Edible Aspen Publisher Lisa Houston shares the Colorado spread she’ll be making on Super Bowl Sunday to cheer on the Broncos. And no Game Day menu is complete without a quality local brew. Craft beer expert Anne Fitten Glenn gave us a list of her Colorado picks (plus more widely available brews) for each recipe.
Sausage and Sage Jalapeño Poppers
As the Broncos turn on the heat in San Francisco, you can elevate the temperature at home with these spicy jalapeño poppers. The trick to the perfect heat (spice) is in the boiling process—too long and they’re not spicy enough; too short and you’ll feel the pain. Get the recipe.
Pair Jalapeño Poppers with Avery Brewing White Rascal (5.6 percent ABV)
Full jalapeño pepper heat requires a slightly sweet, citrus-spiced authentic Belgian wheat-style beer to balance its intensity. Plus the tight carbonation of the White Rascal cuts through the melted cheese, cleansing the palate. This pairing is smooth and intense, just like Peyton Manning.
Another Colorado-based option: New Belgium Snapshot Wheat
Hoisin-Braised Beef Short Ribs
Colorado serves up some epic cold and snowy weather during football season and the best way to beat the chill on game day is with warm comfort food like these addictive short ribs. Get the recipe.
Pair Hoisin-Braised Beef Short Ribs with (surprise!) Aspen Brewing Company’s Brown Bearale (6 percent ABV)
This sweet ale, brewed with dark and chocolate malts, makes an easy, flavorful braise for beef short ribs. As the recipe calls for four bottles of the nectar, it’s clear that the remaining two from the six-pack should be enjoyed while cooking this dish. An additional sixer to drink during the game perfectly complements the sweet and spicy tang of the Hoisin sauce coating the tender meat.
More widely available option: Brooklyn Brown Ale
Red Chile Posole Soup
Meat & Cheese Restaurant & Farm Shop in Aspen warms up guests with this thick Mexican soup that is as filling as it is flavorful—sure to be a game day crowd-pleaser. Photo: Mat Whittier. Get the recipe.
Pair Red Chile Posole with Great Divide Brewing Company Yeti Imperial Stout (9.5 percent ABV)
The pork and hominy in this soup make it lighter than a beef-based chili, but it still packs a spicy punch. The rich roasty malts in the Yeti Stout soften the flame, while the complex hop profile provides a dry bite that brightens the flavors of this hearty dish. The Yeti truly is a monster of a beer, so we recommend sips between spoonfuls.
Another big option: Stone Brewing Imperial Russian Stout
Buffalo Chicken and Crispy Skin Mac 'n' Cheese
“One of the best things about being a part-time Aspenite is that I get to share my big-city food sensibility in a small but food-loving town. Plus, Aspen loves a good party. That’s what inspired this spicy crunchy mac 'n' cheese. Between the snowy winters and football get-togethers, this twist on the ultimate comfort food can go anywhere and make people pretty happy along the way.” - Laura Werlin, author of Mac & Cheese, Please! and numerous other cookbooks. Photo: Maren Caruso. Get the recipe.
Pair Buffalo Chicken and Crispy Skin Mac 'n' Cheese with Odell Brewing Co. IPA (7 percent ABV)
This recipe combines two classic pub foods. Given the Buffalo spice and cheesy goodness, a slightly bitter, palate-cleansing IPA pairs well with this comforting casserole. Nine different U.S. hop varieties make Odell IPA highly aromatic, flavorful and boldly bitter enough to cut through the heat and fat of this Super Bowl-winning dinner.
More widely available option: Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
To find more ideas for incredible Colorado recipes for the Super Bowl, plus perfect beer pairings to go with them, continue reading this piece on Edible Aspen.
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