Everything’s better with beer – recipe ideas

So you invited some friends over for the weekend, but you still don’t know what to cook? You can never go wrong with a beer – and not just to drink! Here are some of our best beer recipes for red-blooded men, grill geniuses, bakery buffs, people with a sweet tooth, and even voracious vegetarians.

“Zwickl” Bread

So you forgot to buy bread, and now the bakery’s closed? You’d make your own, but you don’t have any yeast… No problem! You can make tasty bread in an instant with Hofbräuhaus Traunstein Zwickl!

2 bottles of Hofbräuhaus Traunstein Zwickl (0.33l) | 1kg wheat flour | 2 tsp salt | 1 tsp sugar | 1 packet of baking powder | 1 tsp bread seasoning | linseed / sunflower seeds to taste

Mix all ingredients and knead until dough is firm. If the dough is too soft, gradually add more flour. Place dough into a loaf pan lined with baking paper and bake in oven at 180°C (top and bottom heat) for about 70 minutes. Allow bread to cool down. You’re done!

Man preparing bread dough on wooden table in a bakery close up
Bakery buffs, check this out! Bake your own bread using Hofbräuhaus Traunstein Zwickl.

Salad with Creamed Goats’ Cheese and Pilsner Marinade

It’s for our meat-free friends and also works as a starter. Our salad idea is perfect for hot summer evenings:

3 sprigs of thyme | 1 bottle of Hofbräuhaus Traunstein Pils (0.33l) | 7 tbsp aromatic vinegar | 1 tsp honey | 4 small creamed goats’ cheese | 200 g noodles | salt and pepper | 5 tbsp rapeseed oil | 2 bunches of rocket | 1 head of radicchio | 1 bunch of chives | 2 tbsp mustard (mild)

Mix Hofbräuhaus Traunstein Pils with the washed thyme leaves (no stalk), honey, 2 tbsp vinegar and a bit of pepper. Stir to make a marinade. Marinate the creamed goats’ cheese, leave for 1 to 2 hours. While waiting, cook the noodles according to instructions on package. Pour cold water over noodles, let them cool down. Wash radicchio and rocket and separate into bite-sized chunks. Wash chives and cut into small, tender rolls. Mix with 5 tbsp aromatic vinegar, 5 tbsp rapeseed oil, 2 tbsp mustard and about 50 ml of the Pilsner marinade to make a salad dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Grill the marinated goats’ cheese using the oven grill for 2 to 3 minutes, until it goes a little runny. In the meantime, mix the cold noodles with rocket and radicchio, pour dressing on top. Arrange the salad and cheese on a plate and serve with a little bit of pepper.

Alles was ihr für ein 3 Gänge Menü mit Freunden braucht!


Beer Goulash

The beeriest goulash ever, for red-blooded men everywhere – 1 bottle of beer in the food, and another one or two to drink. What more do you want in a main course?

1.5 kg of meat (beef and pork for a mixed goulash) | 1 bottle of Hofbräuhaus Traunstein Dunkel (Dark Beer)  | 75 cl broth | 1 kg onions | 1 clove of garlic | clarified butter | 2 tbsp tomato purée | salt and pepper | sweet and spicy powdered paprika | cumin | corn starch

Peel onions, cut into cubes and fry in clarified butter until slightly browned, then add meat and keep frying. Add 2 tbsp tomato purée and crushed garlic and fry until garlic browns. Add broth to 75 cl of water, and pour over meat together with 0.5 l Hofbräuhaus Traunstein Dunkel (Dark Beer). Season to taste with powdered paprika, salt, pepper, and cumin.
Simmer goulash on medium heat for about 1 hour. Pour in a little bit of water every now and again if required. Thicken mixture with corn starch and season to taste again.
Goes well with Bavarian bread dumplings.
Special hint from Hofbräuhaus Traunstein: we recommend you leave the goulash over night. Given enough time to steep, its flavour will fully develop and it will taste even better.

