Aaron's Choices

Tin Foil Hat:

Style: Saison

Recipe: (adapted from myrecipes.com)

3 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
5 cups sliced mushrooms
12 oz Tin Foil Hat Saison
1 cup beef broth
2 1/2 lbs chuck roast (cut into 1 inch cubes)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups sliced carrots
2 tbsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp caraway seed
2 Cups chopped onion
3 tbsp flour
1 3/4 cup sliced parsnip
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 tsp fennel seed

Step 1

Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings; set aside. Add half of beef to drippings in pan; cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove beef from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining beef.

Step 2

Add onion to pan; sauté 4 minutes. Stir in mushrooms and garlic; sauté 4 minutes or until half of liquid evaporates. Stir in flour; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in beer, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add bacon, beef, carrot, and remaining ingredients to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 2 hours or until beef is tender. Discard bay leaf.


Thanksgiving Food Pairing:

Since the Saison is traditionally a summer style, it's hard to decide what to pair with it for a predominantly fall menu.  The easy choice is turkey, as a bird roasted with some garlic and herbs would compliment a spicy and a slightly hoppy Saison perfectly. If you're into a slightly non-traditional Thanksgiving cuisine, pairing a saison with a simple farm fresh stew would be a perfect pairing, maybe toss in some fennel and saffron to really bring out the spiciness of the Saison. Pair this beer with a salad of bitter greens (such as arugula) mixed with apples, cranberries, and a simple vinaigrette as a nice side dish.