ATK - Bud-battered fish - really? (moved from Food Media & News)
Was it my imagination, or did America's Test Kitchen - an organization known for methodical taste testing - actually use a can of Budweiser for their fried cod?
Don't ingredients usually make the dish? You'd think they would have taken the time to make note of the differences between the results with good beer vs lousy? I realize beer taste is a matter of opinion, but come on!
I'm a severe been snob, and I don't see any problem with this. For a beer batter, almost any beer will do, and mild flavor is probably better so as not to overpower the fish. A pilsner like Bud would do fine, and is probably a better choice than a lot of the hoppy, maltly beers I like to drink.
Only problem with using it I can see is that you end up with 5 others in your kitchen, and no way do I want to drink them.
There was a recent article in the NYT describing their being unable to get better results by cooking with really good wines as compared with mediocre ones. Similar thing to using Bud in a batter.
Another thing: maybe I'm mistaken, but I think standard American pilsners are more carbonated than the typical European "real" beer. That would be a good thing when making batters, as it would generate a fluffier, lighter, crunchier crust.