By: Julia Falk & Jordan McMillan, Digital Marketing Published:
“For those of you that know me, you know I’m a macaroni and cheese fanatic. For those who don’t….well…I’m a macaroni and cheese fanatic.” – Jordan McMillan aka JMac
The noodle and cheese combo that is Mac and Cheese has stood the test of time. And just when you thought this ultimate comfort food couldn’t get any more, dare we say, comfortable, we decided to up the ante and have a Harpoon vs. UFO Mac Off. Now we know what you’re thinking - sometimes you just don’t mess with a classic. But one taste of either of these dishes (one's made with Harpoon IPA, the other with UFO White) and you too may be pushing that blue box to the back of your cupboard (Ahem, JMac). Give these recipes a try or consider experimenting with your own favorite Mac and Cheese recipe by adding 12 ounces of your favorite Harpoon or UFO beer!
Jordan’s Hopped Up IPA Mac
Recipe from Colorado Beer Girl
2 cup macaroni
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
8 ounces milk
12 ounces Harpoon IPA
8 ounces freshly grated cheddar cheese
4 ounces freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/4 t. paprika
pinch of black pepper
pinch of nutmeg
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
Julia’s Spiced Up UFO Mac
Recipe loosely adapted from I Love Pasta
2 ½ cups uncooked small pasta
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
8 ounces milk
12 ounces UFO White
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
8 ounces chipotle gouda
1 tbsp ground mustard
pinch of black pepper
pinch of salt
pinch of cayenne pepper
½ cup Panko bread crumbs
½ cup romano cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 375.
Cooked macaroni according to package but stop a minute early (the macaroni will continue to bake when you put it in the oven). We each put about 4oz of beer in the water to boil the noodles.
Heat a saucepan over medium high heat and add butter. Once melted and sizzling, whisk in flour to create a roux and cook until bubbly and golden, about 2 minutes.
Add milk and 8oz Harpoon IPA or UFO White into saucepan whisking constantly, then add cheeses and stir until melted. Once melted add spices.
Turn heat down to medium and continue to stir, cooking for 5-6 minutes while mixture thickens. It might not thicken like regular mac and cheese because of the beer, but you do want it to thicken slightly.
Add noodles to a casserole dish, and then pour cheese over top, mixing gently to combine. Don’t worry if it looks a little soupy! Resist the urge to add more noodles, trust us!
Top with panko bread crumbs (and romano cheese for the UFO version) and bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top.
Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
Have a good idea for a Harpoon vs. UFO battle we should try? Write us and maybe we’ll give it a try!
By: Jessie C., Promotion Manager & Jordan M., Digital Marketing Published:
How long you've been at Harpoon: Almost 12 years!
Favorite Harpoon beer: Harpoon IPA! I’m also loving the Harpoon Boston Irish Stout and The Long Thaw.
Harpoon 5 Miler, P2P or the Octoberfest Race (be honest!): Harpoon 5-Miler!
You’ve done a lot of different things with your time here at Harpoon, what’s one of your best memories (favorite jobs, etc.)?
We work hard here at Harpoon and though event work is very rewarding, it can be pretty stressful and draining with long hours. At the end of each event, when the last tool is packed up and the last bag of trash is thrown into the dumpster, we all slush our way to the taps and have a beer (or two), to wrap things up, and celebrate. That is when the beer tastes the best and when we tend to laugh the most, recapping the day and sharing stories. Luckily I work with some of the smartest and most hilarious people I know, so there are a lot of laughs to choose from!
Most recently though, four other Harpoon gals and I won the Kettle Cup, Harpoon’s internal homebrew competition! I don’t think I’ll ever forget the moment when I found out we won: The entire company was in Vermont, and half of us were out playing Frisbee golf in the Path of Life Garden when they announced the winning team. So, everyone came running to tell me that: WE WON! The girls were carrying the gold Kettle Cup Trophy and walking down to the field to find me, and we all ran toward each other cheering and screaming… (It was quite a dramatic scene, I’m not going to lie) But what a thrill! Stay tuned; our beer will be the next 100 Barrel Series beer out in April.
What’s your favorite part about being the Promotions Manger?
I get to work on the “Love Life” part of our tagline: Love Beer. Love Life. Harpoon. So, no two days are the same! The diversity of events that I get to produce and attend is vast and my job is to make sure that every person who attends has a great time with Harpoon. It feels good to be a part of a successful day when everything goes well and everyone leaves happy with great memories! More often than not, the event benefits a charity, so I love that we’re always giving back through Harpoon Helps. Plus, everyone loves the “beer girl.”
Harpoon sponsors a lot of road races. Why is this such an important facet of the Harpoon culture?
We believe that beer is part of a healthy, active lifestyle. Every great run (or ride, walk, baseball game, kayak, hike, fundraiser, etc) deserves a great beer! Running is a sport that anyone can do. All you need is a pair of sneakers and you can walk outside and go for a jog and likely meet someone else while you’re out there! Runners are friendly and they love beer, it’s just a fact! So, at the end of a race, when everyone (fast, slow, young and old) has accomplished their goals and feels good about themselves, then that’s cause for a celebration! And we can’t think of a better way to celebrate with friends then over a Harpoon beer.
This year you’re running the Boston Marathon. Congrats! Are you planning to partake in any of The Harpoon sponsored races before or after the marathon?
Thanks! My training schedule at this point involves a lot of longer distances so it’s hard to make smaller races fit in, but I hope to run the Ras na Heireann 5k in Davis Square on March 16th (if I’m not holding a Mile Marker sign instead!), and I’ll likely run the Newport 10-Miler on April 27th and I’m looking forward to getting muddy with some obstacles at the Superhero Scramble in Amesbury on June 7th!
Harpoon Point to Point registration is now open; what are you looking forward to this year?
This year’s event has changed formats so that all rides are loops that start and finish at the brewery in Windsor, VT. I’m really excited that logistics will be a bit easier now, not only on our team, but on the riders too! Now that we’ll be able to focus on managing one site at Harpoon all day (instead of multiple sites across the state), we’ll be able to enhance the rider experience even more with the best post ride party around! I love breaking records, so I’m looking forward to having more riders than ever and surpassing our goal of raising $150,000 for the Vermont Foodbank! Register today at www.harpoonpointtopoint.com!