Alementary is a microbrewery based in Hackensack New Jersey. I have been there and it’s definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. They have a lot of great beers to try and fun atmosphere.
I managed to find their beer the Hackensack Lager at a local store and pair it with one of my favorite childhood recipes, chicken paprikash. It’s not really a spring time food, but since my mom has been in town, I wanted to have it.
The Hackensack Lager are currently sold in cans. The slogan on the cans say “drinking for science” with an atom on it. I think it’s a fun play on words.
Style: Lager with 5.5% alc/vol.
Color: Pale yellow
Taste: Smooth and crisp
Level of Recommendation: Nice drinking beer for parties or sporting events.
What you’ll need:
- Chicken thighs and legs
- 1-2 cups of Flour
- 2 cups of Chicken Stock
- 1/2 cup of Sour Cream
- 1 Tbs Butter
- 1 Tbs Olive Oil
- 1/2 a chopped Onion
- Smokey Paprika
Pat the chicken dry. Place in a bag with flour, salt, pepper, and a few good shakes of paprika. Shake until the chicken is evenly coated.
Heat up butter and olive oil in a large pan. Once the butter has completely melted, add in the chicken and brown on both sides for 3-4 minutes per side. Once the chicken has browned, remove from the pan and add in the chopped onions and two more tablespoons of paprika. Cook the onions until the become tender.
Replace the chicken in the pan and add in the chicken stock and a little extra flour. Simmer for 20 minutes (flipping the chicken halfway through). Remove the chicken one last time and mix in the sour cream to the sauce. Once the sour cream has been fully mixed in add the chicken back in.
Serve with egg noodles, spaetzle, or mashed potatoes. (I went with mashed potatoes this time.)
It’s creamy and a little smokey. The beer has a nice crisp and refreshing taste that goes well with the heavier food. Depending on how much paprika you choose to use, it has a mild flavor. Next time I might add in more paprika or a little less sour cream. This is the ultimate comfort food dish for me and I know I’ll be having this pairing again.
Level of Recommendation: A classic winter meal or something for the cooler spring nights.