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Stella Artois Buy a Lady A Drink

03-20-2015

Sometimes the simplest act can create the greatest change. That is the hope with the newest campaign with Stella Artois, which is aptly named Buy a Lady a Drink. The newly launched campaign is focused on helping solve the global water crisis, one chalice at a time.

 

A shortage of water directly affects women, who walk a combined 200 million hours a day to provide water for their families, worldwide. In fact, more than twice the population of the United States lives without access to clean water. By partnering with Water .Org Stella Artois is working to change this.

 

The premise is that with the purpose of each Stella Artois Chalice you are helping to provide clean water for one person living in a developing country for five years. Join the movement and buy a lady a drink. 

 

Stella Artois Valentine's Day Pairings

02-13-2015

Flowers, plushy toys, chocolates are popping up everywhere for the red and pink hued holiday. Accent your celebration with Stella Artois.

 

 

Sophisticated and hailing from a brewing tradition with roots that trace back to 1366, Stella Artois is an exemplary European pilsener that can pair with a wide variety of dishes. Mild malt and light hops allow the beer to accentuate the richness of certain dishes. From robust meat platters to deep and chocolate flavor, Stella Artois accents the dish without overwhelming the pairing.  Pairing Stella Artois with assorted Valentine’s Day treats will create unique and delectable options for your lovey dovey festivities.

 

Specifically, Stella Artois is the perfect companion to salted dark chocolate. The light and crisp nature of Stella Artois serves as a contrast to the rich and salty dessert. The rich and bitter chocolate is highlighted by the salt sprinkles while sips of Stella Artois serve as a palate cleanser in between nibbles.

 

Another, more hearty option is to pair Stella Artois with tiramisu. The creamy and rich flavors are counterbalanced by the mildly malty pilsener flavor followed by a clean and refreshing finish. 

 

Beers To Hibernate With

02-06-2015

In a refusal to be overly dramatic, the weather outside isn't the result of an apocalypse of snow (we’ll save that for the zombies) but it sure is cold and snowy. To keep things cozy throughout the next six weeks of winter (thanks groundhog) here is an array of beers to warm your innards with.

 

 

Blake’s El Chavo

Everyone likes to escape to the tropics when winter comes along. For those who can’t afford the plane ticket, pick up some El Chavo so at least your tongue can be swept along with sweet apple and mango flavors, followed by a slow heat from fresh habanero peppers.

 

Right Brain Firestarter Porter

Layers of rich chocolate and roasted malt are accented by a slowly building heat in your throat as you sip on Firestarter. The slow heat combined with the robust flavor make it seem like you have a fireplace your mouth and throat. A really pleasant, tasty one.

 

Stone Old Guardian

A big beer is sometimes needed for to keep at bay the winter chills. Stone Brewing Co. Old Guardian does just that. This barley wine combines a huge malty backbone with a hefty addition of hops, resulting in a rich, slightly sweet and caramel-hued ale, all finishing on a note of dryness.

 

Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale

Roasty and toasty, this American-style brown ale is robust and bound to bring out the nostalgia that winter nights can conjure.  Just like man’s trusty best friend, this classic craft beer is always at hand and sure to please.

 

 

Stella Artois

A classic option for showering your dear ones with love, Stella Artois is a classic option for a night of celebration. Crisp and clean and showcasing a frothy white head, Stella Artois is a bright light in the dim of winter blues.

 

Perrin Big Konas

The fourth installment in the Killing Craft Series from Perrin Brewing Co., Big Konas is as decadent a treat. And there’s no better time to treat yo self than when the winds are blowing up a snow storm. Big Konas is brewed with cacao nibs from Ecuador and Ghana, along with Pacari Piura Nube chocolate bars and Indonesian civet coffee. The combination of these high quality ingredients result in a big ale full of complex dark chocolate and coffee aroma and flavor.

 

Super Bowl Pairing: Chips and Beer

01-28-2015

Play matchmaker with your favorite potato chip and brew with this handy guide to potato chips and beer pairings, just in time for the Super Bowl. 

 

Let the Super Bowl snacking begin! 

 

#GiveBeautifully

12-22-2014

What is the best, most beautiful, present you received in past holidays? This year, Stella Artois harkened back to its historical birth and focused on helping others give beautifully during the holiday season.

