This weekend I went to Oktoberfest in Denver and did what most people do at Oktoberfest – ate a bratwurst. You totally thought I was going to say “drank a beer” didn’t you? I did that too, don’t worry. Why I’m mentioning my sausagefest experience though (I just had to plug that in somewhere), is because it just wasn’t that good. I was so pumped about eating a giant bratwurst and was sadly let down by a small sausage in a giant bun with mediocre sauerkraut – bleh. I just need to say this: if you’re going to use a hoagie as a bun, you better fill it up with some dank food. To ameliorate my despair, I set out to make a brat, on a hoagie, like no one has ever made before.
So I’m not a huge seafood person. Of course, I love sushi like every other white girl in America but I just have a hard time getting past the fishy taste of most cooked sea creatures. Although I will pretty much never order salmon at dinner, I will frequently request a bagel with lox. Part of me likes to believe it’s making my bagel healthy (which is not possible). In order to get over my fear of the pink fish, I decided to face it head on and take my favorite parts about salmon at breakfast and use them to create a delicious dinner. Beer fits into this equation because Consilium, the brew by Renegade used in this dish, is made with orange peel – adding the perfect amount of zippy zest to the pasta.
Warning: It is really hard to make meatloaf attractive. Trust me that it is delicious.
Oh the illustrious meatball. I never thing to make them but I always think about eating them. Especially at parties when they are on the other end of a toothpick. Since no one ever invites me to parties anymore (kidding), I decided the Drink and Spoon lonely hearts club would just make meatballs for themselves – deal with that, world. The next thing I did was research teriyaki sauce. Traditionally it’s made with rice wine, which I obviously wasn’t going to use. This is a site devoted to beer, after all. I thought of a few ways I could be inventive – Stout teriyaki? Chili beer teriyaki? I wasn’t too sure how any of these would turn out and I was hungry so I went to the store hoping to find inspiration. When I walked in the building (Highlands Wine and Liquor), the cooler doors magically opened up and angels began to sing. Curious about how this could happen outside of a movie, I walked towards the noise to see what the beer gods were revealing to me. There it was: a Japanese rice beer, Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale, tucked away in the bottom right corner. I quickly grabbed it, along with a few other things (#yolo) and went home to get cookin’. A mess of a kitchen + about 5 hours later, teriyaki meatballs were born and they. were. glorious.
Chelsea Mitchell uses Festina Pêche to create a sauce for her lobster pasta – and shows you how to do it too.
I had continuously gone to the liquor store and passed by Aspen Brewing Company’s Independence Pass Ale. Every time I went, I would look around, think about buying it, and then decide to go with another IPA. Finally, I got some advice from one of the beer gurus. He convinced me that this IPA was worthy of my purchase. I was reluctant, but I did it anyway.
When Left Hand Brewing Company reached out to me and asked if I wanted to cook something with their sensationally good and summery ESB, Sawtooth, I just about died. First I screamed, then I replied yes, of course. Since I was just about to go on vacation to the East Coast, I knew I had to do something with the fish we would be catching every day. I opted for fish tacos and I must say, they turned out to be incredible. Sawtooth’s rich, crackery-biscuit malt and sweetness made it a perfect addition for a somewhat spicy batter. It’s mild bitterness and fruity taste (more like apples than citrus, to me) allowed Sawtooth’s appearance in the mayo to blend with the lemon juice in all the right ways. Every piece of the dish turned out just perfect. To top it all off, because Sawtooth comes in 6-packs, we paired the meal with the star of the dish, Sawtooth Ale by Left Hand Brewing Company.