Happy Summer Solstice! Let’s kick it off with an easy to make snack to go with you to the beach! My mom made hummus all the time when I was a kid. It’s quick and easy to make and great for all occasions.
But what to pair with it?
Well since it’s the first day of summer I decided on the Sunblock Unfiltered Summer IPA by the Captain Lawrence Brewing Company.
The description on the bottle says it’s “dry hopped with sorachi ace hops”, which sounds a lot like summer to me. How well do I like it?
Style: This is an unfiltered summer IPA with 5.8% alc./vol.
Color: A mix between fresh wheat and dark blonde.
Aroma: Strong with plenty of citrus.
Taste: It’s a bold IPA with plenty of hops upfront.
Level of Recommendation: Though I wouldn’t recommend it as actual sunblock, this beer is good for a sunny day.
Hummus is one of those great foods that is easy to modify for your own taste. The basic hummus recipe I use is one of my favorites.
What you’ll need:
- Chick peas
- A lemon
- A garlic clove
- Olive oil
- Paprika (optional)
Rinse chick peas and place in a food processor. Slice up the lemon and squeeze the juice in the food processor. Place remaining lemons in water and set to the side. Chop up the garlic into small chunks and add to the food processor. Add in a small spoonful (about a teaspoon) of tahini.
If your food processor has the ability to drizzle liquids while it works, place the lid on the food processor. Otherwise drizzle in some olive oil and lemon water and put the lid on. Start grinding your ingredients together while drizzling one part olive oil and one part lemon water. Process all of the ingredients until smooth.
Serve with fresh veggies, pita bread, and/or pita chips. Garnish with more olive oil and paprika.
This beer has plenty of bold flavor, which almost overpowers this hummus recipe. The garlic even helps intensify the beer a little, so if you like your beer full of intense flavor add more garlic.
It’s a nice pairing to do as an appetizer. It’s light and doesn’t fill you up too much.
Level of Recommendation: Snacking approved.