Fireside Flavours: Recipes for 2 Comforting Meals and a Toasty Beverage using the Beerfarm Range
Jun 28, 2023
Our friends and family at Beerfarm are getting creative this season with recipes involving some of Beerfarms core and limited range. Whether you want to cook up a wintery feast with a warm boozy beverage for your Christmas in July banquet or try each on their own throughout the wintery months we’ve got it covered.
Beer-Braised Beef and Stout Stew
The first recipe we wanted to share involves Beerfarms limited release Imperial Stout ‘Talk to the Palm’. With its toasted coconut, cacao and vanilla flavours it is a full body experience that is a little too easy to drink! If you’re a fan of Beef and Guinness you’re going to want to give this a try. An Imperial Stout tends to be richer, bolder and more robust in flavour and the higher alcohol content can contribute to a deeper more complex flavour profile.
The main difference between using an Imperial Stout over Guinness lies in the intensity of flavours, the Imperial Stout will bring a more pronounced richness and complexity, while Guinness offers a smoother and slightly milder taste.
Cider-Glazed Chicken Normande
Our second recipe invites our core range Cider into the classic flavours of Normande, France by combining chicken, apple and booze. The main thing we loved about this dish was the incredible fruity and floral aroma the reduced cider creates. When it comes to flavour, the cider complements the sweet and tangy combination of the chicken, onion and bacon while balancing the richness of cream and butter.
The cider also infuses moisture into the chicken during the cooking process, resulting in a more tender and juicy texture, preventing it from drying out. During this the cider lends its natural sugars to the sauce, helping to create a velvety and slightly sweet gravy you can drizzle over any component of your dish.
Mulled Hybrid Ale
Finally, to compliment it all and wash it all down, we have a warm winter drink made with our Limited Release Hybrid Ale ‘Through the Grapevine’. This sour and fruity release is a combination of sour brew and some of the finest wines from the region. This blend includes Shiraz, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Tempranillo and Cabernet Merlot, each a perfect pair for either of our Fireside Flavour meals.
In our winter brew we present our take on a mulled wine, adding in classic flavours of spice to compliment the wine and fruit to compliment the sour beer. We also feel that the spiced wine element to this beverage compliments the cosiness of the Imperial Stout Dish and the sour fruity side cuts through the cream and compliments the sweetness of our Cider Normande.
Whether you feel inspired to cook this all at once or enjoy it separately over winter we hope you have fun creating these dishes and trying something a little different. All our recipe amounts are suggestions, we hope you measure with your heart and enjoy it as much as we did!