The beer scene was a different story when in my teenage years, the selection was a fraction of what it is today and Weatherspoons was one of your best bets to getting something a bit different while out on the town. Thankfully those times have changed now, the selection is massive in comparison to back then and some beers that I may have drank regularly then might not feature as much now. Hobgoblin is one of these beers, although it helped me out all the time back in my college years rarely does it feature in my pint glass now. There are a couple of Wychwood beers that might, King Goblin and Bah Humbug to name a couple. However, the classic Hobgoblin t shirt with the famous “Whats the matter lagerboy afraid you might taste something” is still often seen, mainly at CAMRA festivals or at events held at Orient. This is why I find it fairly interesting that Wychwood have decided to brew a lager as one of their first new craft off springs, King Star Lager.
King Star is a 5.6% (in can 4.8% on draught) lager that has been brewed with 5 different hops, all being English or German. It is easy drinking, well balanced and refreshing served cold straight out the fridge. I find it a tiny bit odd that they have chosen to brew a lager with their old slogan in mind but I guess it is to attract a newer audience to their beers, and hey if they pick this up in Morrisons and it leads them on to some other new beers then job done. Although I am possibly not the target audience for this beer I do actually like it, I have included it in my 4 for £6 in Morrisons a couple of times. I would be interested to see what (if any) is next in their line of new beers.
Lime, lager and chicken are a foodie threesome classic. Marinating chicken is a beautiful thing, early on in the day get the marinade done and let it sit brewing in the fridge all day. I saw a recipe using lager to cook rice and people were raving about it, I tried it using a can of King Star and to be honest I wasn’t blown away, I thought it was a bit of a waste of a can, feel free to give it ago yourself but for me it wasn’t worth using a whole can of beer on. I recommend grilling (BBQ would be even better!) this chicken not frying or oven cooking it. You could also cut up your chicken into pieces for a kebab or wrap instead of keeping it as the fillet.
King Star Lager and Lime Chicken
- 2/3rds of a can of King Star Lager (or any other flavoursome lager)
- Juice of a lime
- 3 table spoons soy sauce
- 1 table spoon olive oil
- 1 tea spoon dried oregano
- ½ tea sponn dried thyme
- 1 tea spoon black pepper
- 2 tea spoons of runny honey
- 2 Garlic cloves minced
- Chicken fillets (however many you are cooking for this recipe is for 2)
- Can of King Star Lager (or any other flavoursome lager)
- Half the empty can worth of basmati rice (roughly quarter way up a pint glass)
- Mixed chopped herbs
Mix all the ingredients up in a bowl and add all the ingredients to a zip bag or bowl then give it another good mix. Slice along the top of the chicken fillets and stab the fillet a few times so the flavour can really sink in. Place the chicken in the bag or covered bowl and leave in the fridge for as long as possible, preferably over 3 hours.
When starting dinner, empty a can of King Star into a saucepan and bring to boil, once boiled add the rice into the boiling lager, cover and simmer till rice is cooked.
Remove chicken from the bag and place under the grill. Grill each side for 5-7 minutes depending on thickness, cover the chicken fillets with the marinade half way through. When the chicken is cooked throughout, bring out the over and serve with lager rice, lime slice and some salad.
Disclaimer – I was sent 4 cans of Wychwood King Star Lager for free. I do not think this has affected my opinion on the beer. I have also previously and since bought this from Morrisons.