Rockies Brewing Company - Boulder Igloo Ale

Rockies Brewing Company - Boulder Igloo Ale

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Rockies Brewing Company - Boulder Igloo Ale

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Rockies uses a combination of two-row pale and Baird's crystal malts to produce this medium-bodied red ale. Nugget hops are added at the beginning of the 90 minute boil primarily their bittering contribution, while Willamette hops are added in the middle of the boil for both bitterness and aroma. David uses Cascade hops in the whirlpool to give Igloo its subtle, hoppy nose. He uses a proprietary yeast strain and won't divulge what secret spices are used during the boil to give this red ale its Christmas zing!
Immediately note a full caramel and slightly hoppy nose with a roasted background in this clear, dark amber, medium-bodied ale. We picked up a toffee flavor throughout as well as traces of cinnamon and nutmeg and a roasted bitterness at the finish. It seemed to be more of a brown ale or ESB than a red. Overall, a great combination of malts, hops and spices in this very seasonal Christmas Ale.
Founded by two homebrewers on a farm near Longmont, CO in 1979 and currently the oldest operating microbrewery in the United States, the Rockies Brewing Co. is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado. Since new owners Gina Day and Diane Greenlee took over the brewery and reformulated the product line with the assistance of David Zuckerman in 1990, the brewery has grown at an impressive 600 %, placing it #221 on Inc. Magazine's List of the 500 Fastest Growing Private businesses.

The brewery's mainstay award-winning product line has received 2 Gold and 2 Silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival and includes an extra pale ale, porter, nut brown, premium ale, amber ale, stout, golden ale, and a red ale. In addition to Boulder Igloo Ale, the brewery also produces several other seasonal beers including Boulder Cliffhanger Ale, Boulder Fall Fest, and Boulder Flatirons Extra Special Bitter.
Grilled Igloo Eggplant with Tamarind Beer Sauce

This fabulous eggplant dish is exceptional served with fresh pasta. Don't be shy about experimenting if you are unfamiliar with tamarind. Its unique, piquant flavor is well worth trying.
2 medium eggplants
4 cups water with ¼ cup salt
¼ cup flavored oil (see notes) Tamarind Beer Sauce
¼ cup olive oil
2 red bell peppers, seeded, and coarsely chopped
½ small onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped and mashed
1/3 cup Tamarind Beer Syrup (see below)
2 tablespoons of honey
1-inch piece of ginger, sliced thinly
½ teaspoon Thai red curry paste

Tamarind Beer Syrup

1 cup Boulder Igloo Ale
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
5 peeled tamarinds or 1/2 cup tamarind pulp

Cut stem end off of eggplants. Slice into 1-inch rounds and place in salted water. Soak for 15 minutes to remove any bitterness. Drain and pat dry with paper towels. Brush on both sides with flavored oil and let stand while heating the grill and preparing the sauce. In a large heavy skillet heat 1/4 cup olive oil over medium-low. When hot, add red bell pepper, onion, shallots, and garlic, cooking just until soft and transparent (do not brown). Add the Tamarind-Beer Syrup, ginger, and curry paste. Continue to cook until thick and chunky. Remove from heat and cover. Grill eggplant on medium-high until golden and soft when pierced with a fork. Serve immediately with the Tamarind-Beer Sauce.

Notes: Flavored oil can be made by heating oil on low and adding one of the following: mashed garlic, shallot, dried chili pod, or annatto seed. Cover and set aside for a few hours.

Source: The Great American Beer Cookbook; Candy Schermerhorn; Brewers Publications, 1993.
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