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What Kind of Beer for the CrockPot Recipe?

stevorino Dec 4, 2012 11:13 AM

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. Bacardi1 RE: stevorino Dec 4, 2012 11:15 AM

    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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      DeisCane RE: Bacardi1 Dec 4, 2012 11:35 AM

      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.

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      avitrek RE: stevorino Dec 4, 2012 11:37 AM

      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.

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