Cooking with Craft Beer: 4 Summer Recipe Ideas

Summer seasonal fruits, vegetables and flavors are in full swing as are summer brews. Cooking with beer can be easy and delicious with the right beer and the right recipe. Before the 4th gets here and you’re not sure what to take to the party, check out our quick round up of four simple and speedy craft beer infused summer snacks that will surely be the hit of the day.

stone ipa pickles

Homemade IPA Pickles

With your gardens in full force and all this rain we’ll have a surplus of veggies in no time. I know many people have been not just making their own pickles but canning for years, and this year will be my first attempt at doing so with this easy recipe using Stone Enjoy By IPA. You can also substitute in Perpetual IPA, Pizza Boy West Shore IPA, Sam Adams Rebel IPA or whichever one you have in the fridge. Beyond that, the recipe calls for 1 1/2 cucumbers, cider vinegar, kosher salt, dill, garlic and pepper flakes if you choose. It makes 2 pint-sized mason jars of pickles that will be great on your burgers. Click here for the full recipe via Porch Drinking.

Chocolate Porter Popsicles

Summer is made for popsicles, especially adult popsicles. I’m a huge fan of the chocolate fudge pops, so a recipe reminiscent of those appeals to me greatly. Porters I would recommend for use in a chocolate popsicle: Boulder Beer Shake, DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus, and Breckenridge Vanilla Porter. All have a dessert-type flavor that will pair perfectly with the chocolate milk used for the pop part. Also, feel free to use a Southern Tier Choklat Stout or Troegs Java Head Stout as a substitution as well. Finally, be sure to drop some off at my door when they’re ready.Find the full recipe here via Bites n Brews.

Porter Black Bean Dip

Fourth of July is right around the corner and you know you’re going to have to take a side dish to that barbecue. Keep is simple and delicious by taking porter black bean dip. For a bean dip, you’ll want to select a robust porter with nutty and roasted flavors. Think Kona Pipeline Porter, Great Lakes Brewing Edmund Fitzgerald, Deschutes Black Butte Porter, or Yards General Washington’s Tavern Porter. My girl The Beeroness is the queen of craft beer cooking and has created the perfect side for a hot day. Just add veggies, pita chips, or a spoon. Find her full recipe here.

garlic cheddar beer bread

Garlic Cheddar Beer Bread

Whether you’re grilling up chicken or boiling some crabs you’re going to want some bread on the side. Many know Red Lobster for their cheddar biscuits, but I’m not about chain restaurants. I am about cooking and getting together with friends, and hope to add this beer bread to summer festivities. Beer bread is pretty quick and easy to make and when you add two of my favorite things, garlic and cheese, it sounds like a drool-worthy recipe. When baking beer bread, I recommend a wheat beer. Try Finch’s Wet Hot American Wheat, Breckenridge Ophelia, or Southern Tier Hop Sun. You don’t want too much flavor to overpower the garlic and cheesy goodness. Note, the recipe only calls for a 12 oz bottle so you’ll have plenty of that sixer left to drink. Check out the full recipe via Gimme Some Oven here.

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