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Recipe: Make a cheese dip for International Beer Day

by: Staff Reports

Posted: Aug 5, 2022 / 03:55 PM EST / Updated: Aug 5, 2022 / 05:24 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — If International Beer Day brings images of good cheese dips to mind, then check out this recipe on Friday’s “All Indiana.”

Jeanine Bobenmoyer, chief mom officer of theCityMoms website, brought her beer cheese dip to the WISH-TV studio. She also talked about International Beer Day, a celebration that started in California but has since spread across the country and  the world, celebrated in 207 cities and 80 countries. Its purpose is to gather friends and enjoy some beer, celebrate the brewers and to unite the world under the banner of beer.

Now, on to the recipe!

Southern Recipe Small Batch’s Beer Cheese Dip 

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ cup beer of your choice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in 2 tbsp of milk until smooth. Then whisk in 2 more tbsp. Add in ¼ cup of milk and whisk until smooth, followed by the final ¼ cup of milk.
  3. Stir in the beer, Dijon, garlic powder, and cayenne. Return the pan to medium heat and stir until thick and bubbling, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Add the cheese slowly while whisking to combine.
  5. Serve with Mikesell’s potato chips and Southern Recipe pork rinds for dipping. 

Hall’s Beer Cheese Wins Annual World Beer Cheese Festival with their Hot-n-Snappy Beer Cheese

Hall’s Beer Cheese Deli July 20, 2022

Winchester, KY – Hall’s Beer Cheese, the favorite dip and spread of every tailgate and summer BBQ, took home the crown at the Annual Beer Cheese Festival on June 11, 2022. The festival, which is the only one in the world, holds contests for both amateur and professional beer cheese makers. This year, the judges selected Hall’s Hot-n-Snappy Beer Cheese as the best beer cheese in the land. The recognition and award came as no surprise to Hall’s fans or the Hall’s team, who had a great time laughing and joking with everyone who visited the Hall’s tasting tent.

We are thrilled to be recognized as The Best in beer cheese’s hometown of Winchester. We brought our A team to spread the fun, and I know we won because of who was behind the table with us. Hall’s is dedicated to ensuring that this classic Southern favorite continues to have widespread appeal to today’s consumers and to discriminating beer cheese aficionados alike. We hope that our success this year with Hot ‘n’ Snappy will make us a tough act to follow next year” – Kit Crase, Hall’s Beer Cheese Owner.

Having previously won “People’s Choice,” Hall’s, the original beer cheese, is excited for this long-awaited honor, and that it came on such a sunny, fun-filled day that perfectly matches the Hall’s Beer Cheese vibe. Hall’s is available in their home Bluegrass region along with expanded footprints including, Louisville, KY; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH, and throughout eastern Kentucky in Kroger, Liquor Barn, Costco, and Sam’s Club, along with specialty retailers and online at beercheese.com.

About Hall’s Beer Cheese:

What started as a spicy appetizer enjoyed by Central Kentuckians dining by the Kentucky River has developed into an internationally recognized brand. Taste of the South, Southern Living, The Wall Street Journal, Food Network, and others have featured the fan favorite beer cheese spread. The unique flavor of Hall’s Beer Cheese begins with aged Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese and finishes with a bit of spice that provides the “snap” to Hall’s Snappy Beer Cheese. 

Hall’s Beer Cheese is a majority female owned business based in Lexington, Kentucky. 

For more info on Hall’s Beer Cheese please visit: beercheese.com

Hall’s Beer Cheese, America’s original beer cheese, expands into the Midwest grocery giant, Hy-Vee Supermarkets.

NEWS PROVIDED BY HGPR Inc. July 14, 2022, 16:00 GMTSHARE THIS ARTICLE

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, UNITED STATES, July 14, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Hall’s Beer Cheese LLC, the company behind the original and nationally recognized Hall’s Beer Cheese expands its rapidly growing footprint into the Midwest market. Hall’s newest retail partner, Hy-Vee Supermarkets, is the perfect home for this specialty dairy dip and spread best-seller. The product has been a staple for years on the Kroger, Sam’s Club, and Liquor Barn shelves in the Southeast market, and with fans across the nation on beercheese.com. The demand for this snack-time sensation is on a huge upswing thus pushing the product beyond the regional retail border. Hy-Vee stores across Nebraska, South Dakota, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, and Iowa are currently stocking two varieties: Original Hall’s Beer Cheese and Hall’s Hot-N-Snappy.

