April 3, 2013 by bri
Citrus season is always one of my favorite food seasons, so I’m always a little sad to see it go. But the end of citrus season also means the end of winter. It means more color, more sunshine, more warmth, and the fast approach of Seattle Beer Week.
It means sitting on the back porch with a summery beer will soon be a common activity!
Saying goodbye to citrus also means it’s time to start thinking about rhubarb. A friend of mine had an idea to brew a Belgian Witbier with rhubarb, so that is definitely on the docket for upcoming homebrew activities. I’m thinking chamomile would be a good accent spice to the tartness of rhubarb.
Belgian Witbiers got me thinking of these pillowy striped meringue cookies I noticed on Martha Stewart’s website, so I decided to adapt the idea to include some great craft beer flavor.
Category Cookies and Bars | Tags: belgian beer,belgian wit,chainbreaker,citra hops,cookies,deschutes,meringue,orange zest,pale ale | No Comments
September 26, 2012 by bri
August came and went with a few beer for dessert baking failures. Failures!
These peach tartlets, however, were a success. Peaches are a sign of the last drops of summer around here. A reminder to savor the sun, sandals, and tank tops – for the few days that remain before we all hide under our raincoats and winter shoes.
The beer is delicious with peaches and honey. (The sneaky cat in the background is optional accoutroment.)
Category Tarts and Pies | Tags: almonds,belgian beer,belgian wit,caramel,frangipane,honey,maui brewing,pate sucree,peaches,tart | 2 Comments
July 1, 2012 by bri
Strawberries are darkening on my back porch. The hop bines are crawling up the ropes, despite my willful neglect. The National Homebrewers Conference came and went. Summer is in full swing.
This beer is a definite summer pleaser, acting as a sort of harbinger of the season on some of these rainy Seattle days. “June Gloom,” we call it here.
My favorite part of this dessert is the simplest bit – strawberries marinated in beer for no more than an hour. Eat them freshly out of the beer and they have a bit of zing from the carbonation.
Category Cakes | Tags: belgian beer,belgian blonde,cake,chiffon cake,laughing buddha,lemon curd,lemons,northwest brewing company,northwest brewing company beach blonde,strawberries,trade route | 2 Comments