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Beer taps installed in Colorado governor’s mansion

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govwithbeerDENVER (AP) — Colorado’s governor used to brew beer for a living, and now he has new beer taps in his home.

State officials announced Friday that private donors have paid for a new “draft beer system” in the governor’s mansion.

The mansion now has three taps that will feature changing Colorado-made brews.

The Colorado Craft Brewers Guild helped pay for the taps, along with the Governor’s Mansion Preservation Fund. The price of the taps was not disclosed.

Gov. John Hickenlooper co-founded a downtown Denver brewpub in the late 1980s and frequently espouses his love for Colorado beers.

“It just seemed appropriate,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper, a former brewer who founded the Wynkoop Brewing Company in LoDo back when downtown was a ghost town and craft beer wasn’t anything close to the $800 million a year industry it’s become with 232 federally licensed breweries and brewpubs in Colorado.
“If you’d have told me we’d one day have 235 breweries, I’d have laughed,” Hickenlooper told FOX31 Denver Thursday. “I think it’s a symbol of Colorado; I think it stands for freedom, having a lot of choices.
“The mansion is another symbol of Colorado. It’s where we entertain. It’s where we kind of show off Colorado, and beer has become a big part of what Colorado is.”
Not surprisingly, a Wynkoop beer, Silverback Pale Ale, was the first small batch keg tapped at the mansion on Thursday; and the plan is to rotate unique small batch brews from breweries all across the state.
“We’re going to try and rotate all the different breweries, all the different beer,” Hickenlooper said. “So it becomes a showcase for the quality of Colorado.”
The taps will be ready in time for a party at the mansion Friday night to kick off Colorado Craft Beer Week, a celebration of an industry that now employs around 5,000 Coloradans.
“With more than 200 different breweries in Colorado, we’re probably brewing several thousand beers in a year,” said Steve Kurowski with the Colorado Brewers Guild. “These are some of the freshest, some of the most world-class beers being brewed around; to have these on showcase at the mansion is very exciting for our industry.
“They will create a conversation; it’ll be very unique every time there’s an event here and these beers are being poured.”
The industry has grown steadily since the first brewpub was founded in 1979; but the growth is really frothing of late, with 53 new small breweries licensed just last year.
“That’s one new brewery opening up every week,” Kurowski said. “It’s just getting bigger and better every single day.”
Installing the taps inside the mansion’s historic first-floor parlor, already home to a bar and photographs of every governor in Colorado history, wasn’t a done on a whim but with months of planning and consideration for preserving the integrity — structural and historical — of the mansion itself.
But it wasn’t as difficult as some staffers thought it might have been.
“We were lucky,” said Kevin Patterson, Hickenlooper’s deputy chief of staff. “The drain worked extremely well; we were able to just run [the tap line] straight up from the basement. We only had to add a little bit of electrical power for the refrigeration unit downstairs.”
Patterson, who’s been involved with this project from the start, says the former brewpub founder governor hasn’t left much to chance, wanting to sign off on the pint glasses and the pours.
Hickenlooper, who’s been criticized by GOP rivals heading into his reelection year as a “state bartender”, isn’t worried about the new craft beer offerings at the mansion, being tapped now just a few months into Colorado’s recreational marijuana experiment, impacting his own fortunes or the state’s.
“Craft beer doesn’t fit into that notion with the legalization of marijuana that Colorado is a party state,” said Hickenlooper. “If you’re going to get drunk, you’re not drinking craft beer.
“Craft beer is really about drinking less and partying less to some extent, but really enjoying it more. It’s about the flavor and bouquet of the beer.”

Maple Whiskey Jelly Shots

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whiskey-jello-shotsMaple Whiskey Jelly Shots from reddit’s vermontgirl
Ingredients
2 packets Knox gelatine powder
1/3 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons vanilla ice cream
1 cup Cabin Fever (maple whiskey)

Directions
Pour maple syrup into small sauce pan. Add water and gelatin packets. Let sit 3 minutes. Add ice cream. Over med-low heat, whisk until smooth and all the gelatin is dissolved. Turn off heat, stir in whiskey. Pour into pan and refrigerate overnight.
I used a meatloaf pan. I sprayed the inside with a flavorless baking spray and wiped it down with a paper towel, just so the jelly could come off the pan easier. The ice cream settled a bit to the bottom, which made the pretty white layer. Totally unexpected but I like the way it looks. So fan-cy.
I’ve been getting all my jelly shot ideas from Jelly Shot Test Kitchen
Edit: Be careful with gelatin to not warm it too much- definitely not to the point of boiling (which will ruin it’s thickening ability). When you’re gently heating the syrup, water, gelatin, ice cream on the stove- it should only take a few minutes to dissolve the gelatin completely.

Beer Battered Cauliflower Tacos Baja Style

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babaTacosCauli.Beer Battered Cauliflower Tacos via Nicole Presley at Presley’s Pantry

1 – head of cauliflower
1 1/2 – cups flour
1 – teaspoon baking powder
1 – teaspoon Lawry’s seasoning salt
1 – teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 – teaspoon cumin
1 – egg
1 – bottle Mexican beer
Vegetable oil (about 3 to 4 cups)
Corn tortillas
Ingredients for garnish:

avocado
lime
cabbage (thinly sliced)
radish
cotija cheese
Mexican crema

Ingredients for salsa chile de arbol:

5 – tomatoes
8 – chile de arbol
4 – cloves of garlic
1/2 – onion
salt

Directions:

Wash and cut cauliflower into bite size pieces by removing the leaves and stem. Then break off pieces.
In a large pot filled halfway with water over a high flame, bring water to a boil. Drop cauliflower pieces in hot boiling water and let par-boil for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from water and drain completely.

