They say that blondes have more fun, and we were given a chance to test that theory when Guinness sent over some samples of the latest addition to their beer family – Guinness Blonde American Lager – and challenged us to come up with the best summer barbeque dish to pair alongside it. After taking just a few sips of the crisp, savory beer, which “blends floral and citrus notes with a unique biscuit malt flavor,” we quickly realized that, unlike their heavier stouts, this would go well with just about any summertime dish.
So we decided to keep it simple and make a classic burger-and-fries combo, because Guinness Blonde – which is produced in Latrobe, Pennsylvania – is described as an American lager, and what’s more American than that? It’s something that anyone with a grill and basic cooking skills can make, and it tastes even better with gourmet burgers from Omaha Steaks, who graciously provided the meat for the challenge.
Granted, our finished dish probably won’t be winning any awards for originality, but we tried to get a little creative with our all-beef burger, which was topped with Guinness Blonde-infused BBQ sauce (yeah, we went there), Vermont sharp white cheddar cheese and crispy onion straws on a brioche bun. We paired our BBQ burger with grilled corn on the cob, roasted red potatoes and, of course, a bottle of Guinness Blonde American Lager, and it was every bit as delicious as it looks in the picture below.
For more about Guinness Blonde American Lager, be sure to follow Guinness on Twitter at @GuinnessUS and use #BlondeBBQChallenge to show off your own food pairings. And for other Guinness-inspired dish ideas, check out GuinnessHooley.com.