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.
For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call (303) 448-8448 or check out their web site at www.boulderbeer.com.
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 1/4 cup salt
1/4 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 ½ 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 ¼ 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.
Note: 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.
AMERICAN HOMEBREWERS ASSOC. - The AHA reports that homebrewers in the U.S. brew about 8 gallons of beer a month. Incidentally, they've also informed us that 95% of homebrewers in the U.S. are men. What's up ladies?
YORK UNIVERSITY - The world's strongest beer, Uncle Igor's Famous Falling Over Water, brewed by the Ross Brewery in Bristol, U.K., is 17.3% alcohol by volume. Holy Bat-Buzzes Batman! The most expensive beer ever sold on first offer from the brewery (as opposed to aged, rare, collector, and vintage specimens) is Samuel Adam's Triple Bock which at one time went for $100 for a case of 24, six ounce bottles.
I've actually got two separate questions for you, if you can fit it in your busy schedule of gnawing on rawhide and lapping up your no doubt complimentary shipments from Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club. I've recently moved to Texas and have noticed that Longneck bottles are far more prevalent here than anywhere else in the country. Can you shed any insight as to why this may be? Secondly, and not related in anyway whatsoever, what's the difference between "cold-filtered" and "draft" beers?
Does my acute canine sense of smell detect an air of attitude with your opening statement? I do a lot around here. Product research and Quality Assurance are two areas I take damn seriously. And by the by, let's get one thing straight. Not only do I get a complimentary subscription, I get pallets of beer ... to my bowl ... when I want it ... and served in my favorite stein cause I am the Main Mutt (main mutt in bold) at Corporate if you get my meaning. So, what was your question again? Sorry, you got me all frothy here. Texas. Longnecks. Right. On the longneck thing, I really have no idea, however I suspect that it's some kinda phallic, cowboy-related subliminal deal suggestive of one's manliness. On your other inquiry, all beers are cold when they are filtered. Cold-filtered implies "fresh", and naturally draft beer means "very fresh". Both are really no more than slick marketing terms used by the big boyz to woo the general public into consuming mass quantities of their otherwise lack-luster products.
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