Rockies Brewing Company - Boulder Igloo Ale
- ABV: 4.8%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 27
- Serving Temperature: 40-45° F
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.
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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