Bier Garden Girl of August
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Port Royal Export

You don’t have to travel to Honduras to have Port Royal Export! This pale lager is refreshing, especially after a bike ride by the water.

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Crispy Pork Picnic with Orange Mojo
May 19, 2010 – 11:54 AM | No Comment
Crispy Pork Picnic with Orange Mojo

This is an incredible way to prepare a meltingly tender shoulder of pork without braising it or barbecuing it. I learned this technique at Douglas Rodriguez’ Alma De Cuba. It is essentially a confit similar to the technique used in pork carnita.

The cool mojo just cuts the unctuous fat fitted around the tender meat. That richness and the use of the orange in the mojo I have to call for a Blue Moon with this beer. Simple.

Beer Mussels
May 6, 2010 – 1:39 PM | Comments Off on Beer Mussels
Beer Mussels

You know there is just something so spectacular about enjoying a delicious bowl of garlicky beery mussels. I prefer them with a tight cone of crispy French fries myself.

Lobster Tails Steamed with Hoegaarden
April 30, 2010 – 10:13 AM | No Comment
Lobster Tails Steamed with Hoegaarden

Most people think of lobster as a special occasion meal. However lobster tails can be an any occasion dish especially if you put a fun twist on it.

Fried Shrimp with Green Curry
April 12, 2010 – 12:26 PM | No Comment
Fried Shrimp with Green Curry

This dish is makes enjoying beer for me almost new again. It combines flavors that we don’t often enjoy with beer. The shrimp are pan fried crisp and the creamy, spicy sauce is perfect for dousing with a ice cold beer.

Being that the pairing of curry and beer is revered in the UK I thought it best to highlight a brewery from there. Wychwood Brewery. They have a brew called the Wychcraft that is referred to as a blonde beer. It is light zesty beer that matches well with citrus and and heat.

Dijon and Rosemary Smeared Lamb Leg
March 31, 2010 – 10:16 AM | No Comment
Dijon and Rosemary Smeared Lamb Leg

With the approach of spring it is hard for me to put incredible sweet peas out of my head or delicious fava beans. Most of all I yearn for the newborn Lamb that will be flooding the markets. This dish will open eyes wide for Easter. It is simple yet so flavorful.

There is one great beer that comes to mind from a brewery just down the street from where I grew up called Victory. Victory Brewery in Downingtown PA offers a specialty lager called the V-Twelve. It is offered all over the country and comes in a 25 ounce corked bottle. Amber, aromatic and perfect for this dish. www.victorybeer.com

Latin Crab Cocktail
March 28, 2010 – 4:39 PM | No Comment
Latin Crab Cocktail

Though it would seem strange to enjoy something as delicate as fresh lump crab meat with beer I have added spice and lime that pairs well. The heat from fresh Serrano peppers along with the refreshing cilantro and lime creates a dish full of character. Perfect for a small appetizer or bowl it all up together and enjoy with chips.

I wanted to find a great beer near the coast to drink with this dish. I stumbled upon the Florida Beer Company. They have a golden lager that is light and crisp, brewed with two rowed hops and just perfect for this dish.

Coffee Rubbed Country Style Ribs
March 16, 2010 – 1:04 PM | No Comment
Coffee Rubbed Country Style Ribs

A rib that is not technically a rib, these beauties are cut from the blade end of the loin. This makes them much meatier and easier to eat.

The coffee rub is a great tool to have not just for your ribs. When I worked at Alma De Cuba in Center City Philadelphia we rubbed our tuna loins with a similar mix. A combination that just blew my mind at the time. Use it on beef as well. I have yet to use it on chicken but I am sure it would be delicious.

Corned Beef Brisket
March 15, 2010 – 12:55 PM | No Comment
Corned Beef Brisket

With the approach of March 17th I can’t help but drool about the great Irish beers of the season. Those deep malty ales that grow curly red hairs out of all our chests! If you are Irish you drink them with much joy and tradition. If you are not than that day you wish you were.