Bryan's Choices

I have a weird obsession with Tessellation. Plain and simple. Huge ripe mango aroma with a chaotic underpinning of sharp tangerine, blueberry and subtle pine qualities. It's just a intensely complex beer that's relatively simple in nature. And the fruit-forwardness of Mosaic really brings something special to an IPA. So given it's fruity nature, Tessa IPA fits perfectly with a sometimes divisive side: cranberry sauce. Citrus qualities in the beer reinforce the orange zest, plus its lower IBU count won't contribute much as far as bitterness to the finished sauce and mango. Who doesn't like mango? 


Not the canned Ocean Spray crap that you have to shake out onto a plate then cut with your mom's olive green-handled knife set from 1981. You know, the ones she digs out twice a year because grandma will melt down if she doesn't use it. I mean fresh cranberries reduced with sugar, zested orange and a bit of mace and cinnamon. I usually make this sauce to go with roasted duck when I get the opportunity to cook for Thanksgiving because turkey sucks. I said it. Turkey is the foulest fowl. Anyway, here's my recipe. 


5 cups of free-range cranberries

1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of Tessellation IPA
1/2 water
1 tbs conflict-free orange zest
1/4 tsp of mace
1/2 tsp of cinnamon

Just dump it all in a sauce pan, turn on the heat to med-low and simmer for pretty much as long as you want. The longer you let it go, the thicker it becomes. 


And as far as pairing, Tessellation pairs with more Tessellation. And all of your food. I'm sure it would be awesome with mashed potatoes, roasted fowl, bread, whatever that abomination is that someone invariably brings made out of Jello, casseroles, mac and cheese, stuffing. It probably won't be awesome with pumpkin pie though, but if you do, let me know how it goes.