As proven by countless beer dinners, beer and food make a great pairing. Beer equally makes a great contribution to a dish when you cook with it. Many chefs and local artisans have been using beer as an ingredient more and more frequently and it’s become almost a common occurrence to see craft beer-infused foods, but no brewery has yet to pursue this and take it to the next level. Well, not until now. Leave it to the outside-the-box thinkers at Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery to latch on to the cooking with beer concept and put out an entire line of products made with their different beers.
“While we will continue to be innovators of food-centric beers, we have decided to make a stronger push into beer-centric foods. And just like we’ve done with beer, we’re going to do it in our own special way. We carefully chose like-minded food partners to join us in this journey,” says Senovia Ramierez, whose job title at Dogfish Head is appropriately named—Off-Centered Beer-Centric Food Guru.
It’s with this mindset that they teamed up with Sea Watch International, Hans All Natural and Brooklyn Brine to create the initial offerings of their food line.
With Sea Watch International, they kept things local as Sea Watch is the world’s largest family owned clam harvester and is located right in Delaware! Using their 60 Minute IPA and Sea Watch’s clams, they created Dogfish Hard-Tack Clam Chowder. They based the recipe off of the one found in the classic novel Moby Dick.
To create a line of bratwursts, Dogfish teamed with their neighbors to the south in Salisbury, MD, Hans All Natural, to concoct four different brat recipes. These include a traditional, made with 90 Minute IPA; the Heirloom Italian, based off Dogfish Founder Sam Calagione’s great-grandmother’s recipe, which is a simple pork, fennel and red pepper brat with Midas Touch (his great-grandmother didn’t use any beer); the Greek Feta is also made with Midas Touch along with a blend of feta, mint, and spinach amongst other ingredients; and lastly, the Spicy Espresso blends Chicory Stout with espresso powder, habaneros and cumin.
For beer-infused pickles, Dogfish teamed with a small artisanal company in Brooklyn, NY called Brooklyn Brine. Together, they came up with Hop Pickles made with 60 Minute IPA, caramelized onions and cascade hops.
The product line is still growing in distribution but everything can currently be found at Di Bruno Brothers and other specialty shops throughout Delaware and Philadelphia.