Monday, December 13, 2010

Beer isn't just for drinking

The November issue of BeerAdvocate magazine had a recipe for cranberry sauce made with Ommegang Three Philosophers.  I thought it sounded delicious and finally got a chance to test it out.
Add 12oz cranberries, 1c honey, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1c dried cherries, 1tsp kosher salt, and 2 sliced oranges to the pot.  Pour the Three Philosophers over the top as seen above.  Reserve a little for the chef.

After the head settles down, you get a nice looking pot of stuff.  Put it on the stove, bring it to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, then lower the heat and simmer.  The recipe calls for 15 minutes of simmering, but I left it on for like 45 minutes to an hour and thought it ended up awesome.  The longer simmer time lets the cranberries and oranges fall apart and the sauce ends up much thicker.  Continue stirring when the urge strikes you to keep a skin from forming and to let all the cranberry cook evenly.
Tastes sweet and delicious but be aware it makes quite a bit.  It's going to last me a few days at least.


  1. Looks good, Rich! Could you actually taste the beer at all or did it just taste like cranberries?

  2. You could sort of taste the fruitiness of the quad but I think you'd have to know what you are looking for to notice it.