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Nachos and Beer: Super Bowl Pairing

01-31-2014

Nachos and Beer: Your Super Bowl Pairing

As the Super Bowl approaches there is only one thing on my mind – nachos. Maybe it’s multiple types available or maybe it’s the cheese. Whatever the cause, nachos are the ultimate Super Bowl snack. This crispy, cheesey, spicy and salty snack requires a beverage that will be its equal in taste and overall awesomeness. The nachos require a beer (or three) that pairs perfectly with the dish. Depending on personal nacho preferences, here is a list of beer styles and brands to pair with the ultimate Super Bowl snack.

 

 

Classic Cheese Nachos with Jalapenos and Salsa

Pairing: Pale Lagers (Stella Artois, Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils)

Gooey and cheesy with a bright heat from the jalapenos, these nachos require a lager with a complex body. Light hoppiness from the lager will withstand the flavor without overemphasizing the heat. Instead, the clean finish will cut through the cheese gooeyness while higher combination levels with combat and balance out the spiciness.  If you want to take it a step further, check out this recipe for beer cheese made with Stella Artois.

 

BBQ Nachos

Pairing: Ambers (New Belgium Fat Tire) and Dunkels (Frankenmuth Dunkel)

Often made with pulled pork, BBQ nachos combine gooey cheese with sweet and tangy BBQ sauce covering dark meat. The sweet maltiness complements the BBQ flavors while also adding to dark and meaty quality. The clean finish of the dunkel and the dry, slightly bitter finish of the amber both work to dig through the cheesiness.

 

Deluxe Nachos

Pairing: Pale Ales (Summit EPA) and IPAs (Perrin IPA)

So many toppings are on these nachos that your chip is in danger of breaking. Ground beef, cheddar cheese, lettuce, olives, salsa, onion, sour cream and avocado are all common toppings on these nachos that boast a complex, spicy, salty and tangy flavor. The hops in both pale ales and IPAs complement the tang in the sour cream while the effervescence and bitter end clear the palette for the next bite. The bold beer flavors provide a strong enough brew to hold its own beside the deluxe nachos.  

Bud Light Snow Day

01-27-2014
Tags: Bud Light, Beer, Snow,

The sky is dumping ridiculous amounts of cold white stuff on us. The wind is blowing sideways in both directions somehow (or so it seems) and it's cold enough out there to freeze the fiery furnaces of Mordor. It's officially a snow day for many and absolutely a Bud Light beer day for everyone. Here are some tips on making the most out of wintry weather conditions.

 

1. Make use of the giant refrigerator or freezer that Mother Nature has provided.

 

 

2. Keep track of the amount of snow accumulation throughout the day.

 

 

3. Make your snowman happy with a Bud Light.

 

 

4. Go even further and create Bud Light inspired snow art.

 

 

5. When in doubt, just grab a cold one.

 

Labatt Pond Hockey

01-22-2014

Get Ready for Some Pond Hockey!

 

 

 

This weekend, the frozen water around Reeds Lake will be full of the best kind of winter fun - hockey. 

Labatt Blue Pond Hockey returns for another round of pond hockey that will last from Friday until Sunday. the championing team will win bragging rights for an entire year, as part of the longstanding tradition. With weather looking to be in the below freezing range with a bit of sun and snow throughout the day, it will be a perfect wintry combination for a January tournament. In addition, ice cold Labatt and Magic Hat will be on deck to quench the thirsts of hockey players and hockey watchers alike. 

for more details, check out the Labatt Blue pond Hockey page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy By IPA 02.14.14

01-14-2014

Stone Enjoy by IPA 02.14.14

 

 

The long-awaited day is here!

 

Starting tomorrow Grand Rapids and Lansing Michigan will be privy to the newest installment in the Stone Brewing Co. Enjoy By IPA series.

 

Let’s all take a moment to bask in the hoppy happiness that comes with that knowledge.

 

Brewed specifically to be big, bold and bursting with hop flavor this IPA is guaranteed not to last. In fact. as I type this you have exactly 31 days, 9 hours, 25 minutes and 7 seconds to guzzle down the beer before it’s gone or at least gone bad. In the age of collecting, cellaring and coveting beers to savor at our leisure, why make and make a beer that is designed to go against those hobbies? Well, Stone Brewing Co. is doing something fantastic for the craft drinkers out there – it’s creating a tangible and purposeful teaching moment, one pint at a time with Enjoy By IPA. This is the next level for beer drinkers out there that highlights the importance of pure freshness in a brew.

