One of the more delicious side effects of the craft beer resurgence is the trend of artisanal food purveyors using beer in their products. And this Valentines Day, if you’re looking for something special for your beer-loving significant other, here are some beer sweets and treats you can find in NYC:
Beer and Pretzel Caramels
Available to purchase online, at Liddabit’s flagship store in Chelsea Market, and at various other locations throughout the city.
This candy company produces candy bars, caramels, lollipops, popcorn and a bevvy of other sweets, all made in Brooklyn. These Beer and Pretzel caramels are made with Brooklyn Brewery Brown Ale and East India IPA, and pieces of Martin’s pretzels. Also included in the mixture is heavy cream from Ronnybrook Farm Dairy, located in Upstate New York. Liddabit was founded in 2009 by Liz Gutman and Jen King, who are committed to using local and seasonal ingredients in their wares.
Available for purchase online, at Nunu’s flagship Brooklyn store, and at various locations throughout the city.
As a child, Justine Pringle’s mother called her “Nunu.” She started her company Nunu Chocolates with her husband Andy Laird. They produce all their chocolates at their flagship Brooklyn store, located at 529 Atlantic Ave., between 3rd and 4th avenues. Their Beer Box has an assortment of six truffles, all made using beer in the ganache. There’s also beer on rotating taps at Nunu’s shop.
Floyd Beer Cheese
Available to purchase online, at Floyd NY and at various locations throughout the city.
In 2004, Jim Carden, Andrew Templar and Kevin Avanzato – the team behind Brooklyn’s Union Hall and The Bell House – opened The Floyd, also in Brooklyn. Because NYC law requires that every bar offer food, the trio decided to create their own, and Floyd Beer Cheese was born. It’s available in three flavors: original, spicy jalapeno and smokey bacon.
Bronx Brewery Pale Ale Jerky
Available to order online and at various locations throughout the city, including Whole Foods.
Created by a group of friends under a slanted roof in New York City, SlantShack Jerky aims to be an elevated craft beer snack, like “a steak in your pocket.” In 2012 SlantShack partnered with The Bronx Brewery to produce Bronx Pale Ale Jerky. It’s made using the beer as a marinade.
Available at the Brinery Store in Brooklyn, the Pickle Shack in Brooklyn, and at various locations throughout the city, including Whole Foods.
In 2012 Brooklyn Brine, a Brooklyn-based pickle company, collaborated with Dogfish Head to create Hop-Pickles. Head briner and founder Shamus Jones uses Cascade hop oil and 60-Minute IPA to make the pickles.
Available to order online, in the Essex Street Market at 120 Essex St., and also at 148 Forsyth St., between Delancey and Rivington.
Rhonda “Roni-Sue” Kave owns and operates Roni Sue’s Chocolates, producing everything from popcorn, to lollipops, to truffles. The BeerCorn is beer and pretzel caramel corn with candied mustard seeds. The popcorn is locally grown, the beer is from Brooklyn Brewery and the pretzels are from Martin’s.
Available to order online and at various locations throughout the city.
Sfoglini produces this pasta in collaboration with the Bronx Brewery. It’s made from spent grain – five different barley malts. Started by Steve Gonzalez and Scott Ketchum, Sfoglini is based in Brooklyn and offers small batch pastas in a variety of different flavors.