Summertime Party Pick |

Summertime Party Pick

Tommyknocker Brewery’s Ornery Amber is an “amber with an attitude.”

The brisk flavor, rich ruby color, and extra crisp finish creates an award winning Vienna style lager. Ornery Amber is brewed with high-quality blend of European hops, malted barley and cool mountain water.

The microbrew won the 2000 North American Brewers Assoc. Silver Medal, 2002 NABA Silver Medal, 2002 World Beer Cup Silver Medal, 2002 CO State Fair Gold Medal, 2003 CME Vail – Best Lager, 2003 NABA Gold Medal, 2004 Craft Lager Fest Gold Medal and the 2005 Colorado State Fair Bronze Medal.

Try a Tommyknocker brew at the KDNK Blues and Brew Fest from 2-9 p.m. Saturday.

– 4 4-oz. fresh bratwurst (or cooked or smoked varieties)

– 2 tablespoons bacon fat, lard or olive oil

– 3 cups thinly sliced onion, about 12 ounces (2 medium yellow onions)

– 1/8 teaspoon sugar

– 12 ounces dark or amber beer

– 2 bay leaves

– 2 tablespoons coarse-ground country-style mustard

– 4 crusty hoagie or Italian rolls, split

Heat fat in 12-inch, deep skillet over medium heat. Add onions and sugar, stir well to coat with fat. Saute onions, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes, or until starting to turn golden brown.

Add beer, scraping up any browned bits from bottom of pan.

Add bay leaves, lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Stir mustard into onions, remove from heat and set aside, discarding bay leaves.

Grill bratwurst over medium-hot fire, turning to brown evenly, until nicely browned and internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. on an instant-read meat thermometer.

Remove from grill and add to skillet with onions.

Over medium heat, cook and stir until sauce becomes syrupy. Serve bratwurst in rolls, generously smothered with mustardy onions. Serves four.

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