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Pretzel Crusted Beer & Mustard Battered Pork Chops

5 Six Ounce Boneless Pork Chops

1 Cup Bitter Ale, (Beer)

1 Cup Flour

Salt & Pepper to Taste

Nutmeg, Dash of

1 Large Egg

3 – 4 Tbs Spicy Brown Mustard

3/4 Cup (more) Bitter Ale, (Beer)

1/2 Tsp Garlic, Fine Chopped

2 Cups Salted Pretzels, Medium Fine Crushed

2 – 3 Glugs Olive Oil


Pour 1 Cup of Beer in a medium mix bowl, set aside


In Big Zip Bag shake together the Flour, Salt, Pepper & Nutmeg, set aside


Whisk together in a large mix bow; Egg, Mustard, 3/4 Cup Beer & Garlic,

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Squeeze Me IPA

Deschutes inspired beer in a Deschutes pint glass, hey what the hell is the Rogue sample glass doing there?

This beer was inspired by the beauty of Deschutes Fresh Squeeze. It is not a clone but it comes very close to it, we think it is a fusion of Fresh Squeeze and Indeeds Mosaic, the dankness of the Mosaic hop and the punchy Citra hop creates a beautiful beer that is still our favorite beer we brewed.


Method:               All grain

Style:                    American IPA

Boil Time:            60 Min

Batch size:           5.25 gal

Boil size:               6 gal

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Pork Loin Roast – Czech Style

This is a simple but absolutely wonderful pork roast for a cool fall or winter day, no wonder why it’s the national meal of the Czech Republic!

I have made a Czech inspired pork roast before but this is much more traditional way of making it.

Again the measurements are more of a suggestion then an absolute depending on the size of the pork loin roast and personal taste.

2 ½-3 lb pork loin roast 2 tsp. kosher salt 1 tsp. fresh cracked pepper 2 tsp. Hungarian paprika 1-2 tsp. caraway seeds 1 onion quartered 2 cloves of garlic

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Beer Tour - Live Blogged

I am at Muddy Waters in the Lyn Lake neighborhood of Minneapolis and I am doing a little mini beer tour and I am going to live blog it (edit: almost all was live blogged until battery died).


First beer is Deshutes NWPA Northwest Pale Ale:

I am not a huge pale ale fan typically but this pale is a nice surprise, it is hoppy (60 ibu) as you typically find in Pale ales but it doesn’t have the over the top, hit you in the face cascade hoppiness that other  pa’s apa’s and ipa’s tend to have.  Cascade hops is my

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Indian Inspired IPA Beef Stew:

I wasn’t sure what to call this dish since it isn’t really a curry and the addition of beer kind of throws it a wrench it to it also but as you can see I settled on a vague inspired title!  This no holds bar stew that is inspired by Indian spices and a beer that was made for to survive the heat ofIndia.  It has loads of flavor and is very satisfying change of pace after all that holiday food.

Oh, this is a bit hot, cut done the cayenne and remove seeds and ribbing from the sarono

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Braised pork shoulder w/ fennel and beer:

My intention was to slow cook a pork roast for pulled pork something or another on the grill this weekend but the weather had turned cooler so the itch to slow cook in the Dutch oven took hold.  I chose to braise that pork instead with some fennel and some beer.

What is braising?  Braising is a simple and wonderful way to make tough meats fall apart tender.  The basic concept is to cook the meat low and slow with some sort of liquid and added aromatics until falling apart tender.  It really is an anything goes type

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Gateway Beers Part Two

If you haven’t read part one of this series, you can do so here.

Another great gateway beer is the Belgium Wit beer (White), loads of flavor, complex with subtle undertones that dance around the mouth in a whirling wash of wonderfulness. Although it has a love of flavors going on, it is not the classic beer/hoppy flavor that some people don’t like. Wit’s grain make up has a large percentage of wheat (un-malted wheat is often used) along with light malted barley. Wit beer uses a distinctive yeast strain that remains suspended in this unfiltered beer, so along

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Gateway Beers to Good Craft Beers

Some call it the nectar of the gods, others just say “give me a pint”, but some don’t like beer, especially good craft beers. What you say, how could that be? I have been drinking “good beer” for all of my adult life and a bit of my not so adult life but that is another story indeed. I just never liked the bland non beer taste of the mega breweries that was designed to please the tastes of the masses (especially the deflated tastes of post prohibition when people forgot what good beer was all about, damn you

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