Beery Delights

Beery Delights

Movie Night is a very popular activity in any household.I was feeling very nostalgic the other day, reminiscing about my childhood and the snacks we used to enjoy while spending time with my family during a movie. Whether it was a movie at home or going to the cinema, the highlight was always the treats involved. From popcorn covered in melted butter to sweets and chocolates we all had our favourites. My father was heavily involved in these memories. He spoiled us with bowls of mixes, different crisp flavours and nuts, popcorn with chocolate, ice cream bowls over flowing with sweet treats. Needless to say this sparked some research into some “adult snacks” cooked with beer!

So after browsing through endless amounts of recipes I decided on three different treats to make. All recipes I chose came from The Beeroness Website. I’ve been a huge fan of hers for quite some time. Wayne bought me one of her cookbooks “The Craft Beer Cookbook”. I’ve had much fun recreating some of the recipes in it. I think Wayne enjoys being my guinea pig.

The first recipe is Beer & Sriracha candied nuts. During movie night there’s always a bag of cashew nuts devoured in Snob HQ so I decided to make them interesting. For this recipe I chose four types of nut; cashew, Brazil, hazelnut and pecans. After recently reviewing Brewdogs Neon Overlord on our podcast, which you can listen to here, I chose this for its spicy but sweet flavours.  We’re both big fans of spicy foods so these were a no brainer. They took little time and hardly any effort required but the outcome was irresistible. Once you start snacking on these its very difficult to stop. Next time I attempt these I’ll up the sriracha levels. The only change I made was sprinkling salt all over them before they went into the oven and again half way through. I’m also lucky I saved a portion for my father. They were such a hit I’ve already received orders for Christmas.

Every weekend chicken wings are on our menu either as Friday night dinner, Saturday afternoon snack or post Sunday evening podcast recording. Wayne was king of cooking them, until I intervened. We usually use franks hot sauce but I chose grilled beer & brown sugar wings. The beer I chose was a little closer to home, an Irish porter called Dark Arts Porter by Trouble Brewing. This is one of our favourites. I’ve often used it in a batch of brownies. I marinated the wings in the beer brine for approximately five hours before cooking. Instead of grilling them I baked them at 200 degrees for fourty minutes, basting them every ten and turning them half way through. The were deliciously sticky, juicy and very tasty. Give them a try!

What movie night is complete without nachos? There’s nothing more satisfying than scooping up cheese dip or salsa and stuffing your face. So you guessed it, I made a dip! I love strong flavours so chose mature Gouda and Mature red cheddar cheese to make foolproof beer cheese sauce. To compliment the strong cheese flavours I used Francis big bangin IPA. It was recently released by Mc Gargles in cans and Simon of Simonsays beer blog and their beer specialist gave us some to try.  I couldn’t resist using it in this recipe. The sauce was so good I could’ve drank it all. Next time I cook cauliflower I’ll whip up a batch of this to pour all over it.

I hope you try these super easy recipesyourself, hell if i can cook them anyone can. Oh just in case you are wondering the movies we watched were Independence Day: Resurgence & The Huntsman: Winters War.
**Neon Overlord was supplied to us by fourcorners & Francis Big Bangin IPA was given to us also**

Trouble Brewing Dark Arts Porter was purchased in our local O’Briens branch.

In and around Den Bosch, a look at some of the best Beer Cafés

In and around Den Bosch, a look at some of the best Beer Cafés

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or turned off all social media platforms, you’ll know we visited Holland recently. Our main purpose for the visit was of course the EBBC16. We decided to fly in a day early and arrived on Wednesday. We stayed in Golden Tulip Central which was a short stroll from the train station. Upon arrival the staff on the check in desk were really friendly. There was a jug of fresh water and a box of fruit on the counter for you to enjoy!

We found our room, with a gorgeous bar of chocolate waiting to greet us and there was a stocked mini bar that we really only used to cool our water. So after a quick freshen up and dumping our luggage we begin to get our bearings. We had a walk around before we settled on a lovely bar to enjoy our first drink of the weekend.

Our first stop was a restaurant called Het Groote Genogen. We sat outside and a waiter came with a menu of their beers, and as it was in Dutch he kindly explained what they were. I chose TSTBRW 4 by De Koninck. This was an enjoyable herb/spiced blonde ale at 6.2% abv. It smelled of corriander but tasted quite sweet and paired really well with the croque madame sandwich made with salmon and goats cheese. Waynes first drink was of course something special, Trignac XII a belgian tripel at 12% abv by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck. Why so special you might ask? Well this was the last keg of it in Holland as we were so proudly told by our waiter. It was barrel aged for 7 months and then aged in the cask for 2 years. Wayne loved it saying “its so balanced and smooth”. His dish was the croque monsieur which was also enjoyed.

