Ah, October. When my craving for pumpkin flavored drinks and food are now appropriate to consume every day until Thanksgiving. (Just kidding I think I have been drinking Pumpkin Coffee from Wawa since the beginning of September, whoops!) However, one thing I decided to wait on trying was pumpkin flavored beers. I had good reason because I was approached by DuClaw Brewing to try their 31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager or 62 Pumpkin Imperial Ale. The best part of getting to try two beers is that I had to incorporate one of them into the recipe of my choosing.
Last week I posted on Instagram that I was going to make a Pumpkin Mac & Cheese incorporating one of the beers. Some of my friends were left scratching their heads and asking “Jade, why Pumpkin Mac & Cheese?” Well, let me tell you. While looking for recipes on the internet aka Pinterest, I saw hundreds of recipes for pumpkin. When I was looking for recipes to incorporate the beer my options were limited to mostly breads and ice cream floats. Nothing really piqued my interest until I saw this Pumpkin Mac & Cheese recipe from Fabtastic Eats. I have been itching to try a mac and cheese recipe at home and this recipe incorporates the pumpkin beer of your choosing. I was up for the challenge!
Originally, I was going to add the 62 Pumpkin Imperial Ale in this recipe but after trying it I decided to do a last minute switch. While I think the Imperial Ale is a great after dinner drink because its a full body ale with a distinct taste. I went with my gut instinct to use the 31 Spiced Pumpkin Lager. The Spiced Pumpkin Lager has double the cinnamon and nutmeg and DuClaw says that its their version of a grown-up pumpkin spice latte. I don’t need to say anymore, its an awesome fall beer.
Macaroni ready to become delicious mac and cheese!
Adding the Lager to the cheese sauce!
Adding reduced fat Sharp Cheddar!
Its Pumpkin time! I picked Trader Joe’s Organic Pumpkin for this recipe.
Macaroni with cheese/pumpkin sauce waiting to be baked…
The final product! Pumpkin Mac & Cheese after baking for 25 minutes at 425 degrees.
There you have it folks! I have more Pumpkin Mac and Cheese then my refrigerator can hold. I hope you learned a few more facts about DuClaw Brewing and do not be scared to cook with beer! Its a great trick to add more body and flavor to your current recipe.
Thank you to DuClaw Brewing for sponsoring this post! All opinions reflect my own personal opinion.