Few will put up an argument saying game nights, tailgate parties, and gatherings with friends and family are better without a cold, refreshing beer. There’s just something about cracking open a cold one and taking that first sip of hoppy goodness that’s hard to beat. While enjoying a great craft or domestic beer is nothing short of amazing, cooking with it can be just as delicious as drinking it!

At Northstar Liquor Superstore, we have a large beer selection to choose from, ensuring you’ll find the perfect beer for any occasion. In this blog, we will provide tips and tricks to cooking with beer so you can impress your friends and family with your incredible cooking skills while incorporating a fan-favorite beer.

Choose A Beer You Enjoy

If you have never cooked with beer before, the first thing is to select a beer that you enjoy drinking. If there’s a certain beer that you don’t enjoy sipping on, chances are you won’t like a meal that incorporates that drink. We recommend sticking with a beer that you enjoy to start off with. Once you get the hang of cooking with different beers, you can get more adventurous and mix it up as you please!
Pro Tip: Keep in mind what meal you are planning to prepare, making sure the beer selection will pair well with it. For more delicate fare food, pilsners and lagers are the way to go. If you’re prepping a more robust meal, darker beers like porters and stouts are the best option. For help pairing beer with different foods, stop by Northstar Liquor Superstore today!

Pay Attention to ABV

For those that don’t know, ABV stands for alcohol by volume. A higher ABV will be much stronger and bitter than a beer with a lower ABV. If the beer you’re wanting to cook with has a higher ABV, don’t fret! Just try reducing it before you cook with it, allowing the alcohol to evaporate. While this will likely help tone it down, alcohol traces may still make their way into the dish, so we recommend only serving the meal to those that are of the drinking age, just to be safe.

Less Is More

Don’t get us wrong, we know how exciting and fun it is to incorporate beer into your meal. However, if you dump the entire bottle into the pan, it can result in your concoction being way too bitter. Remember, you can always add more if needed, but you can’t remove excess amounts of beer once it enters the pan.
A Word From The Wise: The longer you cook beer, the stronger the flavor becomes. Just one more reason why starting lighter is a good move.

Buy Beer At Northstar Liquor Superstore

From craft beers to domestic favorites, we have every kind of beer you could want at Northstar Liquor Superstore in Johnstown. Let us know what you’re wanting to cook up and we will help you find the perfect beer to give it that added flavor and make your meal the talk of the evening.