Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is on the top of my list. This one I would not like to share. Pleasantly smooth and very tasty, a hint of sweet caramel and malt, bourbon finish... If you ever come across of this beer just go for it.

 Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

Country United States
Brewery  Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Style Strong Ale
Colour Light Amber
Smell Bourbon, vanilla
Taste Caramel, malt, bourbon
Bitterness medium bitter finish
Alcohol content 5.9%

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

 

Beer And Food

 

In my opinion pairing beer and food is simple individual thing. There is a lot of studies which beer should go with which food, some made science of it. For example, lagers are good with seafood, fast food, crispy chicken, salads or cheese. Wheat beer goes wiBeer and foodth spicy food like Mexican or Indian and fruity deserts. IPA is good with Asian food, fish, burgers and barbecue. Stouts are good with chocolate desserts, shellfish and grilled meat. Ales are good with pizzas, smoked meat, fish…

Maybe there is some science behind that but if I don’t like some beer, no matter what science said, that beer will ruin my food experience. Also, I like my beer before meal, it tastes better and I enjoy it more. Once I was invited to my friend’s party. He prepared a grilled fish. After meal he poured me a glass of white vine and said that I should drink vine after fish, it is the right way… It didn’t set well on me because I don’t like vine, I am beer man…

So, instead of listening other people I suggest you to combine beer you love with food you love… That way you will have the best from both worlds. Some might disagree with me, but like I said, it is individual thing. The rule is there are no rules…

Also, you can combine beer with food on another way. I’ll give you some of my tested recipes.

 

Barbecue Marinade

Take a pork loin or leg, chop it to small pieces like small cubes 3 or 4 cm. Cut 2 or 3 big onions on bigger pieces and put all in a bowl and season it by your taste. I recommend salt, pepper, garlic powder, ground paprika or you can season it with some barbecue mix… whatever you prefer. I would throw some chili as well. Mix it Barbecue Marinadewell with hand to combine all ingredients. Take one beer, I prefer lager, and pour it in the bowl with your meat. Put some lid on it or wrap it with cling film and leave it in the fridge overnight. That way your meat will be tender, soft and juicy, and it will have beautiful flavour. Strong smell of beer will be lost in the smoke.

Before grilling take the skewers and soak them in the water. Cut the bacon (pork belly) on thin pieces. Now take the stick and start arrange your skewer. First put one piece of meat, then bacon, onion, meat… Until you fill the stick. You can use bell pepper, mushroom or any other vegetable to fill space between meat.  Put it on a hot coal for a few minutes, turn it regularly. This can work with chicken as well… The most important thing is to drench your throat with beer of your choice while meat is on fire…

 

Braised Pork Chops

Braised Pork ChopsTake a pork chops or steaks, season it the way you like, salt, pepper… On a hot pan put some oil, throw the chops in the pan, fry them one minute on each side, pour beer in the pan and small amount of water, just to almost cover the meat. Put the lid on and lower the heat. Occasionally turn chops. When all liquid evaporates, pour just one spoon of olive oil and small amount of beer and fry them until brown. Sauce from frying pour over the mash potato.

 

 

 

 

Beer Donuts

Mix two eggs until foamy, gradually add 120g of sugar, 600g of flour, two small tea spoons of baking powder, and one wheat beer. Take the dough with a wet spoon and put it in a hot oil. Season it with powder sugar, Nutella or jam…

 

Crunchy Sticks

SticksMake a dough from 450g of flour, 1 egg, 1 tea spoon of baking powder, 2 dl of oil, 1.6 dl of beer. After you made dough leave it aside around half an hour. Roll it out on 1 cm thick. Cut the sticks 8 – 10 cm long, sort it on a baking pan, coat it with scrambled egg and sesame seeds. Bake in the hot oven on 200 oC for 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

Are there any benefits of drinking beer? Of course!

First of all, it will make you happy! 😊 But there are some health benefits of drinking beer as well…

  1. It lowers Blood pressure

According to Harvard’s research and study, moderate drinking beer can significantly lower your blood pressure. Some people will say it is not true because alcohol can lead to high blood pressure but what do they know, right?

  1. Beer keeps your kidneys healthy

Some smart researchers in Finland (thank God for them) found that one bottle of beer daily lowers the risk of developing kidney stones by 40%. They also said, some stuff in hops can help slow the release of calcium from bones, which in turn prevents build-up of lost calcium in the kidney in the form of stones.

  1. Beer belly myth

Good fellow researchers at the University College of London and the Institut Klinické a Experimentální Medicíny in Prague come to conclusion that beer will not give you bigger overhang if you drink it moderately. But if you combine beer with non-moderate portion of popcorns, burgers, cheeseburgers, pizzasssss… well, that’s another story…

  1. Cancer fighter

Some great stuff called xanthohumol has a major role in the chemoprevention of cancer, including prostate cancer. According to Bio-medicine, it is also a good source of polyphenols, due to the grains used for fermentation. It has been proven effective in fighting cancer. You see… one went to invent nice alcoholic beverage and accidently made a cure…

  1. Beer can help with insomnia

Can it really help with insomnia? Well, you have to test for yourself, because if you drink one too many you will have to go to toilet and your lovely dream will be interrupted. But if you have few too many you can cure insomnia to much and get hypersomnia…

  1. Protects your heart

Beer is full of vitamin B6, which protects against heart and cardiovascular diseases. Also, it lowers bad cholesterol in your blood. But those Italian researches said only one pint per day. Except if you drink because of broken heart, then it is allowed more until you heal…

  1. Reduces risk of type 2 diabetes

Again, smart heads from Harvard, testing 38000 people came to conclusion that moderate drinking beer can reduce risk of type 2 diabetes. These research results were also confirmed by the American Diabetes Association. Just think of that… 38000 people in 4 years…How many pints is that?

  1. Bone straightener

On 2009 group of scientists on Tufts University came up with idea to test how beer affects the bone density. The results showed that if you drink one or two pints per day it can increase your bone density by 4.5%. So, your bones will be less prone to fractures and osteoporosis. But if you drink more than two it will have the opposite effect, with up to 5.2 percent lower density.

  1. Stress reliever

Going for a pint after work? Of course, a pint or two will reduce work-related stress or anxiety. Even Researchers at the University of Montreal proved that with scientific methods… But we don’t need scientists to prove that…

  1. Nectar of the Gods

I’m sure many will say there is a lot more benefits like it delays aging, prevents dementia, it’s good for skin, for your brain… But most of all, it is far more enjoyable to have nights out with your friends or cheer for your favourite team with beer is in your hand…

Just drink responsible, drink moderate, drink to enjoy life not to get drunk…

Cheers!