District Midwest's Beer Recipes and Food Pairings​

Thanks in large part to our industry's renaissance in the re-discovery and re-creation of numerous beer styles, beer is an immensely versatile beverage. Unlike wine, there is a beer for just about any food! Need proof? Try a glass of wine with your favorite Mexican dish. Or try some wine with Cajun, Thai, Indian, or Chinese cuisine. Try wine with your favorite July 4th barbeque! By contrast, there is a beer for any and all of these differing, classic cuisines. Beer offers a wide and ever-growing range of colors, aromas, flavors, textures, and strengths.

In this section of our web site, you will find beer and appetizers, beer and salads, beer and main courses, and even beer and desserts. Some recipes offered here are intended to be enjoyed with a specific style of beer. Others will be created, using a beer style as one of the recipe ingredients. The recipes will be updated to accommodate the changing seasons...about every two months.

And please…feel free to submit your own "greatest hits" recipes to share. It's all about celebrating the good life with the world's best beverage.

Porter Black Bean Soup

This is a hearty, healthy bean soup will thaw those 2014 Winter "Polar Vortex" evenings.  It takes little time to prepare. The refried beans make the soup much more rich.  The robust porter adds a refined sweetness and rounds out the flavors.  For an even heartier soup, Rick has added either chorizo sausage or ground lamb...both were real crowd pleasers.  Try drinking a porter while you make it!

1 TBSP olive oil

3 cloves garlic minced

1/2 cup diced onion

1 cup diced carrots

2 celery stalks small sliced

1cup corn salsa

2 cans black beans

1can refried black beans

1 can chicken stock

1 cup robust porter

1 TBSP Adobo seasoning

Salt/pepper to taste


Heat oil, sauté garlic, onion, carrot celery until almost tender.  Add salsa, black beans with liquid, refried beans, stock, and porter.  Season with adobo seasoning.  Simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.

Makes 6 hearty servings.

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