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Jun 29, 2014 02:22 PM

I got a flask of beer, what to do?

Some "Innis & Gunn rum aged beer". Don't know how it tastes.

I don't want to drink it as it is, I'd rather use it in some recipe. Any suggestions as to what I should do with it? Never cooked with beer before.

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  1. drink it first -- see if you like it. If you hate it, then you don't end up ruining your dish because you added beer you hate.

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    1. re: sunshine842

      Heh, no need for me. I don't like drinking alcoholic beverages, they don't taste good at all. However, weirdly enough using them in food/desserts is one of my favorites.

      Edit: I do need to say that I do of course taste the stuff before using it just to get the... "flavor profile". but I guess what I meant to say was that no matter how it tastes it won't stop me from using it.

      1. re: monavano

        Brats? Bratwursts?
        Kielbasa is a sausage as well yes? I must say I've never attempted doing sausages before...

        Guess it would work in a chili for sure.

        1. re: lottobear

          Yup, braise brats or kielbasa in beer. So delicious!

          1. re: monavano

            Oh braise them in beer? Okay I thought you meant homemade sausages where the meat was flavored with the beer!

            I admit braising them in beer sounds like the easier option.

            1. re: lottobear

              I let kielbasa hang out with beer in the crock pot for a few hours.
              Great flavor.

          2. re: lottobear

            Braise them in beer and lots of onions!

          3. re: monavano

            Chunky chili with beer, and brats, bell peppers and onions braised in beer were my first thoughts, too.

            1. re: kitchengardengal

              Forgot about the onions- yes!
              Serve with a nice mustard.

          4. It's a great beer, one of my husband's favourites. It is slightly caramelly, so would be good in your dessert recipes.

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            1. re: CanadaGirl

              In desserts? I admit it looks wonderfully caramelly but I'm not sure I know of a dessert where beer (although caramelly) could be used.

              1. re: lottobear

                I don't use beer in dessert, but I thought you said you did. I see in re-reading that post that you were talkng about alcohol in general, not just beer. Sorry :)

              2. re: CanadaGirl

                It is a great beer!
                I always use beer when I make chili.
                With this beer if making chili think about what flavours to add to the chili which compliment the rum after taste.
                "Rum and................?
                In place of that bit of sugar you would have added use a couple of ounces of Coke.
                A pinch of cinnamon, a REALLY small pinch of cloves, some ground up dried elderberries.
                All these thing s in VERY small amounts though.

              3. Take a look at this site which is devoted to cooking with craft beers. I've never made any of her recipes but I have saved several of them to try in the future.


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