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Editor’s Post – SweetWater’s Beer Bread

Submitted by on October 21, 2009 – 6:37 PMNo Comment
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post-itI love cooking with beer. It’s my second favorite thing to do. Tasting beer is my first. So you can imagine how happy I was when I found out SweetWater Brewery partnered with Whole Foods Market to create their very own beer bread, SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale.

SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale bread is made from spent grains (barley) from the SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale brewing process.  So far their beer bread is available at Whole Foods Market’s Bakehouse in Alpharetta, Georgia. This new bread will be offered in all stores throughout the Southeast beginning October 23 and sells for $3.49 per loaf.


I even got my hands on their Cheese Fondue recipe which pairs nicely with their bread:


-3 cups, shredded sharp Cheddar
-1/4 pound Gruyere shredded
-1 rounded tablespoon all-purpose flour
-1 cup SweetWater 420 Pale Ale
-1 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
-A few drops hot sauce or horseradish (optional)
-A few drops Worcestershire sauce (optional)
-1 420 Extra Pale Ale Bread – bake at 350 degress for 7-9 minutes.


1. Combine cheeses in a bowl with flour. Add beer to a small pot and bring up to a bubble over medium heat. Reduce the heat to simmer and add cheese in handfuls. Stir constantly, melting the cheese in batches. Stir in a figure-eight pattern with wooden spoon. When the cheese has been incorporated fully, stir in the mustard, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce.

2.  Hollow out the 420 Extra Pale Ale Bread to form a bread bowl. Pour the fondue into the bowl.

3. Make cubes from the leftover bread that was hollowed, dip cubes into the fondue and enjoy.