Beer fest (Custom)







Even if you don’t drink beer

I don’t really drink much in the way of beer, but in this weather, you have to admit it’s a great thirst quencher. There are so many to choose from these days and with hubby a maker and competition winner a few years back, well, I have to taste test them all.  😉  Try beer can chicken, it’s easy and tastes great.

Speaking of a few years back, I decided to put on a degustation dinner revolving around beer for my beer making and drinking buddies.  I cooked things with beer or matched beer to courses and did a lot of research into its history.  I love putting on this type of event.  I plate up food that makes my friends smile and I organise quick games for them to play between courses.  They seem to have so much fun, I love it. 

BeerFeast Menu

BeerFeast 2009  The food
 Menu was as follows
Course 1
 Beer & chilli peanut brittle 
Course 2
 Oyster Mignon
Course 3
 Pretzel – Brezel Danish Fondue
Course 4
Baby Burgers
Course 5
 Bultarra Lamb spare ribs with truffled potato and a Raisin Beer Sauce
Course 6
Beer Can Chicken  Chicken served with a warm Salad with Beer Dressing
Course 7
 Red Cabbage, Apples and Sausage
Course 8
Osso Bucco served with Wee Heavy Potatoes
Course 9 
 German Beer Pudding, vanilla ice cream
Course 10 

Beeramisu made with double choc stout

Matching Beer’s for the BeerFeast Menu

BeerFeast the Beer
 Course 1
 Course 2
Three boys oyster stout
 Course 3
 Course 4
Kozel – chicken Bitberger – Lamb     Fat Yack – Beef
 Course 5
Abbot or Newcastle brown ale
 Course 6
 Course 7
Blanche De Namur
 Course 8
 Course 9
Midara Brewery Honey wheat
 Course 10
coffee and if you can fit it in, any leftover beer

Anyway, I thought I’d share one of the recipes from the night. It’s a bit of fun to do and serve, it all went down a treat.  Great for our Aussie BBQ days.   Here’re some photos of the night.  Didn’t get around to taking many in the middle of the night, mainly before, and nearing the end.

I made everyone their very own chalkboard placemat. Lined the table with loads of beer bottles and peanuts of course.   All the other bits of paper on the table are games to play, fun beer facts and beer jokes, cause you have to have some of those. 😉

Love these photos that Carol took

Beer Can Chicken
  • 225 g butter
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 10 g salt
  • 15 g paprika sweet or smoked
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 can beer
  • 1.8 kg whole chicken
  1. Preheat a Webber for low heat or oven to 150 c.
  2. In a small pan, melt 225 g butter. Mix in 1 tablespoon garlic salt, 1 tablespoon paprika, salt, and pepper.
  3. Discard ½ the beer, lol that's funny, leaving the remainder in the can. Add remaining butter, garlic, salt, paprika, and desired amount of pepper to the beer can. Brush some of the remaining butter on the outside of the can so it’s easier to remove later.
  4. Place the can on a disposable baking tray.
  5. Set the chicken on the can; inserting the can into the cavity of the chicken. Baste chicken with the remainder of the melted, seasoned butter.
  6. Place the baking tray with the beer/chicken on the prepared grill. Cook over low heat for up to 3 hours, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 80 degrees °C.
  7. It will all depend on the amount of heat that’s in your Weber. I suggest a temperature probe inserted into the chicken (in a thick part of flesh, making sure you don’t hit the can) to keep an eye on the temperature.
Chef Notes
You can also use smoking chips, whatever you’d usually use is a great way to get a deep smoky flavour and deep mahogany colour.


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