Fruit Beers · Summer beers

Spicy Coconut Chicken Soup & A Grapefruit IPA

It’s the unofficial start to summer and boy has the weather let the northeast know that. It’s been unseasonably warm over the past few days. So what better way to beat the heat than with more heat?

I guess I’m the only one crazy enough to do that.

But with a grapefruit IPA, there’s a definite summer going on.

The Beer:

May 30 2016 005I have been known on occasion to try a fruit infused beer. Sometimes I find them to be a little too sweet to enjoy on hot summer days, but that isn’t always the case. This week’s beer is the Schlafly Grapefruit IPA by the St. Louis Brewery.

Style: IPA with grapefruit.

Color: Light

Aroma: Mild citrus.

Taste: Smooth with no aftertaste. The grapefruit flavor is mild and doesn’t overpower the beer. It is also, thankfully, not sweet at all.

Level of Recommendation: If you aren’t sure if you’ll like fruit in your beer, then this beer is a good place to start with. I think it’s great for a hot day with mild humidity.

The Food:

This recipe is inspired by Thai cuisine.

What you’ll need: May 30 2016 004

  • Chicken thighs (defrosted if frozen and removed of any access fat)
  • 2 cups of coconut milk unsweetened (or one can)
  • 4 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 lime (for it’s juice)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 jalapeño
  • Cilantro
  • Ginger
  • 1 tsp of fish sauce (I substituted oyster sauce)
  • Basil
  • Baby bok choi
  • Carrots
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Olive oil

Chop up your veggies and chicken thighs (in separate areas of course, please no cross contamination). In a large soup pan, place the onions and garlic with some olive oil and saute until the onions are clear, but are not caramelizing.

May 30 2016 006Add in the soup stock and coconut milk and bring to a boil. Once the liquids are boiling, add in the chicken, jalapeno, cilantro, ginger, lime juice, basil and fish sauce. Bring the pot down to a simmer and let it go for about 20 minutes. Depending on how firm you want your vegetables, you can add them in at this stage as well or wait until 5 minutes before the soup is finished.

When the soup is finished simmering it is ready to serve. Add some fresh jalapeno and cilantro for garnish or chili sauce for an extra bit of spice.

The Pairing:

May 30 2016 009Unless you add in the chili sauce, this soup is only mildly spicy which really brings out the flavor of the beer. I found that the soup did make the beer a little sweeter, but was well balanced with the other flavors. This soup is also very light and not at all creamy (despite the pictures).

Level of Recommendation: This pairing is simple and not too heavy. It’s great after a hot day with low humidity.

 

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