If you want to give your man a gift he'll always remember - forget the traditional sex and breakfast in bed. Give him what he really wants ... beer!
For Mother's Day, my husband and my friends' husbands prepared us the meal of our lives. For Father's Day, we'll be paying them back with the beer tasting of their lives. (We plan to enjoy ourselves during the prep, of course.) So, ladies, if you'd like to do the same, here's the plan. It's easier than you think...
After we put the kids to sleep, the party begins! We'll serve them two beers for each food pairing, and give them charts to fill out as they go along. Try this one.
With each course, the ale or lager will be poured into its appropriate glass (the glasses are part of the gift.) Any local liquor store or Trader Joe's can help you choose beer from each category. A lot of beers are served in larger bottles, so you don't have to buy a whole six pack for each type.
Pale ale with Manchego & smoked Gouda Cheese. We will serve the beer in a regular pint glass. The cheese will be hand broken into pieces so the edges are rough. We'll serve it on a plate with some grapes and a side dish of blackberry jam.
Pilsner with Caviar on toasted wheat toast and cream cheese. This beer will be served in a glass that gets skinner towards the bottom and has a lip. Trim the crust off the bread and cut it into smaller pieces. The cream cheese will be a light smear. To keep the price down, find a domestic caviar. They even sell it at local grocery stores including Trader Joe's!
Hefeweizen with shrimp and dipping sauce. This beer will be served in a glass that also gets skinnier towards the bottom, but there is no lip. It looks similar to a half yard. We'll buy the cooked shrimp from the grocery store and for the sauce we're serving it with two dipping choices. Traditional cocktail tarter sauce and a creamy spicy sauce. We found this recipe online that uses cream cheese, A1, horseradish and other ingredients with a bite.
Amber ale with gourmet sliders with herbed butter spread. Serve this beer in chilled glass beer mugs. Treat the chopped meat for the mini-burgers before you grill them. For each pound of meat mix in 1 raw egg, and sprinkle a hefty amount of garlic powder, onion powder, pepper and a fresh chopped onion. The mini-buns are easy to find at the grocery store. Shape your burgers to fit them. Prepare the butter spread by mixing butter with parsley, tarragon, sage, scallions and lemon juice. For 2 sticks of butter, the herb mixture should be about 2 tbsp. Pre-spread it on the rolls and add an appropriately-sized piece of crisp butter lettuce.
Dark ale with dark chocolate cake. Serve this beer in a sifter. You can buy the cake at a local bakery. Because it's so heavy and at the end of the meal, serve this with a small scoop of vanilla ice-cream on the side.