Actually, my night first started with an awesome new beer, Stone’s 16 Anniversary IPA—it’s brewed with lemony hops, lemon verbena and lemon oil, which gives the double IPA a, well, powerful lemon flavor and aroma; more on that later this week—but the food and beer phenomenon didn’t start until I turned on the TV.
I’m pretty much stuck on the Food Network these days, so the first show that popped up when I powered up was “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” where I found Guy Fieri shouting superlatives at the chef of Philly’s Good Dog Bar and Restaurant. The chef’s truffled cheesesteak empanada was the focus—and, damn, did it look good—but what caught my eye was the sauce’s ingredient: Flying Fish beer. The show was a rerun, but a quick search on Good Dog’s website shows they may have switched it up recently, opting for a “bourbon infused rogue chocolate stout sauce for dipping.” The place also makes a pork chop brined in Lagunitas IPA and a hummus infused with Allagash White.
While I was hunting around for more info, I noticed another Food Network show recently featured beer and food: The outlandishly Wild West themed “Chopped: Grill Masters.” Like every other version of “Chopped,” contestants are challenged to create dishes that incorporate a basket of secret ingredients. This particular show’s dessert challenge featured tofu, green plantains, maple-bacon ale and mangos. I’ve yet to see the footage, but apparently the beer bottles were pink, and only one maple bacon ale comes in a pink bottle: Rogue’s deliciously decadent Voodoo Bacon Maple Ale.
Then, while aimlessly indulging in more beer-food mentions online, I stumbled across the third beer-food item: Frozen Pints, a brand-new ice cream venture out of Atlanta that creates ice cream flavors out of craft beer. From Peach Lambic (which sounds amazing) to Cinnamon Espresso Stout to Honey IPA, this is ice cream for the sophisticated palate.
All of this happened within the span of an hour, or about as long as it took to finish off the bottle of Stone 16th Anniversary IPA.
What beer-food mentions in pop culture have surprised you recently?