It was a typical Sunday. We all convened at the Wingmans house for our normal Sunday affairs. We do a small tailgate and then head to the Barleybox to watch some football. So, to set the day, I must mention last week when Apple came up with a fantastic idea for today’s lunch. He had every detail covered and this week was the execution.

The plan is fantastic, combining several things that many people may find quite bizarre. It all starts with a burger, a beef patty grilled to perfection. To that we add a couple of normal ingredients, cheese of course and bacon, the best condiment in the world. The twist is what the burger is served on. We sliced glazed donuts and grilled them flat side down. Once they reached that perfect golden brown, we layed the burger between the glazed sides of the donut.

Now, I will never be able to describe in words the beauty that happened with this combination. The glaze on the donuts melts from the heat of the grilled burger and coats the beef, giving it a glossy appearance. The best part, hands down, is the lovely blend of sweet with savory. The sweet of the donut stands so strong against all the savory flavors of the burger, it’s fantastic. Now, we experimented with some egg on the sandwich, which helps to tame the sweetness of the donut a bit. But without the egg, it’s a sweet and savory beef bomb of love to your palate.

I’m sure many of you are thinking this is an odd combo. I had a whole week to think this thing over, but it was no let down. My biggest challange was finding a beer that would tame everything that was happening here. You got sweet, you have loads of savory, and lots of mouth coating flavors. My decision was Stone’s 13th Anniversary, which is categorized as an American Strong Ale, and that it was. The beer has a rather dark appearance, with a moderate body. There is some malt sweetness which linked well with the sweetness of the donut and grilled meat. But the hops did all the work with this combo. There is quite a mouthfull of fresh hop flavor that leads to a long finish. Those hops, tamed the sandwich quite well. The bitterness contrasted the abundant sweetness as well as cutting the heavy mouth coating flavors. I was worried I may not find a beer to suit this mouth bomb of a sandwich, but I feel the Stone 13 did the job just fine.

beer + food = Barleydine


2 Responses to “STONE 13TH ANNIVERSARY”

  1. 1 Rhonda 0 at 11:04 pm

    That was one of the best burgers I ever had!! The Stone 13 paired perfectly..

  2. 2 LEP 0 at 12:54 am

    Thanks Rhonda. Glad you tried it and most of all, enjoyed it. Keep in touch with more of your pairing experiences.LEP

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