Grilled Peaches scream summer, about as much as America’s favorite libation, BEER! Last week, Angel and I did our Ninth episode of our Hoppily Ever After show’s Friday Brew Review, and we reviewed an awesome beer called “Funner” from Ritual Brewing Company in Redlands, CA. Directly on the bottle, it said to pair it with grilled peaches.
But First, The Beer
Doesn’t that bottle make you just want to have fun?! It even looks summery. This beer was Ritual’s answer to hot summer days, where you may want a beer, but you don’t want something so strong, that you’ve passed out after just one! Why yes, you may have another! Here are the deets on this beer:
- 4.6% Alcohol By Volume, which is pretty low. We call these “Session Beers”, which are typically 3%-5% alcohol. As a result, you can have another beer without feeling overly intoxicated, while still getting a slight buzz. While these beers are perfect for hot summer days, don’t replace your water with these! Still get that water in to avoid dehydration.
- 60 IBU’s. This guy is still full of the hops that we love so much! Late hop additions include Mosaic, Idaho 7, El Dorado, and Citra. This beer is also dry-hopped (they add dried hops, usually in pellet form, in the middle of fermentation) with El Dorado, Lemon Drop, and Amarillo.
- Serve in a pint glass, but most of all, serve with a delightful snack, like jalapeño poppers or grilled peaches.
Now For The Grilled Peaches
When the bottle of beer says to pair it with a certain food, you do it. As a result, the idea of grilled peaches sang to me and flooded my brain. I haven’t grilled fruit since last summer, and the sound of it made my mouth water. Sprinkle said grilled peaches with other awesome ingredients, lay it on a bed of spicy arugula to counteract the sweetness of the peach. Hence, the most perfect beer/food pairing you’ve ever had!
The beer alongside the grilled peaches is a match made in heaven. The light sweetness of the peach opposite the hoppiness of this equally light beer plays very well together. Each bite of peach is a palate cleanser for your next sip of beer, allowing you to continually pick up on the beer’s flavor nuances. I call it perfection!
- 4 Firm Peaches, halved with pits removed
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/8 Teaspoon pepper
- 4 Cups of Arugula
- 2 Tablespoons Honey
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
- 1/4 Teaspoon fresh Thyme leaves
- 1/4 Cup Walnuts
- 2 Ounces Chèvre Cheese (young goat cheese), crumbled
- Preheat outdoor grill to high heat
- Cut peaches in half, and remove pits, making sure none of the pit gets stuck to the peach.
- Brush the cut side with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
- Grill for 3-5 minutes, rotating the peach by a quarter halfway into the cooking time to get criss-cross grill marks.
- Once you have nice grill marks, remove from heat.
- Arrange arugula on a platter, and top with the peaches, cut side up.
- Drizzle the peaches with the honey and lemon juice, then sprinkle with thyme, walnuts, and chèvre.
- Serve family style.
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