If ever there was a beer tailor-made for the Thanksgiving table, it's the Belgian quad. This one from Boulevard Brewing Company — with its warm orangey glow and its complex fruity flavor — is particularly well-suited for a turkey feast.
If an IPA and a Belgian ale got a little frisky, this would definitely be their love child. It's got the fruity aromas and seductive creaminess of a Belgian, but with the swift hoppy roundhouse kick of a classic West Coast IPA. Oh, it's wild, all right. And you're definitely going to want to find yourself some.
Just in case you need an excuse to pick up a 6-pack on your way home tonight, Jacquelyn Dodd is here to help — or perhaps, to enable! Here's an idea: sloppy joes for dinner that have been simmered with a robust stout. Or what about a bowl of chowder with a splash of pilsner to brighten things up? Or bake a batch of pumpkin beer scones to take into work for the afternoon coffee (and beer) break! These are recipes that take beer out of the glass and put all those malty, roasty, hoppy flavors to work in the kitchen.
There are days when all you want to do once you walk in the door is pull on a comfy pair of jeans, flop on the couch, and have a beer (like, for instance...tonight). This Ruby Mild from Sam Adams is the beer you want for days like these. It's not going to assault your senses with some crazy new hop or challenge your taste buds with layers and layers of flavor — it's just a good drinkin' beer. Period.
If you could capture the experience of walking through the woods on a fall afternoon just as the leaves are starting to change color and put it in a bottle (or can), this scotch ale is what it would taste like. It's one that will warm you to your toes and make you actually look forward to shorter days.
I am totally intrigued by the California Common beer style, a.k.a. "steam beer." It seems like the forgotten step-child of our whole craft beer renaissance — which is surprising since the style really has so much potential. If you need evidence, look no further than this Imperial Black Steam from Narragansett. Despite its imperial status and our automatic assumption that "black" equals "bitter," this steam beer is soft as silk and drinks like a beer with half its ABV. It also makes the perfect transition beer as we move from the hoppy beers of summer into the darker beers of the cold months ahead.
Beer is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, after water and tea. Beer is refreshing in every season, and the crisp ales and seasonal brews of fall are no exception. Even in my local Harlem grocery store, the beer selection is superb this time of year, the shelves lined with dark IPAs, pumpkin ales, and new ciders.
And while I will surely never tire of the classic beer and sausage pairings lining hearty menus this time of year, I find myself wondering why we don't cook with beer more often.
How many styles can you possibly cram in a single beer and still emerge with something quaffable? At least three! Here we have an IPA that has not only been double-fied but that was also made with rye malts and then brewed with Belgian yeast strains. Definitely crazy. Definitely extreme. Definitely awesome.
Forget pumpkin spiced lattes — cider is totally where it's at this fall. Hard cider, that is. These four from Angry Orchard are nothing like the watery, insipid ciders we sipped in our first days at college. These are bold, bright, and packed with crazy amounts of tart-sweet apple flavor. They're good. Really good.
This may come as a shock, but I have never actually had the experience known to the rest of the world as "pumpkin beer." This is not for lack of want — I am a fan of pumpkins and fall spices in just about any form. But this seasonal beer is often a blink-and-miss-it affair, and seemingly, I am constantly blinking. No longer! I thought it fitting to break into the pumpkin beer world with Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale, widely acknowledged by both pumpkin beer lovers and eschewers for being one of the tastiest offerings out there.