“The response by fans has been tremendous. We are thrilled to be able to offer our Iowa customers easy shelf access to Hall’s Beer Cheese. We are grateful to the team at Hy-Vee for working with us to make this happen. We look forward to a long partnership with them as we continue to expand the brand footprint.” says Kit Crase, Hall’s Beer Cheese owner.

About Hall’s Beer Cheese:

What started as a spicy appetizer enjoyed by Central Kentuckians dining by the Kentucky River has developed into an internationally recognized brand. Taste of the South, Southern Living, The Wall Street Journal, Food Network, and others have featured the fan favorite beer cheese spread. The unique flavor

of Hall’s Beer Cheese begins with aged Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese and finishes with a bit of spice that provides the “snap” to Hall’s Snappy Beer Cheese.

Hall’s Beer Cheese is a majority female owned business based in Lexington, Kentucky.

For more info on Hall’s Beer Cheese please visit; beercheese.com

Niki Dec
HGPR Inc
+1 310-859-8870
[email protected]

Hall’s Beer Cheese Wins Annual World Beer Cheese Festival with their Hot-n-Snappy Beer Cheese

NEWS PROVIDED BYHGPR Inc. July 12, 2022, 16:00 GMT

WINCHESTER, KENTUCKY, UNITED STATES, July 12, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Hall’s Beer Cheese, the favorite dip and spread of every tailgate and summer BBQ, took home the crown at the Annual Beer Cheese Festival on June 11, 2022. The festival, which is the only one in the world, holds contests for both amateur and professional beer cheese makers. This year, the judges selected Hall’s Hot-n-Snappy Beer Cheese as the best beer cheese in the land. The recognition and award came as no surprise to Hall’s fans or the Hall’s team, who had a great time laughing and joking with everyone who visited the Hall’s tasting tent.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as The Best in beer cheese’s hometown of Winchester. We brought our A team to spread the fun, and I know we won because of who was behind the table with us. Hall’s is dedicated to ensuring that this classic Southern favorite continues to have widespread appeal to today’s consumers and to discriminating beer cheese aficionados alike. We hope that our success this year with Hot ‘n’ Snappy will make us a tough act to follow next year” – Kit Crase, Hall’s Beer Cheese Owner.

Having previously won “People’s Choice,” Hall’s, the original beer cheese, is excited for this long-awaited honor, and that it came on such a sunny, fun-filled day that perfectly matches the Hall’s Beer Cheese vibe. Hall’s is available in their home Bluegrass region along with expanded footprints including, Louisville, KY; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH, and throughout eastern Kentucky in Kroger, Liquor Barn, Costco, and Sam’s Club, along with specialty retailers and online at beercheese.com.

About Hall’s Beer Cheese:

What started as a spicy appetizer enjoyed by Central Kentuckians dining by the Kentucky River has developed into an internationally recognized brand. Taste of the South, Southern Living, The Wall Street Journal, Food Network, and others have featured the fan favorite beer cheese spread. The unique flavor of Hall’s Beer Cheese begins with aged Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese and finishes with a bit of spice that provides the “snap” to Hall’s Snappy Beer Cheese.

Hall’s Beer Cheese is a majority female owned business based in Lexington, Kentucky.
For more info on Hall’s Beer Cheese please visit: beercheese.com

Niki Dec
HGPR Inc
+1 310-859-8870
pre[email protected]

Tropical Jackfruit–Ginger Ale Sorbet with Charred Pineapple

By Sam Fore

Chef Sam Fore of the pop up Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites in Lexington, Kentucky, created this summer fruit dessert recipe for an icy, quenching sorbet of jackfruit, pineapple, and ginger ale. The sorbet has become an ever-present treat at her summer pop-up dinners, combining pineapple and jackfruit, both popular in Sri Lanka, with the spicy flavors of Ale-8-One, a Kentucky ginger ale.

