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Cooking With Beer

 TAGS:undefinedEnjoying cold beer is probably the best part of hanging out with your friends, whether on a nice terrace during a sunny day or in a pub at night. But beer is not just a simple drink, it is also a delicious ingredient for cooking and create amazing dishes. Here you have a few recipes to follow. Just enjoy.

Can Can Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3-1/2 to 4 pounds)

Preparation:

  1. In a small bowl, mix the first seven ingredients. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from chicken; rub seasoning mixture under and over the skin. Tuck wings under chicken. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour.
  2. Completely cover all sides of an 8- or 9-in. baking pan with foil. Place a beer-can chicken rack securely in pan. Remove half of the beer from a can. Using a can opener, make additional large holes in the top of the can; place the can in the ack.
  3. Stand chicken vertically on rack; place on grill rack. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of the thigh reads 170°-175°.
  4. Carefully remove the pan from grill; tent chicken with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before carving.

Beer cheese in a bread bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 round loaf (1 pound) pumpernickel bread
  • 2 jars (5 ounces each) sharp American cheese spread
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 1/2 cup real bacon bits

Preparation:

  1. Cut top fourth off loaf of bread; carefully hollow out the bottom, leaving a 1/2-in. shell. Cube removed bread; set aside.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine cheese spread and cream cheese. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir in beer. Microwave, uncovered, 20 seconds longer. Stir in bacon.
  3. Fill bread shell with cheese dip. Serve with reserved bread cubes. 

Beer Macaroni and cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 3/4 cup amber beer
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded fontina cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives
  • 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Preparation:

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions for al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in the flour, mustard, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually whisk in the milk, beer and cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Reduce heat. Stir in 2 cups cheddar cheese, fontina cheese and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese until melted. Add chives.
  4. Drain macaroni; stir into sauce. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar and Parmesan cheeses.
  5. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and heated through. Top with crumbled bacon. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Chocolate Guinness cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Guinness
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda

Preparation:

  1. Grease a 9-in. springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat beer and butter until butter is melted. Remove from the heat; whisk in sugar and cocoa until blended. Combine the eggs, sour cream and vanilla; whisk into beer mixture. Combine flour and baking soda; whisk into beer mixture until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Remove sides of the pan.
  4. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and cream; beat until smooth (do not over-beat). Remove cake from the pan and place on a platter or cake stand. Ice top of the cake so that it resembles a frothy pint of beer. Refrigerate leftovers.

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One Beer a Day May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack

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The title says it all: one beer a day can help reduce your risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. That is the conclusion of the study presented by Pennsylvania State University at the last meeting of the American Heart Association, the world’s largest cardiology referent.

The study in question was based on the analysis of blood samples of 80 thousand adults contrasted with their habits of consumption of alcoholic beverages during each quarter of the last 6 years. These blood samples allowed researchers to measure, among other factors, high-density lipoprotein levels. Indeed, maintaining healthy levels of this lipoprotein (better known as “good cholesterol”) helps prevent clogged arteries, a major cause of stroke and cardiovascular disease.

The results show that people with moderate alcohol consumption, equal to one or two pints per day, maintain a healthy level of “good” cholesterol. This positive effect was more noticeable in blood samples from regular beer drinkers than those with a predilection for other alcoholic beverages.

On the contrary, it is, without a doubt, an argument that supports the conclusion of the benefits of consuming a daily beer. “A reason to raise our arm and toast, although it is probably best to do it only once,” said Shue Huang, lead author of the study.

While this is one of the largest studies in this area, it is not the only one. In fact, in Uvinum we had already talked about the positive effects of moderate consumption of beer on other items: from its stimulating qualities to brain activity and memory, to reducing health problems such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis or aging of the skin.

There is no doubt that this news will delight all those people who enjoy having a cold beer with their friends when leaving work. To all of them: Cheers!

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Guinness: world leader in beer and advertising

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The beer brand Guinness is a reference worldwide. A stout, pure malt beer, head-quartered in Dublin, Ireland, the country par excellence on this kind of beer. Guinness is synonymous with quality and a brand that knows about advertising and graphic design, since the Guinness beer glass inspires campaigns of other products.

History

Some data explain the importance of its logo, name and references to Dublin, where the harp is one of its leit motifs. For example, its long history is remarkable, since the first data about this beer date back to 1759, when Arthur Guinness bought a disused brewery in Dublin to restore it. He didn’t predicted that it would become so successful.

Quality

The quality of the beer is self explanatory, by its distinctive flavour, which is the best possible advertising. A toasted, creamy, full-bodied flavour which offers notes of coffee and licorice. A prominent fact in the Guinness logo design is the symbol of the harp, from an Irish heraldic symbol, which identifies Irish beer since 1862.

Since then, its symbolism and design have not changed much, and they are a truly success. Guinness has made satisfaction surveys with its customers and has incorporated their words to several logos and slogans, causing a good effect among consumers of this beer.

Design

Although over the years the design of its campaigns has been modified, there is something that lasts from the beginning: the logo and the shape of Guinness glass, always dark brown in a transparent glass, which corresponds to an English pint. It is noteworthy that in its advertising campaigns Guinness incorporated different animals carrying a pint of Guinness or slogans such as “My goodness, my Guinness”.

