If you have been reading Chews and Brews from the beginning, you are well aware that I like rhubarb and like using it in baking and cooking. This Strawberry Rhubarb Wheat Ale Loaf is a recipe I have used before in baking, but adding beer adds some different flavours plus yeast which is great for baking loaves and bread! I have used beer before in a loaf, in my Banana Beer Bread. Making fruit loaves like this Strawberry Rhubarb Wheat Ale Loaf or the Banana Beer Bread is a way to use up some of the ripe fruit that you put into your freezer, and you get a tasty snack out of it!
Omen Brewing is located in Edmonton, Alberta, and it is a brewery that I have visited! They are a family owned and operated brewery, and their love of home brewing and DIY attitude focuses them on providing full-flavoured hand crafted beer for the hard working beer loving Albertan. Find out more about Omen Brewing on their Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
The beer I chose for the Strawberry Rhubarb Wheat Ale loaf is the Summer Wheat Ale. Note that I used the beer in the recipe and then drank the rest of the beer afterwards while waiting for the loaf to bake (oops!); therefore, the photos of the finished loaf are actually of another wheat ale, lighter in colour, but paired very well with the loaf!
Omen Brewing’s Summer Wheat Ale pours a hazy caramel colour with a light line of white, lingering, bubbly head. The smell is of caramel malts, biscuits, and breads. The taste is of more caramel malt flavours, some toffee, banana, vanilla, and clove. The mouthfeel is a light carbonation, light bodied, a bit thin. Overall the huge bready caramel flavours with the banana, vanilla, and clove make it a awesome wheat ale and perfect for baking!
Strawberry Rhubarb Wheat Ale Loaf
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 2/3 cup wheat ale
- 2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup rhubarb, chopped
- 1 cup strawberries, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
In a stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
Stir in the buttermilk and wheat ale and mix until combined.
Add in the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix to combine.
Fold in the strawberries and rhubarb until evenly mixed.
Pour mixture into two pre-greased loaf tins. Bake in preheated oven for 55 mins. Serve with your favourite local craft wheat ale. Enjoy!