Hello Keg n' Corkers!
Happy (almost...please??) spring to all! I don't know about you, but I'm already thinking ahead to patios, sunshine, and of course...summer beer! I'm a huge breakfast fan, and I especially love going for brunch in the summer. I can sit outside, and consuming a pitcher of beer before noon is entirely acceptable. I hosted a "Spring Cleaning" brunch a few weekends ago, and thought that a beer tasting would be perfect alongside my menu of waffles, bacon, and scrambled eggs (Guys, breakfast food does not need to be fancy, its...breakfast food). First, I have to give you my Grandma's waffle recipe, because you haven't had waffles until you've had hers.
Grandma's Belgian Waffles
2 cups lukewarm milk
1 Tablespoon dry yeast (1 packet)
4 eggs (separated)
1/2 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
Sprinkle yeast over warm milk and stir to dissolve. Add egg yolks and dry ingredients and mix. Add melted butter. Last of all, fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Let stand for 10 minutes. Bake in hot waffle iron. Easy!
It's widely know that grandmas everywhere make the best, well, everything. These waffles are no exception. They are fluffy, yet filling - crunchy on the outisde, and soft on the inside. I've never had a microwavable waffle in my life, and having this recipe in my possession makes me never want to! It's an old family recipe, and kind of a secret, but my Grandma will never figure out the Internet, so we're safe. The beers I chose to pair with our meal included: Muskoka's Summer Weiss, Rooie Dop's 24/7 Session Ale, La Cacarole's Nostradamus, and Fernie Brewing's Sap Sucker Maple Porter. Here are our observations:
1. Summer Weiss (Muskoka)
This beer really showcased the yeastiness of these waffles. We felt that there was a balanced acidity which helped to cut through the richness of the maple syrup and bacon. A great, easy drinking wheat beer, which had enough body to stand up to each and every bite. Definitely a favourite around the table!
2. 24/7 Session Ale (Rooie Dop)
This brew was a bit bitter for some of us, but I really liked its palate-cleansing abilities! I thought that there were some fruity notes which, like the Weiss, offset the richness of our meal. A hop fan myself, I personally enjoyed this unique pairing.
3. Nostradamus (La Cacarole)
I love this beer, and had to be aware of this bias while tasting (my impartial opinion - it was amazing). The richness of the Belgian malts really elevated the bacon and maple syrup. Not many people at the table could finish their sample - we all agreed that it was a decadence overload.
4. Sap Sucker Maple Porter (Fernie Brewing)
Obviously, we had to have a maple beer in the mix! Fernie did not dissapoint - the maple flavour was well complimented by the syrup, and none of us found the beer too sweet. There was actually a bit of citrus to it, which was surprising, but refreshing. Definitely one of the favourites around the table!
Well, that's all for now! I will be keeping you updated with more spring (and summer!) pairings as I find them. I am so very excited to have made my first foray into breakfast pairings, and can assure you that I will be on the hunt for more great options as opportunities arise!