Summer beers

Perpetual IPA With a Tuna Salad

Perpetual IPA seems like an appropriate name for the never ending heat wave we’ve been having in the Northeastern US. It’s been almost too hot to cook in my kitchen, so I wanted to make something this week that didn’t need to be heated up. Tuna salad is a delicious lunch on any day of the week, pairing it with an IPA only makes.

The Beer:

Something perpetual is something that should be never ending, unfortunately never ending beer is not a real thing (unless you are a wizard, which I am not). I think Tröegs Independent Craft Brewery had a lot of fun creating this beer. Let’s take a quick look at what makes this beer stand out for a summer day.

22 August 2016 003Style: IPA with 7.5% alc./vol.

Color: Medium wheat

Smell: Hops with a little spice to it.

Taste: There’s a bold hops flavor that’s a little dry, but has a nice kick at the end.

Level of Recommendation: Need something to cool you off on a hot day with some bold flavor then this is a good beer for you. It’s not a light beer, but it won’t weigh you down either.

The Food:

What you’ll need: 22 August 2016 002

  • 1 can of tuna fish
  • 2 spoonfuls of mayonnaise
  • Pickles (relish or chop up your favorite pickles – I used sweet pickle chips)
  • Quarter of a white onion – diced
  • Dash of paprika
  • Bread
  • Spinach
  • Cherry tomato

Open and drain the tuna. Place in a mixing bowl. Mix in two spoonfuls of mayonnaise, chopped onions, and pickles. Slice bread and tomatoes. Place spinach, tomatoes, and tuna onto the bread.

Enjoy

The Pairing:

22 August 2016 004If it wasn’t so hot outside I’d go on a picnic with all of this. The creaminess of the mayonnaise helps to smooth out the beer, while the sweetness of the pickles bring out a little more of the dry hops. It’s very enjoyable.

Level of Recommendation: This pairing is especially good if you can’t use your stove or oven because of the heat (or if your air-conditioning doesn’t reach your kitchen). It will be even better as a picnic with someone special.

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