Any good-quality, spicy ginger ale or ginger beer will work well in this recipe, Fore says, “but when it comes to the jackfruit, it’s important to get jackfruit in syrup, which is sweet, and not jackfruit in brine, which is savory.” Look for jackfruit at Asian grocery stores. (It’s also easy to buy jackfruit in syrup online.) Rinsing the sweet pods with a little saltwater enhances their tropical flavor.

The sorbet comes together quickly in an ice cream maker. For a final flourish, Fore caramelizes fresh pineapple under the broiler until it develops a lightly charred flavor, which she uses as a topping for the sweet-tart frozen dessert. 

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

  • 1 cup chopped (3/4-inch pieces) fresh pineapple (about 5 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar 
  • 1 cup warm water
  • ¼ cup plus 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided 
  • 1 (20-ounce) can jackfruit in syrup, drained
  • 1 (8-ounce) can pineapple juice
  • 1 (12-ounce) can Ale-8-One soda or good-quality ginger ale, chilled

Directions

Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1Preheat oven to broil with oven rack about 6 inches from heat. Spread pineapple pieces evenly on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil; sprinkle evenly with sugar. Broil in preheated oven until charred in spots, 15 to 17 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool completely, about 30 minutes. 
  • Step 2Whisk together 1 cup warm water and 1/4 cup salt in a medium bowl until salt is dissolved. Add jackfruit, and stir 30 seconds. Drain and discard saltwater.
  • Step 3Combine drained jackfruit, pineapple juice, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a blender; process until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour mixture though a fine wire-mesh strainer into a medium bowl. Carefully stir soda into mixture.
  • Step 4Pour jackfruit mixture into an ice cream maker; process according to manufacturer’s instructions. Serve immediately for a soft-serve consistency, or transfer to a shallow container, cover, and freeze until firm, about 3 hours. Garnish with charred pineapple just before serving. —Sam Fore

Make Ahead

Sorbet can be stored in an airtight container in freezer up to 2 days. Let stand at room temperature 20 minutes before serving. Charred pineapple can be stored in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 days.

Cheers to the 4th with Liquor Barn

By: Jennifer Palumbo

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Get in the July 4th spirit with spirits from Liquor Barn in Lexington.

Pam Begley, customer concierge for Liquor Barn, shows Jennifer Palumbo how to throw the perfect patriotic party with crafty cocktails, delicious dishes, and decorations.

You can place an order on the Liquor Barn app or their website Liquor Barn – Where Kentuckians go to celebrate life.

Kentucky Firecracker Liquor Barn     

1 1/2 ounces Smirnoff Red, White & Berry

1 ounce Blue Curacao

3 ounces lemonade

Mix with ice in a shaker.

Pour over ice.

Pour in 1/2-ounce of Grenadine

  1. Blackberry Blast
  2. Liquor Barn

Equal parts Ale-8-One Blackberry and Prosecco

Add fresh blackberries

  Flatboat Float

           Liquor Barn

2 ounces Flatboat Small Batch Kentucky Bourbon

2 ounces Flatboat Bourbon Barrel Chocolate Cream Liqueur

1 scoop of vanilla ice cream

1 Fitz Soda Root Beer

Winchester Beer Cheese Festival makes grand return

Published 10:17 am Monday, June 13, 2022

By Winchester Sun

By Matt Cizek

[email protected]

By the time 10 a.m. rolled around on Saturday morning in Winchester, Main Street was already beginning to be filled with fanfare. 

Before long, hundreds if not thousands of spectators  filled the streets.

For the first time since 2019, Beer Cheese Festival took place in town – making its long-anticipated return. 

As expected, dozens of food vendors were ready to participate in the competition – including returnees like Bootlegger Beer Cheese and Hall’s Beer Cheese, along with newcomers like Cajun Chef Chris and more.

“This is the premier event of the summer where lots of brands are out here,” said Kit Crase, Owner of Hall’s Beer & Cheese. “We’re proud to be one of them.” 

While traditional beer cheese was on the menu among the vendors, other flavors such as tacos, pizza, barbecue, smoked meats, and more could be found throughout the lines. 

Yet, that’s not all. 

