Winter Beer

Just In Time For The Big Game Belgium Style Golden Ale & Pizza Rolls

It’s that time of year again! When football fans all over America gather around the TV to watch their favorite pass time. Whose ready to watch the Panthers and Broncos go at it? Who still needs to plan what they’re bringing to the party?

Well have no fear, that’s why I’m here.

The Beer:

Grand CRU Winter Reserve from Flying Fish Brewing Company is the prefect combination of winter meeting energetic sporting event that takes place outside, sometimes in the cold (not this year), and occasionally with snow. Good thing this year’s event is in Santa Clara California.

Jan 30 2016 011Style: Belgium Style Golden Ale with an alcohol content of 6.9%.

Taste and body: Richer and sweeter than I expected. It felt like a tropical winter beer. It was smooth and sharp with a rich finish. The description on the bottle (notes of cloves, complex, prominent malt flavors and spicy hops with a clean finish) was not misleading.

Color: Golden (well it’s in the style name).

Aroma: Light and fruity.

Level of Recommendation: Good winter party beer, especially for those of us missing the warmer weather.

The Food:

For this pairing, I decided on stuffed pizza rolls. A great appetizer or finger food for any get together (particularly the sporting kind). There are many places this recipe can be found on the Internet. Here’s the version I finally decided to try. (Makes 8 pizza rolls.)

What you’ll need:Jan 30 2016 002

  • 1 Crescent Roll Can
  • Pepperoni
  • Some shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Oregano
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Clove of Garlic grated (optional, but a great addition)
  • Baking sheet

You don’t have to limit yourself to these options. Pretty much anything that can be put on a pizza can be stuffed into these yummy rolls.

Prepare the oven according the packaging on the crescent roll can. For the brand I used that was 375°F.

While the oven is heating up, grate the garlic and roll out the crescent rolls and separate them into the little triangles they come in. Place up to three pepperoni slices and a small amount of cheese onto each triangle or just do cheese.Jan 30 2016 007


Roll the crescent rolls up as you would any other time making sure that the cheese doesn’t stick too far out of the sides. Then place on the baking sheet (remember to grease the baking sheet if it needs it). Sprinkle rolls with oregano and/or red pepper flakes.

Bake for roughly 15 minutes or until the rolls are a nice golden color.

How Well Did The Two Pair?

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It’s sports party ready! The red pepper flakes really bring out the hops in the beer, while the buttery crescent roll adds to the overall seasonal feel. It’s definitely yummy.

Level of Recommendation: Touch Down!


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