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Posted May 9, 2012 By Marissa DeSantis
Lake Erie Monster stories are like fish stories. Drink a few of these handcrafted Imperial IPAs and you're bound to start boasting and weaving wild tales of mythic proportions. Drink more and you might even have visions of South Bay Bessie, the freshwater cryptid for which our Lake Erie Monster is named, lifting her scaly head above the surface of Lake Erie. Or the Cuyahoga River. Or a kiddie pool. Actually, if you see Bessie in a kiddie pool, take it easy. You've probably had too many.
A lot of you have displayed a cultish devotion to our sometimes elusive, always delicious summer seasonal. If there were a tribute band based on a beer, we're pretty confident that the South Bay Bessie Experience would sell out shows at the Beachland.
Knowing all of this, we've got a few things to keep you busy until there's a Bessie sighting in your area. First, follow us on Twitter. We'll use the #LEM12 hashtag to track the movement of our favorite imperial lake monster. Feel free to join in and Tweet your Lake Erie Monster experience.
And I know it sounds crazy to ask you to do anything with Lake Erie Monster that doesn't involve drinking it, but check out this great coconut pineapple curry recipe with Lake Erie Monster, inspired by yours truly and fully and tastily realized by our local foods liason Richard Basich.
And finally, we want to know what your Lake Erie Monster story is. Tell us what Lake Erie Monster means to you and we'll send a cool piece of GLBC merchandise to the teller of our favorite tale. Get creative--that's what fish stories (and beer stories) are for. Leave your story in a comment below by May 16 to be considered.
Oh, and keep your sea legs and your wits about you, sailor. Lake Erie Monster may be hitting shelves sooner than you think.
Coconut Pineapple Curry with Lake Erie Monster Imperial India Pale Ale
By Local Foods Liason Richard Basich
-2 tbsp peanut oil (or other oil)
-1 onion, julienned
-1 red pepper, julienned
-2 carrots, diced
-1 zucchini, diced
-1 c pineapple, diced
-1 c agua de coco (coconut water. Substitute coconut milk for a thicker sauce).
-1 c Lake Erie Monster Imperial IPA
-2 tbsp red curry paste (or to taste)
-10 basil leaves julienned (Thai basil if available)
-1 c. diced pineapple
In a sauce pot heat oil and sautee onions and peppers on medium-high heat for five minutes or until soft. Lower heat to medium, add carrots, zucchini, and curry paste and stir well. Cook for two minutes over medium heat stirring regularly so as not to burn curry. Add Lake Erie Monster and agua de coco and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and cook until carrots are soft. Remove from heat and stir in pineapple and basil. Serve over rice. Curry would be delicious with a piece of grilled chicken or your favorite vegetables.