Cooking With Beer

By Dylan Whitsett

Adding beer to food might not be intuitive, but I can tell you that adding the right beer to the right recipe can take you on a one-way trip to flavor town!  In this blog, I'll give you 3 beers and 2 dishes that are ideal matches for each. Worry not, you can easily use your favorite recipe instead!

Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin 

This beer's got a bite! Try using this beer the next time you make cheese dip, or cheese soup.  The pepper stings as quickly as the hops soothe, so you can keep coming back for more.  In addition to cheese dip, try using it as a marinade for fajita meats. Absolutely a delight for your taste buds.

Founders Porter

What a brew!  One of the highest-rated porters in the world, this brew can add something special to any hearty stew. Creamy and thick, try using this with any roux you might use for your stew.  Try using a Founders Porter the next time you make fresh bread, the rich nutty flavor makes bread taste hardy and strong, an excellent companion for that hearty stew.

Lindemans Lambics 

Lindemans has several different tart fruit beers that are truly wonderful.  My personal favorites are the apple and raspberry. Try adding the raspberry flavor to some heavy cream and mixed frozen berries to make a filling for shortcake.  Next time you make a pie, or make filling, just soak your chosen filling in a lambic of your choice for a truly delightful twist!

Thanks for reading folks!  Remember, cooking is as much an art as a science, so don't be afraid to experiment. Have fun with it, add your favorite beer to your favorite dish and see how it turns out.  If worst comes to worst, you can order pizza and drink the rest of your beer as a consolation prize! 


Celebrate more, my friends!