Wednesday, October 23, 2013

*Craft Beer Belly* MANTRY for September Review

September marked MANTRY's One Year Anniversary & to celebrate they sent a superb crate filled with 6 products from creators who were inspired by small-batch beers. There is also bacon involved. I told you this crate was suberb didn't I? 
This review is quite late due to our MANTRY being shipped out late, it actually just arrived at the end of last week. While it was a bummer having to wait for it arrive, MANTRY handled the late shipment professionally & it was certainly worth waiting for. 


If you've ever made beer bread before than you know that beer works in baking. MANTRY mentions the history behind beer & baking going all the way back to 4000BC in the Fertile Crescent. Somehow the combination has sort of gotten lost & forgotten, until Baron Maria Walley transformed the pairing into these complex little crackers. Made with whole grains & beer these crackers are quite sturdy, making them the perfect companion for dips & entertaining. They are also available in a Porter variety. 

P&H Soda Co. Sarsaparilla Syrup ($10.00)
Sarsaparilla has been commonly referred to as the original Root Beer, this version from P&H has a lighter, cleaner flavor extracted from the real thing with no chemical nastiness. MANTRY suggests using the syrup to add an adult twist to a ice cream float. Vanilla ice cream, sarsaparilla syrup & an ounce of bourbon. We tried it out last night & it was really delicious, the Sarsaparilla syrup was a little sweet when combined with the vanilla ice cream, I think we might try to find another way to use this syrup soon.

Liddabit Sweet Beer & Pretzel Caramels ($8.00)
You can offically add Liddabit Sweets to the list of places I want to visit in Brooklyn someday. There is a team of 5 behind all of the wonderful treats coming out of Liddabit's shop. These Beer & Pretzel Caramels are made with Brooklyn Brewery Ale, locally sourced Ronnybrook Dairy Cream & chunks of Martin's Pretzels which are made in the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. I do have to admit that Justin & I were not huge fans of these caramels, I can't say that I would want to repurchase them, I would like to order 1 of each of the candy bars from Liddabit.

Anarchy in a Jar Spiced Beer Jelly ($8.75)
Another delicious creation in a jar? Of course it's from Brooklyn. MANTRY notes that there are two things Brooklyn is really good at right now, beer & canning. Without MANTRY we would truly be missing out on the interesting & tasty concoctions in a jar. This Spiced Beer Jelly is made with Sixpoint Craft Ale & local apples from Terhune Ochards, it's finished off with exotic spices like grains of paradise & black cardamom. We have been eating a lot of soups, sandwiches & salads for lunch & dinner lately, so this will give us something different to add into the mix of spreadable goodness for cold cuts & bread from North Star Bakery.

Broadbent's Dry Cured Peppered Bacon ($7.73)
If you were wondering what product Justin was the most excited about from the September MANTRY, it was certainly this Hickory Smoked Pepper Country Bacon. This dry cured selection, comes from a long line of perfection by Broadbent's. Starting in 1909 the company has won over 14 Kentucky State Fair Championships including a Grand Champion Ham that was auctioned off for charity for $1.6 million in 2010. I think it's safe to assume that when we fry this bacon up this weekend it is going to be fantastic

Slant Shack Jerky Bronze Pale Ale Beef Jerky ($10.00)
This jerky came in a very, very close second to the Broadbent's bacon as Justin's favorite item from MANTRY last month. Dave Koretz & Josh Kace are using grass-fed beef from the Vermont Highland Cattle Company & craft beer to create this artisan staple. I think Justin will be taking this bag to work with him or snacking on it with a cold beer in one hand on the couch sometime soon.

 Hooray to MANTRY for a very successful first year!

All of Septembers beer & bacon friends, don't they just look so perfect together? :)

Alright guys, that is the end of the September MANTRY review. MANTRY subscriptions are $75 a month & if you are interested in your very own click here.

as always, love from alaska