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Blue Moon Recipe: Spring Blonde Wheat Ale Brats

In this first edition of Blue Moon Recipe development, the good people on the account had me gear recipes for summer grilling. The first set of recipes were to use Blue Moon’s spring offering, the Spring Blonde Wheat Ale (you can read more about the beer here! http://www.bluemoonbrewingcompany.com/). This beer was brewed with orange & lemon peels giving it a very refreshing taste and finish. I wanted to use those flavor profiles on a classic method of cooking bratwurst.

Going off of a traditional method for cooking brats, I used a base of onions, and then built the cooking liquid from there. Using the beer, orange and lemon peels, and some additional spices, the brats were cooked till just done. The brats were then finished on the grill, and accompanied by the flavored onions, and a home-made roasted red bell pepper aioli.
They turned out amazing. The flavors that were infused into the sausage were succulent and delicious. I probably ended up eating about 3 before the night was done. What a great way to start the spring!


Preheat grill to high. In a large stockpot, place onion slices and garlic at the bottom, covering the surface. Place bratwurst on top, and add beer, water, and mustard seeds. Peel both the lemon and orange and add peel to the pot along with the juice of both pieces of fruit. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the brats sit in the liquid for 10 more minutes. Meanwhile, place bell peppers on the grill and cook till soft.   Remove sausages and onions from stockpot and place on a platter. Put sausages back on the grill and cook until crisp. Serve on hot dog buns, or desired roll. Garnish with onions and peppers. Enjoy with an ice cold Spring Blonde Wheat Ale!