Craft Beer Jelly #SundaySupper ~ Nik Snacks

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On 2:00 AM by Nikki @ NikSnacks in , , , , , ,    34 comments
It's time for Sunday Supper, y'all!

Soooo...
I am a beer aficionado. I drink beer. A lot. I even have an app for that. I spend a lot of my free time at the oldest brew pub in my city and researching what beer I should drink next. 8 out of 10 women I meet "don't like beer" or "don't drink beer" and that bothers me a little bit. OKAY--it bothers me a lot. There is a beer for EVERYONE. Whether it be an ale, lager, stout, porter, sour, lambic, or a beer cocktail--there is something for everyone to enjoy. It's just like water. Water with hops, grain or fruit and yeast in it.

That being said, I think I've come up with an idea that will turn any red-blooded person into a beer lover. I've turned beer from my favorite brewery in North Carolina into [DRUMROLL] Craft Beer Jelly.

It MUST be jelly 'cause jam DON'T shake like that!

What is craft beer?
Craft beer is beer produced in a microbrewery that produces a small amount of beer. The exact terms vary, but typically breweries that are much smaller than large-scale corporate breweries and are independently owned fall under this category. Craft beer is characterized by emphasis on quality, flavor and small-batch brewing techniques. In North Carolina, anything that produces less than 50,000 barrels of beer a year is considered a microbrewery. There are a little more than 2 kegs in a barrel and a little more than 15 gallons in a keg.

When the topic of libational recipes came up for #SundaySupper, I had no other ideas except to make jelly from beer. I've heard urban legend about this stuff and I wasn't sure I could pull it off. My first thought was to use a light lager because it's pretty, golden and yellow but then I said,"Screw that. I'm going for flavor." I used a porter which is similar to a stout. Normally, I don't like porters or stouts. At all. I don't care for beer that tastes malty, caramelly, or like drinking chocolate or coffee. Sometimes you have to take one for the team for the good of the collective and trust me--this is VERY GOOD.


When you pour the hot jelly into your jars, there will be a little foam and it will look like a simple glass of beer. You can skim off the foam, but I think it looks a little more authentic this way. I used sample glasses from a couple of my favorite NC breweries to make the jelly. You can use any kind of jar or glass you like. Also, using jar lids isn't necessary. Just as long as your vessel is clean and sterilized, you should be good.

It's sweet, with a little tang from added lemon juice with the beer flavor hitting your taste buds in the back and finishing with a light alcoholic lift with lots of malty flavor from the beer. So what do you put it on? I'm sure you've been asking yourself that for the past minute or so. Well, it's perfect to spread on your favorite sandwich bread with peanut butter or even hot, buttery biscuits fresh from the oven. You could also put it on pork, chicken wings, or even toss it with fried shrimp for a Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp kind of situation.

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Craft Beer Jelly
Makes 32oz
Adapted from culinaryarts360.com

3 cups beer
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 cups sugar
1 (3 oz) package of liquid pectin (I used Certo/Sure Jell)

In a large stock pot bring the beer to a boil, then lower the temperature so the beer is just barely simmering. Add sugar one cup at a time, stirring to make sure each cup has fully dissolved before adding the next cup. Once sugar is dissolved, add pectin and bring back up to a boil and let cook for 3 minutes. The beer will roll and foam. If need be, remove from the heat periodically so the pot doesn't boil over. Add lemon juice and pour into warm sterilized jars or glasses. Clean up rims and place on lids, if using. Loosely tighten bands so they will hold but will not leak, turn jars upside down for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes has passed turn jars right side up and let finish cooling. If not using lids, simply let the jars cool and cover tops with wax paper and seal with string for gifts.
If the jelly doesn't jell, simply re-heat jelly until simmering and add half a pouch of pectin and 3 more tablespoons of lemon juice. Re-jar and so forth.


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34 comments:

Renee said...

I have a few friends who enjoy craft beer and I think this would be a great gift for them.

Deanna Samaan said...

This sounds good!!!

Liz Berg said...

You would fit in well with my family. The men are all beer lovers...and my husbands group makes sure there is beef available at their staff meetings :) I have a feeling they'd love this jelly!

Tara Noland said...

I have never seen this before, great recipe, I love it!!

Cindys Recipes and Writings said...

I love every kind of beer, dark brews are my favs though. This is must try recipe for me Nikki!

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)n said...

Fabulous idea and very creative. And a great gift for my beer loving friends. Yup, I'm "one of those". I just don't like beer, but I totally agree with what you said, I know there's one out there that I'd like. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic idea!!

Arisuchan said...

I can totally see making sandwiches with this stuff! I bet its amazing! :)

The Ninja Baker said...

