Beer for Breakfast? Don’t mind if I do!

Breakfast on weekends should be more exciting than high-fiber cereal and protein shakes. The weekend is our opportunity to indulge, to sample new foods and drinks, and to not feel guilty about doing it. Weekend mornings are for French toast, biscuits and gravy, Irish coffees, and mimosas – and this month beer claims a spot at the breakfast table.  Below are a few breakfast recipes and beer-cocktails for the craft beer enthusiast with a penchant for barley based beverages before noon.

Windansea Wheat French Toast

Windansea Wheat French Toast & Hefmosa

Prep Time: 15min – Serves 2
Ingredients:
4 Large Eggs
1/3 cup Windansea Wheat 1/3 cup Heavy Cream
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Orange Zest
2 tbs Butter
4 Slices thick-cut Egg Bread, Brioche, or Challah

Preparation:

Combine eggs, cream, beer, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and orange zest in a mixing bowl. Whisk vigorously for 2 minutes until batter is well blended.  Add butter to large skillet and heat on medium-high until hot but NOT smoking.  Generously coat each slice of bread in batter until saturated but still firm. Fry slices in butter for 2 minutes on each side, until slightly crispy and golden brown. Top with butter, orange blossom honey, and powdered sugar. Serve with scrambled eggs, bacon, and a Hefmosa.

Windansea Wheat Hefmosa:

Bavarian Hefeweizens are unfiltered wheat beers know for their banana and clove flavors. The yeast in these beers is rich in complex B vitamins, something your body might need a little more of on a weekend morning. A splash of OJ adds a nice flavor and a shot of vitamin C, why wouldn’t you want one of these with breakfast?

How to make:

Combine 12oz of Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen with 4oz of fresh orange juice.

Red Trolley Sausage Gravy

Prep Time: 15min – Serves 2

Red Trolley Sausage Gravy with Biscuits and Poached Eggs

Ingredients:
½ lb Pork Sausage
½ tsp Red Pepper Flakes
½ tsp Fresh Rosemary (finely chopped)
2 tbs Unsalted Butter
2 tbs All-purpose Flour
¾ Cup Whole Milk
¼ Cup Red Trolley AleSalt
Pepper

Preparation:

Brown pork sausage in a medium sauce pan until crumbling. Reduce heat to medium and add butter, salt, and pepper. After butter has melted, gradually add flour –stirring constantly for 3-4 minutes. Slowly stir in milk, about a quarter cup at a time, until the gravy begins to thicken. Add Red Trolley Ale and stir for an additional 2-3 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste.  Serve over buttermilk biscuits with poached eggs and a Hop Hound.

Tower 10 IPA Hop Hound:

Tower 10 Hop Hound

Hop Heads across the country crave the grapefruit hop flavors of a West Coast IPA but few are bold enough to enjoy this robust style with breakfast. Inspired by the Greyhound cocktail, this crafty mixture tastes awesome when paired with rich and savory breakfast fare.

How to make:

Combine 12oz of Tower 10 IPA with 4oz of ruby red grapefruit juice.

 

 

3 responses

  1. Nice! Maybe I’ll whip one of these up this weekend! Love making a nice Bloody Beer too. BP makes a nice bloody mary mix that would go with any number of Karl Strauss beers.

    January 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm

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  3. Nom nom. I’m soooo hungry right now and all this food is not helping any. Also, the beer cocktails sound amazing. I think I’m going to host a Sunday Brunch party at my house one of these days and use your recipes! Thanks!

    Cheers,

    The Wicked Wench of the West

    January 25, 2011 at 2:15 pm

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