You’re out for dinner while James and Mary exchange smiles and winks, as they reflect on all of their travels and interests. Their eyes light up as they talk about the improvised jazz band they saw last week. They reflect on the delicious bowls of pasta they ate in Italy. They get all emotional over a classic 20th century novel they just read. All of their ‘being cultured’ talk might make your eyes roll, but deep down you probably feel envious because you may have the desire to expose yourself to new things as well.
So what if you aren’t too keen or don’t have the time and finances to enjoy new experiences? You can bring the experience to your own kitchen by means of your brewing pot, and you can experiment with new recipes from all around the world! Just because you may not be able to go wherever or whenever, it doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of here and now. Give some of these recipes a try, and you’ll feel like you’re living large.
Grab a Dart and Choose a Place
Remember seeing pictures with darts lodged in maps? You may have seen movies or T.V shows where the villain throws a dart on a map to reveal his intentions to take over a certain area. The action is also a metaphor for the strike he will launch against his enemies. Of course, brewing isn’t all about violence and bloodshed, so in your case, the act of throwing the dart simply represents the region that will inspire your next brew recipe. Beer is one of the most culturally diverse drinks in the world, so trying a recipe from another country will certainly open you, and your brewing pot up to a new experience!
Strike New Soil to Make New Beer
So where exactly should you begin to look in the search for new brew recipe inspiration? You can look just about anywhere. Forums, blogs, or magazines. Perhaps you can use your favorite beer brand as inspiration to brew your very own version of it. Whatever you decide, just remember to have fun with your brewing pot, and don’t limit yourself in any way.
Skip Hydration and Stay Thirsty
Hint: Would you like to be the most interesting man (or woman) in the world? If you owned that title, what would it mean to you? If you dream of holding that title, you can most likely thank an alluring advertising campaign for inspiring you. After all, who wouldn’t want to be like that guy?
Drum Roll, Please!
Answer: If the brand Dos Equis popped up in mind before you arrived at this answer, give yourself a pat on the back. Dos Equis is a product of the Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma Brewery in Monterrey, Mexico. Sure, your blood may not smell like cologne like the Dos Equis man, but you can craft a brew that would make him proud.
Description: Dos Equis is available as an amber lager (although the main brand is a pale lager), which is a yellow-orange colored brew that is quite popular in the US and Europe. You can usually find caramel malt flavors in amber lagers, and they typically have a maximum ABV of 5%. They usually have more flavors than regular pale lagers and they are usually hoppier than the Vienna lager styles which they resemble. Dos Equis XX Amber has ABV of 4.7%.
- 3.3 pounds 6-row malt (1.6L)
- 1.1 pound 2-row malt (1.2L)
- 1/3 pound Munich malt (9.7L)
- 1/4 pound crystal malt (8oL)
- Hallertauer Hops
Shift Gears and Head to the Far East
Hint: Depending on your taste in beer, you or may not be familiar to the next beer brand and recipe. You could have seen ad campaigns for this beer brand already. But if you can guess the country known for high-performance cars and many successful animated T.V. Shows for kids, you can probably guess where this mystery beer comes from.
Lift the Curtains!
Answer: If the country you guessed is Japan, then congratulations. The beer of discussion for this section is called Asahi Super Dry. It is the product of Asahi Breweries, which is based out of Tokyo, Japan. Introduced in 1987, Asahi Super Dry grew to be the brewery’s most successful beer brand since it satisfied the desire of the Japanese who wanted a dry beer.
Description: Asahi Super Dry is a “dry” lager with a light golden color. Brewers of this beer use a very rare species of yeast known as strain No.318, which they state is responsible for the “complex aroma that results in an elegant and sophisticated flavor. Asahi Super Dry is a low alcohol beer, with an ABV of 5%.
Ingredients for a Super Dry Success:
- 1.7kg can of Beermakers Lager
- 1kg of corn syrup
- 500g of rice syrup
Get Bold. Make Stout
Hint: Just by reading that headline, some of you may feel that your intelligence was insulted. Almost every beer drinker has some familiarity with this category. In fact, this category shouldn’t even be here to begin with. But you deserve to know how to make it, so here it is.
Yep, It is what it sounds like!
Answer: Yes, the beer of discussion in this session is Guinness. You’ve seen their ads, especially the ones of late, and you most likely get the impression that it’s a beer for the strong. Guinness has been around since 1759, and originates from Ireland as you likely know.
Description: Guinness is quite famous for its appearance and characteristics. Its color ranges from deep garnet to black, and it has a prominent head that is creamy and thick. It has a roasted and bitter taste due to its roasted grains, and it also has an acidic and sour accent to its taste as well. Guinness has a reputation for being ‘carb-heavy’, which is quite ironic since it ranks low in terms of its carbohydrate content. Yes, that’s a surprise indeed!
Ingredients for a Sturdy Stout:
- Light Malt Extract
- Roasted Barley
- Flaked Barley
- Northern Brewer Hops
- East Kent Goldings Hops
- Brewing Yeast
Bring the World Into Your Kitchen
One of the best ways to experience something when you can’t reach it, is to bring it to you instead. For example, you may never get the chance to see a blockbuster movie in theaters, but you can order it on Pay-Per-View or you can stream it on Netflix. You can recreate the entire cinema experience, by making your own snacks and making use of the right home theater system.
Likewise, you can taste the world so to speak, by making beer recipes from around the world in your brewing pot. As mentioned earlier, beer is one of the diverse drinks out there, so there’s no reason why you can’t an adventure out of brewing. Take advantage of the thousands of recipes out there. Who knows, next time you go out to dinner with James and Mary, you can tell them about all of the awesome recipes you and your brewing pot enjoyed together.