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Beer & Pretzel Pairing #1 - SD International Beer Fest 2013

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Beer Pairing #1 - Beer Fest at The San Diego Fair

Beer: Ballast Point Fathom Imperial Pale Lager

Pretzel: NY Style Traditional 5 oz with Spicy Queso Lager Sauce


Our first beer and pretzel pairing was a custom cheese sauce made with Lager and an Imperial Pale Lager. An Imperial Pale Lager is a Lager beer that has Hoppy characteristics more commonly found in India Pale Ales( IPA). We found that the clean finish of the lager left a pleasing palate, while the hoppiness helped to balance out the heat of the Habanero Cheddar Cheese and Jamaican Crushed Red Peppers. The addition of Ballast Point Longfin Lager helped solidify the clean finish when paired with the IPL.


Here is the Recipe...



Spicy Queso Lager Sauce


1/3 cup  Flour
1/3 cup  Butter
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
2.5 Cups   Milk
0.5 Cups Heavy Cream
12 oz Ballast Point Longfin Lager (divided)
8 oz Gruyere Cheese, Shredded
3 oz Habanero Sharp White Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
8 oz Sharp White Cheddar Cheese
1 teaspoon Eaton's Jamaican Crushed Peppers
Salt/ White Pepper to taste



In a 3 Quart Pot, begin by making a Roux, On Medium heat, melt butter, then combine Cayenne and Flour. Stir for 3-5 minutes until a nice caramel/brown color.

Next add the milk, a little at a time, using a whisk to incorporate the Roux with the milk. Add cream and 8 oz of the 12 oz can of Lager. Bring to a boil, stiring constantly until it begins to thicken, about 6-9 minutes. Reduce temperature to LOW.

Add Shredded Cheese, Eaton's Hot Sauce, and the remaining 4 oz of Lager. Stir in a figure 8 fashion until well blended and cheese is melted. Use a whisk if neccessary to get proper consistency of the sauce, add salt and White Pepper to taste...





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