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Basic Brine with Beer

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Perfect for the cooler months, this basic brine with beer is an instance where the power of beer can be highlighted during the cooking process. Brining is salt's ability to denature proteins, causing some of the muscle to unwind and swell. The brine then gets trapped in these proteins and when cooked, the liquid binds to the muscle creating flavor pockets and a juicier result.

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Beer & Food

Hoppy and Bitter: The Misunderstood Beer Styles

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Hoppy and bitter beers are often misunderstood, especially if you're new to craft beer. Chef Adam Dulye has advice on how you can learn to appreciate these flavor combinations, especially when pairing food and beer.

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Braised Pork Shoulder in Adobo with Pickled Vegetables

Braised Pork Shoulder

After growing up in the Midwest, where thick and sticky barbecue sauce coats all braised and pulled pork, it was refreshing to learn this less cloying, more umami-driven recipe from chef Carlo Lamagna at Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon. Tangy adobo is a big flavor, and the pickled vegetables that accompany this dish are used to bring out the vinegar and add some texture to each bite. This dish, inspired by Carlo’s Filipino heritage, is best served family style right out of the Dutch oven with plenty of jasmine rice to go with it. When you pair this dish with an IPA, you help your palate learn how hops and bitterness pair well with a little bit of spice as well as the acidity of a pickling process.

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Coq Au Brun with Beer

Coq Au Brun Craft Beer

Coq au vin is a delicious traditional French dish composed of braised chicken, lardons, mushrooms and, typically, earthy red Burgundy. All across France there are many variations on this recipe depending on the wine made in the region. In Alsace, crisp white wine is used; in the South an orange wine or rosé. For our uniquely American craft beer approach, this recipe has been adapted to bring out the fall notes of a brown ale. This recipe can be made richer by changing to a dubbel as well. Served over potatoes this dish is a perfect complement to a cold autumn night.

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