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One Heck of a Hop Dog

This time of year, a lot of you are probably trading in kitchen time for grills and campfires. Last month we shared a recipe for a simple Summerfest® Trout that’s great for a weekend fishing trip; this month we’re bringing you a sauerkraut sausage recipe that gets a jolt from our unapologetic hop beast, Hoptimum.

While plenty of condiments can give dogs extra life, sauerkraut is one whose powerful flavor can dominate the experience. Whether you’ve long championed or avoided kraut for that reason, Hoptimum’s influence on it just may appease both camps. The steep IBU in the beer calms the pungent kraut kick, while the bitterness and faint citrus flavor contribute to the overall complexity. Caraway seeds and mustard are mellow touches with big impact, making for a bun packed with flavor.

Hoptimum® Sauerkraut Sausage

1 cup Hoptimum
8 of your favorite variety of sausage or hot dog
16-ounce can of sauerkraut
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 carrot, grated
Sierra Nevada mustard

In a medium pot, combine the sauerkraut, caraway seeds and carrots. Add the Hoptimum and simmer the mixture over medium heat for 10–15 minutes.

Fill a glass with the remaining beer to sip while you tend to the sausage, which you should cook according to the package’s directions or your own grill mastery—you’re a ninja with tongs, right?

Whether bare or in a bun, top the sausage with the sauerkraut and mustard, and unabashedly dive into the hearty medley.