Frambozen Beef Stew

Raspberry brown ale with beef ?!? Who would’ve thought those two ingredients could go together? Maybe they don’t, maybe you’ll just have to make the recipe and see…

But really, I wouldn’t dare trick you like that, nor would I trick myself. I make these recipes because I’m hungry and on this day, I was starving. As it is getting colder outside, I’ve transitioned my kitchen into a winter cooking sanctuary. This means you’ll find a Crock Pot, dutch oven, lots of baking sheets, and whatever else you need to make heaps of stews and cookies. I’ve also started to gravitate towards winter ingredients, hence the seasonal Frambozen by New Belgium and a few pounds of beef. This year’s Frambozen is slightly tangy, slightly sweet, and has just the right amount of raspberry with earthy undertones you’d expect from a brown ale. When you mix that goodness with some herbs and veggies, it creates a pretty damn delicious stew.

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Kaiser Butternut Squash Soup

It’s officially Fall which means tons of squash and pumpkin recipes are headed your way. If there’s one thing I love about Fall, it is sitting inside on those chilly days and stuffing my face full of food. This particular day, I decided to stuff my face full of butternut squash soup. This ain’t your run of the mill butternut squash soup either – I filled it with apples, fennel, onions and garlic. Yum. To give it the kick it needed, I tossed in a good amount of Kaiser – an Imperial Oktoberfest Lager by Avery Brewing Co that is chock full of festive spices. The final product was topped with a balsamic reduction and sourdough crouton toppings to make it even more marvelous. Let me assure you, this is the best way to kick off your fall cooking.

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