 

 

Stella Artois was first created for the holidays as a gift to the people of Leuven, Belgium. Each holiday season, the brand's origins – reflected by the Latin "Stella," or star – are celebrated in a variety of ways. This season, Stella Artois chose to lift up and celebrate real-world examples of thoughtful, timeless gift-giving” – PR Newswire

 

The #GiveBeautifully campaign from Stella Artois focused on real people who, with the help from the brewery, were able to truly make this season memorable through the act of giving. These stories from across the globe were then brought together and highlighted in the #GiveBeautifully series from Stella Artois.

 

 

Highlights from the series include the Piano, featuring a one hundred-year-old piano serving as the vehicle of joy for a couple. Or the Oak tree decorated in a thousand lights in Portland, or the story about the community documentary videographer’s new camera. Each story highlights the numerous ways we can give this season.

 

‘Tis the season to give and the iconic holiday lager is once again showing the unique ways the holidays can reach us all. 

Happy Belgium Day! Let's eat some waffles

07-21-2014

The World Cup is finally over and hopefully we’ve healed somewhat from the USA V. Belgium game. Now we can return to our normal Belgium loving selves and celebrate National Belgium Day by whipping up some beery Belgium waffles.

 

 

 

Stella Artois takes what could be some basic and bland waffles to a whole new yeasty level. Thanks to its light body, clean malty body and crisp finish it doesn’t turn breakfast into a boozed out session. Instead, the addition of a cup of beer adds depth and body to the simple dish. The yeast and malt do wonders for the quick bread while the alcohol is cooked out and lets the flavors meld together and shine on their own. Pairing it with a Stella Artois ensures a perfect complementary pairing for the meal. Thanks to Serious Eats for a delish recipe and foodporn.

 

 

 

Ingredients

 

  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 5 T butter
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup Stella Artois Lager
  • 2 eggs

 

 

Directions

1. Whisk together dry ingredients.

 

2. In a medium pot melt butter then add milk and beer. Heat until warm.  Remove from heat.

 

3. In another bowl whisk eggs and vanilla together. Pour warm milk and beer mixture into the bowl. Mix eggs and beer and milk mixture well.

 

4. Pour wet ingredients into a well formed in the dry ingredients bowl. Whisk until smooth.

Pour into greased waffle maker. Cook until perfectly brown.

 

 

 

Served best with a nice side of bacon, a dollop of butter, dripping with maple syrup and a perfectly poured chalice of Stella Artois. Gezonheid!

 

 

 

Stella Artois Beer Battered Fish

07-15-2014

Apparently polar vortexes are possible during the summertime, which probably means we should all start preparing for hibernation by consuming as many calories as possible. It’s the smart thing to do. Beer battered chips and fish is just the dish to do the trick. The fish still lends a summery aspect to the dish while the beer provides crispiness to the batter.  A light lager, such as Stella Artois, works best in a beer batter for all your frying needs. The beer adds three major components to your batter – carbonation, alcohol and foam – all of which ensure a light a crispy crust for a better batter.  This recipe for beer battered fish and garlic lemon aioli from Something Savory is great for whipping up a simple meal. Don’t forget the chips and a Stella Artois for a perfect pairing.

 

 

 

Beer Batter Recipe

  • 1 12 ounce bottle of Stella Artois
  • 2 cups flour
  • Seasonings to taste. I really like a bit of paprika, pepper and salt mixed up together.
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • Whitefish filets

 

Directions

Whisk beer batter ingredients together in bowl and then let chill for 15 minutes. Next, heat up about an inch of oil in a pan. You will know it is ready when a bit of batter crisps up when dropped in the oil. Dip whitefish filets into batter then lay down in oil. Cook until golden then flip sides and repeat. Once it’s done cooking, place on paper towel to soak up access oil. Serve with a slice of lemon, garlic lemon aioli (recipe below), chips and a Stella Artois or four.

 

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Garlic Lemon Aioli Recipe

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 T olive oil
  • ½ tsp. lemon zest
  • Salt, pepper, thyme and parsley to taste.

Mix all ingredient together and serve on side of beer batter fish.

Hot Dogs and Beer Food Pairing

03-25-2014

Hot Dogs and Beer Pairing

Opening Day is around the corner! This is great news for all the baseball fans out there and for people like me who love a great excuse to eat more hot dogs. Plus, thanks to the efforts of Budweiser and all those signatures there is officially a petition out there to make Opening Day a national holiday, which means you should most definitely eat another hot dog in celebration.

