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Brewery Super Bowl: Brooklyn Brewery v. Sam Adams

Well my NFL beer playoff series has ended and 0f the 10 playoff games my readers predicted 6 of them were correct. Our predictions really took a hit with the late championship game flubs but on the plus side that made for some exciting games.

Over the next two weeks I will be focusing on Super Bowl food pairings to help you “WOW” your friends when they come over to enjoy the big game.  Sam Adams will be representing the Patriots so let me know what your favorite New England food is and I will do my best to pair that with a Sam Adams beer.  Brooklyn Brewery will be representing the Giants so let me now what your favorite New York food is and I will do my best to pair that with a Brooklyn brewery beer.

But now is the time to stand up and vote for your favorite brewery in the Super Bowl.  This poll has nothing to do with the actual athletic merits of either team but solely on the merits of the breweries representing each team.  So throw your team pride to the side and vote for the best beer!  I realize this may take some drinking. . . err, research but consider it training for the big game. Let me know which beer you think will be the MVB in the comments below and I will try to pair that beer with some classic or regional half-time cuisine.


food.pairing: Chocolate Bock


sam adams- chocolate bock Old Fezziwig

sam adams-old fezziwig

food.pairing: Old Fezziwig Ale

sam adams old fezziwig

sam adams-old fezziwig

General description and suggestion: Winter warmers are meant to dojust that, warm you up! These full-bodied beers will often have pronouncedcaramel or molasses-like aromas and flavors as well as a warming alcoholpresence.  These beers also have a widerange of alcohol presence so be sure to check out the ABV before you pouryourself big ole pint.

Often times Winter Warmers or Holiday Ales, as they are sometimes called,are brewed with special spices such as clove or cinnamon.  These spices can make them a perfect forpairing with holiday deserts such as pumpkin pie. If you don’t see adescription on the packaging look at the brewery website or BeerAdvocate.comfor ingredients or taste descriptions.

Specific description and suggestion: First, let me start by sayingthat this recipe tastes sooo good but it is sooo bad for you, as many holidaydesserts are. Also, you can save yourself a lot of time and effort with thisrecipe if you use the canned pumpkin mush but please don’t short changeyourself.  Mashing the fresh baked pumpkinwith a fork then whisking it until it is smooth gives this dessert a muchbetter texture (the best in my opinion) than canned pumpkin.  You won’t regret the time or the effort.

I love it when a single beer pairs so well with a recipe but I getdown right giddy when two beers fit the bill so well.  You will be able to find the Sam Adams mixed winter12 pack just about anywhere unfortunately but Trader Joes has a great price onthe Wassail this season. These two beers pair so well with desserts becausetheir residual sweetness and spicing makes them a dessert to begin with!   Theirspices resonate with the Pumpkin Crisp spices and their full-bodies enhance thecreamy goodness.  The cayenne pepperspiced pecans add fun little kick that will only linger until your next bite orsip.

Pumpkin Crisp

1 Sugar Baby Pumpkin or 32oz of can of pumpkin

4 eggs slightly beaten

3 cups evaporated milk

1 ½ cups sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp salt

1 (2-layer) yellow cake mix

½ cup butter melted

1 cup chopped and spiced pecans

Cut and clean pumpkin into thin slices and roast them in the oven at350° to develop an intense pumpkin taste and tender.  Poke with a fork to test. This could take aslong as an hour.  If you need to speed upthe process put slices in the microwave for a couple of minutes untiltender.

Put baked pumpkin flesh in a bowl (stand-up mixer is best) with whiskand beat on high until the pumpkin texture is smooth without any lumps.

Combine all but the last three ingredients.  Pour into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.

Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over the top of the pumpkin mixture.Sprinkle pecans on top of cake mixture. Drizzle melted butter over the top.

Bake for 350° for 1 hour

food.pairing: Bonfire Rauchbier

Sam Adams rauchbier bonfire

Beer: Bonfire Rauchbier (5.7%)

Brewery: Samuel Adams (Boston Beer Company)

Style: Rauchbier

Serving: Pilsner or Stange glass @ 45°-50°

General description and suggestion: The most identifiable characteristic of rauchbiers besides its crystal clear copper color and thick creamy head is its smoky aroma and flavor.  The smoky aroma and flavor comes from wood kilned malt. The aromas can range from smoky bonfire-like to bacon-like but understand that the intensity of this smoky characteristic can vary quite a bit among producers. The flavor of the rauchbier should be full of rich malt (think toast), moderate hop bitterness and a fairly dry finish with a clean lager character.  The smoke flavor can quite a bit among producers, as well. I recommend you so start with this mainstream example and work your way up in intensity to avoid burning out your patience for this beer style.

This beer pairs well with a variety of BBQ, sharp cheeses and grilled meat.  While this beer pairs well with other smoked food items I find it can become too smoky so I like to use this beer AS the smoke element/layer.

Specific description and suggestion: Vegetarian Enchiladas

This was a fantastic pairing! The enchiladas were prepared with traditional enchilada sauce and potato and mole’ filling.   I added spice to the dish with a chunky jalapeno guacamole. The beer’s moderate hopping and carbonation bump up the spicing a notch momentarily before the malt sweetness can counteract the spice. The beer’s smoky aroma and flavor adds a wonderful layer to the enchiladas (think chipotle) and creates yet another tasting experience that is much greater than the sum of its ingredients.

Now I would like to thank Callie for the wonderful enchiladas.  I wouldn’t have discovered this wonderful pairing if it weren’t for you and your delicious enchiladas.