I am an eager learner, I’m always up for learning something new. If that something new has to do with food and/or beer I am on it, count me in! You may see a trend throughout my blog posts, beer may have just as much to with my posts as cooking does!
Because I love learning new skills, I found Casual Gourmet, a cooking class through the Culinary Institute of Virginia. There are classes for all skill levels, at a decent price, and close by. I first took a cheese making demonstration class and immediately loved it and asked for a gift certificate for Christmas. Luckily my mother-in-law gave me one that year. I didn’t just want to use the gift card on any old class, so I waited, forgot about it, checked once I remembered and waited some more. Then I came across a cooking with beer class. I signed up real quick for that one.
This class was cooking with beer provided by Young Veterans Brewing Company (YVBC) and they are located in Virginia Beach, VA. If you are in the Virginia Beach area I highly recommend going to check them out! All of the recipes we made were created by Chef Troy Camacho. I cannot share these recipes with you, but I will show you what we made and how my experience was. I will be taking the techniques I learned here and using them throughout my future cooking adventures.
All of the recipes we made were created by Chef Troy Camacho. I cannot share these recipes with you, but I will show you what we made and how my experience was. I will be taking the techniques I learned here and using them throughout my future cooking adventures.
The class was at night, after their student’s classes are finished for the day. It was a 3-hour class that just flew by. The chef and interns prep everything you need, making the process much faster. We were in teams of four, I luckily was on the team of YVBC owners and brewers. I had a blast hanging out with Tom, Charity and their Dad Mike. It didn’t hurt that we were allowed to drink the beer while we were cooking.
Beer in Recipes: [All beers are from YVBC]
- Pineapple Grenade– German Style Hefeweizen with pineapple juice
- Goat Locker– Imperial Chocolate, Coffee, Oatmeal, Milk Stout
- Bravo Foxtrot– Belgian Strong Dark Ale aged in red wine barrels.
- Truce In the Forest– White IPA
- Pineapple Grenade Banana Beer Bread
- Pineapple Grenade Kalua Pork
- Truce in the Forest Braised & Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Bravo Foxtrot Baked Brie with Apricot Glaze and Toasted Almonds
- Goat Locker Ice Cream
When cooking with beer, you get the best flavor when reducing it. Depending on how much the beer is reduced, you will pick up different flavors and amounts of hops, bitterness, or sweetness based on the style of beer. IPA style beers have more hops and that flavor will shine through when reducing or cooking with it. Light beers are the most versatile when cooking with beer, therefore if you haven’t tried cooking with beer start with a lighter beer. I will have some recipes coming in the next few months that are beer-centric.