Vendors offering drinks such as Ale-8, who also served as a sponsor for the event, were present, along with those providing sweet treats, ice cream, and more.

A bevy of non-food and drink vendors were present as well, offering conveniences such as pottery, jewelry, t-shirts, soaps, and much, much, more. 

The event was graced by many first-time visitors, along with veterans, and individuals coming back for the first time in a while. 

At day’s end, Michele Richards and Cindie Rogers’ non-alcoholic beer cheese took home first place in the Amateur contest, with Tanya Willoughby taking home 2nd place and Jason Neely taking home 3rd place. 

In the Professional contest, Hall’s Beer Cheese won first place, Bootlegger Beer Cheese finished in second place, and Smokin’ Joe’s Beer Cheese won third. 

The People’s Choice Award was won by Blue Isle Beer Cheese of Blue Isle Home-Style Restaurant and Bar.

Annual Beer Cheese Festival draws thousands to downtown Winchester

Held since 2009, the festival draws the best beer cheese vendors from across the state, all wanting to take home bragging rights.

June 11, 2022  Justin Walker

WINCHESTER, Ky (WTVQ)- A popular tradition returned to Winchester this weekend as the 12th annual Beer Cheese Festival kicked off Saturday morning in downtown.

Held since 2009, the festival draws the best beer cheese vendors from across the state, all wanting to take home bragging rights.

Thousands of people come annually to sample beer cheese recipes and vote for their favorites.

In addition to the beer cheese, there’s also live music, arts and crafts, and shopping.

“It’s awesome, I honestly did not expect it to be this big,” said Louisville resident Tyler Fitch. “It’s really cool and really unique. There’s so many people and obviously a lot of people passionate about beer cheese.

“So far, it’s been incredible,” said Lawren Brinley, who is from Alabama. “Right here, it has my vote. It’s the Kentucky Beer Cheese from Nicholasville, all hands down, absolutely.”

Money raised from the event goes back into downtown Winchester.

The 11 best things to do in and around Lexington this weekend

BY MATT WICKSTROM CONTRIBUTING WRITERJUNE 08, 2022 6:00 AM

BEER CHEESE FESTIVAL IN WINCHESTER Winchester’s 12th annual Beer Cheese Festival will once again celebrate everything about the tasty local treat on the town’s Main Street on June 11 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Activities include live music, a beer garden, an amateur beer cheese making competition, vendor’s and lots and lots of beer cheese sampling. Tickets are $10 to taste cheeses and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award. Main St, Winchester. BeerCheeseFestival.com.

Read more at: https://www.kentucky.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article262078462.html#storylink=cpy

Beer Cheese Week showcases local flavor

BY Matt Cizek

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While many businesses were understandably hurt during the COVID-19 pandemic the ordeal did produce an unexpected event that organizers hope to be a yearly tradition.

For the third straight year, Winchester restaurants are participating in Beer Cheese Week from Monday, May 23 through Sunday, May 29.

“This started during COVID when no one could go into the restaurant,” said Winchester-Clark County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cindy Banks. “[We thought] ‘How could we support our members?’ What better way than to [have customers] call in and order and we can bring it out to your car?”

Fourteen restaurants from across town that are members of the Chamber of Commerce created their own authentic beer cheese dish, meant to delight the taste buds of customers. They are Bell on Wheels, Corner Cupboard, DJ’s Steakhouse, Engine House Pizza Pub, Full Circle Market, Gaunce’s Deli & Cafe, La Trattoria, Loma’s at the Opera House, Pilot View Market, Reggie’s Bar & Grill, Smokin’ Howard’s Sports Bar and Grill, South Main Grocery and Grill, Wildcat Willy’s Distillery and Grill, and Woody’s Sports Bar and Grill.

The application of beer cheese differs at different establishments.

At Smokin Howard’s Sports Bar and Grill along Main Street, you can find it with pulled pork and waffle fries.

“We melt the beer cheese and swirl it on top of the pulled pork, then put barbecue sauce on it,” said manager Molly Carter. “This is Winchester and everybody loves beer cheese.”

Meanwhile, Wildcat Willy’s Distillery includes it as part of their patty melt sandwich.

