The Washington Times-Herald


October 25, 2011

Are you ready for some ribs?



When the meat has pulled away from bone, coat the ribs with a little more sauce and give them a quick char over high heat before cutting them into individual ribs, which are easier to handle at a tailgate.

One trick to keeping ribs hot is get a small cooler and line it with foil and put the ribs in that. If they are really hot, they will continue to cook and get more tender while in the cooler.

For the tailgate libation of the week, I thought I would help you pair the right beer with your tailgate.

A good friend of mine says “you can’t drink Bud at a tailgate unless you ride a Harley — and everyone should have a Harley.” I’m not so sure about that and I think there are better choices, especially if you are in Bloomington, South Bend or West Lafayette.

In Bloomington, try the Upland Pale Ale, brewed right in Bloomington. If you are tailgating in late fall, the pale ale is a hearty flavorful ale that is great with food. Also, in Bloomington try Lennie’s Pub, which is home of the Bloomington Brewing Company. This is a great place to pick up a refillable growler (64 oz.) of any of their seasonal brews for a tailgate treat. I recently sampled the “double hop” IPA and thought it was wonderful.

If you are a fan of the Fighting Irish, you might want to stop by the Fourhorseman Brewing Company in South Bend. They also sell growlers for takeout and have extended hours on game days. They say the Black Irish Ale is first rate.

At a Purdue tailgate there is a real “region influence” from students from Chicago, so have a little Old Style on hand.

However, the Lafayette Brewing Company has been just across the river since 1993 and they also make award-winning craft beers. They currently have Harvest Moon pale ale on tap and these are available in 1-liter growlers.

The nice thing about these is they have the resealable swing tops which travel a little better.

Just remember where craft beers are concerned, think globally — drink locally.

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