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Grilling with Hop Valley – Part 1: Alpha Preparation

While we do enjoy the cool, wet days of a Pacific Northwest spring here at Hop Valley headquarters, we can’t help but look forward to the most wonderful time of the beer: summertime! Because summertime means grillin’ and chillin’ in the sunshine while sippin’ some delicious craft beers. 

We’re going to take our BBQ skills up a notch this year, and that means planning ahead. Over the next couple of months, as we inch closer to full-on shorts and tank top and grilling tongs weather, were going to work towards creating a grilled steak salad that’s perfect for summer and incorporates some of our favorite Hop Valley brews at every step.

First up: beer vinegar!

Actually, let’s call this Alpha Vinegar because we’re going to make it from Alphadelic IPA. A cousin to malt vinegar and champagne vinegar, this concoction works wonderfully in salad dressings, as a marinade and as a general condiment (beer-battered fish and chips anyone?).

Just a few easy steps and a few weeks of patience and you’ll be enjoying your own homemade Alpha Vinegar!


First, grab the following:


Once the waiting is over, filter the vinegar through the cheesecloth and transfer your vinegar to smaller jars, or just put the lid on your growler and store in the fridge until you’re ready to use.