 

This Enjoy By IPA is made to be drank by February 14, 2014, which is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day in my opinion. It is a double IPA with a whopping hit of citrus and floral hops. Clocking in with 9.4% ABV and 88 IBUs it is a very dry and bitter brew that conveys a dank hoppiness in the head, with malts that on first sip smooth the way for a hop overload. It finishes dry and bitter, with a slight hint of alcohol warmth in the throat.

 

Find it. Drink it. Enjoy it. 02.14.14.

 

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Budweiser Beef Stew

01-07-2014

There’s this thing happening right now that they’re calling a Polar Vortex, with symptoms that include snow and air that vaporizes boiling water. The city is advising everyone to stay inside. Survival from the “Sowpocalypse,” or what some of us Yoopers like to refer to simply as winter-no hashtag necessary, requires a queue of movies and beer lined up, a cozy blanket (or two) and a steamy hot stew either on the stove or by your side. To help ensure a boozy survival, here’s a recipe for a beer beef stew that combines Budweiser, beef and comfort food all into one bowlful.

 

 

Here are the (adapted) instructions and recipe. Recipe and images courtesy of the Pioneer Woman blog.

 

Budweiser Beef Stew

  • ·         3 T Olive Oil
  • ·         1 T Butter
  • ·         2 lbs Stew Meat
  • ·         1 Medium Onion, Diced
  • ·         3 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • ·         1 12z Budweiser Can
  • ·         4 cups Beef Stock
  • ·         2 Cups Water
  • ·         1 T Worcestershire Sauce
  • ·         2 T Carmelized Tomato Paste*
  • ·         ½ Tsp Paprika
  • ·         ½ tsp Kosher Salt
  • ·         Ground Black Pepper
  • ·         4 Whole Carrots, Peeled and Sliced
  • ·         4 Whole New Potatoes, quartered

 

*Carmelized Tomato Paste is the easiest thing in the world to make and adds incredible flavor-once I learned this trick I never looked back. To make: heat about 1 T of olive oil in a pan, add the tomato paste. Stir frequently and cook for about 5 minutes or until the paste turns a deeper red. Freeze the rest for later use.

 

Step 1:  Crack open a can of Budweiser. Drink. Now you’re ready.

 

Step 2: Heat oil and butter in a large pot. Brown meat. Remove meat from pot and set aside.

 

Step 3: Add diced unions to pot. Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently then add garlic and cook for another minute. Pour in the Budweiser and beef stock then add Worcestershire, carmelized tomato paste, paprika, salt, pepper and suger. Add in the beef. Stir. Sip your Bud. Cover and simmer for 1 ½ - 2 hours. If the liquid cooks down too much, add more Bud.

 

Step 4: Enjoy your Budweiser and start working through your Netflix queue.

 

Step 5: Add the carrots and potatoes. Cover and cook for 30 more minutes. If too much liquid is absorbed add a cup of hot water at a time. Taste and adjust seasoning as need.

 

Step 6: Ladle yourself a bowl and grab another Bud. Stay warm and survive the Polar Vortex, “Snowpocalypse,” winter or whatever you like to call it.  

 

Samuel Adams Rebel IPA

01-03-2014

 

 

From the brewery's name, that honors a historic figure from the American Revolution, to the brewery's own history, as a part of the craft beer revolution, Samuel Adams always has had a bit of rebellion in their nature. That is celebrated with their newest release, Rebel IPA

 

Rebel IPA is a West Coast style IPA brewed with all American hops. It pours a bright copper color with a heady grapefruit hop aroma, thanks to the doses of Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo hops that are in the brew. The classic, all-American style is well-balanced while still providing that hopped-up bitterness the style is renown for. At the same time, the beer rebels against the huge hop bombs that can leave the palette feeling assaulted. Rather, it highlight's the hop flavor while still retaining a smooth and crisp finish. Try one out and see if you're a rebel, too.  

 

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