Hoss Rye Lager
The folks at Great Divide Brewing Company provided a couple "official" beer pairings for your enjoyment. This beer pairing focuses on their rye lager. Hoss has a subtle malt backbone balanced by earthy/spicy rye notes. Hoss also has a crisp, clean and dry finish.
This is the perfect pairing for this dish because the malty backbone helps to tamp down the hot spices used in this dish. Also, the earthy/spicy rye flavors resonate with base spices and the crisp, dry finish cleanses the palate.
Do you like to use a slow cooker? Watch this AllRecipe.com video.
I love this pairing because it steps outside the burger and pizza pairings. GDBC suggests you kick your Thai curry up a notch with Titan IPA.
More IPA pairing suggestions [HERE]
The Titan will make those curry spices explode so make sure you serve up some rice with this dish. You'll be glad you did!
Denver Pale Ale
I love delicate and complex food pairings but I also love the basics: burgers and pizza. And, Denver Pale Ale (DPA) is the perfect pairing with burgers. Its medium body, clean malt profile, and assertive bitterness help cleanse the palate of all the burger's goodness!
More Pale Ale pairing suggestions [HERE]
I found this burger recipe and I think it would be just the thing to pair with the DPA. Good ole fashioned beef, a nod to the nearby cattle ranches, topped with pepper jack cheese and jalepenos. Perfect.
Click here for a great 4 minute video.
Mens Room Red
This beer pairing works because the subtle caramel-like flavors of the malt resonate with the sweet unagi glaze.
More Red Ale pairing suggestions [HERE]
You may want to go the easy route and place an order to go (that is what I would do) but if you're into rice sticking to your fingers instead of the Nori, then here's a recipe for you!
The Immortal IPA
This is a contrasting beer pairing that everyone will love. The hop flavor and bitterness, the alcohol and the carbonation all do their part to cleanse your palate. The magic of this pairing, though, is in the citrus flavors of the hops. No need for a squeeze of lemon. The hop flavors will provide that crisp, citric counterpoint instead.
More IPA pairing suggestions [HERE]
Can you think of anything more Northwest? I can't and I love NW salmon no matter how it is prepped.
The link leads to a great Alton Brown, DIY episode. Enjoy!
This beer pairing focuses on the resonating dark chocolate/coffee notes the beer and the dessert share. The raspberries are a delightful palate cleanser that complements the beer's roasty flavors.
More Stout pairing suggestions [HERE]
Flourless Chocolate Cake
This pairing is probably the most common. Pairing big beers with roasted coffee/dark chocolate flavors and velvety mouthfeel with brownies is a no- brainer. But this recipe takes a turn with the addition of raspberries. The divine tartness of a raspberry adds the perfect counter point to such a rich dessert and beer.
The Big Game
It's time to start planning for the most important part of this weekend's matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks in Superbowl 48 - the pre-game, halftime and post-game food! I've put together some some truly inspired beer pairings that will boldly represent each team. Now all that is left, is for you to go grocery shopping. Enjoy!
WOLF CREEK PAIRING SERIES: Beer Cake
This series explores the beer pairing options available at the Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewery. Every other month, I will be posting beer pairing suggestions for three different Wolf Creek menu items.
My tasting panel Dream Team includes Jason Hendrick, founder of Everybody's Hungry and my co-host on pints&pairings; and Lisa McKinnon, a staff writer for the Ventura County Star. Lisa and Jason are serious foodies and bring wonderful palates to the panel.
Feel free to comment on any of these pairing suggestions, especially if had another beer pairing in mind.
Dessert Pairing: Beer Cake*
The dessert menu is always changing so you'll want to act fast or you're likely going to miss this opportunity.
This is a dense, super rich, flourless chocolate cake, but what makes this cake so special (like it needed anything else) is that Wolf Creeks's newest seasonal beer, Winter Wonderland was incorporated in the recipe. You can see that the cake comes with fresh whipped cream and berries which also open up all the pairing opportunities, as you will soon read.
*Please excuse this bad instagram photo, for some reason I didn't get a picture with my DSLR.
Perhaps the best discovery of the night was made when Jason tried the whipped cream by itself with the Howlin' Hefeweizen. Howlin' Hefeweizen is traditional style German wheat beer full of clove spices and banana. Pair them together and BOOM, banana cream pie!
The Howlin' Hefeweizen is also the perfect pairing with the side of berries that also comes as a side to the Beer Cake.
Lisa really enjoyed how the Midnight Howl resonated with the dark chocolate flavors in the cake. Midnight Howl is a black IPA, with a crisp, citrus hop flavor, pronounced bitterness and subtle roasty notes. The citrus hop flavors resonate with the sharp bitter chocolate flavors creating a deeper, more complex chocolate flavor.
While we were enjoying all the different combinations that this wonderful dessert can provide, Lisa reminded us of a really important tasting rule. Well, its really more of a guideline, but you know what I mean. While we were picking apart the cake and enjoying the individual components and the various combinations, Lisa reminded me of an important tasting technique. If you are trying to find the perfect pairing don't be afraid to break down the elements on your plate and try each one separately. This is a great way to discover the individual flavors of the dish and how a beer can impact each element. This technique works really well with a full set of tasters in front of you.
One of the great things about this dessert is it is made with beer. This particular version of beer cake is made with Winter Wonderland, a winter seasonal filled with nutmeg, cinnamon and sweet malt. The spices in this beer make it a great pairing or any holiday dessert. Winter Wonderland is the perfect pairing for this dessert because it is incorporated into the recipe. Expect all kinds of resonating flavors in this pairing but most of all sit back and enjoy how the spices, both in the beer and in the cake complement the dense chocolate flavors.
If you can't get the BEER cake made with Winter Wonderland, these pairing suggestions will still work because most of these pairing suggestions play off the cake's rich chocolate flavors.
Alternate Pairing Option
Full Moon Stout, a medium roasty, light quaffable beer, is a great pairing alternative for this dessert especially if you love chocolate. The roastiness of this beer resonates with the chocolate flavors of the cake, making them taste like a dark chocolate (think 70% cocoa) momentarily before the beer cleanses your palate.