India Pale Ale Mac ‘n Cheese

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  • 1 cup India Pale Ale
  • 1 cup half and half (half cream; half milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • salt, pepper and freshly ground nutmeg to taste
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 cups gouda, grated
  • 500 g elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard or hot sauce (optional)


  1. In a small sauce pan, bring the half and half and beer just to a boil.
  2. At the same time, in a second, heavy-bottomed sauce pan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in flour and whisk until combined. Let cook for two minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and pour in half and half/beer mixture all at once, whisking vigorously until smooth. Add the cheese. Season with salt, pepper and freshly ground nutmeg.
  4. In a large pot of boiling (salted) water, cook the macaroni until al dente; drain in a colander and set aside.
  5. Fold in the cooked macaroni and salt and pepper to taste. stir in mustard or hot sauce if preferred.

Recipe adapted form the Brooklyn Brew Shop.



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