I’ve been a craft beer enthusiast in the San Diego beer scene for a number of years. I greatly enjoy beer, but I also enjoy eating with that beer.
I first came across the idea of pairing beer with nuts at a Gastropub in Edinburg, Scotland. We were going there for speciality beers and their attractive menu, but arrived after the kitchen closed. We knew we wouldn’t be able to stay without food, but were saved by the nuts they sold to snack on.
Until now, the laws in tasting rooms prevented the sale of any snacks or food other than pretzels and crackers. Tasting rooms can bring in food trucks, and people can bring in their own food, but this still isn’t the best solution.
With the passing of SB 1235, tasting rooms can now supply “prepackaged food that is not potentially hazardous food is offered for onsite consumption.”
My nuts are spiced and glazed with beer, and feature ingredients that you would find in beer. My IPA hop nuts include hops along with some sugar and spices to give a complexity of flavor. My Stout nuts are a sweet and spicy with cinammon and malt to give them a roasty sweet taste.
All the beer used in the recipes is brewed by southern California craft breweries.