Cut the cauliflower into little nugget sized chunks and set aside. Heat up the oil in a pot over a medium to high heat. Mix all the batter ingredients and dunk a little pea sized amount of the batter into the oil to test if it’s ready; if it is ready, it will bubble happily. Place a few cauliflower chunks at a time in the batter, let them drip off and then place them in the oil; flip a few times and cook until golden brown. Place on paper towel. In a large bowl add in flour and baking powder. Then the lawry’s, garlic powder and cumin. Mix to combine. Pour in egg and beer. Whisk until batter is no longer clumpy. Set the batter to the side to rest for 10 minutes, then it’s ready. Pour drained cauliflower pieces into beer batter. Mix to combine well.  In a pot add vegetable oil over a medium flame. Allow to get hot. Using thongs add in one piece of battered cauliflower at a time. Deep fry for several minutes or until golden brown. Oil will bubble, and once it starts to calm down a little the piece is golden and crispy. Place all crispy cauliflower pieces on a paper lined plate to drain.

Make the salsa: In a small pan filled with water halfway over a medium flame bring to a boil. Add in tomatoes and chile de arbol. Boil for 35 to 40 minutes.

In a small frying pan with a touch of vegetable oil over a medium flame, add in onion and garlic cloves. Fry until browned on the outside.
In a blender add in tomatoes, chile de arbol (stems removed), onion, garlic, salt, and 2 cups from the water the chiles boiled in. Blend until smooth about 5 minutes. Heat the corn tortillas, fill with crispy cauliflower pieces, and garnish as you desire.

 

Buttery Beer Bread

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Buttery Beer Bread Via Jessica Segarra at The Novice Chef Blog

Yield: 1 loaf Total Time: 1 hour
Recipe Note: I used Yuengling (original) this time. I prefer to use Shiner Bock, but the store was out. I would suggest using a darker beer because it gives the bread better flavor, but a light beer will work in a pinch!

ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 bottle (12 ounces) beer
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
Butter w/ Canola Oil
directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan. Line with parchment paper for easy removal (optional).

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a wooden spoon, stir the beer into the dry ingredients until just mixed.

Pour half the melted butter into the bottom of the loaf pan. Then spoon the batter into the pan, and pour the rest of the butter on top of the batter.

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve immediately with a smear of more butter, or reheat in the microwave for 20 seconds.

 

.@LustyMonk Mac & Cheese Stuffed Bacon Weave #CXCWtacos

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Found at Nick’s Dude Foods modified with Lusty Monk

Ingredients:
1 lb elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons Lusty Monk Original Sin mustard
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk, warmed
1 -2 lb sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:

1 Boil and drain macaroni per box instructions.
2 Melt the butter in a skillet.
3 Sprinkle in flour and stir until pasty.
4 Whisk in warmed milk and let cook until thickened.
5 Add cheese and Lusty Monk to sauce
6 Add sauce to pasta.

MacAndCheeseBaconWeaveTaco3-150x150Weave bacon into shell shape, bake until desired crispiness

Add lettuce, tomato and mac and cheese to bacon shell

 

Man Sought in Bathroom Beer Heist

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beer-in-the-bathroom-stall-1Beer-guzzling suspect sought in theft

By Austin L. Miller
Staff writer
Published: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 12:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 12:59 p.m.
OCALA – Police are looking for a man accused of putting three cans of beer in his pants and going into a store bathroom and consuming the beverages without paying for them.

An officer with the Ocala Police Department viewed surveillance video taken Thursday at the Stop and Shop at 470 NE Eighth Ave., Ocala. The video shows a man taking two Schlitz 16-ounce malt liquor beverages and one Becks 16-ounce beer from a cooler and placing them down the front of his pants.

The beverages were priced at $3 each.

A clerk said that when the man came out of the bathroom he tried to stop him but the man pushed him out of the way and walked out of the store. The clerk said the three beer cans were empty in the bathroom trash bin.

The suspect is described as a white male who was wearing a black and white striped shirt, dark blue jeans and a black baseball cap with sunglasses sitting on top. He has long sideburns and a goatee.

Anyone with information can call the Ocala Police Department at 369-7000, Crime Line at 369-7061 or Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP.

Look up in the sky it’s a beer delivery drone!

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Drone beer delivery hopes rise – then crash
By Joseph Lindberg
jlindberg@pioneerpress.com

For a brief moment Friday, the skies over the United States appeared to be clear for online retailers, beer makers and journalists to fly drones.

Then they weren’t.

On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration’s only fine against a commercial drone user was dismissed, a move that undermined the agency’s ability to keep commercially operated drones from the sky.

By midday Friday, the FAA issued a notice that it was appealing the decision to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The move, “which has the effect of staying the decision until the Board rules,” was made because the FAA “is concerned that this decision could impact the safe operation of the national airspace system and the safety of people and property on the ground,” the agency said in a statement.

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