So you may have noticed that I recently got my hands on something rather unique, from Hop’t. A dark and herbal, stout-inspired sauce which was actually part of a three pack.
So expect to see a little more of their range, in the coming weeks but, for now, I’d like to feature an old favourite that their hop-forward flavour reminded me of: Ginger Beard’s Preserves.
In the past, I thoroughly enjoyed a few of their products but it was their use of Electric Bear Brewing Co.’s pale ale, with its yuzu-like tropical fruit and citra-hop flavour, inparticular, that really won me over. It simply made the most amazing piccalilli.
So, today, I’d like to take a look at another of their beer-based collaborations and see if it holds up just as well. Specifically, this Chipotle Ketchup, infused with The Moor Beer Co.’s Porter:
Ahoy there, maties! It’s valentine’s day and I’ve got some explaining to do after that piratical greeting but first, if you’ll let me, I’d like to be serious for a moment.
You see, this year, this very day, a company that I love is going out of business. One that’s close to my heart. One that’s been with me since the beginning.
As I mentioned in my introduction to them, the Chilli Alchemist were a real favourite of mine. Folks who made some of the most delicious and delightfully wacky products out there. Who were a big inspiration for me becoming a reviewer. And who were kind enough to help me out with popping candy samples when my own finances were at their lowest.
They were small, yet successful and have had a huge impact on both my cooking and my life as a whole but, at the end of today, they’re going away due to the owners’ declining health.
So I’d like to recommend that you slide on over to the link in my sidebar to check them out and try something from their range. Perhaps their delightful matcha sauce or the Book of Melliculus – A gift set of all four of their amazing popping candy flavours.
And, if you’re getting here after the fourteenth of february 2019, why not check out one of their parting recommendations instead? That’s what I’m going to be doing for the rest of today.