There is one reason and one reason only to cook with beer – it makes many dishes taste better.
With over thirty-five years of combined professional chef and avid home cook experience between us we have you covered – we discuss most suitable beer styles and share useful cooking tips.
Cooking with beer is as versatile as cooking with spices.
Beer can boost other flavors in a dish (aka potentiation) and introduce its own. With hundreds of craft beer styles the possibilities are endless.
Beer is incredible for baking, braising, steaming, marinating, pickling, roasting, grilling… It makes batters airy and delicious, gives depth and flavor to sauces and reductions, makes desserts decadent and jams and glazes unpredictable…Beer simply adds another dimension to cooking. Find out Which Craft Beer Styles Are Best for Cooking, browse our growing collection of craft beer food recipes below or use the search feature on this page.
Cooking with Beer as an Ingredient
We embraced cooking with beer early on in our craft beering adventure.
From simple, several ingredient recipes to more complex ones, cooking with beer is an absolute joy – both the act and the final results.
Not to mention the delicious aromas born in the kitchen while the beer and the food ingredients are interacting. For example, just a whiff of pork braising in a good German pilsner with some cumin transports me to my mother’s kitchen.
Let the magic happen.
Cooking with Beer: Video Library
Some of our recipes come with easy to follow videos embedded in the recipe card. Collectively these videos reside on our YouTube Channel – take your pick.
Cooking with Beer Recipes List
Cooking with beer is as old as civilization. Beer is food, it started that way. Centuries ago it was brewed by the same women who were baking the bread and doing all the cooking – the brew wives. Even earlier than that it literally was the food entire cultures consumed on a daily basis. There was little distinction between beer as a beverage and bread for example. Beer’s relationship with food is not only complimentary, it is often indispensable.
From beer cheese sauces, beer braises and beer marinades to beer infused custards, beer desserts and beer breads - this page is the gateway to numerous cooking with beer recipes you'll love.