Cider-based broth and crisp bacon lend flavor and texture to the main dish, followed by a refreshing granita for dessert. (Serves 4)
Spinach salad

Cider-Braised Mussels with Bacon
Crusty bread

Dark beer

Cranberry-Jalapeño Granita

Beer Note When creating this meal, don't forget to chill the beer. Porter is a versatile style of dark beer that is less charred-tasting and lighter-bodied than most stouts. Try Sierra Nevada Porter from California. Medium-bodied with grapefruit hop notes, it's light enough for a spinach salad, with caramel, coffee, and smoky flavors to complement the bacon and mussel broth. –Jeffery Lindenmuth