Hops & Pie’s IPA Mac & Cheese

Raymond Co-Founder / Editor-in-Chief

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.

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.

Check out this amazing recipe below.


Hops & Pie’s IPA Mac & Cheese

Ska Brewing's Hops & Pie!
Servings 6


  • 3 cups cups heavy cream
  • 1 tsp coriander seed
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp black pepper corn
  • 2 bay leaves fresh
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • cracked pepper
  • 3 cups elbow macaroni cooked
  • 1 cup English peas cooked
  • ¼ cup shredded/braised ham hock
  • ¼ cup IPA from Ska Brewing from Durango, Colorado. or any West Coast style IPA
  • 1 tbsp chopped bacon
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • 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.