You are one clever beer-loving cooking / baking lady, Nikki. Thank you for the education in America's beloved beverage. Stout does seem to be the perfect choice for jelly =) Thanks for the recipe!

Sarah Reid said...

This is so incredibly unique, I have to try it for sure!

Ala S said...

And that......is pretty much amazing. NOVEL idea--my beer-lovin' friends are going to love this one!

Julie @ Texan New Yorker said...

This is one of the more unique food gifts I've ever seen or heard of! My beer-loving hubby would go NUTS for this! And I would too, I'm one of the 2 in 10 women you meet. Confession - I used to be one of the 8 in 10, but when I started dating my now-husband, and decided I'd like to continue being with him, liking beer became a matter of survival, lol!

Amee Livingston said...

Oh my! This is heaven!! Nik, you're a genius!

Brenda@SugarFreeMom said...

My hubby loves all kinds of draft beer, it's a great idea as a gift!

Paula-bell'alimento said...

So unique! My hubs would love this.

Martha@A Family Feast said...

What a fantastic idea! I've got to try this!! (Pinned!)

Renee Goerger said...

What a creative recipe for a craft beer lover. I would have never expected lemon juice and beer to go together, but then I never would have expected beer jelly either. What an unexpected (and fun) surprise.

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez said...

I love the idea of using this on pork or wings - but you know I'm dying for a pb&j sammich using it! This sounds amazing, I totally want to try it.

claire @ the realistic nutritionist said...

My hubby would love this, he's such a big craft beer junkie!!

Nancy Piran said...

Beer research? I'm in! I live in North Carolina so I am going to have to go looking for this beer!

Erin Dee said...

We came across some imported American craft beer today at something like Costco. Only $4-6 a bottle! We passed. ;) But if we had some, this looks like a great use of it!

Melissa Bailey said...

This would be a dream for my husband. Making it soon!

Rose | The Clean Dish said...

Soooo.... I'm one of those who doesn't really drink beer! I have actually found beer that I enjoy (and we're in NC so there is A LOT of craft beer to be had!) I love beer tasting but I rarely finish a bottle (not to mention, a pint). I'm all about wine :)

Beer jelly sounds like a total winner, though!! I have made all kinds of boozy jellies but I have never thought of beer jelly. Kudos!! :)

Unknown said...

Here is some information about me - I am German; born and raised but when I lived in Germany beer was not my favorite. Now twenty some years later I live in Portland, Oregon where craft brew is every where and I love beer. Well, I should say most - wine remains my other preferred beverage but yummy beer.

Making beer jelly sounds absolutely fantastic. Thank you for sharing ~ Bea @ The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

Anonymous said...

I've never seen Craft Beer Jelly! Love this!

Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch said...

I've never seen craft beer jelly before! This looks amazing!

Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic said...

"It MUST be jelly 'cause jam DON'T shake like that!" Bwahaha! I have GOT to try this jelly!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

This sounds amazing! I had no idea you could make jelly out of beer...yum!

Angie Barrett said...

Oh my! I didn't even know Beer Jelly existed! Oh and what a fantastic idea to put the jelly in beer glasses!

Katie @ The Perfect Brownie said...

I rarely have beer, but I do like a good vanilla porter while cooking Thanksgiving. :)

Have you ever tried Abita Purple Haze? It's really refreshing.

Didn't know you could make jelly from beer. Learn something new every day!

Unknown said...

Did anyone actually try and make this, of those that commented? I am trying and not sure it is setting. Liquid in jars. It's been an hour since I sealed them up. Wondering if I just wasted a bunch of nice homebrew, organic sugar, and organic lemons.

Anonymous said...

I just made this.... the jars have a nice "head" on them. When I turned upside down they got mixed up, so I decided to chill them right side up..... it smells great! I added 1/4 c apple cider vinegar and used "pamonas universal pectin" that I found at Whole Foods. I used Shock Top beer.... I'll give it a try in the morning. Do I put it in the fridge after it's cooled? I'm going to leave it out until I open it to test. It sure looks gorgeous, just don't turn upside down, this mixes up the "head", unless I should let the "head" settle before I cap them.... this is my first time making anything like this.... they are literally still warm. We'll see.... I want to give them as Christmas gifts. Thanks for the recipe!!!

Shannon said...

I maade this yesterday and it is SOOOOO good! I can't believe it! The "foam Head" on top, gives it a festive look and makes it really look like a beer! The flavor, I used Shock Top, is amazing! I put it on some smoked chicken and it was amazing! Sounds weird and strainge, but it is fun and exciting!!! Thank you!!

Nikki said...

I'm sorry I was unable to help you while you were making this. Next time, email me at niksnacksblog at gmail dot com