When you set the table for this cozy holiday meal, skip the knives — the juicy corned beef and veg are totally fork-tender. American pale ale is the secret to this amazing texture, and it gives the robust, spice-infused sauce a kick. While it sounds similar, India pale ale isn’t a good substitute — the extra helping of hops will make the sauce bitter. Hang on to the latter variety for sipping.
This is the recipe you need to ensure a chill but totally delicious holiday spread. This honey and Scotch ale–glazed ham requires a few minutes of dead-easy prep that rewards you with a sticky-sweet coating and tender, crackly edged slices of meat.
Juicy and tender, these turkey pieces are simpler to cook than a whole bird. Braising the breasts and legs in the same pot — but for different lengths of time — brings out the best in each cut and ensures they stay moist and delicious. The optional gravy is a little more work, but it’s worth it for your holiday feast.
If we’re being honest — really honest — stuffing might actually be the main event at any holiday meal. It’s equal parts crispy, herby and savoury, and totally delicious. Making it on the stovetop saves precious oven space for other roasted stuff (like that big bird you’re eagerly awaiting). Here, it gets a friendly helping hand from a crisp pilsner, which adds its signature hint of bitterness to bring harmony to the table.
Crisp lager and a fragrant herb-and-walnut topper give sweet butternut squash a refreshing makeover. This dish is a yummy side dish, and it makes a hearty plant-based main for the vegans at the table. If you’re not a heat fan, you may be tempted to ditch the hot pepper, but don’t. If you remove the seeds and ribs, it will boost the flavours of the other ingredients without ratcheting up the heat.
These Brussels sprouts are blanched and then browned with bacon (or pancetta if you’re feeling fancy) until tender-crisp. Then a mix of pilsner, Dijon mustard, maple syrup and lemon adds a fresh taste and tangy zip. They’re way more fun than your typical holiday sprouts.
This ’nog is big on body and bold on flavour, thanks to a glug of whipping cream and a generous sprinkle of warm spices. When you mix it with roasty-toasty stout to make a holiday beertail, the brew’s effervescence balances the eggnog’s richness and you get something that tastes a lot like a velvety milkshake. It’s a cool treat at a holiday party and makes a great gift.
Spruce up your holiday celebration with this beautiful, brightly coloured beer cocktail. It all begins with an infused simple syrup made with tart cranberries. And it’s balanced out by fruity wheat beer and spicy ginger beer for a cocktail that’s a little bit sophisticated and a lot of fun. For best results, make sure all of your ingredients are ice-cold before you start mixing.
Seasonal and winter ales are rich and inviting, so why not add some warm spices and citrus to make them even more festive? This drink is delicious with brown ale as the base — its sweet, caramelly notes bring out the best in the cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. A homemade drink kit with all the components makes a really nice gift, too.
Robust, malty porter and a hit of peppermint extract ensure that these fudgy squares will be on repeat throughout the festive season. Crushed candy canes, sprinkled over the hot-out-of-the-oven brownies, melt ever so slightly and add a bit of crunch. And because this recipe starts with your favourite boxed mix, it’s a simple, fun holiday baking project.
Why eat regular gingerbread cookies when stout-flavoured ones are so much nicer? They’re soft, rich, crackly and chewy—the perfect holiday treat. Get ready for the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves to waft through the house! Stout and molasses give these cookies a soft, chewy texture and deep, delicious flavour. Rolling the dough in sugar before baking yields a crackly top that will earn you an A+ on Santa’s midnight snack. Stick to the recommended cooking time: The cookies will be slightly underdone when they come out of the oven, but the pan’s residual heat will finish the job.
Stout and gingerbread spices dress up a simple cake mix for the holidays. Topped with a quick maple glaze, this Bundt is a beautiful finish to your feast. Gingerbread is the holiday treat. This rich cake, topped with a super-easy maple glaze, gets its flavour from warm holiday spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves; syrupy molasses; and the star of the show, stout. Serve slices with coffee for your afternoon sweet fix or bring the whole cake to the table for an indulgent finish to a holiday meal.