Blonde Ale Beer Bread – 2 SD Beers go Head to Head
This week, I made 2 loaves of Garlic Cheddar Beer Bread with competing Blonde Ales. I knew I wanted to use a local blonde for my beer bread but couldn’t decide which one so I figured – try both! I used the same recipe for both loaves except the beer and both had excellent results!
Me So Honey – Honey Wheat Blonde Ale, Belching Beaver Brewing – Vista, CA http://belchingbeaver.com/core-beer/
Our smooth drinking Honey Blonde Ale is one of our best-sellers and for good reason, we brew with the finest quality honey available. Floral aromas leap from the glass while subtle, sweet, honey flavor linger on the finish, making this a beer for all occasions. This golden brew is an easy drinking favorite enjoyed by our whole Dam crew.
GFB Blonde Ale – Blonde Ale with hints of honey and citrus peel, Green Flash Brewing Co – San Diego, CA http://drinkgfb.com/home/
GFB is a light, refreshing, crushable blonde ale with hints of honey and orange peel complemented by a mellow malt character. At 4.8%, it is expertly crafted to enhance any occasion.
Both beers were a winner for me, solid blonde ales that were drinkable and refreshing. For drinking, the Me So Honey slightly edges out the GFB because is has a bit more flavor and I prefer the wheat in the Me So Honey over the citrus in the GFB. For the bread, I think the Me So Honey also wins. I just really liked the flavor, but the GFB received plenty of thumbs up from my coworkers!
Me So Honey
Now its your turn! Find your favorite blonde ale, try out this bread recipe and let me know in the comments who your winner is!
Blonde Ale Beer Bread with Garlic and Cheddar
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp honey slightly warmed
- 12 oz blonde ale
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and garlic powder in large bowl with a whisk.
- Add honey and beer and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
- Add the shredded cheddar cheese and stir until just combined, careful not to overmix.
- Bake for 35 minutes, remove from oven and brush with melted butter. put back in oven and continue to bake 10-15 minutes until golden brown and baked through.
- Cool on a wire rack.