Have fun with it. Keep it simple, don’t over think it. If it’s not fun, you’re doing it wrong. This is beer! The best part of trial and error…is the trial. Keep practicing! Look to gain an understanding of malt flavor profiles that different beer styles offer. Beer IS, in fact, food. The malt character, combined with a touch of hops, allows for an opportunity to incorporate distinct flavors and aromas to your final dish. Steer clear of overly bitter brews when cooking with beer (in most cases).
It is recommended to not reduce beer while cooking, as it will likely become too bitter for the dish. Drinking an IPA while cooking, however, is highly recommended while dancing in the kitchen, if that’s your thing. Never cook with a beer that you wouldn’t drink. If you don’t like the flavor in your glass, it likely will not appeal to you on a plate.