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How do you pair our beer and food? Share your recipes (contest)

Beer and food are a perfect pair, rivaled by… nothing?

We love cooking with our beer and pairing it with dishes. Beer shares a lot of similar flavor components and ingredients as food, which is why they work so well together.

Do you have a go to pairing or recipe with our beer that is out of this world? We want to see your favorites. Tag your photos with #InspiredCooking.

Want to learn more about food and beer pairings? This interview with our head chef explains why it works.

As an added bonus, we have a limited number of Amber Ale cutting boards (like pictured above) we will send to those craft beer cooks whose photos stir our appetite.

If you need some inspiration, here are some of our favorite recipes:

Cooking with Amber Ale

  • Amber Ale Fried Chicken And Waffles (link)
  • Amber Ale Crock Pot Short Ribs (link)
  • Amber Ale Onion And Sage Soup (link)
  • Amber Ale onion rings with sweet chili sauce (link)
  • Amber Ale Beer Cheese (link)
  • Amber Ale Cheese Bread (link)

For the grill

  • Oberon Beer Brats: use Oberon for the beer and grill (link — Food Network)
  • Oarsman Beer Chicken: Cook the chicken on the grill with a can of Oarsman, with thyme, sage, lemon and orange.
  • Pooltime cherry glazed ribs (link)
  • Oberon Marinated Chicken Kebabs (link)
  • Spicy Pork Chop With Hopslam Peach Chutney (link)


  • Larry's Latest Sour Citrus Vinaigrette (link)
  • Oberon Curry & Orange Chicken Salad (link)
  • Octoberfest Apfel Kuchen (Apple Cake) (link)
  • Kalamazoo Stout Candied Bacon (link)
  • Crispy Oven Baked Oatsmobile Battered Onion Rings (link)
  • Sriracha Kalamazoo Stout Chex Mix (link)
  • Porter Chocolate Cupcakes (link)
  • Peanut Butter Kalamazoo Stout cookies (link)
  • Oven-Baked Tandoori Two Hearted Chicken Wings (link)
  • Pooltime Cake Pops (link)

Beer cocktails

  • Oberon Beermosa: 25% Champagne, 15% orange juice and 60% Oberon, with a mint leaf and an orange as a garnish. Make sure to not add the OJ last.
  • Kalamazoo Peach: 12oz Oberon, 1.5oz peach schnapps and 3 oz OJ.
  • Two Hearted Grapefruit Cocktail: 8oz. of Two Hearted and 3oz. of grapefruit juice
  • Oarsman Sangria: 2 cups cold orange juice, ½ cup orange flavored liqueur, ¼ cup tequila, 2 oranges, thinly sliced, 6, 12 ounce cans of Bell's Oarsman (or you could replace with Oberon).
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