From here we wandered around taking in the sights and made our way back to the hotel to meet a fellow EBBC16 attendee, Brett of Our Tasty Travels. He very kindly offered to meet us and show us around some bars.  Our next stop was Café ‘t Root. Still being a balmy evening we chose seats outside. This is when i was craving some light and sweet so chose liefmans fruitesse. Apparently known locally as the ladies normal choice and suggested serving it on the rocks which i declined. This beer was indeed the fruit punch I was looking for, smacks of cherry, strawberry, raspberry, blueberries and elderberry. It tasted devine, so refreshing! Waynes choice was Mort Subite Kriek. It didnt say it was the kriek on the menu and he was expecting the gueuze lambic. Another refreshing beer for the heat we were in.


The next bar we visited was Tapperji Het Veulen where we decided to sit indoors at the bar. With so many beers to choose from my beer here was their own brand blonde ale. It was light, slightly bitter with a nice sweetness to it. Waynes choice was a little different, a lemongrass IPA by Brouwerji Kees. There wasn’t a whole lot of lemongrass or ginger from it, it was ok. We decided to stay here for another beer. But of course the munchies kicked in and thats when i noticed the monkey nuts on the bar.  On first impressions of this bar I noticed all the shells on the floor and thought to myself “did they forget to clean” but Brett told me its custom to throw the empty shells on the floor. I’d “the craic of all craic” doing so! My next beer was of course another blonde ale called Veluwse Zomerliefde by Burg Bier Brouwerij. This one was rather fruity with a nice bitterness to it. Wayne had a hefeweizen style beer called Weizener by Hertog Jan.


After this we visited ‘t Paultje. I ordered 7e Gijtje 2.0 which is a session rye ipa at 2.5% abv. I found it lightly bodied but huge on flavour. Brett informed me its his go to session beer. He enjoyed it at a local festival and was “floored” by how good it was. Waynes choice was Hop Art an american style IPA by vandeStreek bier. During our time here conversation turned to the impressive bottle selection stocked and stouts Brett had or wanted to try. This is how I came about choosing Caramel Fudge Stout by Brouwerij Kees, an imperial stout at 11.5% abv. This was simply stunning. Literally like a liquified brownie. The tag line on my bottle “The Chocolate Imperial Stout will seduce you” and thats exactly what happened. It was my beer of the night and up there with my beers of the holiday. Waynes next choice was Mosaic Hop Explosion from the same brewery. Described as “an India Pale Ale right in your face” on the bottle, he agreed. Banging aroma and great body were the terms he used.


As it was getting late and we didnt want it to be a big night we made the thornbridge bar our last stop. This was located near the train station. Here i finished my night on “I love you will you marry me” a strawberry blonde that was very enjoyable. Wayne drank Crakendale citra pale ale.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Brett for showing us around and sharing some laughs along the way.

Bunsen 

Bunsen 

I know I’m a little late to the Bunsen party, but I just have to tell you all about it. It was a Friday after payday and I didn’t bring my usual healthy, home prepared salad. Neither did Wayne. So on our commute to work we decided to meet for lunch (working south side has its advantages). We arranged to meet at 12 to beat the lunch time rush. With being spoiled for really amazing eateries around Grafton St we chose Bunsen on South Anne Street.

These guys are very well known for their burgers. I’m actually really surprised we haven’t been to one of their restaurants before. I knew they were situated on Wexford St, opposite Against The Grain and in Temple Bar but never knew there was a third location.

So lunch time arrived and we walked the short distance from my workplace. With seating available outside and upstairs we chose a seat inside and decided what to eat. I love the simplicity of the menu being a business card and noticed they even cater for gluten free/paleo.

The beer snob in me glanced at the alcoholic beverages available. Nice to see some great offerings from some Irish craft beer breweries as well as a selection of wine. My choice would have been the IPA from Wicklow Wolf.  Wishing I wasn’t working I ordered a strawberry milkshake while Wayne went for the chocolate flavoured one. These were amazing.

Next out came our food. My choice was the cheeseburger cooked medium well with all the toppings while Wayne  chose the double cheesburger cooked medium. We ordered shoestring fries to share. After the obigatory picture taking we tucked in. There wasn’t a word uttered between us. The burgers are indeed delicious. Served on a gorgeous soft bun, the patty itself was so juicy.  We devoured them.

There was a really lovely atmosphere and the staff, although very busy, were so friendly. The place filled up quite quickly and I was thrilled we decided to beat the lunch time rush. After paying our bill and rolling ourselves out I noticed a small queue for seats forming.  I also realised some customers were collecting phone orders. Working so close to this place is going to be dangerous to my waistline.