Brews-day will feature beer in my recipes as well as beer pairings. Why not? I have a constant supply of craft beer from my boyfriend and the talented gentleman at The Better Beer Project.
This beer is called BlueberryHOPtart (be sure to hash tag it as such if you mention it on Twitter!). It is ever so slightly sweet, ever so slightly sour and has the fresh smell and taste of Summer. (via @BeerProject: "BlueberryHOPtart is a spicy, complex French farmhouse ale brewed with fresh blueberries and Belgian candi.") And do I really need to say it? My favorite part is the beautiful color.
Today I am drinking it with leftover summer salad made with local vegetables and cheese. Outside it is 97 degrees; I cannot tell you how happy I am to be in the air conditioning with a cold drink and a fresh lunch!
2 zucchini, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds and grilled with salt, pepper and olive oil
one pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup fresh basil
Dress salad with olive oil, lemon pepper, goat cheese and balsamic syrup (recipe follows). Serve hot or cold. Serves two as a meal or four as a side dish.
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup honey
Reduce by half in an uncovered pot over medium (DO NOT BOIL). Let cool completely before using.
Happy eating and drinking to you all!