In Portland, Oregon, Cascade Brewing offers its interpretation of the European market–inspired glühkriek, a type of warm, spiced beer. “Glueh Kriek [another spelling of glühkriek] is often people’s first encounter with a hot beer, and it offers a really unique, memorable experience for them,” says Kevin Martin, director of brewery operations. The brewery’s recipe builds off their own kriek-style beer, but it can work with a variety of styles. “I would suggest anything that isn’t too bitter or astringent, with a malty, slightly sweet character, such as a barleywine, low-hop amber or red ale, brown ale, porter or sweet stout. I would avoid hoppy styles like IPA, or sulfury beers like lagers,” says Martin says. “The beauty is that there is no set recipe, so you can get really creative and try lots of different beer and spice combinations.”
- 1 750ml bottle beer, preferably kriek
- 0.4 grams cinnamon (crushed)
- 0.1 gram coarsely ground nutmeg
- 0.3 grams whole cloves
- 1 gram dried orange peels
- 0.1 gram allspice (crushed)
- 52 grams honey
Garnish: orange wedge
- Pour the beer into a saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Gradually heat the beer to 150˚F, stirring every few minutes.
- Add the spices (alternatively, place the spices in a tea infuser or spice bag before adding), then add the honey.
- Allow the spices to steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
- If more sweetness is desired, add additional honey.
- Remove the tea infuser or spice bag (or strain if using neither), and pour the mixture into a tempered glass or mug.
- Garnish with an orange wedge.