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Dec 4, 2012 11:13 AM

What Kind of Beer for the CrockPot Recipe?

I'm trying a simple crock pot beer chicken recipe for the first time for Shabbos lunch which uses one bottle of beer (along with salt, pepper, oregano and garlic powder) . The recipe says any kind of beer can work although the person who wrote the recipe says she loves Guinness so she uses that. Since I'm not much of a beer drinker and never cooked with it before, any suggestion of a type of beer wherein I'll know I can't go wrong or should I just go with the Guinness? Thanks.

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  1. I'm a Guinness lover, but frankly can't wrap the Guinness-with-chicken-in-a-crockpot idea. (Although I do LOVE it for doing a corned beef in a crockpot.) Especially if you're not much of a beer drinker. I'd go with something lighter, but still somewhat beery. Maybe a Heineken? Then you can enjoy the leftover beers, which are nice even for non-beer drinkers. Guinness is definitely an acquired taste for non-beer drinkers.

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    1. re: Bacardi1

      I think you would want something in the light amber color group. That way you don't get too much flavor but more than the super pale stuff.

      Heineken is not a bad choice for this. Some of the medium colored Sam Adams beers might be good too.

    2. I'll second the veto of Guinness. My first choice for cooking beer is generally an Ale. Sam Ale would work well, or any other Ale/Pale Ale you can find locally. Just don't go with an Indian Pale Ale(IPA), that would be much too biter for most recipes.