Summer beers

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos & A Summer Ale

I love my crock pot. It’s one of my favorite cooking methods. I set it up and leave it go all day. So when I wanted to make tacos, I decided to pull out my crock pot to make the chicken tacos all the more awesome. Pairing it with an ice cold summer ale was an equally good decision.

The Beer:

Flying Fish Brewing Company has released their Farm House Summer Ale. They recommend it with anything you can grill and describe it as having “fruity notes from the yeast, an earthy, spicy character from imported Styrian Golding hops and a clean dry finish”. But will it work with my spicy tacos?

June 6 2016 002The Style: Summer Ale with 4.6% alc./vol.

Color: Dark wheat

Aroma: Fruity and light

Taste: Light and fruity with a slight spicy bite on the back end.

Level of Recommendation: I’m going to agree with the advertising on the bottle for this brew. It makes a great summer classic. I might add that a little lime might be a nice addition to it too.

The Food:

What you’ll need:

  • Chicken thighs (minus any extra fat)
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • Taco seasoning (to taste)
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Tortillas or flat bread (I picked flatbread because I already had it)

Toppings: (all toppings are optional)

  • Salsa
  • Lime
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Cilantro

To start, chop up the onion and garlic. Place those in the bottom of the crock pot first. No, take all of the extra fat off of your chicken thighs. Place the chicken on top of the garlic and onions. Add in the chicken broth and taco seasoning. Set on high for 5-7 hours or low for 7-9 hours. Cooking times vary.

June 6 2016 001

A half hour before the end of your cooking time, take out the chicken thighs and place in a bowl. Shred the chicken with a fork. Return the chicken to the pot and let it finish cooking.

While the chicken is finishing up, heat up your tortillas or flatbread in the oven if you so desire. Set out your toppings. Once the chicken is finished cooking, you can build your tacos.

The Pairing:

June 6 2016 003These tacos can range from mildly spicy to hot as all get out. Mine were on the medium end of the spectrum and that was a great choice with this beer. The spice of the chicken helped bring out a little bit of the sweetness of the beer. Both the beer and the food are light and prefect for a warm day.

Level of Recommendation: Good for a warm busy day when you want to spice up your routine.

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