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A SaveOnBrew Guide To Father's Day Beer Dinner

06.14.2013 12:59 PM

Chances are, there are loads of Father’s Day events combining bonding time with beer in your city. The problem is that A) It’ll be expensive, B) It’ll be crowded, and C) It could be so loud you can’t hear yourselves think. We like the idea of Father’s Day beer events, mind you… but when it comes down to brass tacks, we’d rather be having a backyard BBQ to celebrate dear old dad.

With SaveOnBrew, you can locate delicious beer that’s on sale to pair with what you’re cooking up. The idea is simple: Drink well. Spend less. That’s something we can all drink to. Now, if you’re agonizing over selections, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with these suggestions for a wonderful Father’s Day BrewBQ.

Course One: Beer Cheese Dip & IPA

For an appetizer, start off with this recipe for Founders Beer Cheese Dip. It’s got smoked gouda goodness combined with garlic, peppers, cream cheese, spinach, Dijon and Italian seasoning, along with Founders Centennial IPA. That’s what we thought, too… Holy Delicious! We suggest pairing this with the rest of the citrusy, evergreen Centennial IPA you bought and a nice box of Jumbo soft pretzels, available in the freezer section of your local grocery store. We like to have items like crusty bread, olives, deli meats and salty nacho chips on hand as well.   

Course Two: Salad & Ale

Next, combine the smooth, creamy Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale -- which leads with grapefruit and follows with a hint of apricot but not too much bitterness -- with a salad of your choice. A Tropical Fruit Salad on a particularly hot day would go well or you could go with something like this Arugula Salad With Citrus Vinaigrette. We’ve even heard of people pairing Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin with Bulgur, Kale and Feta Salad or couscous for something different. 

Course Three: Mac N’ Cheese & Scotch Ale

Beer Chow never disappoints to bring you the goods – like this recipe of Mac N’ Cheese made with gruyere, cheddar, apple, smoked hickory bacon, sage, butter, milk and bread crumbs. They recommend pairing it with Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale, so who are we to argue?

Course Four: Filet Mignon & Imperial Stout

Bring on the meat! What dad could pass up a juicy, tender filet charred to perfection on the grill? At the last minute of cooking, melt some crumbled bleu cheese on top for a truly out-of-this-world combination. New York Magazine will tell you how to grill a perfect steak using just your ordinary Weber Grill. You can’t go wrong pairing this entrée with Stone Brewing Co’s Russian Imperial Stout. The chocolate, malt and roast will blend surprisingly well with the spicy peppercorns and hefty meatiness of the steak. Yum! Don’t forget to throw a veggie in there – like roasted asparagus brushed with olive oil, salt and pepper, and thrown on the grill. 

Course Five: Beer Brownies & Stout

Beer brownies melt in your mouth like no other. You can use any kind of dark stout. We recommend Guinness or (if you can get your paws on it) Fireman’s Brew Brunette. Young’s Double Chocolate Stout is a little on the sweet side, but always a great dessert. Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout is widely heralded as a quality stout, too.


BONUS: Check out last year’s tasting menu!

PS. We’d also like to give props to Drew Wood over at Thrillist who published an awesome rundown of different beers for different types of dads. Top notch work! 

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