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Cooking with craft beer
Brew up a batch of yummy cupcakes
 
Published Thursday, April 24, 2014
by Brandpoint

Don't be afraide to brew up new receipes in the kitchen like these Sam Adams Boston Lager Cupcakes.

For those that are experienced in the kitchen, wine may be a familiar ingredient to cook with, but many people don't even consider using craft beer in their recipes. While it may not be commonplace quite yet, more and more people are learning that craft beer can add a flavorful dimension to a variety of dishes.

 

Whether you're an accomplished cook and a craft beer connoisseur, or just starting to build your culinary and beer knowledge, a few simple tips will help anyone create a meal that is sure to impress.

Just as you carefully select the ingredients for your dish, you should be sure the ingredients in your beer are the highest quality. If you like to drink a certain beer, chances are it will be delicious to cook with.

Spice it up

Craft beers are a unique culinary tool that can bring out hidden flavors, balance complex ingredients, and pair well with bold or delicate flavors equally. The ingredients used in craft beer provide an inherent spice package that creates an added depth of flavor without overpowering the taste of other ingredients. This built-in spice packet also makes cooking simpler, infusing dishes with exciting flavors that might be difficult to achieve otherwise.

Experiment

Don't be afraid to try incorporating beer into a variety of dishes. Samuel Adams brewer Jennifer Glanville advocates for experimentation. "I encourage everyone to incorporate craft beer into their cooking. If you have a favorite dish and a favorite brew - find a way to put them together. There are so many options when cooking with craft beer," she stated.

Craft beer for every course

Because of the variety of craft beers on the market today, there is a beer that fits in any recipe. Various beer types can fit in marinades for meats, sauces, and even desserts. Glanville recommends making a marinade with Boston Lager for steaks and burgers. The malt flavor in the beer emphasizes the caramelized flavors of the meat, and the beer's citrus and spicy notes from the hops intensify the flavor of the dish.

To show just how tasty a dish made with craft beer can be, Samuel Adams worked with Chef David Burke to create a beer-infused cupcake that is worthy of any celebration - especially the brewery's 30th anniversary.

"Samuel Adams continues to experiment with ingredients and brewing techniques, just as I experiment in my cooking, so it's been exciting to see how we've been able to push culinary boundaries through our unique partnership," said Burke.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager Cupcakes Recipe by Chef David Burke

Makes 24 cupcakes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

1 1/4 cups sugar

1/4 cup cocoa powder

3/4 cup all purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

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