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One dish for every beer

 TAGS:Blonde, red, stronger and well spiced. Each beer has different specificities and is better or worse with a type of food. Since a while now, the pairing of beers is more and more taking into account. Many people are now interesting into knowing what beer goes better with each food to enhance its flavor.

With its deep color, Porter is a type of Ale and is usually somehow bitter. This particular flavor characterizes much of the black beer. It?s ideal for smoked foods, different types of meats, strong cheeses and desserts with chocolate or coffee.

A famous variety of the Porter and the Guinness, (very popular in Ireland) is the Stout beer. Most of the foods we have cited above also go with the flavor of this beer. But we may add salted, certain fish and oysters.

If you’ll take an American Lager, we recommend eating exotic cuisines like Thai, Mexican or Peruvian. In this case, it also enhances the flavor of brie cheese, perfect for a snack with this refreshing beer.

Although there are many varieties of them, the Belgian Ale type has a special flavor and different spices are added. For a rich salad, rice, feta cheese or other citrus, this beer is perfect.

The Amber Lager is a lager with a fairly mild flavor. This gives you the opportunity to marry it to all kinds of food, especially pizza, pasta and rice (seasoned with tomato sauce and cheese.) The flavors of pasta have much more consistency.

The taste of Brown Ale beer, English origin, caramel, chocolate and roasted malt, is ideal for taking with pork, sausage, chicken and other grilled meats. For dessert, goes well with almost everything, but especially with nuts such as walnuts.

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Porter, the stout beer

 TAGS:Among the different types of beer, the ail offers more body, more consistency and personality, and gives us really strong flavors. Among these, the Porter Beer is one of the most famous, popular and sold worldwide.

The porter is an ale type beer, which is usually made with soft water. Invented in London in the eighteenth century, its name comes from the porters, who used to work in the markets of London. Later, it became very popular among the working class until our days, now consumed worldwide, preferably in England, where you can find a large population of consumers and artisans of stout.

If we analyze its color, we can say that it is a dark, brown, to reddish black, and the bitter malty aromas are the dominant notes. The dark color comes from the dark malts it?s made of, hence this unmistakable tone, which was the one that used to have the first beers. This was due to a purely economic issue, since the price of malt in the eighteenth century raised and, in order to roast it more, they used to add more hops. These types of beer, like the Porter, are therefore more original and classic.

The flavor of this beer is strong and bitter, thanks to the hops. It is also dry, with less than 5 percent of alcohol, and tastes like coffee and chocolate, with distinctive toasty and smoky aromas. Like any other stout it is ideal to enjoy with dessert, to counteract the taste something sweet of the cakes or chocolates. But, at the same time, it goes well with meats and smoked.

There are several varieties of the Porter. Choose your favorite!

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St. Patrick is here again!

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You will agree with me, specially if you are one of the many lovers of Guinness and the Irish culture, that St. Patrick has to be celebrated even if it’s not on a Saturday night but on a week day and the next day you have ahead one of those tricky meetings. It’s okay because a night like this is definitively the best of the year. For many (including me) it even outperforms the New Year’s Eve.

From early in the morning you can feel it’s St. Patrick Day, when you are in the car going to work with a smile in your face and your car speakers playing The Corrs, The Chieftans, and a mix of Celtic music that someone gave to you almost a decade ago. For several days you have arranged everything with your friends, they will join you tonight in the pub no matter what. But let’s see, why condensing all this happiness and this outpouring of good vibes in a few hours a year?

What I propose is to extend St. Patrick as much as possible and for that the party has to start at home. Warm up engines requires a fridge full of Guinness Draught and Murphy’s. The ratio will depend on the particular likings of each group, so I do not say any more as I personally love both.

What remains to be decided, and it is an important question, is whether Guinness will be served canned or in bottle, because for me here I’m not flexible: I prefer the can by far. And it is a rare exception, because for all the rest of beers in the world I certainly prefer them in bottles, but the canned Guinness has something, perhaps it will have something to do with the white ball, or whatever, the thing is that canned Guinness is what I like the most.

Well, now, before going outside to continue the party, none of us can miss a few rounds of Jameson shots, now in Uvinum you can buy them with a discount, so take the chance and enjoy the night.

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Top beer consuming countries (and II)

 TAGS:In the previous post I left you yearning for more, but it was only due to space and time reasons. I imagine that many people are looking forward to know both the classification of countries where more liters of pure alcohol are consumed, such as those in which more beer is drunk per year. And that’s what I came to offer today.
The 10 countries in which more liters of pure alcohol are consumed per person and year (considering only people 15 years and older) are, according to the World Health Organization, the following:

  1. Palau
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Seychelles
  4. Ireland
  5. Azerbaijan
  6. Austria
  7. Uganda
  8. Germany
  9. Lithuania
  10. Estonia

The 10 countries in which more beer is consumed per people and year are next:

  1. Czech Republic
  2. Germany
  3. Austria
  4. Ireland
  5. Estonia
  6. Lithuania
  7. Poland
  8. Australia
  9. Venezuela
  10. Finland

* Data obtained from the study “Per capita beer consumption per country” made in 2010 by Kirin Holdings Company.

