Hops For Your Pops

This Father’s Day, crack open a cold one and create your own backyard brewpub with these tasty dishes


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beer browniesChocolate milk: End a Father’s Day dinner with Mother’s Milk stout brownies; recipe courtesy of Tommy Keegan of Keegan Ales

Photograph by Michael Nelson

This Father’s Day, Tommy Keegan wants to buy your dad a beer. Bring your father to Keegan Ales on that special Sunday and he’ll get a free brew of his own. Stop in early to enjoy brunch, and don’t forget to tour the inner workings of the brewery.

When did you first start cooking with beer?
Before I even started brewing I was in the Coast Guard. The chef onboard our ship was my buddy and fishing partner, and we used to make beer-battered fish or beer-can chicken together. We weren’t supposed to have beer onboard, but the captain would let him grab one here and there to cook with.

What’s the best type of brew to cook with?
Dark beers add a bolder, roast flavor, good for barbecue sauces if done right. Simmer the beer to make a reduction — it intensifies the flavor; overcooking makes it watery. Use lighter beers, like Keegan Old Capital to make dishes like steamed littleneck clams. Lighter beer helps to pull all the flavors together.

Tell me about a favorite Father’s Day tradition or memory.
In a way, beer is a kind of tradition. One Father’s Day, I bought my dad a home-brewing kit. I liked it so much I bought one for myself. Now I’m a master brewer and my father’s a partner, and he owns a brewery in Long Island.

What’s a better Father’s Day gift: a necktie or beer?
I have a lot of uses for beer, but I have a ton of it. I don’t have a lot of neckties, but I don’t have many uses for them, other than weddings and funerals. So that’s actually a tough question to answer.

Favorite special-occasion beer?
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale or the hoppy Harvest Ale. Of my own creations, Hurricane Kitty, named after my grandmother.

Keegan Ales
20 St. James St., Kingston

tommy keeganTommy Keegan of Keegan Ales in Kingston

Mother’s Milk Stout Brownies
By Tommy Keegan, owner and master brewer of Keegan Ales

• 1 cup all-purpose flour • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder • 1/4 tsp salt
• 6 Tbsp unsalted room temperature butter, cut into cubes • 8 oz dark bittersweet chocolate, chopped
• 3/4 cup white chocolate chips • 4 large eggs, at room temperature • 1 cup superfine or granulated sugar
• 11/4 cups (10 oz) Keegan Ales Mother’s Milk (or Joe Mama’s Milk) • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
• 1/8 cup (approximately) confectioners’ sugar for dusting

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9 by 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and salt until evenly combined. Set aside.
3. Melt butter, bittersweet chocolate, and white chocolate chips in a double boiler over very low heat, stirring constantly until melted. Remove from heat.
4. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about three minutes. Add melted chocolate mixture, beating until combined.
5. Beat reserved flour mixture into melted chocolate mixture. Whisk in Mother’s Milk. The batter will seem a bit thin. Drop semisweet chocolate chips evenly on top of batter (some will sink in).
6. Pour into prepared baking pan. Bake 25-30 minutes on the oven’s center rack, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean.
7. Let brownies cool, uncovered, to room temperature. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.
Note: The stout should be at room temperature. This recipe uses a little less than a standard 12-ounce bottle. Do not include foam in the measurement. Either spoon off the foam or let it rest until the foam subsides. Substitute Joe Mama’s Milk stout for the Mother’s Milk for a subtle coffee flavor.

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