What’s better than enjoying a cold, delicious craft beer with dinner? Pairing that smooth Gritty’s Black Fly Stout with a Dark Beer Braised Short Rib Stew with Winter Root Vegetables. That, my friends, is how you do #craftbeer.

For #WhatToEatThisWeek, we’ve got a menu planned that’ll make every day the perfect way to have your beer and eat it, too.


Beer Cheese Soup is the ultimate way to kick off the week. Make it with your favorite ale, like Peak Organic Pale Ale, and enjoy leftovers all week. 

Cheddar Ale Soup


  • 4 slices bacon
  • 4 tablespoons Cabot Salted Butter
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup minced carrot
  • 1/4 cup minced celery
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1/3 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle ale
  • 2 1/2 cups lowfat (1%) milk
  • 1 (14-ounce) can 99% fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 pound Cabot Sharp Cheddar, Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar or Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar, grated (about 4 cups)
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste.


Ever thought of using beer to make Shepherd’s Pie? Then you probably haven’t thought of using cheddar in the crust, either! It all comes together tonight. 

Shepherd’s Pie with Cheese



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and diced
  • 1 small turnip, peeled and diced
  • 1 pound ground lamb or beef
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/4 cups 99% fat free chicken broth, beef broth or beer, such as Harpoon Hefeweizen
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste


It’s the middle of a long week. Forget meals. Make this quick and easy Bacon Cheese Dip, add some veggies to your dippables, and kick back. 

Bacon Cheese Dip



Put together a simple salad and these Chipotle & Chorizo Grilled Cheeses to pair with a porter or brown ale.

Chipotle & Chorizo Grilled Cheese


But then enjoy a beer-infused dessert – like these Poached Pears!

Poached Pears


  • 3 (12-ounce) bottles wheat beer
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • One quarter fresh lemon
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 Bosc pears, peeled
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons Cabot Unsalted Butter
  • 3 ounces Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar, grated (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup shelled and skinned pistachio nuts, chopped
  • Vanilla ice cream or Cabot Whipped Cream


Sweet and spicy, this chili recipe – tenderized with your favorite IPA – is the perfect way to relax away your Friday evening. Try tossing the sautéed ingredients into your slow cooker on low in the morning for the perfect evening unwind. 

Blackberry Beef Chili with Sharp Cheddar Cheese


  • 1 pint California Giant Blackberries
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 chipotle peppers
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 4 tablespoons of adobo sauce
  • ½ red onion
  • 2 cups corn
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (14 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed
  • 1 can (14 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 of your favorite IPA or other dark beer
  • ½ pound bacon
  • 1½ pound ground beef
  • Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese for garnish



The promised Beer Braised Short Ribs are finally here. This is not a quick weeknight meal – so best for celebrating the weekend, and the ultimate wind-down.

Beer Braised Short Ribs


  • 1/2 bunch fresh parsley stems
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds beef short ribs, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups (1/2- to 3/4-inch) peeled diced Yukon Gold potatoes (about 1 large)
  • 1 cup (1/2-inch) peeled diced parsnip (about 1 large)
  • 1 cup (1/2-inch) peeled diced turnip (about 1 medium)
  • 1 cup (1/2-inch) diced white onion (about 1 medium-small)
  • 1/2 cup (1/2-inch) diced celery (about 2 ribs)
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 large bay leaves
  • 18 ounces dark beer, preferably stout
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 6 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Beer Pairings Meal Planner | Cabot Creamery

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Dr. Averill (aka <3Ave) is a long-time member of the Cabot team (ca. 2006) and a life-time lover of cheese (the sharper the better!). She’s always been moved by the Cabot commitment to the farmers, our communities, and making quality products. You can catch her on Twitter most of the time, where she leads the @cabotcheese tweeting. When she’s not talking cheese, she’s digging into the past, and just finished her PhD in History.

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