Father’s Day is this weekend, and believe it or not, your Dad doesn’t want a tie this year. Give Dad something more personal and fun with a simple at-home beer pairing lunch or dinner.
My easy guac consists of 2 avocados, juice of half a lime, a quarter of a yellow onion, some diced tomatoes, corn and salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Not an avocado fan? Salsa is one of the easiest things to make at home. Try this easy recipe with step-by-step instructions.
Not into chips and dip? How about a more traditional picnic fare like simple deviled eggs. My grandma makes these for every family function, and they’re always a crowd favorite. Also, consider a new twist on a classic like Martha’s Stewart’s Curried Potato Salad.
For an easy beer pairing for any starters and to kick off your palate I recommend DuClaw’s Oz, their newest IPA release. Oz is only 4.4% ABV making it an easy drink and features a nice Simcoe hop flavor that isn’t overwhelming.
If there’s anything I know about my dad, it’s that he loves a good steak. It’s time to fire up that grill and get started! There’s nothing like picking out a fresh steak at your local farmers market and grilling it to perfection with the perfect sauce.
Personally, I love a vinaigrette-style sauce or a butter on my steak, so this recipe for a Balsamic-Rosemary Butter has my name written all over it. I’m envisioning this on top of my strip steak with a side of grilled veggies to finish it off. Try not to drool.
If you’re looking for something with a little more kick, maybe a dry rub is more your style. Sure you could grab a pre-made spice mix in the grocery store, but believe it or not many of the ingredients in those packets can be found in your own cupboard. Impress Dad by making your own – might I suggest this Creole-Style Spice Rub?
When it comes to a beer and steak pairing it’s not as easy. The beer really pairs with the seasoning you choose, not necessarily the steak itself. If you choose to go a robust and spicy route, go with a pilsner such as Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils. If you decide to go a little more plain, pick a powerful roasted porter such as Stone Smoked Porter.
Dad not keen on steak? How about a grilled pizza? You can get pre-made pizza crust at just about any grocery store and the best part is that each pizza is complete customization. While some may prefer the traditional margherita pizza, I like to go for something different like Roasted Garlic, Chicken & Herb White Pizza or even Peach, Proscuitto and Goat Cheese.
For a pizza pairing I vote Kolsch. They’re easy to drink and feature a mild flavor that plays well with just about any ingredients. Locally, I’m all about Lancaster Brewing Co’s Kolsch.
When it comes to desserts there’s nothing like a scoop of ice cream in the summer. To give it a craft beer twist, how about a stout float? Just add a few scoops of vanilla ice cream to a pint glass and gently pour a stout over top. I recommend DuClaw’s Sweet Baby Jesus (which is technically a porter) or Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout.
Also, making use of a summer seasonal fruit is always delicious. Try your hand at these Strawberry-Sage Muffins and pair them well with an Anderson Valley Summer Solstice or even Terrapin’s Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse.