Prosciutto Goat Cheese Asparagus Salad w/ Green Flash Le Freak Belgian Imperial IPA

Welcome to the very first feature of a joint venture on my blog with my dreamy husband. 
We love food, we love beer. 
I'm better at food (mostly), and he is better at beer (absolutely). 
He's a home brewer and a beer advocate, so I decided it only made sense
 to do something that could benefit from both of our areas of expertise. 
So, without further adieu, I give you my newest feature...

| The Bites |

What you'll need:
1 bunch fresh asparagus
1 cantaloupe, cut in to pieces or balls. 
2 oz goat cheese
1 handful fresh spinach
4 oz Prosciutto
1/4 C balsamic vinegar 

Salads are not rocket science, I'm not here pretending I'm going to cook something
extraordinary, but I'm going to show you how to put some unique flavors together to create something tasty and refreshing!

Prep your melon balls!

Grill your asparagus in a grill basket with salt, pepper, and a small drizzle of olive oil.
Meanwhile, reduce your balsamic vinegar to about half. 

Assemble spinach and asparagus on the plate. 
Add the prosciutto. melon and goat cheese.
Season with salt and pepper.  

Drizzle with the balsamic reduction.

| The Brew |

When Lil' Miss Petunia asked me to pair brews with her delicious meals today I was excited she finally let me into her online spotlight.  Then she threw me a curveball and gave me around 6 hours to think of a pairing for a dish I have never tasted.  Honestly it was a flavor combo I'm not sure I have tasted with Asparagus, prosciutto, goat cheese, and cantaloupe.  She called it a salad, which immediately made me think of a lighter beer like a saison, or maybe an amber lager.  Then I thought about how heavy those ingredients could be so I went towards the big beer end of the spectrum. 

I ended up choosing Le Freak by Green Flash made here in San Diego.  

It is a somewhat rare style that can best be described as a Belgian Double IPA.  
At 9.2% and a generous 101 IBU it cuts through the heavy element of this dish.  
Meanwhile the citrusy Amarillo hops and Belgian yeast allow the more delicate notes, 
such as cantaloupe, to shine through. 

Key points:
  • Belgian Double IPA
  • 9.2% ABV
  • 101 IBU
  • Big Amarillo hop nose with citrus, melon and pine. 
  • Belgian yeast profile showcasing coriander, banana and black pepper. 


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