Bold Bites: Hercules Bó Kho

IMG_3528Bold Bites is our way of combining two of our favorite things, great beer and great food.


This Bold Bites collaboration is the brainchild of chef Ryan Gorby from Cho 77, a Baker hot spot and the sister restaurant to ChoLon. Ryan created a take on a traditional Vietnamese dish, Bó Kho, that you can make right
at home using our Hercules Double IPA. Swing into Cho77 on South Broadway to experience their brilliant menu focused on modern interpretations of Southeast Asian street food.



Bó KhoIMG_3564

Serves 4


  • 2 lbs of Beef Chuck or Stewing Meat cut into 1 ½ inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp Ginger, peeled and minced
  • ¼ cup Fish Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Curry Powder
  • 2 tbsp Brown or Palm SugarIMG_3531
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 Yellow Onion (medium-sized), diced
  • 4 Star Anise, whole
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 stalk Lemongrass, cut into thirds and bruised
  • ¾ lb Carrot, peeled and cut into 1 inch segments
  • 2 cups Canned Tomato, crushed
  • 1 ½ cup Beef Broth
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Bottle Great Divide Hercules Double IPA


Mix beef with the ginger, curry powder, sugar, and fish sauce and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes.  In a medium sized pot, heat the oil gently over low-medium heat. Next add the garlic, onions, and paprika and sweat lightly for about 2 minutes. Add the whole star anise, cinnamon stick, and bruised lemongrass pieces to cook for another 2 minutes.

IMG_3615Next, add in the marinated beef and cook while stirring for about 5 minutes.  After the beef is cooked, add in the carrots, tomato, broth, salt and the beer to cover the beef. Bring to a light simmer and cook uncovered until the beef is tender. When you are ready to serve, remove the lemongrass, cinnamon stick, and star anise pieces to avoid any surprises while eating.

Serve with shaved red onion, scallions and beer pickled garlic (see recipe below) over rice or with slices of fresh baguette.

IMG_3626Note: 2 tsp of Chinese five spice powder can be used in place of the Star Anise and Cinnamon stick but it should be added to the pot when the beef is added.


Beer Pickled Garlic


  • 1 cup Rice Vinegar
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • ½ cup Great Divide Hercules Double IPA
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 8 Cloves of Garlic, thinly sliced


Combine all the ingredients, except for the garlic, in a small pot and gently heat while stirring.  Heat just until all the sugar and salt have been dissolved, cool the liquid to room temperature and pour over the sliced garlic.  Allow the garlic to pickle for at least 8 hours before using.




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