Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Beer Bratwurst Recipe

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE MAC N’ CHEESE FILLLING:

  • 4 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 4 ounces evaporated milk
  • 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • Kosher salt, to taste

FOR THE SAUERKRAUT FILLING:

  • 1 cup prepared sauerkraut

FOR THE JALAPEÑO POPPER FILLING:

  • 1 jalapeño, chopped (plus more if desired, see note)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese

FOR THE PIMENTO CHEESE FILLING:

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 jar pimentos, chopped
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

FOR THE BACON-WRAPPED BRATWURST:

  • 1 package Smithfield Yuengling Traditional Lager Bratwurst
  • 10 strips bacon
  • 15 toothpicks, soaked in water for an hour

TO SERVE (OPTIONAL):

  • 5 bratwurst buns
  • Paprika
  • Chopped chives
  • Crushed potato chips
  • Chopped green onion
  • Sliced jalapeño
  • Brown mustard

INSTRUCTIONS

FOR THE MAC N’ CHEESE FILLING:

  1. In a medium saucepan, pour in the macaroni and top with just enough cold water to cover. Salt the water as desired and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring often. Cook until the macaroni is just shy of al dente and almost no water remains, stirring often, about 5-6 minutes.
  2. Stir in the evaporated milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and stir in the cheese, a handful at a time, until fully melted and creamy. Season with additional salt to taste. Set aside.

FOR THE JALAPEÑO POPPER FILLING:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the chopped jalapeño, the cream cheese, and the shredded cheddar cheese until well-combined. Set aside.

FOR THE PIMENTO CHEESE FILLING:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the shredded cheddar cheese, chopped pimentos, and mayonnaise until well-combined. Set aside.

TO ASSEMBLE THE BACON-WRAPPED STUFFED BEER BRATS:

  1. Cut a longways slit in each Smithfield Yuengling Traditional Lager Bratwurst, about ¾ of the way through, leaving the ends intact. Press the insides of the bratwursts to create a pocked in each for holding the fillings.
  2. Fill each with your desired filling, reserving the remainder for topping.
  3. Wrap 1-2 strips of bacon around each bratwurst to encase the filling, securing the ends with toothpicks. Avoid overlapping the bacon as much as possible so that it cooks evenly.
  4. Set up the grill for cooking over indirect heat.
  5. Grill the bratwurst over indirect heat with the lid closed until bratwursts register 145°F to 150°F on an instant read thermometer, about 15 minutes, turning once halfway through.
  6. Transfer the bratwurst to the hot side of the grill and grill over direct heat, turning often, until the bacon is crisped and the bratwursts register 160°F.
  7. Serve the bratwursts in buns and spoon over remaining filling, if desired. Finish with toppings, if desired. (Recommended: chives and potato chips for the Mac N’ Cheese Brats, sliced jalapeño and green onion for the Jalapeño Popper Brats, paprika and chives for the Pimento Cheese Brats, and brown mustard for the Sauerkraut Brats.)

Fieldwork Brewing Hazy Train IPA

If you’re paying attention, you know that hazy IPAs are the hottest trend in beer right now. And while plenty of breweries are trying to emulate the pioneers of the style, only a handful are hitting the nail on the head. Add Fieldwork Brewing to that list with Hazy Train IPA, packing citrus aromas and a pale, hazy appearance. Hazy Train takes some of the hop bite out of your drinking experience, replacing it with a smooth, velvety, fruit-forward mouthfeel and taste.

Beer Brownies Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dark beer
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour

Frosting

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon beer syrup (from above)

Instructions:

  • Heat the beer in a small saucepan over medium heat and let it simmer until it reduces to 1/2 cup. This will take 15 to 20 minutes and be sure to watch it so it doesn’t boil over. If it starts to bubble up, stir and remove it from the heat to let it come down.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 9×5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, cocoa, sugar and chocolate. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, then microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir until everything is melted and combined. Let it cool for a few minutes.
  • Stir in 4 tablespoons of the beer syrup, the egg white, vanilla and salt. Stir in the flour until fully combined.
  • Pour the mixture into the lined loaf pan and bake for 4o to 45 minutes. The brownies are done with the top is dry and a toothpick inserted has only a few crumbs sticking. Cool the brownies completely.
  • Once cool, frost and top with sprinkles if desired. Slice and serve.

Frosting

  1. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until combined and fluffy. Beat in the remaining tablespoon of beer syrup until combined. Frost the brownies once cool.