 

 

Baseball and hot dogs…the only thing missing is the beer. But not for long when so many styles can pair up with ultimate dogs out there. Beer and hot dogs and baseball are the ultimate pairing. Don’t believe me? Try out these then see what you think.

 

Chili Dog with Arcadia Whitsun

Let the full chili experience takeover with this hotdog while sipping on a Whitsun from Arcadia Ales. The wheat ale will add a light citrus note while the carbonation serves as a palette cleanser.

 

Chicago Dog with Stella Artois

A beef frank topped with yellow mustard, onions, pickle relish, tomatoes, pepper and celery salt and stuffed onto a poppy seed bun needs to take center stage. Let it by pairing it with a light lager that serves as a refresher between bites.

 

New Yorker with Sam Adams Summer Ale

Spicy brown mustard and sauerkraut are balanced out with the light-bodied summer ale from Sam Adams. A bit of pepper spice and hops balance out the full flavors while the hint of lemon peel adds a brightening component.

 

Bacon Cheese dog with Perrin Brewing IPA

Meat meets meat in this dog covered in cheese and topped with bacon crumbles. The classic American-style IPA from Perrin Brewing boasts enough bitter hops to cut through the cheesiness to balance out the smoked bacon.

Stella Food Pairing: Herbed Lamb Chops

02-12-2014

Stella Artois Valentine's Day Pairing

 

 

For some, a heart-shaped box of chocolates is good enough to show your love on Valentine’s Day. But to go the extra step, beer is needed to seal the deal in have a special valentine. Coincidentally, beer also makes the perfect substitute for an actual Valentine.

Whatever the case, to make the night special  you can turn to Stella Artois and show up with a pair of bottles, a couple of chalices and a box of chocolates. Better yet, try out the following recipe that cooks with beer to create a beery themed Valentines.

 

Herbed Lamb Chops

 

Directions

  • Remove the lamb from the fridge 1 hour before you plan to cook it.

    TIP: bringing meat to room temperature allows for even cooking. If the meat is cold when you cook it, the outside will be overdone by the time the inside is cooked.
  • Using a mortar and pestle, pound garlic with ¾ teaspoon salt.
  • Add several grinds of pepper, rosemary, and lemon zest and 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Slice your lamb into chops, like so.                                  
  • Rub this mixture on both sides of the lamb chops, place in a glass bowl.
  • Let the lamb marinate in fridge for several hours, or overnight.
  • eat a large cast-iron skillet or griddle over high heat for 2 minutes. Swirl in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sear the lamb for 2 minutes on each side. (Do this step in batches).

 

  • Mint Herb Sauce (Optional)

    In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, pulse to combine mint, scallions, lemon zest and juice, ½ teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of black pepper.

    While the blade is spinning, drizzle in the olive oil.

    Taste for seasoning.

Serve the lamb alongside your mint-herb sauce. It  pairs perfectly with Stella Artois and a candle lit dinner.

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.  

Stella Artois Haiku

12-23-2013

Beware. Drinking of Stella Artois in the middle of a winter wonderland may lead to attempts at haiku writing and general happiness during the holiday season.

 

 

Branches of ice dripping

They embrace a placed Stella

 

Kaleidoscope color.

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

11-13-2013

Stella Cidre

 

 

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

 

It’s usually implied that this saying refers to eating an apple but I like to think that a glass of hard apple cider is relatively similar. With cider growing drastically in popularity and more styles available it isn’t hard to have an apple a day in fermented liquid form.

 

For a change from the sweeter, American-style hard ciders there is Stella Cidre. Stella Cidre is an award-winning European-style cider that I like to consider the younger, half-sister of Stella Artois. Just as committed to good taste and refreshment, this cider is a crisp offering with a dry finish.

 

An effervescent body lends a champagne-like quality to this cider that is full of red apple flavor, accented by hints of peach, apricot and orange. The finish is smooth and dry, with a warming wood finish. The delicious, light sweetness of ciders is found in Stella Cidre but the focus in more on the crisp apple flavor rather than any residual sweetness. Stella Cidre is 4.5% ABV and naturally gluten free.

 

This refreshing change from the norm is much appreciated, as is shown by the accolades already showered on Stella Cidre in the past year or so. Named the 2012 Alcoholic Brand of the Year by Grocer Magazine this cider came home with gold at the 2013 North American Beer Awards. In fact, Bon Appetit Magazine called Stella Cidre “a ringing endorsement for the future of cider-making in the States.”

 

For more information on Stella Cidre check them out here.

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