Welcome to the world of identified drinkers! So pull up a seat, crack open your favorite tuner, and get prepared to dive head first into the world of Beer Culture. Beer Culture is not just limited to the art that is placed into a bottle by artisans dating back to the ancient Egyptians; simply put it is a way of life. Regardless if you finally made the jump over from the dark side (light beers), or you own a successful microbrewery the world of craft beer doesn’t discriminate, everyone is welcome.
Under the Beer Culture section you will find several beer inspired food recipes which will be updated monthly. The following recipes utilize flavors from craft beers, and infuse them into recipes that compliment those flavors. Not only will you find recipes, but a list of some of the best beer labels from around the country.
Dedicated homebrewers spend a lifetime trying to perfect an art that will only be shared with close family and friends, but recognition is unimportant to these unsung heroes of craft beer. Brewers constantly deviate from the norm in an attempt to define their microbrewery, and craft beer itself.
Cheddar Beer Soup
2 medium leeks (white and pale green parts only), cut into 1/4-inch dice (2 cups)
2 medium carrots cut into 1/4-inch dice (1 cup)
2 celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch dice (1 cup)
2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
1 Turkish or 1/2 California bay leaf
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
1 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (14 fl oz)
1 (12-oz) bottle Four Peaks 8th Street Ale (or your favorite local malty English ale)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 lb extra-sharp Cheddar (preferably English; rind removed if necessary), grated (4 cups)
4 bacon slices (3 1/2 oz total), cooked and crumbled
Cook leeks, carrots, celery, garlic, and bay leaf in butter in a 4-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to moderately low and sprinkle flour over vegetables, then cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Add milk, broth, and beer in a stream, whisking, then simmer, whisking occasionally, 5 minutes. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, and pepper. Add cheese by handfuls, stirring constantly, and cook until cheese is melted, 3 to 4 minutes (do not boil). Discard bay leaf. Serve sprinkled with bacon.
The process of making a craft beer is not the only form of art you will find in a six pack of your favorite beer. TuneLocal.com appreciates the countless hours put into the design of the labels that grace the bottles of some great tuners. This is our shout out to those that have not only bottled artwork; they also distinguished their product with creative and contemporary labels.
Runners Up (from right to left:) High Life Light, MillerCoors, Milwaukee, WI - Shiner Hefeweizen, Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner, TX - Chainsaw Ale, Left Hand Brewing Company, Longmont, CO - Oatmeal Stout, Nimbus Brewing Company, Tucson, AZ - Gonzo Imperial Porter, Flying Dog Brewing Company, Frederick, MD - Yeti Imperial Stout, Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver, CO - India Pale Ale, Odell Brewing Company, Ft. Collins, CO - Hazed and Confused, Boulder Brewing Company, Boulder, CO - 471 I.P.A., 471 Series, Breckenridge Brewing Company, Breckenridge, CO
- 1. Fade to Black - Left Hand Brewing Company, Longmont, CO
- 2. Maple Nut Brown Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery, Idaho Springs, CO
- 3. Hive Honey Stung Ale - Four+ Series, Uinta Brewing Company, Salt Lake City, UT
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