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Skagit Brew Corner: Give Me Liberty and Give Me Ale!

Celebrate your upcoming Independence Day with Liberty Ale: an American Pale Ale that tastes like freedom and compliments most meals. Made by San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company, Liberty Ale is a palate-pleaser with its balance of sweet malts and West Coast hoppy bitterness. It is also a versatile cooking beer: try Liberty as a base for braising sausages and veggies or use in your favorite fish n’ chip batter recipe.

If your taste buds favor something a bit meatier try Liberty’s darker cousin, Anchor Porter. Smooth and smoky-sweet, this porter is rich with toasted malts yet yields a dry, refreshing finish. Hints of hearty cocoa and dried coconut help balance this porter’s moderate hop profile. Despite its slightly heavier texture and deeper flavors, it also pairs well with grilled and barbequed food fare.

What I Drank: Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company, San Francisco, CA  6.0% ABV / 47 IBU

What I Ate: Applegate Organic Hot Dogs (options: beef, turkey or many chicken varieties) and sliced onions braised in Liberty beer, served on toasted Breadfarm Hoagie Rolls with mustard and Pleasant Valley Sauerkraut (available in bulk in the Deli Olive Bar).

What I Thought: Though I can’t guarantee Patrick Henry and other early American patriots would be proud of this festive meal of beer and brats, I’m pretty should they would approve. The succulent pan-roasted brat sausages absorb the rich grain sweetness of the Liberty Ale and accented by the tangy onions and sauerkraut. Out of the pan, Liberty Ale gleams in the glass. Bubbly and agreeable, it shows uplifting flavors and modestly balanced citrus hops. This July 4th weekend make time to taste these freedoms!

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.