Beer Chili & Cheese Dogs for IPA Day

The first Thursday in August is the unofficial holiday of that hoppy beer favorite, the IPA. There may come a day when this becomes a nationally recognized day of appreciation with parades and pageantry, paper decorations and paid holiday leave, but until then we’ll celebrate the Indian Pale Ale with a series of parties, blog posts and happy hour specials.

Increasing hops for the celebration of flavor, seems to have taken root in the American Craft Beer movement. Inventive brewers found more and more ways to add those hop flavors and not just to balance  sweetness with bitterness, but to celebrate it. Triple hopped, palette wrecking, up-the-IBU beer loving brewers began an Arms Race for the ultimate IPA. A strong counter culture to the mild “smooth” liquid inside those macro cans, this was beer that let you know who was boss. You were drinking it on purpose, not by default, and those hops would kick you in the mouth to remind you that the King of Beers can kiss their ass. The IPA is the poster child for the craft beer movement and a reminder of why it started.

A really great, well crafted IPA is a beautiful thing. It’s worth the search to find one that you love. And then you’ll get it.

May August 2nd, 2013 have even more beer lovers celebrating the IPA.


This is a recipe that will be intensified with an IPA. The hoppyness will be celebrated and fairly strong. If you want to tone it down, you can also use a stout instead, but you should probably wait until after the High Holiday of the High Hop Beer.




Beer Chili & Cheese Dogs


  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb beef (80% lean/20% fat)
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbs worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cummin
  • 1 tsp red chili sauce (such as sriracha)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 8 hot dog buns


  1. In a large pot over medium high heat allow the olive oil to get hot but not smoking. Add the onions and cook until softened and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and the beef and cook until the beef is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients (other than the hot dogs and buns) and allow to cook until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
  2. Spoon over warm hot dogs. Top with cheese, if desired. Enjoy with a cold IPA.




17 thoughts on “Beer Chili & Cheese Dogs for IPA Day

  1. Yay! IPA Day that is awesome! I love the ones where the hops give you a swift back hand to the face. It is a great beer and I love to use it in Chili. Beautiful photography too.

  2. Wow, just a thought are there any houses close to you for sale, maybe within walking distance cause I’m thinking your buying lots of beer and would hate for it to get backed up…just sayin’
    King of beers, Psshhh…..

    1. It’s true. I open more beer than I can finish, it’s pretty sad. I always want to sample more than I can drink. But you are always welcome for a tasting party.

  3. The variety of hops is insane too. I know that Sierra Nevada has done alot of work in developing different strains that are more for aroma (lovely grapefruitiness, anyone?). Love a GOOD IPA. But you’re right, when they’re wrong – lordhavemercy.

    1. I completely agree. I have so much respect for Sierra Nevada as a company and what they have done. I love a good IPA, but it seems to go wrong so often.

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