Winter Beer

Spicy Meaty Pasta Party With Dark Lager

After the last few weeks of football and love, it’s time for a quiet winter meal. Spaghetti with red meat sauce and a little extra spice is a great way to add a little heat to the final days of winter. Pair it with a dark lager to keep a cozy atmosphere as the days start to get just a little longer. Invite over some friends and you have the start to a pasta party!

The Beer:

Brooklyn Brand Insulated  Dark Lager is on the menu this week. The description on the bottle says that it’ll protect it’s drinker “against the biting wind and soggy weather.” Do I agree?

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Style:  A dark lager with 5.6% Alc. by Vol.

Taste and body: Smooth with a citrus finish and is mildly hoppy. An easy beer to drink while eating, but heavy enough to savor and keep the drinker warm on cold nights.

Color: A nice dark color.

Aroma: Malty

Level of Recommendation: Will keep you warm on cool winter nights.


The Food:

One of America’s favorite week night meals is spaghetti. It’s quick to make and yummy. I personally like making with with a slightly spicy meat sauce.

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  • Ground beef
  • Tomato sauce – any will do but I like tomato, basil, and garlic
  • An onion
  • Garlic
  • Broccoli
  • Frozen peas
  • Frozen corn
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Whole wheat pasta

I start by heating up the water for the pasta. While that’s boiling, I chop up the veggies and garlic. Once the water if boiling add the whole wheat pasta and cook as instructed on the package.


In a large pan, brown the ground beef until it is fully cooked (when you can’t see any sign of pink on the meat). Add the onions and garlic. Cook for a few minutes until the onions start to become translucent. Finally add the pasta sauce, broccoli, frozen peas, frozen corn and caye0nne pepper. Allow to heat thoroughly.

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I love colorful food!

How Well Did the Two Pair?

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It’ll keep you warm all night long. The slight spicy flavor of the pasta adds nicely to the citrus notes and smoothness of the beer. It’s relaxing and if you can have a roaring fire going to add to the warm atmosphere.  (or just have a dozen fuzzy blankets on hand for you and your friends).

Level of Recommendation: It’ll make you feel warm and fuzzy.


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