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
April 13, 2012 by bri
I’ve got a secret recipe for you:
One part rhubarb, two parts hope.
That’s the recipe for spring here in Seattle. Oh, and the rhubarb is optional.
Since my discovery of Snoqualmie Brewery and their Spring Fever Belgian Grand Cru a few years ago, the waiting period between gloom and summer around here has become a bit more exciting. The beer is awesomely fruity and refreshing, and is a perfect addition to spritz cookies and rhubarb jam.
Category Cookies and Bars, Jams and Jellies | Tags: belgian beer,belgian strong pale ale,cookies,ganache,honey,rhubarb,snoqualmie brewery,snoqualmie spring fever,white chocolate | 3 Comments
December 23, 2011 by bri
Ask any baker about their favorite childhood memories and I’ll bet that many come up with warm and cozy stories about baking Christmas cookies and fighting over licking the beaters with their pesky siblings. At least that’s what fills this baker’s head during this time of year. That and dancing sugar plums.
I always hated that my mom sent me to share one of the dough-slathered beaters with my kid brother. He never helped but always got to reap the rewards.
Fear not, beer-bakers! This year you can keep the dough all for yourself if your kid brother is too young to enjoy delicious beer. If he’s old enough, you can go ahead and just tell yourself that he wouldn’t appreciate it, and keep the goodies to yourself anyways.
I wanted to make something with my hands-down favorite Washington-Brewed IPA, Fremont Brewing’s Interurban IPA. Luckily, I have an easy supply of this beer, as it’s brewed across the street from my house. The beer is almost apricot-like in its hop flavors, making it a great addition to holiday cookies with dried apricots! I also went ahead and made some cookies with Fremont’s Abominable Ale, a winter warmer which pairs nicely with tart dried cranberries.
Category Cookies and Bars | Tags: abominable ale,cookies,dried fruit,fremont brewing,holiday,interurban ipa,ipa,winter warmer | 3 Comments