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Brewed Flavours

Craftily beer-infused recipes

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Brewed Flavours

This summer, check out the many delicious craft beers on offer. Not only are local restaurateurs embracing these flavourful new brews, but they’re also imbuing their culinary creations with them. Why not try it yourself with our flavourful beer-infused recipes?

Beer. It’s an iconic beverage that may date back as many as 18,000 years, according to archaeologists. Making beer has evolved a lot since then. However, it wasn’t until recently that the industry took on a crafty new spin—fermenting small, independent brewers all over the continent and abroad. These new brewmasters are tantalizing our palates with a bevy of significant and interesting craft beers to which they’re adding unique flavours ranging from cinnamon, coffee, and chocolate to citrus zest and berries. Flavour-enhanced beers are opening up new interest and new markets. Local restaurants are embracing these flavourful brews on tap and pairing them with inventive dishes that are often spiked with the same brew. For those who don’t imbibe, don’t worry. The alcohol is cooked off, but what remains is a flavour profile unique to the recipe. Here, we’ve developed our own delicious recipes using some of the most flavourful craft beers in our market. Feel free to experiment with your own favourite pours. Spiking your creations with flavour profiles from unique craft beers not only gives your recipe depth, but it also offers the chef an opportunity to quaff what’s left in the bottle while cooking.

Beer and food chart

Choosing the right beer to quaff with your meal or for infusing your recipes has become a lot more detailed in this decade of proliferating microbreweries, nanobreweries, and brew pubs, all with their own unique brews. Here, we’ve provided a simple chart listing a few basic beers with their individual tasting notes and food pairing suggestions. As the world of beer continues to evolve, so too will your options.

BeerTaste notesFood pairings
Belgian witbierunfiltered and light with hints of orange, citrus, and corianderlight seafood and salad dishes; gentle fruit salad dressings
blonde alemild malted flavour that balances a medium hop flavourcomplements Asian foods including hot, spicy, and some sweet additions such as mango
light lagerrefreshingly crispdelicious with flavourful Asian ingredients such as lemongrass, cilantro, ginger, and garlic
hefeweizena bit cloudy with a defined yeast overtone and hints of cloves and bananabalances ingredients in recipes with mustard, pickles, and horseradish
pale alespicy and earthy chased with some bitter hopsworks well with smoky-flavoured foods or strong cheeses
IPA (India pale ale)definite hoppy flavour throughoutgreat with spiced foods such as curries, Moroccan foods, and even some desserts such as deep and fudgy rich chocolate cakes
amber lagersweet malted notes with hops balancing throughoutthink Italian: delicious with certain reduction sauces such as tomato with balsamic, basil, and oregano
amber alesmooth caramel notes with a hint of citrus and bitter hopsanything grilled and spicy
brown alemalted flavours with caramel and toffee and some chocolateconsider hearty foods and Indonesian dishes with peanut sauces
porterdark malted beer with chocolate notes and mild roast coffeesmoked foods; especially pairs well with chocolate/espresso desserts or creamy cheeses
stoutdark and heavy; chocolate, coffee, and molasses flavourscaramelized dishes, brown savoury mains, as well as salty foods
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Beer-infused recipes

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Grilled Tuna with Orange, Fennel, and Citrus Beer Dressing

Grilled Tuna with Orange, Fennel, and Citrus Beer Dressing

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Honeyed BBQ Chicken Kebabs

Honeyed BBQ Chicken Kebabs

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Falafel Sliders with Smoky Tomato Sauce

Falafel Sliders with Smoky Tomato Sauce

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Harissa Spiced Moroccan Vegetable Soup

Harissa Spiced Moroccan Vegetable Soup

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Beeramisu

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