7 Father's Day recipes to make a meal of your dad's fave beer

Like wine, beer is a versatile ingredient that can be used to amp up the flavour of everything from rib-sticking stews to dark chocolate donuts. So crack open a Castle or a Craft beer - depending on what your dad prefers - and get cooking

14 June 2018 - 00:00 By Hilary Biller
Mexican beet mussel pot.
Mexican beet mussel pot.
Image: Craig Scott

It’s curious how beer has remained relatively unexplored in cooking while wine, synonymous with food, is pivotal in so many dishes.

Yet, the handful of ingredients — barley, hops, water and yeast — make for a good food match. The hops add an interesting bitterness with a hint of acidity, the malt a subtle sweetness, and the yeast a lightness and crispness.

Some of the better-known beer/food combinations include adding Guinness to a steak pie, or beer to the batter for fried fish. Beer can also be used in place of wine to deglaze a pan and can even be added to gravies or marinades.

As with wine, don’t use a beer for cooking that you would not choose to drink. Light beers work with lighter foods and heavy beers suit dishes like stews and casseroles. Select a sweeter beer for desserts and salty dishes.

Try these easy recipes for delicious dishes that hero beer: