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Our Beer Sommelier, Maggie Cubbler, explores the fantastic beer that is coming out of the Emerald Isle and pairing it with some of her favourite classic dishes.
While my compatriots back in the States are celebrating so-called Irish beer this month by dyeing it green and
claiming a cousin who got drunk on Temple Bar as proof of their Irishness, I get to celebrate the high-quality
artisanal product that Irish craft beer actually is. So, if you're feeling lucky (sorry, one little pun) let's make
this Saint Patrick's Day the start of your discovery of all that is great in modern Irish beer.
The best way I know how to get this party started is with food. On that account, I've picked a few of my favorites
from our Irish Mixed Case to go alongside some the best traditional Irish
foods. I've even included a cheeky recipe for a dish that includes BOTH bacon and sausages. I promise, none of it
will make you pee green.
The White Hag Little Fawn Session IPA & Smoked Cod Fish Cakes
One of Ireland's most highly-respected breweries, Co. Sligo's The White Hag churns out bold, experimental and overall
kick-ass beers like their Little Fawn Session IPA. This crisp, zingy beer has prominent notes of grapefruit and
lemon that melds into its bitter finish. I like this beer with fish cakes because the zesty finish cuts through the
cakes' pan-fried crust. I like to include a good bit of citrus zest in my fish cakes—primarily lemon although orange
would be great too—which would really accentuate the beer's citrus-fruit character.
Eight Degrees Sunburnt & Coolea Grilled Cheese Sandwich
I discovered Co. Cork's Eight Degrees brewing on a trip to Galway a few years back. It took us a long time to get
them in and I'm glad we've got their fantastic Sunburnt, a classic Irish Red Ale. I think would complement the
traditional cheese, Coolea, with its sweet nutty and caramel flavours. It might not be the most Irish of dishes but
life is better with cheese.
White Hag's The Black Sow & Dublin Coddle
I'm a huge fan of anything with bacon, beer and sausage. If there's anything you should eat on Saint Patrick's Day
(well, flipping any day, really) it's this Dublin Coddle. Named as such because the stew is simmered, or coddled,
for hours. Traditionally it was made with a stout, similar to the White Hag's Black Sow. Its gentle roasted
bitterness and notes of licorice are a nice complement to the briny, salty stew. Super easy to make, you could throw
a lot of things in a Dublin Coddle, actually: amber ales, pale ales, ciders. Go for it!
2 TB Olive Oil
500g good quality pork sausages
250g smoked streaky bacon, chopped into 1-inch strips
2 yellow onions, sliced into half moons
450g baby potatoes, halved
500ml good quality chicken stock
250ml beer of your choice
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
Small bunch fresh parsley, chopped
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Brown the sausages on all sides then set aside.
Add the bacon and onions to the pot and cook until the onions start to brown, about 10 minutes.
Add the sausages back to the pot and then add the halved potatoes. Cover with the chicken stock and beer.
Add the thyme and bay leaf then season with salt and pepper (being careful not to overseason as that can intensify
during cooking. You can adjust when serving).
Reduce the heat to low and cover.
Simmer for 1-1 ½ hours or until the potatoes are cooked through.
Serve with the chopped parsley and a fantastic Irish beer. Cheers!
Pairing beer and food together isn’t all rules and science. That would make for a terribly boring dinner party! Instead, it’s the art of taking a good beer, some good food and partnering them together to make something even better. It’s the adventure of discovering what works, what doesn’t and what you like. It’s you taking a bite, taking a sip and then declaring your undying love for that imperial stout and chocolate cake.
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