by Arrow Lodge Brewing.

Haley & Jamie from @wanderbrewbc

We are terrible at saving beer! Every time we head out into the mountains or out on the road to live our vanlife we consider it a special occasion! Next beer we plan to drink on top of a mountain or lakeside is a Dunder Beist – Norwegian Farmhouse IPA by Another Beer Co., from British Columbia, Canada.

Eddie G. @Papi.Chulo.Of.Craft

Hard to say I have one beer I’m saving for a special occasion. I’d consider any occasion I get to share a beer with friends a special moment or occasion. However, with that said I am notorious for buying multiple bottles at once. Usually in groups of three. One to drink, one to save, & one to trade. At this point I have over 48 bottles waiting for their special occasion. They sit in a box awaiting the day they get put in my beer fridge for cooling along with the others in queue. But if I had to narrow the most special bottles I’ll continue to hold on to it would be non adjunct bourbon barreled aged stouts or Lambics.

Adam & Katie of Ale Adventures

TALKING WATERS BERZERKER IMPERIAL STOUT – BARREL AGED. We are saving this beer for Christmas 2019!

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Q&A: What’s Your Favorite Beer Book?

Kristine @womensbeercollective

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When asked ‘what is my favorite beer book’ I had to take a pause, and for a brief moment felt slightly down on myself for not seeming more studious! You see, I believe everything I’ve learned about beer has come from listening, doing, drinking and brewing. Not to say I’m not a lover of books, because I have many! However, the books I collect are gorgeous eye candy for the food and beer lovers out there, and so much more! … Because they are cookbooks! I am excited to share a few of my favorites with you!

THE BEER PANTRY, cooking at the intersection of craft beer and great food by Adam Dulye and Michael Harlan Turkell. Exquisitely illustrated with upscale recipes that all incorporate beer. The best part is they have made a list of suggestions for each menu item of what beer style to pair with it … even down to the brewery name!

THE CRAFT BEER COOKBOOK and CRAFT BEER BITES COOKBOOK, two that I have in my collection from Jacquelyn Dodd. Let me just say that this delightful woman and chef really knows how to have a good time! Anything I’ve made from either of these books, that include beer, have been crowd pleasers! To see all her amazing food photography her IG is @thebeeroness and I promise you will drool!

By all means, don’t be fooled into thinking that I am an amazing cook!! I just really enjoy cookbooks, and have always been this way since a child. It’s not always about actually cooking for me, but the enjoyment of turning the pages of each beautiful image and making a list of what could be. Cheers!

Marilyn @littlemariii

Food On Tap Cooking With Craft Beer by Lori Rice – This is my favorite book because it includes two of the things I love; craft beer and food. This book takes it beyond pairing beers with dishes, it has amazing photography and recipes for dishes that are cooked with beer. Just to see how it all comes together is an awesome process. I also love that you, yourself can recreate these dishes and have some friends over and have your own beer dinner.

Jackie @TheBeeroness

I’m not going to say mine, that would be lame. The first beer book I feel in love with is The Brewmasters Table by Garrett Oliver. He’s an absolute legend and the gold standard for beer writing. I also really enjoyed reading The Craft of Stone Brewing because I would read absolutely anything Randy Clemens wrote. And I firmly believe that The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth is a must own, he’s just so damn brilliant.

Nick from PairingwithBeer.com

The Ontario Craft Beer Guide is an excellent survey of the Ontario Craft Beer scene (as of 2017 in the second edition of the book), with introductions to more than 200 breweries and 1000 beer reviews and tasting notes. Very accessible for the 90+ percentile of the market that is still unfamiliar with the craft beer scene: this book gets you familiar without any pretentious, snobby language. A fantastic reference, and an informative read.

Paul @beernerdtravel & Ashley @hoppinthemap

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We loved Brewing Classic Styles by Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer! It was a huge help and jumping off point when we first waded into the sometimes intimidating waters of home brewing. We haven’t done any brewing since hitting the road, but it was awesome to get to try some of Jamil’s beer (@hereticbrewing) while touring California and even used it as a prop in our favorite beer selfie!

