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Burgers & Beer

Not your average bar and grill grub. An intro to my new Burgers & Beer series.

A Burger Fest

You don’t have to love meat to crave a great tasting burger. Veggie burgers are now mainstream. No more turned up noses by carnivores thinking “hippie burgers” with nothin’ but sprouts and wheat grass.

Unlike beef burgers, veggie burgers are patties with endless potential.  Some resemble beef while others stand out from the crowd with visible vegetables, grains and legumes.

This series speaks to my mission.

You can eat healthfully and compassionately without depriving yourself of good ol’ ballgame food.

So I’ve set out to prove it.

I’ll share several homemade veggie burger recipes that my family put to the test. If you prefer ready-made– I got you covered there too.  Plus a couple restaurant stand-outs starting with one below.

Place them on a whole grain sprouted bun, pita pocket, or crusty bread (I’ll share my favorites). Get creative with toppings and partner the burger with an exquisite beer! You’ll be all ready for an extraordinary evening cheering on your favorite team with friends.

JAlexanders Veggie Burger

I have sampled dozens of veggie burgers in my day. When we travel to races across the country, the vegetarian item we are most likely to find on restaurant menus is a veggie burger. Hands down, this is the best of all! JAlexanders is in 13 states and their house-made burger melts in your mouth and gives you a little kick. I have yet to have a meat eating friend who didn’t agree. This restaurant offers great food and superb service so you are in for a great evening from start to finish!

Paired here with their orzo salad.

A Beer Fest (It’s time to play:)

My husband and I love beer. Great times sipping brew on a weekend just talking the night away. We have experimented with all kinds of beer, joined clubs, and bought many custom 6-packs to try new brands.

Pairing a good burger with a great beer is heavenly. Whether your vice is beer, chocolate, or whatever- enjoying occasionally in moderation is nothing short of absolutely necessary!

Ayinger Ur-Weisse

We were first introduced to this organic beer in Fort Worth, Texas, at a vegan dive called Spiral Diner. We have been buying it ever since. A little on the pricey side, being an import and organic, but worth every penny.

The Brewery

The brewery was founded in 1878! The hops comes from the Hallertau region of Bavaria and barley is bought from local farmers. They export to the USA, Italy, and Finland. The brewery has won numerous awards and if you try their beer, you’ll know why. This won’t be the only beer from the Ayinger Brewery that makes the cut for this series.

The Taste

A big leap above an unfiltered wheat, you still taste the creaminess of the malt. It holds a strong flavor in your mouth with a wonderful, yeast taste combined with a bit of cloves. A beautiful amber color that pours impeccably well. All beer has to pass my after taste test and this one leaves me yearning for another sip. A 5.8% alcohol content.

I hope you enjoy this series as much as I enjoy bringing it to you! Stay tuned on Saturdays!

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." Carl Bard

 

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