Monday, November 9

Celebrating San Diego Beer Week by Cooking with Beer!

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It's a great week to be in San Diego. Yesterday the Chargers beat the Giants in dramatic fashion; today is going to be sunny and 72; and all week long we're celebrating our first-ever San Diego Beer Week, which runs from Friday, November 6th through Sunday, November 15th.

You know San Diego for its pristine beaches and delicious fish tacos, but did you know we were recently named the country's top beer city, beating out the perennial favorite, Portland, OR? Yup. There are an amazing 33 San Diego breweries creating hand-crafted beers, and that's not including all the folks who brew their own at home.

So to celebrate our thriving craft beer community, there will be over 200 beer-centric events taking place across the county. From beer and chocolate pairings to meet-the-brewer events, there's something for everyone. So whether you live in San Diego or are just visiting between now and the 15th, check out San Diego Beer Week's schedule of events. You won't be disappointed.

As a San Diegan and a beer lover, I want to do my part. So this week I'll be sharing some recipes that feature beer. It won't be easy for me (or Jeff), but the blog must come first.

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Today's recipe for Dill and Beer Quick Bread is adapted from an original posted on NPR's Kitchen Window, by personal chef and friend, Kevin Weeks, of the blog Seriously Good. Kevin also co-founded the blog A Year in Bread, so it's safe to say he knows a thing or two about making good bread. And trust me, this bread is seriously good and seriously easy. It tastes like rye bread but with more complexity thanks to the dill and beer. If you'd like less rye flavor and more dill, then just reduce the amount of caraway seeds and increase the dill. I indicated my slight adaptations in parentheses. As Kevin says, this bread is terrific for sopping up juices in stews, but it's also wonderful simply toasted with a smear of butter. Oh, and Jeff wants me to tell you that it makes one "kick-ass good breakfast sandwich" with eggs, cheddar, and bacon. So, there you have it.

Dill and Beer Quick Bread
Makes 1 loaf
Print recipe only here.

3 cups all-purpose flour (I used half ap and half whole wheat)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar (my addition)
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
1/4 cup freshly chopped dill
1 (12 ounce) bottle porter beer

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cook an 8X4 loaf pan with cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl stir together all ingredients and spoon into the pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Here are more Food Blogga recipes that taste great with a cold beer: 
Turkey Burger with Apples, Gruyere, and Sage Mayo
Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
Spinach, Nutmeg, and Ricotta Pie
Fennel Sausage and Rapini Pizza

Here are more great beer bread recipes to try: 
Beyond Easy Dill and Cheddar Beer Bread recipe at Farmgirl Fare
Homemade Bubby Beer Bread recipe at Zesty Cook
Finnish Rye Beer Bread recipe at Green Gourmet Giraffe
Guinness Bread with Molasses recipe from Hank Shaw posted at Simply Recipes


Melanie said...

Oh my, this bread looks fabulous! However, my husband claims cooking with beer is a waste of beer. Thus, I admire you and Jeff for putting the blog ahead of your personal beer consumption! Enjoy beer week!

Kara said...

Great minds think alike. I'm about to throw together a loaf of beer bread to go with our chili tonight for Monday Night Football - can't wait to try your recipe.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Beer bread was one of the first breads I ever baked - but dill and beer is a magical combination!

Abby said...

Jeff read my mind - dill and bread screams out for cheddar!

mission table said...

Nice bread you have! I always love food that has beer in it because the taste changes in a very wonderful manner! Very delish!

Johanna GGG said...

it is just the weather for a nice cold beer for beer weeks - and for dinner -piece of that wonderful sounding beer bread with some chilli non carne made with beer! And for dessert beeramisu (I haven't tasted it but on local 'masterchef' television series one of the chefs did tiramisu with beer!)

The Teachaer Cooks said...

I have never made beer bread before. I am making some soup for Thursday and will have to try this. Sorry to say that I can't make this for my students. Could easily get fired. Thanks

Kevin said...

Thanks for the link!

Simply...Gluten-free said...

great post. now that they make gluten fee beer i can start cooking with beer too!

Soma said...

Making a beer bread has been in my mind for such a long time. How lovely it looks.

The Runaway Spoon said...

I love cooking with beer, and beer bread is such an easy thing to do. I'll have to try the dill recipe. One of the most popular posts on my site has been Belgian Beef and Beer Stew!

Anonymous said...

I always associate beer bread with St Patricks Day. But why not eat it any time? Thanks for the inspiration to make a batch!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

melanie-I can understand why he thinks that, but maybe he just needs to be convinced by a few killer recipes.

kara-That's what we had last Monday night!

tw-It's so easy, isn't it?

abby-It certainly does!

missiontable-It's subtle but delicious.

johanna-Beeramisu? I freaking love that!

theteachercooks-Yeah, I'd definitely not make this for the kiddies. :)

kevin-You're so welcome. Thanks for the great bread!

simplygf-I hope you give it a try.

soma-Now is the perfect time for it!

runawayspoon-I'll have to check out your recipe b/c that's on my list of winter dishes to make.

anonymous-Sure. Why not enjoy it any time?

Pauline said...

Can you use any kind of beer? What about Tecate?

Susan from Food Blogga said...

pauline-Kevin specified a porter, which is a darker beer than Tecate. Honestly, though, I don't think it would make a big enough difference to worry much about. If you do try it with a lighter beer, please let me know how it turns out!

judaic said...

Yeah, 30th street in north park (San Diego) is really coming up. It’s not just beer either - wine bars and great food are the other reasons for this areas success. It all works!