Jalapeno Beer Brats Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 (19-ounce) package Johnsonville® Brats
  • 2 medium sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained well
  • 5 slices swiss cheese
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced or 1/4 cup pickled jalapeno slices, drained
  • 5 buns
  • mustard

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to medium-low. Grill brats, turning occasionally, for about 20 minutes. (Meat should reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees.)

  2. While brats grill, heat oil and butter over medium heat in a nonstick pan. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally until golden brown.
  3. Line the bottom of each bun with sauerkraut.

  4. Place a brat in each bun and top with onions, cheese, and jalapenos.
  5. Top with mustard if desired.

Otterbox Is Now Making Growlers

Otterbox, one of the world’s most trusted phone protection and accessories companies, got their start in the ’90s making water resistant boxes for the outdoors. You can finally carry your beer with the same level of protection you have for your phone because Otterbox is now making growlers. The brand is returning to their roots with a line of rugged outdoor gear, but our favorite piece is obviously the new Otterbox Elevation 64 Growler. If you hadn’t already guessed based on the name, the rugged stainless growler holds up to 64 ounces of whatever liquid you want to put inside. Since you’re probably going to be using it for beer instead of coffee or water, it’s also worth noting that the vacuum sealed growler has an interior copper lining specifically built for superior cooling capability. Will it hold enough beer for an entire weekend trek? Doubtful. But it will keep four pints cold for longer than you’ll be able to resist drinking them.

And Union Unfiltered Lager

Don’t judge a book by its cover is awful advice. How else are you going to make a decision when your local Barnes & Noble stocks something like a bazillion books? The same issue arises when we hit our local bottle shop. With fresh releases all the time, sometimes we just go with a cool label. Few are cooler than this. And Union’s Unfiltered Lager is a 5% beer with a malty taste and finish that’s packed in a can that looks like a game of Tetris played in a blizzard. We can’t speak to the quality of the beer itself, but we can say that it’s rather interesting, as And Union is a German brewery somewhat at odds with the Reinheitsgebot. While “craft beer” has been a trend slowly adopted outside of the U.S., it’s only now taking hold in Germany, and thanks to And Union, they already have the packaging right.

AleSmith Brewed a Beer in Honor of Sublime

Do you cry when your dog runs away? Get angry at the bills you have to pay? How about when your mom smokes pot? No? Perfect! Keep on chillin’ and crack one of these bad boys while you do. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Sublime’s “40oz. to Freedom,” AleSmith Brewing Co. brewed  40oz. to Freedom Mexican Lager. (By the way, we know “What I Got” is not on “40oz. to Freedom, FYI.) The beer is made to be thirst quenching and refreshing at 5.2% ABV and slightly sweet and malty. And yes, it’s packaged in a 40. The bad news is you’ll need to make your way to the brewery in San Diego to snag a bottle. But if you’re a fan of Bradley Nowell and company, this is the beer you need in your fridge. And since AleSmith brews some of our favorite beers,  you can rest assured this will be one of the finer Mexican Lagers that crosses your lips.

Own the Beer Cans from ‘Lost’

You have to respect a well designed beer can and, for all their faults and murders, the Dharma Initiative did a great job with their minimalist label. The corporation’s logo is already a masterclass in black and white design, so putting it on their can is a no-brainer. From there, they didn’t bother to complicate things with tons of colors, weird abstractions, or psychedelic reinterpretations of normal furniture or animals (which we could totally be making up, but feels like a real thing). Sure, you may not know what specific kind of beer you’re getting, but sometimes we don’t want to worry about keeping up with the newest dry-hopped, hazy, espresso stout IPA. Sometimes we just want a beer. Also, if you get these, they’re bona fide show props, so these are cans that they used during filming. And, of the three cans, one’s still full.

Slow Cooker Beer Mac & Cheese Recipe

Founders Aged Malt Liquor in Bourbon Barrels

Malt liquor gets a bad rap. Long the means for getting shitfaced on the cheap in college, the beverage has never been talked about the way a double dry-hopped IPA has. Founders wants to change that. DKML, the latest release in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series, is a malt liquor that’s been aged in bourbon barrels and heavily hopped. Don’t worry, you still get that classic corn sweetness that will remind you of nights passed out on your frat house’s basement floor, but now it’s combined with a dose of wood, vanilla, and floral hoppiness. DKML will be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, and 750ml bottles beginning next month. Brown paper bag not included.