Top 5 Recipes for the Super Bowl (Originally posted on PorchDrinking.com)

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! This article was originally posted on PorchDrinking.com and contains my Top 5 for Super Bowl Sunday. I’ve pulled some of my best recipes from both sites to bring you this yummy list:

Since the Super Bowl is really just a holiday of food disguised as a football game, I’m bringing you five recipes instead of one. As you travel through this list of good eats, you’ll see that I have laid out a step-by-step guide on how to properly prepare all of these dishes throughout Super Bowl Sunday. Enjoy and may the best appetizer win!

Rauchbier Baked Beans

Start your Sunday by loading up the Crock Pot with a few simple ingredients that will lead to one bad ass batch of baked beans. What better way to add smokey flavors to beans than with a rauchbier? Fort Collins Brewery’s Out of the Ashes is a campfire in a bottle and it will smoothly impart it’s essence into the beans as you prepare for the football smack down of the year.

Rauchbier Baked Beans

Bacon and Chive Deviled Eggs made with Baba Black Lager Mustard

Relieve your grandma of her appetizer duty and volunteer to make the deviled eggs this year, except make yours ten times better. How? By adding beer-infused mustard, bacon, and chives. Make the mustard now – use it for deviled eggs later.

Baba Black Lager Mustard Bacon and Chive Deviled Eggs

Pineapple Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapeños

If game day grilling is your jam, get on these ASAP. The pineapple and Anniversary Ale cream cheese stuffed jalapeños don’t require too much work so throw them on the grill 10 minutes before the game starts and enjoy during the coin toss. I know the saying goes, “The more, the merrier,” but honestly, the less friends you have coming over, the more food you get to yourself.

Pineapple Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos

Fried Beer Battered Avocados

These crispy and creamy avocado bites are one of my most famous recipes and definitely one of my most delicious. If you can take your eyes off of Katy Perry’s ta-tas for a few minutes, cook these at half time as they will need to be served right after they pop out of the fryer.

beer battered avocados

Apricot Sweet Chili Hot Wings

They’re sweet, they’re spicy, and they’re finger-licking good. These wings are coated in a sweet chili sauce with an apricot-laced twist sprouting from Dry Dock Brewing’s Apricot Blonde. If you make the sauce early on, you can have a continuous flow of wings throughout the game.

Cooking with Beer Apricot Sweet Chili Wings

One Year Old!

Today is Drink and Spoon’s BIRTHDAY! YAY. Thank you all for following the blog during this crazy year of cooking with beer. It couldn’t have made it this far without you. Hopefully you have enjoyed the recipes you tried out or at least liked looking at my pictures. I also need to give a big thanks to the breweries that shared my posts and especially those who gave me some yummy brews to cook with. Cheers to you all and cheers to one year!

– Chelsea

Promo | Collaboration Fest Tickets on Sale Today!

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What: Collaboration Fest. 

It will showcase the release of more than 50 Colorado collaboration beers. Each beer featured at Collaboration Fest is created by at least one CBG member, with other participating breweries from near and far, including breweries from other countries. Some collaborations will also feature more than five breweries.

When: March 21

Collaboration Fest will take place during Colorado Craft Beer Week on March 21 from 3 – 7 p.m. at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (1701 Bryant St. Denver CO 80204).

Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High 

Why: Because you love beer. 

The current lists of collaborations include:

•All Summit County Collaboration – The Bakers’ Brewery, Breckenridge Brewery, Backcountry Brewery, Dillon Dam Brewery, Broken Compass Brewing and Pug Ryans Brewing Company

•BJ’s BrewHouse – Boulder and Vindication Brewing Company

•Black Bottle Brewery, Zwei Bruder Brewing, Scrumpy’s Cider, Verboten Brewing and Trinity Brewing

•Boulder Beer and Cigar City Brewing

•Breckenridge Brewery and Starr Hill Brewery

•Big Choice Brewing Company and Wonderland Brewing

•Big Choice Brewing Company and 4 Noses Brewing

•CAUTION: Brewing Company, Hall Brewing, Dry Dock Brewing Company and Renegade Brewing

•Copper Kettle Brewing Company and Strange Craft Beer Company

•East Side Nano Brewers – FATE Brewing Company, BRU Handbuilt Ales and Wild Woods Brewery

•Epic Brewing Company and Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company

•FATE Brewing Company and Cannonball Creek Brewing Company

•FATE Brewing Company and Lost Highway Brewing Company

•FATE Brewing Company and Mission Brewing Company

•FATE Brewing Company and Yak & Yeti Brewing Company

•Front Range Brewing Company and Crystal Springs Brewing Co.

