The brew lover's pantry

Beer-based snacks, condiments and unusual quaffs.

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  • Photograph: Lauren Foy

    Anette's Chocolates Micro Brew Beer Brittle

    Anette's Chocolates Micro Brew Beer Brittle Craft ales sourced from breweries around Napa Valley amplify the earthy flavors of this classic crunchy peanut brittle. We like the "Firey" version, dusted with powdered chili de rbol. Available at Dean & DeLuca, 560 Broadway at Prince St (212-226-6800). 8oz bag $9.95.

  • Photograph: Lauren Foy

    Liddabit Beer and Pretzel Caramels

    Liddabit Beer & Pretzel Caramels
    These luscious caramels, made with Ronnybrook heavy cream and cane sugar, get a crunchy, salty snap from shards of Martin's pretzels and malty bitterness from Brooklyn Brown and East India Pale ales. Available at picerie Boulud, 1900 Broadway at 64th St (212-595-9606). $1.50 each.

  • Photograph: Lauren Foy

    Roni-Sue Sack O' Suds Brew Lover's Combo

    Roni-Sue Sack O' Suds Brew Lover's Combo
    The molasses-like syrup---drizzled over pretzels, nuts, popcorn and candied mustard seeds in this mixed bag of treats---is a sticky reduction of IPA mixed with Brown Ale or Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery. Roni-Sue's Chocolates, Essex Street Market, 120 Essex St at Delancey St (212-260-0421). $35.

  • Photograph: Lauren Foy

    Beertaffy

    Beertaffy
    Steve Casselman, a Santa Clara, California, home brewer, and his wife developed these chewy taffies using beers from Pike Brewing Company in Seattle. The lighter-colored candies are made with IPA, while the darker ones contain malty, chocolaty stout. Available at beercandy.com. 8oz bag $10.50.

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    Quay Street Brewing Company Pure Malt Vinegar

    Quay Street Brewing Company Pure Malt Vinegar
    Light-bodied and mildly hoppy Michigan Cream Ale is the base for this amber-colored vinegar, which matures for a minimum of ten weeks before bottling. The Quay Street Brewery in Port Huron, Michigan, makes about only ten gallons of the tart stuff at a time, which means it can be hard to come by in NYC. If you're lucky enough to score a bottle, use it to douse winter greens or brighten a classic potato salad. Available at Beer Table Pantry, Grand Central Terminal, Graybar Passage, Lexington Ave between 43rd and 44th Sts (212-922-0008). 10oz bottle $12.75.  Also available at quaybrewing.com; 10oz bottle $7.99.

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    Schneider Weisse Weissbieressig

    Schneider Weisse Weissbieressig
    G. Schneider & Sohn, which has been churning out suds in Kelheim, Germany, since 1872, teamed up with acclaimed vinegar producer Erwin Gegenbauer to create this pantry homage to the brewery's Aventinus Wheat-Doppelbock. The fermented beer vinegar spends 12 months in oak barrels to coax out its cherry, vanilla and clove notes. Sprinkle it on raw or cooked meats, or dash it over roasted potatoes. Available at The Cannibal, 113 E 29th St between Park and Lexington Aves (212-686-5480). 250ml bottle $22.

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    Gegenbauer Beer Vinegar

    Gegenbauer Beer Vinegar
    Fans of the English classic fish-and-chips will want to have a bottle of this unfiltered and unpasteurized Bier Essig (beer vinegar) on hand. To make the cloudy condiment, staffers at the Hofstetten Brewery in Upper Austria drop white-hot stones into mashed grains, caramelizing the malt and teasing out smoky roasted caramel flavors. The resulting Granit Bock is then injected with pure cultured bacteria to produce this tart and yeasty vinegar. Available at Dean & DeLuca, 560 Broadway at Prince St (212-226-6800). 8.5oz bottle $30.

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    Dogfish Head Noble Rot

    Dogfish Head Noble Rot
    This "sorta-saison" blurs the line between beer and wine. Unfermented juice (referred to as "must") from viognier grapes is infected with a fungus that concentrates its sweetness, then blended with pilsner and wheat malts, plus Belgian yeast. The funky liquid is a champagne lover's beer---clean, effervescent and fruity, with a dry, metallic finish. Available at Eataly, 200 Fifth Ave between 23rd and 24th Sts (212-229-2560). 750ml bottle $15.80.

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Liddabit Sweets Stout-Gingerbread Caramels

    Liddabit Sweets Stout-Gingerbread Caramels
    Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout is mixed with spices like clove, cardamom, allspice, nutmeg and ginger to give these pretty caramels a palate-warming wallop. Available at Northern Spy Food Co., 511 E 12th St between Aves A and B (212-228-5100). $1 each.

