It's no secret that we love cheese. We're also pretty open about our love affair with beer. So it should come as no surprise that we've tried combining the two in our secret lab. Well, now the secret's out!
Our monger Dan has conjured up a brilliantly simple, yet flavorful recipe that's using the Jack's Abby Saxony Lager we have on tap. While we'll have plenty made in our dairy fridge, we thought you might want to take a stab at it yourself. Perfect for loading up before your St. Paddy's Day pub crawl tonight!
Melt the butter in a heavy bottom pot, over medium-high heat. Add the corn starch and mix until you have a thick slurry. At this point, slowly pour and mix in the milk, and then do the same with the beer. Once all of these ingredients have coalesced, add each cheese incrementally into the mixture, being careful not to overload the base too quickly. We recommend shaving them as finely as you can to speed up their melting process, but with patience crumbled cheeses will break down as well. Stir until you find a consistency you like, and add salt to taste.
Yields 6 cups of Beer Cheese. Serve hot!
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Beer + cheese = we're pretty sure that's all you need in life
Another week, another #GrowlerHappyHour. Each Thursday, we'll give you a 20% discount on a 64 oz. growler, with whatever beer on tap suits your fancy. But why wait until next Thursday to find what suits your fancy? We have the fanciest pairings just waiting to be tasted right now, and you might as well sip on one of our best beer rosters yet before we cycle them through!
First on tap is the Moss, a double IPA by our neighbors, Finback Brewing Company in Queens. With extra hops and 8.5% ABV, you'd expect this to smack you across the face. In reality, the Moss features a bright, juicy flavor. Remarkably refreshing and a perfect harbinger for Spring. Spread some buttery, salty Brebirousse d'Argental on a cracker with this one for a light but potent burst of flavors.
Beau's Brewing Company's Iron Shirt is our only Canadian beer on tap, but it's sure earned its right to cross the border. A robust pale ale, the Iron Shirt is brewed with Vidal ice-wine grapes, and aged on oak spirals soaked in Montreal's Brasserie de Distillerie Oshlag's vodka. Its dry, fruity and bitter, and goes great with the brilliant cheddar fusion we have called Dunbarton Blue.
While making our beer cheese recipe with Jack's Abby Saxony Lager, why not pour a glass for yourself to enjoy? Bright, fruity, with a hint of bubblegum poking through its pleasant mix of flavors. If you prefer a harder cheese to go along with it, you can't go wrong with the sweet-sharp Prairie Breeze cheddar.
Some of our staff (mainly me) can't stop bringing home growlers of Other Half's Dream in Green, and with good reason. This fresh oat IPA sports a rustic quality that's as smooth as an IPA gets. If you fancy taking a trip to the Pyrenees countryside in your own house, grab a hunk of Ossau Iraty with your growler.
Our strongest beer right now has to be the Coney Island Sour. Tart as it gets, this sour has a bittersweet finish. The drinking experience is akin to the brewery's namesake's rickety rollercoaster rides: midly terrifying, but a hell of a lot of fun with an old school flair. We're recommending Tomme Crayeuse will stand its ground against this beer, with a strong and earthy natural rind and mushroomy tones.
Last but not least is one from New York's own Community Beer Works: the aptly titled Oh Snap! As odd as a ginger snap stout might sound, this malty wonder will make you wonder why all stouts don't have a ginger snap finish. We recommend you keep it all New York with this one by trying Crown Finish Cave's Bufarolo: a milky, funky washed rind buffalo milk cheese that's as pleasantly odd as the beer.
Order From Us on Amazon Fresh Can't make it to the store? In addition to ordering direct from our website, you can also order our cheese and meat from Amazon Fresh. There's free delivery on orders over $50 and if you place your order by 10 a.m., you can have it for dinner that night!