Spreadable Beer Is a Real Thing ... And Itâ€™s Delicious
Geege Schuman stashed this in Beer
Beer jelly is exactly what it sounds like.
Instead of starting with fruit juice or pulp, you boil beer with the requisite sugar and pectin, stick it in a jar, and let it set. When everything cools down, youâ€™ve got a loose jelly that tastes a lot like the original beer but with a little more body and none of the alcohol. (Sad, if more socially acceptable, I know.)
People are selling it on Etsy?!
AÂ quickÂ search on EtsyÂ will turn up countless people making beer jellyÂ at home and selling it to fellow members of theÂ cross-stitchÂ set, but since both alcohol and preserving are involved, Iâ€™m sticking to the professionally made stuff. For that, Vermontâ€™sÂ Potlicker KitchenÂ is leading the commercial-kitchen charge here in the States. (In Italy thereâ€™sÂ Birra Spalmabile, aÂ strange, spreadable chocolatey paste thatâ€™s as ifÂ Nutella had a wild night with a Peroni. But thatâ€™s another story.)Â
I decided to try three of Potlickerâ€™s jelliesâ€”IPA, oatmeal stout, and apricot aleâ€”along with â€śbeer butterâ€ť fromÂ Brooklynâ€™sÂ Anarchy in a JarÂ for good measure. (Not butter butter, but apple butter-based.)Â
Resist the urge to pairÂ each jelly with the beer itâ€™s made from, though; that would just be boring.
I gotta try this.
If you love the taste of beer but canâ€™t afford to spend your dayÂ wasted, youâ€™ll be pleased to know an Italian company has invented a non-alcoholic spread that isÂ 40% beer. Itâ€™s calledÂ Birra Spalmabile (or spreadable beer) and although itâ€™s been in production sinceÂ 2012, itÂ just hit international marketsÂ through online retailerÂ Firebox.
The condiment is the result of a collaboration betweenÂ Alta QuotaÂ breweryÂ and NapoleoneÂ chocolate company, and is being marketed as a hop-flavored accompaniment forÂ cheese (nice knowing you, quince jam) or a toppingÂ for toast. Check out the 2013 Bloomberg News video above for more recipe suggestions including crepes and tarts.
All photos:Â Firebox
According to Fireboxâ€™sÂ product description,Â spreadable beer has aÂ â€śsticky yet smooth texture and an irresistible hoppy scent.â€ť TheÂ single (positive)Â onlineÂ review gives a similar account, saying it tastes weirdly like beerÂ â€śbut with a soft, gooey textureâ€ť and thatÂ â€śitâ€™s like nothing else youâ€™ve ever eaten,â€ť whichÂ is true, but weâ€™re willing to try.
Is that... Beer Nutella?!
I would think that the problem with beer jelly is that it's not tart enough. I had a coworker once who owned a small home vineyard, and she would make INCREDIBLE jellies from her wine grapes. The amazing thing to me is what a great way it was to learn the difference between the varietals: cabernet, merlot, and zinfandel all tasted very different. But they were all much tarter than beer.
Yeah, I think of beer notes as bitter not tart.
While searching BeerAdvocate.com for jelly info I found the inverse: Â Jelly-flavored beer! Â
PS. I'm jelly of your wine jelly connection. Â :)
Yeah, there is really nothing better than homemade kitchen plunder!