Expert Picks for February 2017

The holidays are back in the attic and bowl game crumbs cleaned up from between the cushions, but we’re still spending a lot of time indoors, and that’s a good opportunity to revisit hoppy brews and the rich comfort foods they go so well with. These are four favorites we enjoy sharing with our friends: […]

The holidays are back in the attic and bowl game crumbs cleaned up from between the cushions, but we’re still spending a lot of time indoors, and that’s a good opportunity to revisit hoppy brews and the rich comfort foods they go so well with. These are four favorites we enjoy sharing with our friends:

Alaskan Amber

Alaskan Amber is a rich and malty altbier made from glacier-fed water, a generous blend of the finest quality European and Pacific Northwest hop varieties, and premium two-row pale and specialty malts. The water for Alaskan Amber originates in the 1,500 square-mile Juneau Ice Field and the more than 90 inches of rainfall Juneau receives each year.

This beer is rich and malty and lingers just right without overstaying its welcome. It pairs beautifully with hearty Italian dishes, flavorful meats, antipasto and pizza, and – as you might expect – fresh Alaskan salmon.

 

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

Why “60 Minute”? Dogfish Head Craft Brewery continually hops this brew with a blend of Northwest hops every minute throughout a 60-minute boil for a balanced and sessionable IPA that’s 60 IBUs and 6% alcohol.

Dogfish Head also makes a 90 Minute IPA and a 120 Minute IPA, each of which is successfully less dry. But 60 Minute has become the beer of choice for hardcore hopheads.

60 Minute is a balanced and sessionable, leaning more toward the hop end of the IPA spectrum and less toward malt. The continual hopping lends super pungent, citrusy and grassy notes without too much bitterness, making it a great partner with aged Cheddars, spicy dishes, pesto, grilled salmon, soy-based dishes, and pizza.

 

Omission Pale Ale

Omission had a mission: Brew great tasting craft beer with traditional beer ingredients – malted barley, hops, yeast and water – and be gluten free.

Each batch of Omission Beer is tested using the R5 competitive ELISA to ensure that gluten levels are reduced to well below the International CODEX gluten free standard of 20ppm or less.

Bold and hoppy, Omission Pale Ale is a hop-forward American Pale Ale that showcases the Cascade hop profile. Its beautiful amber and floral aroma is complemented by a caramel and malt body, making for a delicious craft beer.

Omission Pale Ale is an excellent choice to serve with smoky cheeses and grilled meats, and contrasts deliciously with chili and curries.

 

Shorts Huma Lupa Licious IPA

The first thing you’re probably asking is, “So where’d the crazy name for this beer come from?” Hops are actually flowers from the Humulus lupulus plant. A little fun with vowels (and sufficient product sampling) led to “Huma Lupa Licious.”

Joe Short’s vision was to create the ultimate IPA experience. Originally called “Humulus Lupulus Maximus,” Joe explored several recipe variations before settling on the recipe for Huma. Brewed with five different kinds of hops – Centennial, Columbus, Chinook, Cascade, and Palisade – Huma is intensely bitter, balanced by a rich malty flavor, and complemented by a citrus and floral aroma.

Try Huma with buffalo chicken, pork tacos, fired pizza, or in (and with!) this outstanding beer cheese:

Huma Beer Cheese

Yield: 2qt

Ingredients:

  • 1¼ cups Huma Lupa Licious Beer
  • 1½ lb Cream cheese
  • 2 qt  Yellow Cheddar cheese
  • 4 Tbsp Roasted garlic
  • 4 Tbsp Yellow mustard
  • 4 Tbsp Honey
  • ½ cup Chopped green onion

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, mix all ingredients (except Cheddar and cream cheese) until smooth.
  2. Take room temperature cream cheese and mix together with yellow Cheddar until they’re incorporated into each other.
  3. Gradually add cream cheese and cheddar mix into the food processor with the rest of the ingredients and until smooth.
  4. Serve with your favorite dippers, like pretzels, chips, or vegetables.