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Alesmith .394 Pale Ale Mac N’ Cheese

There’s not a lot of things more American than Mac n’ cheese. I mean if Thomas Jefferson was a fan, then what else is there to say. I love the Alesmith .394 Pale Ale and thought it would go perfect in this dish. The beer itself is not as bitter as most pale ales, which makes it perfect for cooking since strong pale ales can overpower the rest of the flavors in the dish. Mac ‘n Cheeses are also a perfect way to utilize all of your random leftover cheeses. I had some just sitting in the fridge and thought they would work well together. If you’re missing one cheese, try substituting it for another. 
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  • 1 cup (8 oz) velveta
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) gouda
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) cheddar
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) parmesan
  • 1/3 cup beer
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. black pepper
  • Dash of smoked paprika and onion powder


First preheat the oven to 375 F. Next, bring a pot of water to boil and add a pinch of salt. Once the water starts to boil, cook the noodles al dente (slightly underdone).

Cut up all the cheese into small chunks, the smaller the pieces, the faster it will melt. Heat a pan to low/medium heat and add the butter and allow it to melt. Once the butter has melted, pour in the milk and beer, stir until it is combined. Once combined, add in the cheeses. Season with the garlic powder, black pepper, paprika, and onion powder. Keep stirring to prevent the cheese from burning or sticking to the bottom. Cook until the cheeses have melted and flavors have combined.  

Mix together the cheese and pasta then pour into a baking dish. Add a layer of shredded cheese on top generously, and freshly grated of course, I used parmesan and cheddar. Then sprinkle breadcrumbs on top and drizzle over olive oil to top it off.

Bake for 20 minutes until the cheese at the top is golden brown. Let it cool for 10 minutes and you’re all set! 


Other Suggestions

  • Pale Ale (Not too bitter)
  • Brown Ale
  • Red Ale

Beer Review

This is one of my favorite beers. For drinkability, (ability to drink multiple in the same sitting) this beer is perfect. It is crisp and light; not too bitter like many Pale Ales with some citrus hops.  This beer doesn’t have to kick you in the face with hops to let you know that you’re drinking a pale ale. I recommend this beer to anyone, even people that are not the biggest fans of pale ale. I give this beer 9.5/10 and highly recommend you try some!


This recipe turned out to be delicious. It was even better as leftovers the next day at work! The beer complimented the cheeses perfectly without over powering their flavors. Impress your friends by making a homemade dish not from the box and be happy knowing that they are secretly jealous of your amazing cooking skills. They don’t have to know you got the recipe from some random computer programmer online.