The first time I tired a beer mac & cheese, it was bad – reaaaaaallly bad. I used a hoppy pale ale, which in retrospect, was definitely not the best choice. That was about a year ago now, and a recent trip to Dogfish Head’s Brewpub got me thinking about the concept again. They have a delicious porcini macaroni and cheese on the menu there. We’d been planning a trip there for about a month now, but keep having to put it off for one reason or another – sickness, hurricanes, whatever. So, I made my own version at home this week – adding in a bit of our home brewed pumpkin ale, and it turned out absolutely incredible. Maybe even better than the original!

It’s really no more effort than a standard macaroni and cheese recipe, aside from soaking the porcini mushrooms before hand. It never ceases to amaze me the flavor punch that those little dried mushrooms contain. Love, love, love them! I’ve already added it to our menu for next week, this one is most definitely a winner!


  1. Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:25 AM | Permalink

    I cannot wait to try this!

  2. Posted November 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM | Permalink

    I wish I knew about beer like you do. I tried a beer mac & cheese once and like your first one, it was horrible. I need to go search for the Dogfish one to use.

  3. Posted November 3, 2012 at 3:33 PM | Permalink

    This looks awesome! Love the combo of the ale and porcini. Yum.

  4. Posted November 5, 2012 at 6:27 AM | Permalink

    hi Laura! oh my goodness. I love a good pumpkin mac n cheese recipe! this is the first recipe EVER, though,that i’ve seen with a pumpkin ALE! I love this combination – love love love! i am obsessed with pumpkin beer this time of year (wish we could have it all year round!!)

  5. Posted November 7, 2012 at 1:04 PM | Permalink

    I had the exact same experience the first time I made mac and cheese with beer (though in retrospect, the entire recipe was probably trying a little too hard). I have some Pumpkin beer in my fridge and I’m thinking this is going on the menu plan for the week!

  6. Posted November 13, 2012 at 12:54 PM | Permalink

    Yum, this sounds awesome! Love the flavor combo.

  7. ktb
    Posted December 25, 2014 at 7:25 PM | Permalink

    The flavor was excellent and I will definitely make this again. However, there are a couple of things I would do differently. It was a little too dry. I would make a little more sauce and definitely add more ale (I couldn’t taste the pumpkin in it). I used Wasatch Pumpkin Ale, which on it’s own has a great flavor. I think 1 cup of bread crumbs was slightly too much as well. But that’s just my personal preference. Also I cooked it at 350 for 1 hour and it was a little too long. Overall great recipe. Thank you!

  8. Posted February 3, 2015 at 10:48 AM | Permalink

    Looks Great! Thanks for the recipe.

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