Premier Brands Ltd’s Quick Guide to Cooking with Beer
Let's be honest - Who doesn't enjoy the qualities of a classic, imported European beer? We all do! Whether you enjoy a cold beer after work or choose to share with friends, Premier Brands’ line-up of great tasting beers offers choices for many different flavour profiles. Since you are a lover of beer you know there are more uses for this fermented beverage than simply a thirst quencher!
Cooking with beer is a well-loved tradition that can impart earthy rich flours as well as sweet nutty notes. We'll walk you some quick tips for cooking with beer and how to add a new beer-dimension to your cooking.
How to Cook with Beer
When you’re cooking with beer, there are a few things to consider. Did you know that the bitter hops found in beer will balance foods that are naturally sweet, even work well with rich creamy foods and cheeses, while the malts add a touch of sweetness. Beer adds an earthy flavour to savoury dishes such as stews, chilis, and soups, a caramelized flavour to baked goods and it can also be used to braise, deglaze, and marinate your foods.
Beers used in batters, sauces, and dressings add flavour, lightness and body. What’s important to remember that different beers work best with different types of food.
- • Wheat beers work well with chicken and seafood. - Paulaner Weisse, Schneider Hells, Hacker Weisse & Schofferhofer Weisse
- • Doppelbocks pair perfectly with pork, beef, and lamb. – Schneider’s Aventinus Wheat Doppelbock, Paulaner Salvator Dopplebock
- • Dark ales and lagers blend nicely with stews and cheesy dishes. – DAB Dark Bier
- • Fruity beers and Radlers are excellent choices for desserts. - Hacker Weisse Bier, Schofferhofer Grapefruit Radler
If you're making fish and chips or even popcorn shrimp, use an excellent lager to make the batter light and airy. Dab Export is our choice! With flavours of light hops, malts honey and oak, this medium bodied imported lager can’t be beat!
Soups and Stews
A stout should do the trick when looking to add flavour and depth to your Soups and Stews. Our Jet Black Heart from BrewDog Brewery will transform your broth and bring out the flavours hidden within it. With its rich roasted coffee, chocolate, and dark berry fruit notes, this deep stout is a perfect addition.
You will also love our Paulaner Salvator Doppelbock! The perfect partner for meaty stews and thicker soups, with rich aromas of orange, toasted nut, molasses and spice meet flavours of toffee, cloves, chocolate, and creamy malt notes. You will find the Paulaner Salvator to be a very food friendly beer.
Planning to make bread or other baked goods? A light beer is a great choice. Dab Ultimate (our low-calorie - low carb, superior light beer) will add a fluffy sweat lift and texture.
For sweet desserts, including cupcakes and fruit loafs, you can grab a darker option to compliment. Hacker-Pschorr Munich Dark has sweat roasted malt notes, with hints of nut, caramel and dried fruits that will elevate your baked goods to a new dimension.
Sauces, Marinades & Rubs
If you’re a BBQ enthusiast, you know that beer helps tenderize meat. It also helps caramelize the outside of seared meats, like steaks and lamb! Schneider’s Aventinus Doppelbock is dark amber brown and spicy with chocolatey notes that ad an earthy, sweet flavour to barbecue sauce.
We know you will love the adventure of adding the use of beer to your cooking! Beer always imparts something special, enjoy!