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BEER PAIRING: Carrot Cake & IPA!


Love hops and malt? Get to know India Pale
Ale. Photo courtesy New Belgium Brewing.


New Belgium Brewing, the third-largest craft brewer in the U.S., rolled out its new Ranger India Pale Ale this month. The brewer’s hoppiest offering to date, it’s named after the brewery’s sales team, known as the Beer Rangers, who lobbied long and hard for an IPA.

This 6.5% ABV IPA has hops for days: Cascade (citrus), Chinook (floral/citrus), and Simcoe (fruity). IPA lovers will relish the intense, dry hop flavor.

The ale is brewed with pale and dark caramel malts that harmonize with the hop flavor. Will you be singing after your first sip? Try some and find out!

Hoppy and malty are the cornerstone flavors of India Pale Ale, which was first brewed in 18th-century England as a heavier style beer that could make the long trip by boat to British troops and government officials in India. Though it’s not new on the scene, IPA is currently one of the hottest styles in American craft brewing (hence, the Beer Rangers’ plea).

Read more about the different styles of beer in our Beer Glossary.

To celebrate the launch, New Belgium Brewing held a beer pairing lunch with a menu by caterer Sarah Tomsic. The hoppy IPA was paired with:

  • Haystack Mountain chèvre, a fresh goat cheese log rolled in Cascade hop dust*, chili caribe**, salt and black pepper
  • Wasabi-citrus salmon: wild caught Sockeye salmon marinated in wasabi, fresh orange juice, and soy; dredged in panko and black sesame seeds, baked and drizzled with a citrus reduction
  • Arugula salad with blood orange segments, spiced pepitas and honey-cinnamon vinaigrette
  • Individual ginger carrot cakes with cream cheese frosting
  • So, grab some Ranger India Pale Ale and schedule a dinner party. Variations on all of the recipes above can be easily found in your favorite cookbooks or online.

    * Pulverize hops into hop dust. If you can’t get your hands on hops, substitute fennel pollen.
    **Chile caribe, is a concentrated chili powder.

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