Christopher Cina


Cooking With Beer: Helles-Poached Halibut

Pale lager adds a soft, bready sweetness to a bright fish preparation and piquant, Mediterranean-inspired sauce.

Cooking with Hazy Double IPA: Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp and Grits with Tomato-Chipotle Butter

It used to be notoriously difficult to cook with American IPA—it was bitter and challenging—but the continuing evolution of this growing family of styles has created new opportunities for compatibility in the kitchen.

Cooking with Beer: Bratwurst Burger with Ale-Braised Onions & Spicy Mustard

Why yes, we do fire up the grill in mid-winter. Here, brown ale adds layers of Maillard comfort to braised onions and a from-scratch (but simple to make) bratwurst burger.

Cooking with Beer: Aged Cheddar Mac & Cheese with Stout-Braised Short Ribs

With winter nearly upon us, short ribs braised in dry stout add a warm and comforting twist to macaroni and cheese.

Cooking with Imperial Stout: Chocolate Chip Ice Cream in a Mason Jar

Need a surprising dessert for the holiday table? Here, rich imperial stout deepens a simple and palate-refreshing ice cream preparation.

Cooking with American IPA: Queso Dip

With three cheeses, fresh tomatoes, jalapeños, chorizo, and IPA, this is definitely not your neighbor’s Ro-Tel-and-Velveeta cheese dip.

Cooking with Sour Beer: Chicken Liver Pâté with Beer-Cherry Compote

Your favorite tart beer joins with cherries for a tangy compote, giving a bright lift to this hearty pâté.

Sandwiching with IPA: Chicken-Fried Whitefish with Sumac Mayo

Your favorite hazy-juicy pale ale or IPA gets into the batter to brighten up a fried fish filet, while spicy sumac plays a similar role in the mayo.

Cooking With Sour Beer: Shrimp Salad in a Jar

From fresh catch to fridge favorite, this bright and flavorful warm-weather dish is a perfect foil for the refreshingly tart beer—your choice—with which it’s made.

Cooking With Beer: Shakshuka

Time for Sunday brunch with American pale ale. In this dish, a splash of beer adds brightness to the Mediterranean flavors of shakshuka.