This summer I had the opportunity to take a tour of the Brau Brothers Brewery in Lucan, Minnesota. While sampling their collection of crafted beers, an inspiration for a Christmas gift came to mind. Why not pair a 6 pack of a locally crafted beer with a handmade pottery beer can chicken baker? You could also make your own dry rub that compliments the beer you’ve chosen. If you don’t want to make one, go to Penzeys site to find a store near you. We recommend their Galena Street Rub, also their Mural of Flavor, and their 4/s(Special seasoned sea salts.) Now you have a thoughtful, personalized gift. It also supports an artist and your local economy.
December 5 marks the anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition. Pick up a 6 pack your favorite local beer, and celebrate that it has been legal for 78 years to finish what doesn’t fit in your roaster.
If you are interested in the process behind roasting a chicken in a stoneware roaster, visit our post on how to create Paula Wolfert’s Italian Beer can chicken. We tried this delicious recipe from her Cooking with Clay book last year at our Christmas party. I think this year we will all be creating recipes from her new book, The Food of Morocco. I am hoping her Moroccan dessert truffles with dates, almonds, and apples make it onto the menu.