Good Question: What Can I Cook with Pale Ale?

Good Question: What Can I Cook with Pale Ale?

Faith Durand
Oct 30, 2008

The other day we had a question about beer cheese soup; now here's one on cooking with pale ale. In our most recent Open Thread, reggiesoang asks:

Is there any dish that could be cooked with pale ale? Brown ale is usually the choice for cooking, but since I have a lot of pale ale left that needs to be used (or drank), I wonder if I can use pale ale the same way I use brown ale in like BBQ sauce or chili (best time for a nice pot of chili). Help!

reggiesoang, we did a little searching around, and we think that pale ale would be just fine - if not as robust - in all those usual dishes.

But we also found a couple recipes that call specifically for pale ale - and one is from Jacques Pépin, one of our favorite chefs.

Beef Stew with Belgian-Style Pale Ale at Food & Wine, by Jacques Pépin
Creamy Potato Soup with caraway, at The Daily Green.

Do you have any other suggestions for cooking with pale ale?

(Images: Clipper City Beer, Rob Howard for Food & Wine, and The Daily Green)

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