There's a certain barbecue warrior spirit that awakens within a man as he lights that grill. And as a warrior arms himself for the battle, so does a grillmaster take up a beer. He charges into the fray, mounted high atop his mighty fermented steed to general the conflict between meat and fire... Actually almost any beer will do, but there's something magical that happens when you pick just the right brew to accompany your bbq. Dale's Pale Ale is mostly magical anyway, but drinking out of a can somehow enhances the grilling experience. It somehow just feels right, the aluminum, I mean. Lots of picking up and putting down, switching plates, tongs and spatulas everywhere, the bustle of tools and lots of repositioning ... Keep in mind that canned #craftbeer is also perfect for putting up Christmas lights on the other side of the year.
It helps that Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale matched up perfectly with the grub on this storied day. We had some marinated beef, peppers, scallops, onions, and mushrooms on the skewers. The kabobs were extremely flavorful (and cooked to perfection, I might add) but there was nothing overwhelming in the dish that competed with the voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale that I was drinking. Sometimes the beer and food compete for flavor dominance, but Dale's is so well-balanced that it accompanies almost any meal with grace.
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Let's not forget about our bottled friends. Cans are great, but the vast majority of craft brews out there still served in glass. Keep in mind that the beers may get progressively lighter as the weather gets warmer as well; See Also Victory: Summer Love, Prima Pils, Hop Devil; Flying Fish: XPA, Farmhouse Summer: Troegs: Sunshine Pils, Pale Ale, Dream Weaver; Yards: Philly Pale, Saison; Bear Republic: Racer 5, Hop Rod Rye; Ithaca: Flower Power, Cascazilla. These are just a few of my go-to brews for grilling up your grub. What's your favorite brew for cooking outdoors? Do you prefer cans or bottles? It is certainly more important to acknowledge what's inside the vessel, but all the senses are involved when you enjoy a nice #craftbeer, especially when you are the one doing the cooking. Let us know, and don't forget to use a pot holder or something. Cheers!