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Beer and Bacon Pairing

I’m sick and tired of beer and bacon… said no one ever.

Yes, it seems America’s fixation with barley-based beverages and salty pig parts is one that will continue to transcend even the most radical epicurean trends, and that’s fine with us. So to celebrate our affinity for suds and swine, we put together a few pairings to go with our hoppy Coastal Reserve IPA’s.

Boardwalk Black Rye IPA, Blackball Belgian IPA, Big Barrel Double IPA\

Boardwalk Black Rye IPA, Blackball Belgian IPA, Big Barrel Double IPA

Beer and Bacon Pairing #1

Blackball Belgian IPA – What makes this hop-forward Belgian-style strong ale especially unique is the blend of brewing spices added to the boil, along with a lengthy dry-hopping.   Coriander and curacao orange peels accentuate the fruity and spicy notes from the Belgian yeast, while New Zealand-grown Pacifica hops punctuate the bright citrus flavors.

Bacon Mango Chutney & Goat Cheese Crostini
1 12oz Jar Mild Mango Chutney
5 Strips Cooked Bacon; Chopped
8oz Goat Cheese
1 French Baguette

Slice baguette into ½’ pieces, place on a baking sheet, gently toast at 425 degrees for 3-4 minutes, remove from oven, and set aside. Combine bacon and mango chutney in a small saucepan and heat on medium-low. While heating bacon mango chutney, soften goat cheese in a double boiler until smooth and creamy. Apply a spoon full of warm goat cheese and bacon mango chutney to each crostini and serve with Blackball Belgian IPA.

Bacon Mango Chutney & Goat Cheese Crostini

Beer and Bacon Pairing #2: 

Big Barrel Double IPA – What sets Big Barrel apart from other bold Double/Imperial IPA’s are the Nelson Sauvin hops used. Grown on New Zealand’s South Island, this Southern Hemisphere cultivar imparts tropical flavors and aromas, with hints of mango, guava, and passion fruit.

Sweet & Spicy Bacon Skewers
1/3 Cup Guava Preserves
2 Red Jalapeno Peppers
2 Tbs Big Barrel Double IPA
8-10 Pre-cooked Bacon Strips
Wood Skewers

Using skewers or tongs to protect your hands, roast peppers over an open flame until skins are completely charred. Remove stems and scrape off charred skin with a knife and finely chop. Prepare glaze by combining guava preserves, minced peppers, and Big Barrel in a small saucepan over low heat; whisk ingredients until mixture is hot but not boiling.  Skewer bacon strips, roll in glaze, and serve with Big Barrel Double IPA.

Sweet & Spicy Bacon Skewers

Beer and Bacon Pairing #3: 

Boardwalk Black Rye IPAWhile Boardwalk has the bitterness of a Double IPA, there’s a lot more to this beer than hop character. Roasted and caramelized rye malts give Boardwalk a rich and full-bodied malt backbone, with notes of chocolate, coffee, and spice coming through in the flavor.

Chocolate Dipped Bacon with Sea Salt & Cayenne
1lb 30-40% Cacao Chocolate
10 Pre-cooked Bacon Strips; cut in half
Cayenne Pepper
Sea Salt
Parchment Paper

If your high school job wasn’t slaving away at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, you can learn how to properly temper chocolate here. Time and temperature are important when working with chocolate, so don’t worry if you make a mess trying to dip your bacon quickly. Once you’ve finished dipping each strip, dust with sea salt and cayenne pepper and allow chocolate to set on parchment paper at room temperature. Pair with a Boardwalk Black Rye IPA and never look back.

Chocolate Bacon