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Cheers to Irish Beer and the Best Beer Bread Recipe

Mon, March 12, 2018

With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, and given that the traditional celebratory feature of St. Patty’s Day is beer (particularly of the Irish variety), we decided to celebrate with a local feature on our neighborhood brewery! Two doors down from the Coton Colors Corporate Office and Design Center is Deep Brewing Company, where you might just find CC Crew members during happy hour on Fridays.

Deep’s owner and head brewer, Ryan LaPete, is a Tallahassee native and was a commercial deep-sea diver in the Florida Keys for 8 years. Ryan took his passion for diving and combined it with his passion for brewing beer and set off on a journey on land to create Deep Brewing Company. Opening their doors in 2015, Deep Brewing Company artfully crafts the finest small batch ales and lagers in our hometown of Tallahassee, Florida.

We asked the experts themselves which of their beers they recommend for the upcoming holiday. Here’s what they had to say…

Irish Cream

“Reminiscent of an Irish coffee, our Nitro Irish Cream Ale is aged on Jameson-soaked oak with cacao, milk sugar, roasted almonds, and coffee. This brew drinks smooth and sweet with a touch of that whiskey heat to put you in the St. Patrick's Day spirit.”

Spear Pressure

“They say there's a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, we're pretty sure they meant our British Golden Ale, Spear Pressure. A treasure of a brew, Spear Pressure is light and easy-drinking with a crisp finish leaving you wanting more. At a sessionable 4.5%, you can have a few, just what St. Patrick's Day Celebrations might require.”

McGowan’s Irish Red

“Everyone is Irish on March 17th! Celebrate like the Irish do with our Irish Red Ale is a medium-bodied malty red, the perfect balance between light and dark beer with a dry toasty finish.”

Nyctophile Nitro Stout

“Nothing says Irish quite like the beautiful cascade of rich and creamy foam atop a stout poured on nitro, as if we were sipping on a pint in Dublin! Our year-round Stout throws beach sand in the face of preconceived notions about dark beer! Judicious use of roasted barley and dark crystal malts is accented perfectly by the slightest hints of raisin and fig. Despite the depths of flavor, this beer finishes slightly dry leaving you asking for more…Just like a perfectly pulled shot of espresso!”

Of course, we had to have a taste testing of our own and are now inspired to host a St. Patrick’s Day celebration! So go ahead, pour yourself a brew – Cheers!

Not into drinking beer? Try our Beer Bread Recipe from The Happy Everything!™ Cookbook instead. This recipe also makes a great party favor for your St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Simply place the dry ingredients in a Kraft bag or container of your choice, attach a handwritten recipe card, and voila!

Beer Bread

Serves 8, Yields 1 loaf

3 cups self-rising flour

1/4 sugar

pinch of salt

1 (12 oz.) beer, room temperature

2 tablespoons butter, melted

Grease a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan and set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, and salt. Stir (room temperature) beer into dry ingredients just until combined. Do not over mix.

Pour batter into loaf pan and brush the top with melted butter. Cover with a dish towel and allow the dough to rise at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and adjust oven rack to the middle position.

Bake for 1 hour until golden. Allow the bread to cool for a few minutes before slicing. Beer bread is best served warm and spread with softened butter.

Once cooled, the loaf of beer bread can be kept wrapped in foil. To reheat, slightly open foil so the bread doesn’t steam, and place in oven at 350 degrees until warm. Also, leftovers {if you have any!} are good toasted or grilled with a slather of soft butter.

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