We have several recipes for wine jelly but neither of us are fans of wine. It interested us whether we could create jelly from beer instead of wine. Sure enough, we found a few recipes for beer jelly. We could easily have used any craft beer but we decided to go local and use something from the Captain Lawrence brewery. We made two different versions of Captain Lawrence beer jelly using their Captain’s kolsch and Liquid gold.
We used a traditional green apple jelly background to gel up an otherwise pectin-free mixture. Then we layered in a selection of spices to highlight the different flavor profiles of the two different beers – the fruitiness, the spicy citrus. With the amount of flavor depth the beer developed in brewing, it’s really fun highlighting and adding to the mix.
This is definitely a savory jelly and goes well with meats. Glazing chicken, on bacon, topping a hamburger or hot dog and we were recently informed it paired well with brie, which comes as no surprise. It also makes a very pretty jelly. It had a warm glowing jewel quality, with tiny flecks of spice held in suspension throughout.