If you haven’t been drinking Elysian’s winter pale ale Bifrost this season, you have been missing out. With the frigid temperatures of late and the football playoffs this weekend, it is the perfect time to eat, drink and enjoy Elysian Bifrost. Yes, you read me right, EAT Bifrost pale ale: cooking and pairing with beer is delicious. Try eating a hearty meal of Washington beer flavored food this chilly weekend.
Elysian Brewing’s Executive Chef Andrew Gribas has created several beer infused recipes that are ideal for watching the football games this weekend or anytime that you want to beat the winter chill.
Bifrost squash cream soup
|Butternut Squash (1/2, seed, S&P, waterbath)||1 each|
|Canned Pumpkin||4 ounces|
|Yellow Onion med. Dice||1 each|
|Heavy Cream||3 cups|
|½ & 1/2||½ cup|
|Bifrost Beer||1 cup|
|Salt to taste|
|Cinnamon whipped cream and sage sprig.|
Cut butternut squash in half-length wise. Scrap out seeds and discard. Sprinkle salt and black pepper and place into roasting pan with about an inch of water in bottom and cover with foil. Place in 350 degree oven until fork tender (check about 15 minutes). Remove and cool. Once squash is cool use a spoon and scrap out all meat and set aside. In a Sauce pot add about 2 Tablespoons olive oil on medium heat. Add onion and sweat out but no color. Then add Bifrost beer and reduce by half and add remaining ingredients. Bring to boil and make sure to stir or it will scorch. Remove from heat and add to blender and puree. Once all is blended check for desired amount of salt. For garnish whip about half cup of heavy cream and add a pinch of cinnamon. Spoon cream on top of soup and a sprig of sage and serve.
Monte Cristo Sandwiches
|Sliced Pullman Loaf Bread||8ea|
|Shaved Christmas Ham||1#|
|Sliced Gruyere Cheese||8ea|
|Bifrost Beer batter see below|
|Bifrost Beer Batter|
|Milk 2% or whole||½ cup|
|Vanilla extract||½ tsp|
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
Whisk together all the ingredients for the Bifrost beer batter and set aside. Gather all the other ingredients. Then get a sauté pan heated with about two tablespoons of olive oil medium heat. Dunk one side of the bread into the batter and into sauté pan. Then add the sliced cheese and top with ham and into an oven set at 375 degrees. Let it bake for about 5 minutes pull and stack on top of the other. Slice sandwich in half dust with powder sugar and serve with strawberry jam for dunking.
Green Chili Hatch
|Tomatillos after cleaned halve||1# peeled & washed|
|Yellow onion medium dice||1 each|
|Whole Garlic cloves||4 each|
|Pequin pepper||4 each|
|Black pepper ground||1 teaspoon|
|Yellow onion med. dice||1 each|
|Roasted Hatch Chili’s med dice||1#|
|Roasted Poblano med. dice||1#|
|Space Dust Beer*||1 cups|
|Chicken Stock||1 quart|
Take first four ingredients and toss with a little olive oil to coat and sprinkle some salt and pepper. Then place on sheet pan and roast in oven 375 degrees until slightly charred. When these are roasting take your Pequin pepper and cumin seed and toast in a sauté pan dry until they start to smoke. Place in spice grinder and grind. In a sauce pot over medium high heat put about ¼ cup olive oil and sweat your yellow onion with Pequin pepper, toasted cumin, salt and pepper. This should be aromatic to the nose. Cook your onion about half way and add everything else to pan including roasted first four ingredients. Bring to boil and turn down and simmer for about 1.5 to 2 hours. Check for seasoning and blend. (note: this is a medium heat recipe, so if you like spicier or milder adjust your pequin pepper as well as Hatch chili)
*They use Spacedust IPA when they serve this at the Elysian Bar but try using the Elysian Bifrost when making it at home if you want.
Light amber pale ale with great assertive hops. The Bifrost nose is bright with lemon and other citrus notes. This pale ale has a satisfying sturdy body made for winter time drinking. The Bifrost finish is bold and earthy. This Washington beer is a big, bold pale ale with a big alcohol content. At 8.3% ABV, the Elysian Bifrost is not a session beer. You will feel some nice winter warmth after drinking some Elysian Brewing Bifrost.