Cooking with Beer: Q&A with John Holl

We had the opportunity to sit down with  John Holl, author and editor of All About Beer Magazine, who stopped by the Boston Brewery to sign copies of his new book, The American Craft Beer Cookbook: 155 Recipes from Your Favorite Brewpubs and Breweries. Here’s what he had to say about beer and food pairings and the one style of beer he just can’t live without…

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Q: What inspired you to write your new book The American Craft Beer Cookbook: 155 Recipes from Your Favorite Brewpubs and Breweries?

A: I wanted to be able to tell the story about American beer and food culture right now. The craft beer movement has kept pace with the “eat local” movement – so many people want to eat authentic, and remember the real pleasure of eating. They don’t want microwaveable meals anymore.

There are also limitless options with what brewers are doing around the country, and I wanted to explore those together.

Q: In your opinion, what are the biggest misconceptions about beer and food pairings?

A: Everyone seems to think that if you’re having a nice meal, you should have a bottle of wine on the table. That’s great, but beer brings so much more to food pairings. One of the problems we have with beer is that people use words like “bitter” to describe hops or use technical terms to describe flavors. We need to start describing the flavor of beer in food terms – coffee, citrus, or pine that you get from hops. Once we do that, then people will really start thinking about how beer pairs well with meals.

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