•Front Range Brewing Company, Echo Brewing Company and Gravity Brewing

•Kokopelli Beer Company and Pateros Creek Brewing Company

•Lady Collab – Bootstrap Brewing, Strange Craft Beer Company, Wynkoop Brewing Company, Big Choice Brewing, Barrels & Bottles Brewing, CAUTION: Brewing Company

•Left Handing Brewing Company and Backcountry Brewery

•Odell Brewing Company and Beavertown Brewery

•Oskar Blues Brewery and DC Brau Brewing Company

•Oskar Blues Brewery and Perrin Brewing Company

•Renegade Brewing Company and AC Golden

•Rockyard Brewing Company and Pagosa Brewing Company

•Sanitas Brewing Company and Dillon Dam Brewery

•Sanitas Brewing Company and Renegade Brewing Co.

•Sanitas Brewing Company and The Bakers’ Brewery

•Sanitas Brewing Company and Wild Woods Brewery

•Sanitas Brewing Company, Renegade Brewing Co., Dillon Dam Brewery and The Bakers’ Brewery

•Ska Brewing and Stone Brewing

•Strange Craft Beer Company and Freetail Brewing Company

•TRiNiTY Brewing Company and Epic Brewing Company

•TRVE Brewing and Ska Brewing

•TRVE Brewing and The Bruery

•Twisted Pine Brewing Company and Blind Tiger Brewery

•Wit’s End Brewing Company and Colorado Cider Company

•Wit’s End Brewing Company and Strange Craft Beer Company

More collaborations are being added.

Tickets can be purchased starting Thursday, December 18th at 10 a.m. at CollaborationFest.com.

Events | Denver Bacon and Beer Festival

So. Much. Bacon. My mind is still whirling with pork filled thoughts and dreams of never ending beer. Once again, Denver Bacon and Beer Festival, hosted by EatBoston and Denver Off the Wagon, was an extreme success. This year it was held at the Curtis Hotel and the fun atmosphere provided a great way to escape from the frigid outdoors. Over the past three years, the Denver Bacon and Beer Festival has donated the proceeds from the event to Project Angel Heart and Metro CareRing. Although festival goers left feeling glutinous, they could also give themselves a pat on the back for being charitable. Drinking/eating for a good cause is the only way to do it.

It would be hard to describe all of my favorite dishes because I’m obviously going to love anything that includes bacon. I will however tell you about the two that stand out most in my mind. The first was the Pale Ale and Goat Cheddar Soup along with a BLT Pesto, Pork Belly Bread Pudding, and Bacon Espuma by Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group. Every part of this dish was divine. First off, the BLT Pesto – how does someone come up with that? The taste remained true to the name in that it gave off smokey bacon flavors, tang from the tomatoes, and the herbal goodness from the basil. Then, there’s the goat cheese. This is my second favorite food next to bacon and because this dish included both wonderful ingredients, it is still haunting my dreams in the best way possible. The other dish I thoroughly enjoyed was probably the most simple creation at the party: Jalapeño Honey Bacon at The Corner Office. It was cooked to a crispy crunch, just the way I like it. This bacon was spicy, smokey, and sweet. It reminded me of frying up thick cut bacon and dipping it in maple syrup, only 10x better. I’m pretty sure I never want to eat another type of bacon ever again.

If you didn’t attend this year’s Bacon and Beer Festival, you seriously missed out. Here are the pictures to prove it to you..

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Migration Week Kick-Off Party | Goose Island Beer Co. (PorchDrinking.com)

Check out this article I wrote for Porch Drinking about the Goose Island Migration Week Kick-Off party in Denver! This is where I got to drink the fabulous and fantastic 2009 Bourbon County Stout. See pics in the article and become extremely jealous.

http://www.porchdrinking.com/migration-week-kick-off-party-goose-island-beer-co/

Migration Week Goose Island

Collaboration Fest 2014

Favorite Parts of Collaboration Fest 2014:

Success. Its the best word to describe Collaboration Fest 2014. I have been to other beer festivals before, but this was by far one of my favorite. Not only did I get the chance to try over 35 new brews, there was enough for everyone! I’ve seen problems at festivals in the past where breweries come unprepared and run out before the festival is over. Not at Collaboration Fest. I stayed until the very end and the party was still poppin’.

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