What is a Gruit, you may ask?
Here is a definition from AmericanCraftBeer.com:
Gruit or Grut (German for herb) Ale is essentially any brew that uses an herbal mixture as a flavoring or bittering agent in place of hops. Many of the original herbs used are more or less unfamiliar in name, such as sweet gale, mugwort, yarrow, ground ivy, horehound, and heather, while other adjuncts, such as juniper berries, ginger, caraway seed, and aniseed, can be more easily discerned by today’s drinkers.
Sounds pretty weird, right?
Also, what food would you pair with such an odd beer?
Search for your answer no further, my friend!
In my opinion, it reminded me of a Saison: a little bit earthy & funky, with notes of white peach and a floral character. Tasty!
And now for the food pairing...
I found this recipe thru Pinterest (surprise, surprise!)...and it's basically sauteed chicken, bacon, sweet potatos, brussel sprouts and apples. Add a few spices and you have an easy, one pan meal you can make during the week! It's sweet, salty, and savory...what more could you want? And take it from me...it's a lot of food. You will get stuffed!
THE PAIRING...did it work?
There were a lot of flavors going on in the skillet that complimented the beer: the sweetness met the fruity malts , the earthy veggies played with the herbal notes from the bittering agents in the beer. But there was also a very nice contrast because of the dryness of the beer...it balanced out all that sweetness from the chicken, sweet potatoes and apples. The bitterness and dryness of the beer also acted as palate cleansers.
I hope everyone has a great week!
My birthday is next week! :)
I will definitely be blogging about the epic meal I have in store....
Welcome to my blog! I want to show the world a simple meal paired with craft beer can elevate their dining experience to unique levels. Cheers!