How to Host a Mother’s Day Beer Brunch
Hosting is hard work, but then all the benefits, love and praise are yours. It is especially worth it when you see that loving glow on your mom’s face. Ok… part of the love and gratitude is for you and the other part is for the craft beer. We think you’ll agree to share the limelight!
By Shira Kogut on May. 12, 2017
When I was growing up, Mother’s Day brunch typically meant stuffing our faces at the Shoney’s breakfast bar. We stood in line for silver-dollar pancakes, burnt bacon, and scrambled eggs that were either runny or rigid. There wasn’t Champagne and caviar, just from-concentrate OJ and drip coffee.
Mom deserves better than that. She put up with all of our childhood (and adolescent) antics, after all. If you’re looking for something a little more creative than a Bellini and scrambled eggs, consider a Mother’s Day celebration that forgoes the grape in favor of the grain. Invite Mom over for a beer brunch. Here’s what to make and which beers to serve alongside each dish.
A Sip To Start
Rather than the same old mimosas, greet your guest of honor with a flute filled with a refreshing beer cocktail made with fresh citrus juice topped up with a Champagne-method beer like DeuS Brut des Flandres. The large bottle feels festive, but you can also make mimosas with a German-style hefeweizen such as Sierra Nevada Kellerweis. Honestly, the beer version is much more refreshing than one made with prosecco. If Mom is a hophead, consider making this fresh, tart, and beautifully bitter variation with fresh grapefruit juice and Imperial IPA.
If Mom tends to like tomato-based breakfast drinks, consider mixing up Micheladas, made with your favorite lager, tomato juice, a bit of lime, plus celery salt, Worcestershire, and hot sauce to taste. Salt the rim of the serving glasses, and garnish with lime wedges.
After that initial morning pick-me-up it’s time to eat. Kick things off with a light seafood dish. Go spicy with a basic shrimp cocktail or add a little sophistication with salmon caviar blinis. With these dishes, pour everyone a bit of a German or Bohemian-style pilsner. The sharp, spicy hops are heavenly with horseradishy cocktail sauce, and give bitter-sweet balance to the smoky, salty blini.
Some widely available examples to look for are Victory Prima Pils, Lagunitas Pils, Left Hand Polestar Pilsner, and Bitburger Pils. Any of these will do the job. You can pour each guest about 4 ounces of beer with each course, but you’ll want to have extra on hand in case they want a second serving. It’s nice if you can give each guest two different glasses so they don’t have to dump (or chug) each beer as you move onto the next one.
For a low-stress meal, a simple, savory quiche with chard, pancetta, and Pecorino Romano is a sure-fire Mom pleaser. (Offer vegetarians this delicious kale version as an alternative.) Both recipes are easy to make and sure to satisfy. (They’re also great with some rosemary and garlic roasted potatoes on the side.)
What beers should you pour with the main course? Hefeweizen or Saison would be my beers of choice here. Yeasty fruit and spice in both styles are great with bitter greens and wheat beers are the perfect thing with eggs. Both beers are fizzy enough to clear your palate and leave you feeling refreshed, and these styles are easy-drinking people pleasers in case your guest list includes some folks who aren’t quite hip to beer.
You’ll want to end your motherly tribute on a sweet note. My pick: this ridiculously delicious coffee coffee cake. This recipe had me at double coffee, but it’s the crunchy streusel of toasted hazelnuts and cocoa nibs that sends it over the top.
Go ahead and serve coffee with this dessert, but we’re not done with beer yet, either. One option is to choose a coffee stout or porter, such as Alesmith Speedway Stout or Kona Pipeline Porter, which will pull out the flavors of the bitter bean and contrast the sweeter chocolate and nuts in the cake. A chocolaty stout such as Brooklyn’s Black Chocolate Stout will send your guests into cocoa-crazed ecstasy. Another option is to serve a nutty brown ale that will highlight the toasted flavors in the streusel. Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar is actually infused with hazelnut extract.
Think your mom would be up for a Mother’s Day beer brunch? Which beers would you pour?
By: Michael Agnew
Shared from: Serious Eats
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