In view of the results provided by both, what I notice is, apart from the Czech Republic subject that we mentioned in the previous post, the fact that in both classifications Ireland occupies exactly the same place: the fourth. This just means that Guinness beer is great and sometimes it can be drunk together with all kind of shots, submarine style.

If we look at the gallons of consumption by country the ranking would be entirely different. China would occupy the top spot with more than forty-four thousand six hundred million liters per year (not less), and it would be followed by the United States that largely outweigh the twenty-four billion liters.

In India however, despite its population, they only consume 1400 million liters of beer per year. I would like to recommend Cobra beer to those who still have not tasted it yet.
It?s interesting to know that in Japan more than five thousand 1800 million liters of beer are consumed annually, including a significant percentage which certainly corresponds to the exotic beer Asahi Super Dry, which is also quite cheap.

And for those who are planning an international beer tasting day, after I have made you green with envy with this post, some recommendations coming from Mexico: Negra Modelo, Cerveza Sol, Bohemia, Dos Equis XX Special Lager, Tecate and Coronita.

3 beers to finish the Euro 2012

 TAGS:I always write about wine: which wines are my favorites, curious things about wine, new wines or wines I want to try. But truth is that I also love beer. In fact, there are times when a beer replaces any other option. That happens for example, when we are at home with friends, ready to see any of those football games that end up making history, in and out of the screen.

There is no better excuse to try a new beer together with the pizzas, olives and chips. That?s the atmosphere. I propose three different ones, each with its inspiration for you to try them if you do not know them yet or to remember them if they were already in your list of favorites.

As the final match of the Euro 2012 has a clear Spanish character, I decided on a Damm Inedit. Despite its name, this beer is made in Spain. In fact its production started 60 years ago. At first it was only produced from October to March, to comply with the March beer character of its true German style, but its launch success got that a few years after it started to be available throughout the year. It will be the right choice for all those who like lagers and also to those who usually prefer brown ales. The last Damm berr, Damm Inedit, was created by Ferran Adria, the great spanish chef.

Italy vs Germany -not played yet when I was writing this. The second semi-final of the Tournament inspires me to suggest to you another beer. My choice has nothing to do with the team I support, but it has more to do with my love for wheat beers. Franziskaner is a classic and, to my taste, the perfect beer to watch a football game. Its generous flavor, its long 50cl and its persistent foam makes this beer perfect for an afternoon watching a game. But before getting started on it you should know that, even if you get a pint, one is never enough.

Finally, I wanted to finish my beer proposals with one of my favorites: the Peroni Gran Riserva. This italian “birra”, with its soft flavour, delicious foam and history make it an almost unbeatable beer. Of course, I prefer a draft beer, but to drink it at home I always choose the bottle, as it is the only guarantee of the quality of the foam as we expect.

Guinness beer a record history

Guinness Beer

Maybe if we hear the word Guinness, the first thing that comes up to our mind is the famous Guinness records, but there is an Irish beer with the same name with just over 200 years of tradition that is much more famous than the records. This is Guinness beer, a beer stout black type, made by Arthur Guinness in 1759, which belongs to the St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland.

The history of Guinness Beer

It all began with Arthur Guinness, founder and creator of the beer. On December 31, 1759 Arthur Guinness signed a rental agreement unique and so peculiar in which he would pay 45 pounds per year for a period of 9000 years for an abandoned brewery. Today we can find this unusual contract at the brewery’s Museum of the City of Dublin.

10 years after the foundation of St. James’s Gate Brewery, in 1769, the factory makes its first exportation, which consisted of 6 barrels of beer bound for England. Already in 1778 creates its first porter beer (light beer with malty flavor and slightly bitter). Today Guinness beer is one of the worlds most famous and one of the most widely exported around the world, and still is elaborated at the factory in Dublin.

Types of Guinness beers

Guinness Beer can be found today in several versions with tasty aromas and improved variations. Among the types of Guinness beer there are:

  • Guinness on tap called “Draught beer”, this one is is sold in barrels and the alcohol content goes from 4.1 to 4.3%.
  • Guinness Draught Extra Cold – This one is also sold in barrels, and should be taken frozen also goes between 4.1 to 4.3% degrees of alcohol.
  • Bottled Guinness Draught – This one as the name says it’s – bottled and includes rocket widget (a plastic instrument that comes inside the bottle, to give a better flavor and texture to the beer at the time of opening the bottle, which helps to stimulate the nitrogenation of beer). This beer has between 4.1 to 4.3% degrees of alcohol.
  • Guinness’s Brite Lager
  • Guinness’s Brite Ale
  • Guinness Light
  • Guinness XXX Extra Strong Stout
  • Guinness Cream Stout
  • Guinness Gold
  • Guinness Pilsner and Guinness Special Light
  • Guinness Yeast Extract (GYE) – they stopped making this beer in the early 50’s. 

“Drink a Guinness beer always fresh, leave at least 100 seconds after serving and enjoy it sip by sip”

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