Classic Balsamic and Beer Steak Marinade

Just in time for Father’s Day! This classic balsamic and beer steak marinade is perfect for infusing your steaks with extra flavour before grilling them on the BBQ.

Old Flame Beer and Balsamic Marinade

A craft beer-infused marinade that adds a boost of summertime flavour to grilled steaks

For this beer steak marinade I used a red lager from The Old Flame Brewing Co. in Port Perry because the caramel red malt adds a delicious sweetness to the marinade, but you could use any one of your favourite craft beers. You can visit The Old Flame Brewing Company in Port Perry or, if you’re cycling the Trans Canada Trail and stopping in Lindsay (sign up for the A Taste for Travel newsletter to find out why we think this Ontario city should be on every food lover’s list), you can sample beer from the Old Flame Brewing Company on the room service menu at the Days Inn Lindsay.

Cycling the Trans-Canada Trail Lindsay

Work up an appetite cycling the Trans-Canada Trail Lindsay

If you time your visit to the Kawartha Northumberland region for mid-June, you can explore a collection of local craft beer at the Kawartha Craft Beer Festival. This weekend festival features several local craft beer producers, live music and regional cuisine. Buy your pass online – a day pass is just $20 and gets you admission to the waterfront park, two samples of craft beer and a keepsake beer mug.

Kawartha Craft Beer Festival

Sample a range of craft beers at the Kawartha Craft Beer Festival in Peterborough


Classic Balsamic and Beer Steak Marinade Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins

As easy recipe for beer steak marinade perfect for grilling striploin or other beef steaks.

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Author: Michele
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup Old Flame Vienna red lager
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar I recommend Carli brand
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • rosemary leaves finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon chile garlic sauce or one clove crushed garlic and a ¼ teaspoon red chile flakes
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Montreal Steak Spice
  1. Place all the ingredients (except the salt and Montreal Steak Spice) into a bowl and mix together until well combined.
  2. Add your strip loin steaks to the mixture
  3. Marinade for one hour or longer.
  4. Season with Montreal Steak Spice and sea salt
  5. Grill the steaks over hot coals to your liking


If you enjoyed this beer marinade for beef, check out this collection of recipes filled with the flavours of summer:

Salsa Verde (Green Tomatillo Sauce) from The Mexykan, Mexico  

Salpicon (shredded beef and radish) salad appetizer from Guatemala 

Old Tomorrow Craft Beer, Bacon and Cheese Dip 

Creamy Avocado Salad Dressing inspired by Lake Atitlan, Guatemala


Travel Planner

For more information about Kawartha Lakes Tourism, visit

To learn more about travel to the Kawartha Northumberland Region, visit

The Days Inn Lindsay is ideally located on Angeline Street near the cycling trails, the historic downtown and Highway 35/7 for easy access to Toronto or Ottawa. It’s the newest property in Lindsay and the rooms are spotlessly clean, the wifi is free, the rooms feature coffee makers, mini-fridges plus windows that open. A salt-water pool is a welcome addition. The room rate even includes a complimentary hot buffet breakfast. Lindsay is a 1.5 hour drive from Toronto.

The Kawartha Craft Beer Festival takes place in mid-June in the city of Peterborough. This weekend event is  an opportunity to sample a range of craft beer from the Kawartha Lakes Region, explore local cuisine and listen to live music– without the crowds and lineups of festivals in Toronto.  Top craft beers to explore include Vienna red ale from Old Flame Brewing Co. ( Port Perry),Bobcaygeon Pale Ale from Bobcaygeon   Brewing Company and the Pub House ale (German Kolsch style beer) from the Publican Hose Brewing in Peterborough.

 Toronto: For other insider tips on things to do near and around Toronto, check out 5 Things Everyone Must Do When Visiting Toronto

Michele Peterson
Michele Peterson
Dividing her time between Toronto, Mexico and Guatemala (or the nearest tropical beach), Michele Peterson is an award-winning writer, blogger, editor and publisher who specializes in travel, cuisine and luxury lifestyles.
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