“It comes on sourdough bread, with Mt. Folly Farm beef, grilled onions, [and] a heaping amount of beer cheese, golden brown,” General Manager Stacey Wilhoite said.

Information pertaining to the hours of each individual restaurant can be found on the home page of the Winchester Chamber of Commerce’s website. From there, you will have a simpler time planning accordingly to make sure you get to enjoy each client’s offering.

“Each dish costs $9.99,” Banks said.

After downloading the correct QR code, customers are able to cast a vote regarding which dish and – by extension – restaurant they feel has offered the most top-notch beer cheese-themed dish.

Each vote is valuable, as every individual is only allowed to do so once.

The winning restaurant earns bragging rights throughout Winchester.

“New people [come in] to try our burgers, and we get a lot of compliments,” said South Main Grocery and Grill owner Heather James, whose beer cheese burger finished in third place last year.

However, the rewards don’t stop there.

A voter of the winning restaurant will be chosen via raffle and their name announced on the Winchester Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page on Tuesday, May 31.

The result will be a pair of free tickets to the 12th Annual Beer Cheese Festival on June 11, along with a $50 gift card to the restaurant that finishes at the top.

As word of mouth and experience help make Beer Cheese Week more familiar, additional individuals can be expected to partake.

“I’m sure there’s going to be more,” Banks said. “With everyone understanding what it is this year, it should go full blast.”

Ale-8-One has a new summer soda flavor. We had people try it. Here’s what they said.

BY LEAH HUNTER

UPDATED MAY 23, 2022 11:42 AM

Kentucky-based soft drink company Ale-8-One announced recently the arrival of a limited-edition flavor. The new Blackberry Ale-8-One will officially be on sale beginning Memorial Day weekend, according to a news release. The latest flavor from the Winchester-based company that began in 1926 and has a cult-like followingcomes after Orange Cream was also sold as a limited release in 2021 and then put into full production, joining another fruity flavor, Cherry.

“It is (a) crisp, refreshing blend (of) our secret Ale-8-One recipe with a flavor of fresh, ripened blackberries that will remind you of summer blackberry picking in the Bluegrass,” Sheila Frye, a market development specialist for Ale-8-One, said.

But how does the new Blackberry Ale-8-One taste? We took a case to the streets of Lexington, and those who reviewed it had an overall positive reaction to the new flavor. “It’s very good,” said one person. “The blackberry is not too overpowering, like, sometimes you can get a blackberry that has, like, that medicine taste afterwards.” One taster likened the flavor to a less fizzy Clearly Canadian sparkling water beverage. “It’s got a nice viscosity to it,” he said after trying it. “I could tell it was blackberry without even looking at it so that’s cool. Yeah, it’s good.”

WHERE TO BUY BLACKBERRY ALE-8-ONE

The Blackberry Ale-8-One is available in four-packs for $2.99 in Lexington and $3.29 in areas outside the Lexington market, Frye said. The blackberry-flavored beverage will be available for purchase until supplies run out, Frye said. Stores that will sell the drink include Kroger, Walmart and Meijer in Louisville, Cincinnati, Pikeville, Bowling Green and most parts of western Kentucky.

Read more at: https://www.kentucky.com/article261526002.html#storylink=cpy

Kentucky soda Ale-8 has another new flavor coming out: Blackberry

Updated: 10:41 AM EDT May 18, 2022

Alex Suckow

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —

The Kentucky soda with a cult following is unveiling a new, limited-edition flavor.

Ale-8-One will soon release a Blackberry flavor.

“The brand’s newest flavor blends the fresh summer taste of blackberries with the Ale-8-One signature formula,” a brand representative said.

The new flavor will officially launch Memorial Day weekend, but there are several sampling events leading up until then.

One is at Louisville Cream at 1 p.m. on May 21. On May 25, there will be an event at Sauerbeck Family Drive-In in LaGrange at 8 p.m.

Ale-8 is nearly 100 years old. In that time, only two other flavors have been introduced: Orange Cream and Cherry. They also have sugar-free versions and caffeine-free, as well.

Click here to read the entire article and see how the soda is made here:

https://www.wlky.com/article/kentucky-soda-ale-8-has-another-new-flavor-coming-out-blackberry/40034858#