Cooking with Craft Beer

Craft beer has taken the country by storm and we all love it. It’s introduced rocketsauce to the masses and have won over many hearts. The beauty of beer is that it is not only a Friday night party buddy or Sunday braai companion but can be used as a stellar ingredient in food. We’ve put together a handful of recipes using our favourite micro brew – Darling. And the best part is they don’t even know we wrote this, because we are good at hiding our feelings.




Wit Beer Pot Roast

We all love a good roast on a Sunday afternoon – especially when the weather grows colder during winter. This recipe makes use of Darling’s Bone Crusher wit beer and incorporates the brew’s orange notes to the fullest. Cook the chuck until the meat falls off the bone, baby.

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IPA Mac ‘n Cheese

What did you have for dinner last night? Oh, you had rice cakes and tomato sauce? That’s cool… not to brag but we had India Pale Ale mac and cheese. Jealous? Of course you are. We’d share but there’s none left. But we’ll tell you how to make it from scratch just because you are special to us. Darling’s Thunder Bird IPA added to the béchamel in this meal is worth its weight in undiscovered sonnets by Shakespeare.

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Oat Ale Bacon and Onion Jam

Feel like impressing your artsy friends with a cheese and wine evening? Sneak some beer into their bellies without their knowing with this nifty little recipe… well, you’d have to tell them eventually so that they know you’re innovative in the kitchen. Darling’s Oat Ale is a collaboration between Darling Brewery and Sean Knight of Sambrook’s Brewery in London. The beer adds notes of honeybush tea to the jam which goes well with light cheeses.

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Ale Chocolate Cake

No list of craft beer cooking ideas will be complete without cake. Besides, how many things in life feel empty without cake? It’s the glue which keeps modern society together. Anyway. Darling’s bottle conditioned black ale is perfect for this sexy and mysterious recipe. Not only does the cake itself contain some suds but the icing does too. Make this for your girlfriend – she’ll finally forgive you for drowning her goldfish.

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Pale Ale Ice Cream

Nothing compares to homemade ice cream. Few things reward as much as crafting your own velvet gold from the ground-up and serving it to friends and family. The revolution has arrived, and it’s served with a side of brownies. We went with Darling’s fan favourite, Rogue Pony for this one. The beer’s mild body walks hand-in-hand with the cream cheese used in this recipe. Get cracking; send photos.

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By Shawn Greyling


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