Matthew Ellis Host of Heroes By The Pint

Books about beer, if only this would have been apart of English class maybe i would have been a scholar. Anyways I would have to say Business For Punks by James Watt Owner of Brewdog is a must read, and a book I always go back to. It has such a strong focus on the business of beer as well as business practices for any entrepreneur.

As a home brewer I’ve also spent hours doing my homework by reading Craft Beer for the People (and I’ve got the paper cuts to prove it). Again a Brewdog book bought to us by James Watt, Martin Dickie and Richard Taylor. CHEERS!

Liz @brew.babe

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One of my favorite beer books is Beers of the World by David Kenning. When I first moved in with my fiancé, he always had this book on his coffee table and I spent a lot of time reading it. David Kenning covers all sorts of beers. From Canadian ones to Slovenian and New Zealand beers! He displays a picture of the bottle with the poured pint along with a background description of the beer, the Brewery, location, style, ABV, serving temperature, and food pairing. I have the book displayed on my dining room bookshelf along with my cooking and pastry books.

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Q&A: What is your favorite beer event?

B.Mont of @BlackBeerTravelers

When I first read this question, I mentally ran through all the different beer festivals and anniversaries I’ve attended but then I thought more about it all. My favorite craft beer event is actually the bottleshare.

Just picture your last share. Everyone comes together with particular beers that resonate to a story that they want to share. It’s the quintessential craft beer experience. You get the craft, the culture of the beer and the story of how someone came across the bottle. It’s so fulfilling and eye opening. Plus, people tend to bring the best of their best beers. The beers that never hit distribution because of things like low allotments, low yields, high costs and such. The event is also a cool way to diversify one’s palate and experience so much craft in a small amount of time.

My last bottleshare was in Maryland with attendees from all over the US. There had to be over 200 different beers in the room from the roughly 50 people in the room. So many cultures and stories came with a 2-3 Oz pour. It’s a must have experience in craft that is not often mentioned to those just starting out in craft beer culture.

Kyra from @craftbeer_barbie

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I really loved Haze it Forward this year at Imprint Brewing. 25 Pennsylvania breweries got together to help benefit the ICU Division at Children’s Hospitals of Pennsylvania. So many great beers and such a worthy cause!

Jamel from @Colvinology

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Michigan Summer Beer Fest in Ypsilanti, hands down. You’ve got this massive celebration of Michigan beer that brings in breweries from all around the state with a ton of fan favorites, variants, and experimental beers in tow. It’s a beautiful sea of booths and tents splayed out under the warm summer sun of my old college town. I always run into old friends from undergrad or grad school that I haven’t seen in a while, and there’s a sense of community that I genuinely cherish. Plus, my favorite model shop is about a block away, so it’s basically heaven.

Paulina

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp. What was once an ordinary brewfest has now become an actual Beer Camp. There are so many activities, games, and of course BEER!

@hopperazi

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“Weathered” in Vancouver BC, it’s a beerfest bottle share style featuring epic brews from across North America.

Monica Di Loxley – The Italian Craft Beer

EurHop! is the most attractive and selective Italian craft beer festival. It takes place in the Eternal City, in a marvellous location. Here you can drink once a year (2019: 4-6 October) the best craft beers from all over the world and from the best Italian microbreweries. If you visit Rome in October, you can’t miss this event for no reason at all. Created by the most famous and esteemed publican, beer writer and beergeek Manuele Colonna (Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà pub), EurHop! is my favorite Italian craft beer event!

Nikki from @nikkidrinkscraft

My favorite beer event has to be The Brewer’s Ball hosted by Best Florida Beer during Tampa Bay Beer Week! It’s a self pour event, so all of the brewers and a lot of the brewery staff actually get to hang out and drink instead of having to pour. You know you’re drinking the best of the best because all of the beers at the festival have medaled for an award!
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Q&A: How were you introduced to craft beer?

@ceefor from @baospodcast

Back in 2011, I’d just moved to Canada and I was experiencing my first winter. Some friends back in Australia were doing this challenge called 365 Days of Beer, where you had to take a selfie with a beer and post it online until you had 365 different beers. I didn’t believe there were even 300 different beers in the world but I figured I’d give it a crack. After 7 months, I’d completed the challenge and haven’t stopped since. It turned into a podcast and YouTube series, and now we travel the world for beer.

