Summer beers

Cheesy Biscuits with an Old Bay Summer Ale

Summer is just around the corner. I can’t wait for some warm summer evenings, seafood, and ice cold beer. So why not start a little early? After all, this upcoming weekend is the unofficial start of summer in the US.

The Beer:

23 May 2016 004I’ve been a little homesick for the state of Maryland. Growing up around the Chesapeake Bay meant getting crabs in the summer time. Butter and Old Bay seasoning were always on the table with a side of biscuits. So when I found out that Flying Dog had a beer brewed with Old Bay spices, I had to try it out.

Dead Rise is a summer ale that is named for the boats that that travel on the unique water system that is the Chesapeake Bay. It’s brewed with Old Bay spices and supports True Blue, which is an initiative to support the Maryland Blue Crab industry.

Style: Summer Ale with 5.6% alcohol per volume.

Color: Light Amber

Aroma: You can smell the old bay that was brewed in the beer. It reminds me of Fells Point in Baltimore or Ocean City Maryland.

Taste: Oddly, I expected more of an old bay flavor. It is there, but it’s more of a hint and not overpowering at all. There are notes of citrus when I first taste the beer and the hops mix well.

Level of Recommendation: A nice beach beer. I would probably save this one for a really hot and sunny day.

The Food:

Cheesy biscuits are very easy to make and can be had for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I usually have them as a side with a bowl of soup or with some yummy seafood.

What you’ll need: 23 May 2016 001

  • Biscuit mix – I used the Trader Joe’s pancake and biscuit mix
  • Cheese – I used colby-jack, but cheddar is good too
  • Milk
  • Butter

Follow the directions for the biscuit mix. Don’t forget to add the cheese. I prefer to make drop biscuits which take a little longer to cook than the flat biscuits (these also don’t make as much, but they are a lot larger). Preheat the oven to 400° F.

On a baking sheet, place small rolls of biscuits a few inches apart. Try to make all of the biscuits the same size. Place in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the biscuits start to turn a nice golden color.

23 May 2016 003

The Pairing:

23 May 2016 005Hot biscuits with a cold beer is a great combination. The cheese adds a little more smoothness of the beer. I recommend also having a creamy soup with some seafood and you have the start of a summer by the sea.

Level of Recommendation: It’ll kick off your summer fun!

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