RECIPE: BEER BBQ SAUCE FOR RIBS
We’ve got a nice recipe for all our Brody’s website visitors. Are you having a BBQ this month? This is the perfect recipe: BEER BBQ SAUCE!
*You will need a pot for this recipe
Have a nice BBQ!
If you are a true beer lover you’ll want to visit a country that has good and interesting beers for you to try. So, which countries and cities within Europe should you visit? Where do they have the best beers? As an American craft beer bar in The Netherlands we’ve done our best to select some countries close to home for you based on the best beers for the best price. We hear a road trip coming…
First on the list is Germany. Munich is known for their ‘Oktoberfest’ where millions of liters of beer are consumed. Beer is an important part of the German gastronomy, so what country better to visit than one where beer is embedded in their culture? In Munich drinking a beer is considered a cultural activity… Well beer museum, here we come!
Second on our list is Poland. In Krakow, which is the most visited city in the country, you can find many small independent breweries with quality, unique beers. This is thanks to a little revolution the city has experienced in recent years. You can also find dozens of pubs where you pay very little for beer. Beer in Krakow is less expensive than a glass of water in Paris.
Third, of course, is Ireland. Who doesn’t think of beer when they think of Ireland? St. Patrick’s day, Guinness… do we need to say more? Dublin is the home-base of this famous brewery which you can visit as a traveler.
Last we would recommend you to go just past the Dutch borders: go to Bruges and Brussels in Belgium. Beer is a religion in Bruges. You can taste the white beers of Bruges here, which is a sweet beer. Brussels is the capital of Belgium so you bet that you can find lots of Belgian beers here. You can do a Belgian Beer tasting for example.
So, are you packing your bags already? We can’t wait to visit some of these cities again! Just promise that you’ll visit Brody’s again after your road trip as well. We want to hear all the stories.
WHY ARE SOME BEERS SERVED COLDER THAN OTHERS?
You might know that macro-lagers are served super super cold, but do you also know why? Well, when a beer is served cold, less flavors and aromas are going to come out.
Belgian dubbels or English casks ales are served warmer than the lagers for the reason that you’ll be able to smell all of the aroma and taste every little flavor as a chilled tap will unlock a wider range of flavors. Some beers are just meant to be cold, like most summer beers we’ve mentioned in our Brody’s Newspaper.
It all depends on the flavor of the beer.
Everybody loves to BBQ and drink beers in the summer, but which beers suits the BBQ? Let’s dive into the world of food-paring.
Of course, most people love to drink white beers in summer, so this is the first style that suits your BBQ.
Salads are mostly served alongside a BBQ. This is where ‘Weizen’ has a seat at your BBQ table. Saisons and farmhouse ales are tasty to pair with your BBQ because of the taste that has a lot of herbs and flower in it, combined with the bitter aftertaste.
Rauchbeer and smoked beer are other styles that can be combined perfectly at your BBQ. These go very well with roasted meats or vegetables to make the taste of both come forward. Are you having fish on your BBQ? Try a blond beer.
At last, the BBQ is not a BBQ if we don’t have a dessert. Try a sweet roasted stout with some chocolate cake or try your delicious ice cream with fresh fruit paired with a fruit beer.
IPA’s are one of the most popular beer styles. They have a rich history, which started with Britain having emigrants, sailors, and troops all over the world. While India was too warm for brewing, brewers in London started to brew beers with extra hops and higher alcohol levels to preserve the beer for the journey. Nowadays IPA’s aren’t just hoppy and strong anymore. There are so many different tastes to IPA’s. We’ll guide you through the most important styles.
This is the style where it all began. English IPA’s often have a roasty and fruity flavor. Malt often plays the lead role in this. Also they won’t use too much aromatic hop.
The American version of the IPA is often brewed with American hops. This leads to a very characteristic hoppy flavor. Malt doesn’t play the lead in this beer style. You could argue that malt is just a small role. Citrus aroma’s and tropical fruits are what you’ll find when drinking this beer style.
This beer style has two names: The Imperial or the Dubble IPA. This style is often a lot stronger than the ones named above. It also has more hop in it. This might even be the booziest one from the IPA styles, as it’s ABV often is above 7.5%.
Do you want to combine an IPA with food? Try it alongside some spicy flavored curry, blue cheese or a sweet carrot cake.
THESE ARE THE BEST BEER STYLES FOR WARMER WEATHER
When the sun is shining outside we all know that there is nothing better than an ice-cold beer in our hand. Whether it is on a holiday or in your home country: we appreciate a good, refreshing beer during the spring and summer months. However, not all beer is summer beer. You don’t want a sticky and heavy stout when you’re enjoying yourself in the sun around noon, right? So, what are the best beers for summer?
Pilsners are perfect for this type of weather. Thanks to our friends for the Czech Republic we’ve been drinking this beer for over 100 years. It’s a common style lager that is brewed with pilsner malt. The local pilsner is becoming more and more popular in the craft beer world. It’s familiar and refreshing at the same time. Gose is also a style we love to drink in the summer and spring. It tastes like a day at the beach. It’s brewed with salt (really) and coriander and has a low ABV.
Then, of course, there is no denying that IPA’s are the go-to beer during these months. IPA’s aren’t always bitter anymore as they used to be. In this era, the IPA’s are fruit-forward, aromatic and refreshing. Besides these styles there are many more that are screaming ‘summer’. Think about blonde ales, Berliner Weisses, and nice tasting ambers. We always have new beers on tap each week, so make sure to ask our bartenders which one is their favorite beer for warmer weather this week.
So, which beer on our menu are you going to try next?
Better prepared than sorry… don’t miss a beer beat!
Whether you’re staying in Europe for winter sports or crossing the continent, good beer can be found everywhere. We recommend you to check out the application ‘Untappd’ to find verified venues and trending locations in your surroundings. We are certain that you’ll find a spot that you’ll like! You can also go on CraftBeer.com to find a brewery in your area.
If you want to make sure that you won’t miss a beer beat, there are a few items you should pack on your next trip. We’ll list them below.
Some beers have a pretty doubtful history. There is just a lot of misinformation out there. Why? Because we like our stories to be easily repeatable and neat. Therefore we don’t like it when something it pretty complex. The Imperial Stout – often known as Russian Imperial Stout – has this complexity to it…
The ‘Russian’ part has been mythologized for hundreds of years. It began as a marketing stunt from breweries, which has found their way into history books. We can’t promise that the historical information that we have about this beer is perfect, but we can at least give it our best go. Imperial stout. We can call it the heady, roasted nectar of the gods.
The American craft beer market takes the original imperial stout and will give it twists with anything you can imagine. Name it, and it is probably on the market. However, when we get back to where this beer is from, we all know that an imperial stout is a beer with a high amount of alcohol in it. Many say that it was developed when in “need for a product that wouldn’t spill during long journeys” – instead of the regular porter back then. We can say that since the porter made longer journeys back in the days and it was doing just fine, that this isn’t correct. It’s more likely that the Tsarists court, which had a lot of money to spend, just wanted a stronger beer than the regular ‘stout porter’ (which would be more expensive).
The first “Russian imperial stout” is attributed to Anchor Brewery in London (in 1616). So. This is where it probably comes from. Nowadays we can probably claim that – while the word ‘Russian’ is meaningless since the beer style is brewed on every continental – it probably stands for a higher ABV and higher hop rate (than the American double for example). Another great fact is that the Russian Imperial Stout is probably the progenitor of the Baltic porter as a recognized beer style.
Anyways. We like our strong and dark lagers, whether it’s an imperial stout, an American double or a Russian imperial stout.