Susie from @SusieOnTap

It was the excitement of beer science that lead me to craft beer! While enrolled in the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, I took a course on the Chemistry and Microbiology of Beer. The more I learned, the more I appreciated and loved craft beer! Because of that, beer science will always have a special place in my heart!

Ralph from @beeredblackman

I was first introduced to craft beer by going to a local pub here in Birmingham. My friends and I would always go during our time in college. One night, I tried a Good People Brown Ale. After that moment, I never looked back. Craft beer has been my life ever since.

Keith from @bayareabeerblogger

My first experience in craft beer was in 2005 in New Orleans. My work had sent me to New Orleans to help with recovery after Hurricane Katrina for two weeks. While there, I spent quite a bit it time meeting people; eating amazing food, and exploring the city. Some of the people I was working with decided to go out to dinner one night and we were all wanting to have some drinks too, sort of needed to unwind from the work. I wanted to drink something local and was asked what sort of beers was I into at the time. I was mostly drinking Killian’s Irish Red, Amber Bock, Stella, etc. They suggested trying an Abita Amber and Abita Purple Haze. I fell in love with both of the beers, which led me to researching the company and craft beer as a whole. I loved that they brewed Restoration Pale Ale to help with hurricane recovery efforts. I loved that the money was going to a local business. And I really loved the way the beers tasted! It was so different than anything I had ever tried! When I flew back home, I found a liquor store that carried them and other craft beers and started buying them. I started seeking out breweries and fell in love with Dunedin Brewery. Life became a whole lot better after that trip, and a whole lot more expensive.

Amanda aka The Art of Beers

My garage, San Antonio, TX, 2007. Started buying single bottles and six packs of craft beer to steer away from the “basics.” I remember Dogfish 60 Min being my gateway into IPAs at that time. Also BJ’s Restaurant was new in the neighborhood and I frequented there. Them damn avocado egg-rolls will get ‘cha! I enjoyed trying their house brews along with their guest beers. It was nice to have a place with variety. They always had North Coast PranQster on the menu which I chose often at the time. It only went uphill from there with my selections. It was a good time to be alive!
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Q&A: What’s Your Favorite City to Visit for Craft Beer?

Tampa

Magnus of @Babymankerjesus


Oh so many. Brussels for chocolate and lambic, Los Angeles for my extended family at Monkish Brewing and all our friends there but I must say that Tampa has such great food, people and now an amazing list of breweries. Drinking Malort at Hidden Springs Ale Works, hugs and pastry stouts with my sweethearts at Angry Chair Brewing, proper pilsners at Green Bench Brewing, world class meads from Pye Road Meadworks. Yeah, Tampa has got it all!

Atlanta

Eric from @UncapEverything


Whatever city I haven’t visited yet. I would love to hit the West Coast and soak in the craft beer vibes there, but if I had to chose from what I know, I’d have to say ATL. It was truly the beginning of the love that I now have for craft and the people there are so welcoming.

Dublin

@thebrewlocker


There’s an unlimited amount of places to visit in Dublin. The beer scene is incredible, the people are so friendly, and it’s home to the Mecca-Guinness!

New York City

Tiesha, Co-Founder of Beer Kulture


Of course I’d have to say home, New York City! There’s no place like it. When I think of enjoying a good beer… I think of the vibe, the experience and the people I’m enjoying beer with. There’s simply no place or vibe like that of a crisp beer on a hot NY Summer day, chilling on the stoop with the people you love. It’s unmatched.

Tampa

@babels_cameron


Having cut my teeth [in the craft beer industry] in Tampa Bay, the Tampa beer scene will always be special to me. What makes Tampa Bay such a great region for craft is simple: excellent breweries (over seventy and counting…) backed by skilled, innovative brewers; an AMAZING state brewer’s guild, a solid beer week (and perennially-rad climate that encourages fests), and a sizeable craft bar and gastropub contingency — including gorgeous new Fermented Reality Biergarten — that supports local beer.
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