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Lazy Bird Brown Ale Coq au Vin

I know!  I know!  Coq au Vin is made with wine, but if I had called this dish Coq au Lazy Bird Brown Ale it wouldn’t have made any sense to anyone!  Jimminy, that doesn’t even make any sense to me!


Lazy Bird Brown Ale Coq au Vin


More on that craziness inspiration later.  More importantly, how was your weekend?  Did you get some time to relax?  Did you do anything fun?


Lazy Bird Brown Ale Coq au Vin


We stayed in most of the weekend, but did venture out Saturday for a bit to get some groceries and run some errands.  Not all that exciting, but we had a quiet Sunday at home and as always, y’all will be relieved to know that I’m finally caught up on General Hospital.  BTW – have you seen Making a Murderer?  Or listened to the Serial podcast?  Jeeze.  #imsodisturbed.  No spoilers here.


Lazy Bird Brown Ale Coq au Vin


Anyhoo – this chicken.  It was actually Chris’s idea.  Birdsong Brewing here in Charlotte had a cookbook/recipe competition back in the fall (I think?) and Chris suggested making a Coq au Vin style dish only using their Lazy Bird (get it? hehe) Brown Ale instead of wine.  Done. And Done.


Lazy Bird Brown Ale Coq au Vin


Only I totally forgot about the competition and missed the deadline, so you won’t be seeing this recipe in Birdsong’s cookbook.  Ooops.


Lazy Bird Brown Ale Coq au Vin


Caq au Vin is a dish that takes some time.  We spent last week focusing on easy weeknight meals, but now we’re back to cooking with beer and dishes that take a while are important too.  Besides, it’s Monday.  Let’s start this week out right with some beer!



Lazy Bird Brown Ale Coq au Vin

Lazy Bird Brown Ale Coq au Vin

Author: Rachelle


  • 7 slices bacon cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 5 chicken legs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 12 ounce can of Bird Song Brewing Lazy Bird Brown Ale
  • 6 carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 small onions, peeled and quartered
  • 1 pint white mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour


  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-low and add bacon pieces
  2. Cook bacon until brown and crispy, about 10 minutes, remove and drain on a paper towel, reserve bacon fat
  3. Pat chicken dry with a paper towel, season with salt, pepper, and thyme
  4. Add flour to a bowl, dredge chicken, shake off excess
  5. Reheat reserved bacon fat over medium-high
  6. Brown chicken in batches, each piece about 5 minutes on each side, transferring chicken to a plate
  7. Add tomato paste to pan, stirring for about 1 minute
  8. Turn off fire and add beer
  9. Reheat to high, bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and return chicken and bacon to pan
  10. Preheat oven to 325
  11. Cover pot and transfer to oven and cook for 30 minutes
  12. Add carrots and onions, cook for another 20 minutes or until carrots and onions are almost fork tender
  13. Add mushrooms and cook another 8-10 minutes
  14. Transfer pot to stove top over low heat
  15. Mash together the 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons flour
  16. Add to pot, cook over low heat 5-7 minutes


Author: Rachelle

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Note:  We served this over mashed potatoes




Lazy Bird Brown Ale Coq au Vin

36 Responses to Lazy Bird Brown Ale Coq au Vin

  1. Yay to chicken twinning. Except my chicken involves no booze, so you totally win! Love this spin on Coq au Vin, Rach! Your bird looks seriously tasty, and like you should have invited me over to devour this with you. 😉 Too bad you missed the deadline for the competition, because I know you would have killed it and landed in that cookbook with this chicken! We didn’t do anything that interesting over the weekend, and I haven’t seen making a murderer YET, so thanks for not spoiling it! Cheers, love bug! Xo

    • Cheers twin! You know you are welcome here any day of the week, girl! And you really have to watch it – I think I may actually go back and watch it again!

  2. You have totally started the week right…with this beer! And Coq au Vin..Oh my – so creative! I say you would have won that contest and we’d be reading all about this in their cookbook – you need to remember the deadline next time! And yes, I watched a few episodes of Making a Murderer and quite frankly I had to stop watching – that kind of stuff infuriates me to the point where, well, I have to stop watching. Grrrr.

    • Thanks, Annie! Maybe they’ll have another one and I’ll remember to enter before the deadline! I totally get it. Believe me. Grrrr.

  3. Damn! You and Chris better simmer down over there, whooping it up the way you did this weekend. Grocery store shopping and buying a donut pan?!? All in one weekend? WHAAAAATTT???? Y’all gonna get kicked out of NC for being too rowdy. If you do get kicked out, please move up here to NH and make this yummy, upgraded coq au vin for me. Yes, I’ve seen Making of a Murderer. J and I watched the whole series one weekend in a 36 hour netflix-a-thon. After watching the first few episodes, we literally could not sleep until we watched all of them. Good stuff!

    • Right?!?! We are some wild animals over here! It’s too cold up there, so if you want this bird you need to pack up that pimped out camper and bring it down here! I’ll bring the beer! I can see how you could totally binge on that series. Jeeze.

  4. Using beer instead of wine is some kind of brilliant. You’ve gotta hand it to Chris. I wish Kenny would help me brainstorm recipes!
    I’m very jealous of your lazy Sundays. Ours are always packed with stuff to do. Hate Sundays!

  5. I always tell people that Making a Murderer is a great show to watch if you really want to bum yourself out. ???? It’s also a great show to watch if you want a crash course in Midwestern accents.
    I can’t believe how hungry I am after ready this post! This looks spectacular. And I’m not missing the wine at all. Delish.

  6. Ha! I kinda like ‘Coq au Lazy Bird Brown Ale’, sounds like something I would call it 😛 But you’re right… Lazy Bird Brown Ale Coq Au Vin does give a better picture 😉 In any event, this dish looks and sounds incredibly delicious! I can practically see how juicy and tender it is! Sounds perfect for a lazy weekend meal!

  7. Ive been meaning to watch Making a Murdered for all of February! Ahhhhhh! Dang though, this Coq Au Vin looks so hearty! Im literally drooling!

    • Dude. Get some blood pressure meds if you do! You will be all kind of upset! But no spoilers here.

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