Stew with bread in a frying pan on a black background
Hofbräuhaus Traunstein beer goulash recipe, using old Bavarian dark beer



For beer drinkers who also have a sweet tooth, it’s the best of both worlds. Our tiramisu with beer isn’t just a nice dessert… it’s also quite a nice snack:

260 ml of Hofbräuhaus Traunstein Helles | 6 egg yolks | 170 g sugar | 300 ml whipped cream | 60 g mascarpone | 200 ml Hofbräuhaus Traunstein Bock “Maximilian Be Strong| 12 sponge fingers | cocoa powder

300 ml Sahne steif schlagen und vorsichtig unter die weich gerührte Mascarpone heben. Die Mischung anschließend kalt stellen.

Stir mascarpone until soft. Whisk 300 ml of cream until stiff, then fold in with mascarpone. Put mixture into fridge to chill.

In the meantime, mix 6 egg yolks with 120 g sugar in a bain-marie (bowl inside pot of boiling water) until you get a light and creamy substance. Add 60 ml of Hofbräuhaus Traunstein Helles (kept at room temperature) and keep beating mixture to make beer zabaione. Take bowl from bain-marie and stir zabaione while it cools down. Using a hand-held mixer, beat the chilled cream and mascarpone mix until it thickens. Little by little, fold in the beer zabaione. Heat 220 ml of Hofbräuhaus Traunstein Helles and 50 g sugar in a small pot until sugar has dissolved. Then add 200 ml of Hofbräuhaus Traunstein “Maximilian Be Strong” and bring to boil. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove beer and sugar mix from stove and quickly dunk the sponge fingers, without soaking them completely. Pour alternate layers of beer cream and biscuits into a baking dish. Make sure the final layer is cream. Sprinkle a generous amount of cocoa powder on top of the cream. It’s also possible to layer the Beeramisu in small glasses.
We suggest filling the leftover beer into Hofbräuhaus Traunstein Bock beer glasses and serving it to go with the Beeramisu.

Tiramisu in the plate on the wooden background
The best combination for beer lovers who have a sweet tooth. Beeramisu recipe, using Hofbräuhaus Traunstein beers


And if it’s still summery in September this year…

Put beer on your grill and things will taste even better

Different types of beer can release different aromas, which add that special kick to meat or vegetables. Here are our best tips for using beer on the grill.

Grill time – recipes for tasty beer marinades


All grill connoisseurs know this special tip: always grill your food twice. First, add a bit of salt to the meat and grill it on high heat. You should only marinate the meat afterwards. If the meat is still warm, it will soak up the marinade more easily, and the time it needs to steep will only be about half an hour. Then you can finish grilling your food to however well you want it done, on low heat.

The marinade… What beer works best with what meat?

> For chicken, we suggest a beer with a sharp taste, such as Hofbräuhaus Traunstein Pils.

> Veal tastes best when dabbed with Hofbräuhaus Traunstein Weißbier (Wheat Beer) just before the second time it’s grilled. Also dab it during said second time every now and again.

> A mixture of warm butter and Hofbräuhaus Traunstein Helles is ideal for beef.

Hofbräuhaus Traunstein Dunkel (Dark Beer) works best with pork. Baste your neck steak with a little bit of mustard before its second time on the grill, and dab it with beer every now and again while grilling as well.

> We recommend our wheat beers to go with vegetables. Wheat Beer Dark works perfectly with onion rings and sweetish vegetables. Wheat Beer Light, by contrast, tastes like it was made for zucchini or peppers. Simply dab the beer on the vegetables after grilling them for a fresh and crisp taste.


Quick note for all the hobby cooks out there who live in places where you can’t just buy our products from the next corner store… You can order all of our beers from our online shop and have them delivered to your home. Easy!

So go put a few Hofbräuhaus Traunstein beers on ice right now, and we’re sure that evening with your friends will go swimmingly! Hope you all cook up a storm! And don’t forget to take pictures, we want to see your beer menus on our Facebook page! We’re giving away a brewery tour for 3 people and a beer pack with all the beers used in our recipes to one lucky person who sends us a photo!


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