From Drinks to Desserts: Cooking with Upside IPA

May 16, 2023

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As temperatures rise, it's time to start thinking about getting together with friends and family for refreshing and flavorful summer meals. One versatile ingredient to incorporate into your cooking is craft beer. We love cooking with Upside IPA, which has juicy tropical and citrus notes that can elevate a variety of dishes. 

Below are a few great recipe ideas that include Upside IPA as an ingredient or pairing:


Start off with a round of Upside IPA citrus-mint shandys. Simply mix the beer with freshly squeezed grapefruit and lemon juice and add a sprig of fresh mint for a refreshing summer drink that's perfect for a backyard barbecue or patio party.


For a summer charcuterie board, pair Upside IPA with aged cheddar or Gouda Gold cheese. The sweet cream in these cheeses complements the grapefruit, peach, and tropical notes in the beer, while the sharp finish in the cheese tones down the hoppy bitterness in the beer.


Try making These Sweet 'n Spicy Upside Wings. This recipe pairs Upside IPA with a peach sauce that brings out the juicy peach hop notes in the beer. The candied bacon crumble adds a delicious crunch to the dish, making it the perfect summer meal. 


For a shareable main course, try these Portuguese-Style Mussels & Shrimp with Upside IPA. The beer adds a depth of flavor to the dish, which is inspired by Portuguese cuisine. The sweetness of the beer cuts through the spiciness of the dish, creating a unique and flavorful combination. Roll this onto your table in a huge pan and serve with crusty bread for a beautiful centerpiece for a spring garden party! 


For dessert, try making this a Lemon Upside IPA Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Beer Frosting. This citrusy cake is perfect for warm weather, and the frosting adds a subtle hoppy flavor that compliments the lemon and cream cheese. Plus, it's easy to make, so you can spend more time enjoying the outdoors!


Incorporating this juicy tropical IPA into your cooking is an easy way to add unique flavor notes to your meals. Do you have a favourite recipe that uses Upside IPA? Share it with us on Instagram or send us an email, we’re always looking to share creative ways to enhance food pairings and recipes with beer. 

For a limited time, save $0.25 off at the brewery, LCBO, and The Beer Store from May 21 to June 17. Try out these delicious summer recipes and enjoy sunshine, friends, great beer and tasty meals!

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