Craft Beer is not just for drinking anymore. Amazing ice cream makers and chocolatiers have been experimenting with the full flavors of stouts and farmhouse ales in delicious desserts as of late. Salt & Straw, perhaps Portland’s premiere artisan ice cream makers, have debuted a Six Pack of Beer Ice Cream flavors, each made in a collaboration with a different brewmaster. Meanwhile, Portland’s famous Moonstruck Chocolate has been experimenting with its neighbors beer, NoPo’s Occidental Brewing, to create malted dark wheat and chocolate Beer Berries.
Cherry Adam from the Wood – Alan Sprints of Hair of the Dog Brewing has been experimenting with a barrel-aging process since 1994. Barrel-aging beers for up to eight years mellows out the flavors and transforms beers to create something completely new. Finding inspiration in Hair of the Dog’s “Cherry Adam of the Wood”, Salt & Straw created a dark malty, cherry ice cream and cold steeped it in a bourbon barrel from Hair of the Dog Brewery. This is the first truly barrel-aged ice cream ever churned; it’s only fitting to have Alan Sprints at our sides for this project.
Hopped Farmhouse Ale – Based off of Commons Brewery’s “Myrtle Farmhouse Ale,” Commons has brewed a tart sour mash to show off Meridian hops. Salt & Straw uses three different methods to steep the Meridian hops in order to capture the bright aromas of peach and refreshing bitterness of grapefruit that only this variety of hops can provide in this ice cream.
Bretta Fermented Pears and Fudge – David Logsdon at Logsdon Farmhouse Ales has a lifetime of experience creating and procuring yeast strains. Using his famous Bretta yeast strain and inspiration from their “Cocoa Bretta Ale”, Salt & Straw along with Logsdon Ales has carefully fermented both Pear Juice and a malted fudge syrup to make a Bretta Pear ice cream with ribbons of Bretta Malted Fudge. The fermentation brings out a variety of flavors, as well as bringing out an entirely new dimension of flavors that marry the pear and chocolate flavors beautifully.
|Passion fruit Berliner Weisse Marmalade in Coconut Water Sorbet
Passion fruit Berliner Weisse Marmalade in Coconut Water Sorbet – Breakside Brewery is constantly pushing the limits with both flavor combinations and different brewing techniques. Using Breakside’s “Passion fruit Berliner Weisse,” S&S worked together to create a tart, lactic acid-rich, passion fruit sweetened, marmalade. Salt & Straw churned out a coconut water sorbet in order to create a subtly sweet palate to show off this one-of-a-kind marmalade.
Smoked Hefeweizen – The brewers at Widmer Brothers Brewing know how to make a Hefeweizen. To recreate that sweet malty flavor of wheat ale, S&S worked closely with Ben Dobler, the head brewer for Widmer. Salt & Straw takes a spin on the world famous Hefeweizen by smoking wheat malts and steeping them into the cream to create a Smoked Hefeweizen ice cream. The sweetness of wheat malts is the first to pop out in this ice cream; meanwhile, the subtle smokiness lingers on the palate making for the perfect beer ice cream for summer.
IPA Upside Down Cake – Gigantic Brewing Company’s Imperial IPA is laced with pineapple, citrus, and piney hop profiles along with a rich maltiness. Salt & Straw captured these flavors in ice cream by using hop-back techniques to pull out the sweet and spicy hop flavors. To punch through the tropical fruit notes, they baked off a Pineapple Upside Down Cake that is infused with hop leaf and candied tangerine zest.
Salt & Straw’s ice cream cart is available for catering parties and events. Find more information at www.saltandstraw.com or call the N.E. Alberta St. shop at 503-208-3867 or the NW 23rd Ave. shop at 971-271-8168. Follow us on Facebook at Salt and Straw Ice Cream or Twitter @SaltandStraw.
Portland-based Moonstruck Chocolate Co. is expanding its line of Tumbled™ chocolates with the addition of Dark Chocolate Tumbled Beer Berries. Currently available at Moonstruck’s five Oregon Chocolate Cafés and online, the beer berries are roasted German-style malted dark wheat tumbled with layers of the company’s signature dark chocolate, creating round berry-shaped treats.
“There’s a natural affinity between the work of our local micro-brewers and what our company strives to do with chocolate every day – from a commitment to small batch production to fully developed flavors, chocolate and craft beer definitely complement each other,” said Moonstruck Chocolate Master Chocolatier Julian Rose.
Beer Berries were inspired by a visit to next door craft brewery Occidental by Moonstruck’s Master Chocalatier and Panned Chocolate Manager. The pair was intrigued by the flavors of darker German-style wheat beers. After several rounds of experimentation, the team established on the perfect balance of malted dark wheat and chocolate.
The beer berries are entirely alcohol-free, and the name gives a nod to the dark wheat’s role in the brewing process. Dark wheat is traditionally used as an ingredient in German style wheat beers like dunkelweizen, a cousin of the more common hefeweizen. The wheat undergoes a malting process, releasing sugar and giving it a naturally sweet flavor. The wheat is then roasted, which imparts notes of coffee, caramel and even chocolate, as well as a noticeably darker color in the final beer.
Moonstruck’s Master Chocolatier recommends tasting the beer berries alongside a pint of your favorite beer for a full flavored tasting experience.
Dark Chocolate Tumbled Beer Berries are currently available at all five Portland-area Moonstruck Chocolate Cafés and on the Web at www.moonstruckchocolate.com. The suggested retail price is $6 for a four-ounce package.