BEER FOR BRAISING

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You don’t always have to use wine when making your favourite stew recipes. Sometimes it’s better to grab a can of beer. Rich & Malty brews add an incredible depth of flavour to braised meat dishes. Beer styles such as Red Ales, Brown Ales, Porters and Stouts have malt flavours ranging from caramel to roasted coffee. Use the lighter edge of the spectrum, such as Irish Red Ales, to braise poultry and richer Brown Ales, Porters and Stouts for rich red meats and game.

Guinness Braised Beef

  • Serves 4 to 6
  • Prep time: Less than 30 minutes
  • Total time: Less than 3 hours

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb stewing beef, cubed
  • Flour
  • Pinch salt and pepper
  • 8 to 10 pearl onions,
  • skins removed
  • 1 can (440 ml) Guinness Stout
  • 4 cups beef stock

Directions: Place a Dutch oven or large cast iron pan over mediumhigh heat. Add butter. Dust beef in flour and season with salt and pepper. When butter begins to bubble, add a third of the beef. Brown the beef on all sides. Repeat until all the beef is browned. Return the reserved beef to pan. Add the onions, Guinness and beef stock. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook over low heat for 1 1/2 hours. Serve with boiled potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

Carbonade

  • Serves 4 to 6
  • Prep time: Less than 30 minutes
  • Total time: Less than 3 hours

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb stewing beef
  • Flour
  • Pinch salt and pepper
  • 8 oz bacon, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, roughly diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 juniper berries
  • 5 sprigs thyme
  • 1 tsp grainy mustard
  • 1/ 2 cup Chimay Reserve
  • Trappiste Ale
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar

Red Ale Pork Curry

  • Serves 4 to 6
  • Prep time: Less than 30 minutes
  • Total time: More than 3 hours

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 dried chilies, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 small onions, finely diced
  • 1 tsp each coriander seeds,
  • cumin, fennel seeds,
  • toasted and ground
  • 1 lb pork loin, cubed
  • Flour
  • Pinch salt and pepper
  • 1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/ 2 cup Breton Brewing
  • Red Coat Irish Red Ale
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Directions: Place butter (or ghee) in a heavy bottom pan, set over medium-low heat. Add finely diced onion, dried chilies, fresh ginger and ground spices. Sweat the onions until they are soft and the spices fragrant. Dust pork with flour and season with salt and pepper. Increase heat to medium-high. Add pork to pan. When the pork is browned, add the tomatoes, yogurt and cinnamon sticks and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 hours. Serve with steamed rice.

img_1295FIVE MUST-TRY EUROPEAN BEER AND FOOD COMBINATIONS

Imperial Stout (or Barley Wine) and Blue Cheese

It’s a gold medal battle of titanic flavours. Both sides come out on top here. Propeller Revolution Russian Imperial Stout is a great example of this style of beer.

Dry Irish Stout and Oysters

This odd-sounding combination really works with the oysters accenting the rich dry roasted malty flavours of Dry Irish Stout’s such as Guinness. The beer then refreshes the palate from the oyster’s brine.

Märzen and Bratwurst

The mild, sweet maltiness of a German Märzen, or any Germaninspired lager, such as Okanagan Springs 1516 Lager, finds total flavour synergy in a good brat. It’s an uncomplicated but utterly satisfying pairing.

Mussels and Witbier

Belgians love to steam mussels in beer, much like we do. Try a Belgian-style Witbier as they add a little fragrant spice to the dish and, of course, are the perfect pairing. Examples include Garrison Nitwit Wheat Ale and Shock Top Belgian-style Wheat Ale.

Irish Red Ale with Corn Beef and Cabbage

All that malt sweetness of a good Irish Red Ale such as Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale, nicely counter-balances the saltiness of the corn beef.

Occasions Recommends

  • Breton Brewing Red Coat Irish Red Ale, 473 ml, $3.90
  • St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout, 473 ml, $3.39
  • Garrison Nut Brown Ale, 6 x 341 ml, $13.49
  • Hell Bay Dark Cream Ale, 6 x 355 ml, $14.95
  • Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale, 4 x 500 ml, $12.49
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