The Hooch is Back


The 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution, repealing prohibition, went into effect on this date in 1933. The 22nd Amendment was the first, and to date, only amendment ratified to repeal an earlier amendment, the 18th.

The last state to ratify the amendment was Montana which, taking its own sweet time, ratified it on August 6, 1934. North and South Carolina rejected the amendment (which is why it’s somewhat surprising that today, North Carolina is home to the Brew-Thru: drive-through stores that sell beer and wine). Celebrate with mussels bathed in wine and beer. Happy days are beer again, indeed.

Mussels with Garlic and Beer
2 lbs. mussels
1 T. olive oil
2 shallots, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
3 medium-size tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 T. fresh thyme
1 T. butter
1/4 t. red pepper flakes
2 c. amber ale or wheat beer
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley

In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic; cook 4 minutes. Add tomatoes, thyme, butter, red pepper flakes, and beer. Bring to a boil, add mussels, cover, and simmer until mussels have opened, about 6 to 8 minutes. Discard any that haven’t opened.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer mussels and vegetables to a serving bowl. Add lemon juice, butter, salt and pepper to the pan and return contents to a boil. Simmer until the liquid is reduced by half. Ladle over mussels and garnish with parsley. Serve with a split baguette, drizzled with oil, salt, and pepper and lightly browned under the broiler.

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One response to “The Hooch is Back

  1. Exactly what I’m in the mood for!

    And gave me a good idea for what to serve over New Years. Thank you.

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