Hops & Pie is a pizzeria and craft beer bar with a CULT following. They are also the highest-rated pizza place in Denver on Yelp and top 10 restaurant in the city on Tripadvisor.
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Hops & Pie’s IPA mac & cheese has been one of their top-selling menu items for years. It puts a Colorado spin on the traditional dish by calling for a West Coast-style IPA – specifically one from Ska Brewing, located in Durango, Colo.
¼cupIPA from Ska Brewing from Durango, Colorado.or any West Coast style IPA
Tapatio – or another Mexican hot sauce
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
In a saucepan add: cream, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, peppercorns & bay leaves. Turn the heat up to high and bring to a boil. Once a boil is reached, reduce the heat to medium and stir regularly to prevent burning and boil-over.
Once the cream is reduced by 75%, strain through a fine mesh strainer into another saucepan.
Return the pan with the strained cream to a medium flame and stir in the cheddar. Once the cheddar is fully incorporated, add hot sauce and cracked black pepper to taste.
Add the macaroni, peas and ham hock to the pan and stir well. Add the IPA and continue stirring until hot.
Add salt to taste and place in large baking dish. Top with the chopped bacon and breadcrumbs.
Bake until the break crumbs become golden brown and crispy.