A beer made for ice cream, and an ice cream made for beer. As Forest Gump might say, “We and Ben & Jerry’s are like peas and carrots again.” By now, you know the second big offering coming out of our collaboration with the famous ice creamery: Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale, an ice cream that not only pairs perfectly with our Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale, but also contains a few sneaky ingredients that should win over both ice cream and beer lovers: Malts and hops.
So did we put actual beer into the ice cream? Well, not exactly. For this particular collaboration, we brewed up something that’s more of a flavor ingredient than something you’d pop open after work, and it wasn’t easy. “What’s unique is that we were brewing something to share that really tried to speak to the essence of beer, without it really being beer,” says special projects manager Penny Gil-Stuart.
The project began on what we like to call Brewhouse 3, our mobile, home-brew-sized equipment that we occasionally use to test-brew really tiny batches. The goal was to create a liquid that could capture the flavor of beer and blend neatly into a bold, flavorful ice cream.
So what does the liquid look like? Fairly syrupy, to be honest. We included a whole bunch of pale, caramel, and chocolate malts, and a hefty dose of Nugget and U.S. Goldings hops to create a thick ingredient that’s both incredibly malty and hoppy. When it was all said and done, we shipped Ben & Jerry’s 220 kegs of the stuff to include in the Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale ice cream. Pretty neat stuff.
So, now that you know about both the beer and ice cream, there’s only one thing left to do: Drop a scoop of the ice cream into the beer, and enjoy.