Quick and Easy Sunday Dinner and a Beer Review Featuring Bell’s Oarsman Ale

11AM. Sunday morning. Mostly empty fridge. The usual “Hey Honey! What do you want for dinner?” discussion begins…

Mrs. G-LO was in the mood for some roasted cauliflower, but wasn’t sure what to serve as an entree. Since I was in a decisive mood, I suggested that I make some cheeseburger sliders (they’re relatively inexpensive, quick and easy to prepare, and the kids may actually eat them). Though american cheese and ketchup would be fine for the boys, I thought the wife and I should have something a little different. Carmelized onions, melted Cabot horseradish cheddar, and Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce would be our slider toppings. Here’s the finished product…

Talk about a quick and delicious meal! Wifey hooked up the cauliflower and I hooked up the sliders. Carmelizing the onions took the most time, but it was easy and didn’t require much effort beyond slicing the onions and occasionally stirring them in the pan while they cooked over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes. If I had to do it all over again, I would look for a better quality bun. Although the Pepperidge Farms Slider Bun did the job, I think a potato roll or perhaps something more substantial would be better. Can you say mini ciabatta? Maybe next time.

Since I planned to stay up and watch Game 2 of the Philadelphia Phillies/San Francisco Giants NLCS series, I decided to go with a session ale to accompany my meal. With an ABV of only 4%, I thought that the Bell’s Oarsman Ale would be a good choice, and not make me too drowsy (it’s not like you can predict when a baseball game is gonna end). The Oarsman Ale is classified as an American Pale Wheat Ale, which is basically an American version of a German Hefe Weizen. To be completely honest, my decision to pick up this beer as part of a mixed six-pack at The Foodery was completely based upon the bottle’s label, since it reminds me of a Thomas Eakins painting. I guess I’m just a sucker for a pretty picture!

  • Appearance: Hazy, golden yellow color. Quickly dissipating head that leaves minimal lacing.
  • Aroma: Lemon zest. Yeast
  • Taste: Good carbonation. Tart. Sharp citrus palate. The finish reminds me of a dry white wine.

Though I generally prefer to drink a stronger flavored beer, I found the Bell’s Oarsman Ale to be the right beer for last night’s meal. The crisp, refreshing ale  went well with the sweet and salty flavors which were dominant in our roasted cauliflower/slider meal. I give the Bell’s Oarsman Ale a solid B.

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