Here are my top (affordable) Canadian beer (and cider) picks from the festival, along with a delicious recipe to match:
Chili-espresso ribs: These fall-off-the-bone ribs call for amber-hued pale ales, such as the Spearhead Hawaiian Pale Ale (brewed with real pineapple juice), Granville Island English Bay Pale Ale or Black Oak Pale Ale.
Spiked barbecue sauce (variation): Kick up our classic barbecue sauce by adding some beer. Customize the flavour to your preference: A a clean, classic taste with Mill Street Organic, a deep, rich Mill Street Coffee Porter for smokiness or a fruity St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale for sweetness. Baste the sauce on your ribs, chicken or pork for a great barbecued meal.
Classic baked beans: This slow-cooker classic calls for a bottle of beer for added flavour. Try Creemore Springs Premium Lager or Great Lakes Brewery’s Red Leaf Smooth Red Lager. For a flavour boost, try it with Nickel Brook’s Maple Porter made with real maple syrup that’s full of sweet, smokey flavour.
Chocolate Guinness cake: This classic cake can be made with any type of stout. We recommend trying the recipe with The Flying Monkeys aptly named specialty beer, 38 Dark Chocolate Birthday Cake, or the more accessible St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout.