Dessert Pairing · Fall Beers

Vanilla Porter & Baked Sweet Potato

It got chilly in the Northeastern United States. It’s almost time for the holiday season to really kick off (unless you want to include Halloween, then it’s already started). I’ve started hearing holiday music on the radio. At least that means it’s sweet potato season.

I love sweet potatoes. They are super tasty and good for you. They make a great side dish and dessert. I decided to pair my baked sweet potato with a Vanilla Porter. Does it satisfy my sweet tooth?

The Beer:

This week’s beer was crafted by Breckenridge Brewery Fine Colorado Ale. The bottle notes that it is “seldom seen remarkable” and “never duplicated partakable”. Porter is probably my favorite style of beer. I love sipping it after dinner with something a little sweet. Does the vanilla give it a little extra kick?nov-19-2016-003

Style: Porter ale brewed with real vanilla bean. It has 5.4% alc./vol.

Aroma: Mild vanilla notes

Color: Dark brown with some splashes of deep red

Taste: Rich ale taste with a mix of coffee and vanilla.

Level of Recommendation: Good for a late night drink after dinner.

The Food:

Baked sweet potatoes are easy to make, through they can take a while depending on how big the potato is. I like take mine out of the oven when I can poke a fork easily into the center of the potato.

What you’ll need: nov-19-2016-002

  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar

Preheat your oven at 450°F for ten minutes. Wash the potato and take off any extra dirt. Place the potato into the oven and set the time for 40 – 50 minutes depending on how big the potato is.

Once you can poke a fork easily into the potato, it’s ready to come out of the oven. Slice the potato down the center and scrape some of the potato from the skin. Add butter and a sprinkle of brown sugar.

The Pairing:


This combination works well as both a dessert and a main course. The sweet potato balances the rich flavors of the beer. Unfortunately the vanilla does get a little lost. It’s still there, but it becomes a background flavor compared to the stronger coffee notes.

Level of Recommendation: It’s a good pairing to kick off the holiday season.


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