Beer is brewed from hops, yeast, barley and barley malt – very healthy ingredients that add their individual flavors to food.

Beer can be used in just about every cooking technique. In particular, beer makes good marinades because it tenderizes the meat. Steam, poach or marinate seafood with your favorite beer and combination of spices. Or you may just add a dash or a bottle to finish off a soup, stew, sauce, or to de-glaze a pan.

It can take some time and experimentation to find out which beer works best with your cooking style.

Click here for some recipes to get you started including the two delicious dishes pictured above — Captain Ron's Bratwurst and the hearty Kielbasa, Mac and Cheese Casserole.

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A hearty dish made with Ancient Days Honey Blonde Ale

1 pound spiral noodles, cooked
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 - 1 cup chopped onion
2 cups milk
2 cups Ancient Days Honey Blonde Ale
1 lb. sharp cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons hot-pepper sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 package fully cooked kielbasa (14 - 16 oz.),
sliced into 1/4-inch thick coins
3 Fuji apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 scallions, thinly sliced

Heat oven to 350º F. Grease a 10-cup baking dish. Shred 12 oz. or 3/4 lb. of the cheese, set aside; chop onion; set aside.

Measure flour and oil; put into heavy bottomed saucepan to create a roux. Stir to mix thoroughly. Over medium heat, stirring frequently, bring to boil and cook for 5 - 7 minutes until oil and flour are a golden brown. Add chopped onion and saute for approximately five minutes, until onion is tender. Stir beer and milk into onion/roux mixture. Bring to a boil and boil for one minute, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat, add cheese and hot sauce, stirring thoroughly. Add this mix to noodles, apples, and kielbasa.

Bake at 350º F., covered, for 30 minutes. Uncover and stir. Sprinkle with remaining 4 oz. or 1/4 lb. of the cheese and the scallions. Bake until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes and serve.

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