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Arrogant Bastard Ale "The Burning Trinity of Bastard Hot Sauces"

    Arrogant Bastard Ale "The Burning Trinity of Bastard Hot Sauces"
    Each of these three spicy sauces is stewed with a different ale from Stone's Arrogant Bastard series. The Double Burn Habaero is the most aggressive of the bunch, while the Jalapeo Heat offers a more subdued fire. Those who favor a smoky sauce should go with the Chipotle, which relies on Oaked Arrogant Bastard aged with wood chips. Available at stonecompanystore.com. Three-pack $20.

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    Hopdrops

    Hopdrops
    These suckers are made with American Cascade hop oil, which gives them a citrusy, floral flavor and a long, bitter finish---perfect for when you can't get your hands on a pint. Available at City Swiggers, 320 E 86th St between First and Second Aves (212-570-2000). 25 each.

  • Photograph: Lauren Foy

    Classick Bierschnapps

    Classick Bierschnaps
    Vodka loyalists will appreciate this spirit, crafted by Silicon Valley distiller Dave Classick. The crisp and clean tipple starts life as a California pale ale, run through a copper alembic still. The process produces a clear, potent quaff that's similar to an unaged single-malt whiskey; it's best served very cold over ice, mixed into a lime rickey or into a classic martini. Available at caddellwilliams.com. 750ml bottle $36.

  • Photograph: Lauren Foy

    Acetoria: Essig aus Bayrischem Doppelbockbier

    Acetoria: Essig aus Bayrischem Doppelbockbier
    This dark, viscous and unpronounceable German beer vinegar is made with a Bavarian double bock. The tongue-coating condiment boasts notes of chocolate and coffee, with bright acidity and a floral nose. Drizzle it over fresh fruit or ice cream, or use it as a salad or meat dressing. Available at Beer Table Pantry, Grand Central Terminal, Graybar Passage, Lexington Ave between 43rd and 44th Sts (212-922-0008). 8.5oz bottle $40.

  • Photograph: Lauren Foy

    Kiuchi No Shizuku

    Kiuchi No Shizuku
    Japanese distillery Kiuchi is behind this floral
    and herbaceous beer brandy. The name translates to "first drip from the distillation kettle," a reference to the liquid's production: Hitachino Nest White Ale is distilled with hops, orange peel and coriander, and then matured in oak barrels, yielding a light and dry beer-liquor hybrid with notes of juniper. Available at Frankly Wines, 66 West Broadway between Murray and Warren Sts (212-346-9544). 200ml bottle $18.37.

  • Aventinus Edelster

    Aventinus Edelster
    German beer heavyweights G. Schneider & Sohn twice-distill their Aventinus wheat doppelbock, a dark, full-bodied wheat beer, to create three varieties of this 90-proof grain alcohol. The Fresh selection is clear in color and spends no time aging; another logs 16 months in French chardonnay barrels; while the last is aged for 36 months in M. Couvreur whiskey barrels before it is ready for sipping. Available at Astor Wines & Spirits, 399 Lafayette St at Fourth St (212-674-7500). 750ml bottle $74.99.

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    Nunu Chocolates Beer Box
    For her Beer Box truffles, Brooklyn chocolatier Justine Pringle pours suds like Old Rasputin Imperial Stout and Pretty Things Our Finest Regards directly into velvety, dark-chocolate ganache. Available at Nunu Chocolates, 529 Atlantic Ave between Third and Fourth Aves, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (917-776-7102). Box of six $12.

  • Photograph: Lauren Foy

    Ipswich Ale Brewery Stone Ground Mustard

    Ipswich Ale Brewery Stone Ground Mustard
    Made at Raye's Mustard Mill of Eastport, Maine, this classed-up condiment combines stone-ground whole mustard seeds, brown sugar, vinegar and an Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery to create a mild and sweet spread. Available at mustardmuseum.com. 10oz jar $7.25. 

  • My Friend's Mustard Jalapeo IPA Mustard

    My Friend's Mustard Jalapeo IPA Mustard
    Pickled jalapeos and Sixpoint Bengali Tiger IPA add a briny, hoppy punch to this locally made whole-grain mustard. Add a dab to franks, burgers or sausages. Available at the Shop at Andaz 5th Avenue, 485 Fifth Ave at 41st St (212-601-1234). 6oz jar $8.50.

  • Photograph: Naomi Ellenson

    Orwasher's Ale Bread

    Orwasher's Bakery Ale bread
    Upper East Side bread maker Orwasher's bakes Sixpoint's Otis Stout right into this thick-crusted wonder, resulting in a chewy, slightly malty loaf that goes great with a generous hunk of mature cheddar. Available at Orwasher's Bakery, 308 E 78th St between First and Second Aves (212-288-6569 ext 14). $5.25.

Photograph: Lauren Foy

Anette's Chocolates Micro Brew Beer Brittle

Anette's Chocolates Micro Brew Beer Brittle Craft ales sourced from breweries around Napa Valley amplify the earthy flavors of this classic crunchy peanut brittle. We like the "Firey" version, dusted with powdered chili de rbol. Available at Dean & DeLuca, 560 Broadway at Prince St (212-226-6800). 8oz bag $9.95.

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