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Strawberry Beer Sorbet

Everything I love about summer is in this dish.

Or, more accurately, everything I love about summer that can fit into a small metal bowl are in that dish.

Fresh produce.

Homemade sorbet.

Beer. Of course, beer.

And when I was buying said beer, Alesmith Anvil, I had an interesting conversation with Beer Store Beer Guy.

For the most part, I really like my chats with Beer Store Beer Guy so much that I forgive him when he makes the assumption that I have no idea how I ended up in the Beer aisle and he must point the poor lost girl back to the Chardonnay section where she has most likely wander off from.  I’m ok with this, the trapping of being tall and blonde and with the egregious mistake of having a brain in my head, I find it amusing. Like when I end up at the mechanics and they have no idea my step dad was ASE certified, or those adorable guys at Home Depot who try to point me back to the paint isle when I really want to buy a new blade for the tub saw so I can finish re-tiling the kitchen floor. The greatest advantage anyone has is to let others underestimate them. I’ve come to find it endearing when Beer Store Beer Guy, Hardware Store Guy and Mechanic Guy try to take care of the lost girl and help her find her way. Because what I really want to be is Marisa Tomei in the last court room scene in My Cousin Vinny saying things like,

"'Cause Chevy didn’t make a 327 in ’55, the 327 didn’t come out till ’62. And it wasn’t offered in the Bel Air with a four-barrel carb till ’64. However, in 1964, the correct ignition timing would be four degrees before top-dead-center."

And you can really only have that once someone decided to underestimate you.

Something else you shouldn’t underestimate is the flavors in the Anvil. It may seem like a strange choice for this sorbet, giving the matlier, toastier flavors but I love the balance it gave.

Choose a beer that has notes of citrus, fruit and spice. A citrusy IPA would be a great choice as well.

And don’t be offended when others underestimate you, use it to your advantage.

StrawBerry Beer Sorbet

Strawberry Beer Sorbet


  • 4 cups fresh strawberries hulled and chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups beer pale ale with notes of citrus


  • In a sauce pan over medium high heat, add the strawberries and the sugar. With a potato masher, or mallet, smash and stir the strawberries until well macerated and combined with the sugar.
  • Allow the mixture to come to a boil, stirring and mashing until all the strawberries have broken down, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, stir in the beer and allow to cool. (If you want to strain the pulp and seeds, do so now. I didn't strain.)
  • Place the strawberry mixture in the refrigerator until completely cool, about 2 hours.
  • Churn in your ice cream make according to manufactures specifications. Place in a freezer safe container and chill until ready to serve.

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Oh My Veggies (@ohmyveggies) June 26, 2012 um 6:34 pm

I really need to break out my ice cream maker for the summer. It’s been in the 90s here and a sorbet would be perfection right now. Oh, and I want that bowl!


Brandi / BranAppetit June 26, 2012 um 7:13 pm

love this. and yes, i get the same when i go in looking for specific beers at our local place. like girls can only like wine!

also happens with me with football. i am a huge college football fanatic, but people are always shocked to hear that i know what i’m talking about. and that i watch more football than my husband.


Jeremiah June 26, 2012 um 8:34 pm

Nice work! I love sorbets, especially BEER sorbets. Made a gueze and kiwi sorbet a couple weeks ago.


Gerry @ Foodness Gracious June 26, 2012 um 5:48 pm

Nice sorbet! I would never underestimate you J! when are you going to start brewing your own?


The Beeroness June 26, 2012 um 5:52 pm

Honesty, Gerry, I’m a little intimidated of that! I’m not sure I’d be any good at it and the last thing the world needs is more mediocre beer. (ok, there are worse things, I admit.)


Hop Dad June 26, 2012 um 6:48 pm

Considering the skill you have to make some of the lovely dishes on your site, there is no doubt you could make good beer. The biggest challenge to brewing is keeping it from overtaking your wallet and free time.


Heffenista June 27, 2012 um 1:02 am

This sounds incredible!


Katie June 27, 2012 um 5:01 pm

i’ve never tried anvil, but i am intrigued with this recipe. it looks amazing!


It’s Carmen (@Its__Carmen) July 9, 2012 um 1:43 am

Beer sorbet?? Count me in. This sounds fresh and tasty! Can’t wait to make this!

♥ It’s Carmen


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