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Conway's Irish Ale Makes Great Food Better

Posted January 16, 2014 By Marissa DeSantis

For that rare occasion when you want to do more with Conway’s Irish Ale than drink it, GLBC Pastry Chef Becca Ritterspach has crafted a delicious recipe: Irish Cream Cheesecake with Conway’s Caramel Sauce.  

The recipe is proof that Conway’s Irish Ale pairs with the best foods ever. Caramel, corned beef, potatoes, lamb stew, and brisket. Wait a minute—why should we wait until St. Patrick’s Day to eat all this goodness?

You can now find Conway’s Irish Ale in 6-Packs, 12-Packs, and on tap wherever our beer is sold. So whether you’re testing out recipes for a St. Patrick’s Day feast, stocking up for “the big game” (you know what we mean by that, right?), or just easing your way into 2014, our toasty, well-balanced Irish Ale is there for you. And if you'd like to prove your love for our January Seasonal in t-shirt form, wearing one of our brand new 100% certified organic cotton Conway's Irish Ale tees is a comfortable, responsible way to do so.

Conway’s Irish Ale Cheesecake with Conway’s Caramel Sauce

Cheesecake:
• Graham cracker crust, pressed in springform pan
• 2 lb cream cheese, room temp.
• 1 1/3 C white sugar
• 1 pinch salt
• 1 tbsp vanilla extract
• 4 eggs
• 2/3 C sour cream
• 1/3 C heavy cream
• 1/3 C Irish cream liqueur

Caramel Sauce:
• 1 C sugar
• 6 tbsp salted butter
• 1/4 C plus two tbsp heavy cream, room temp.
• 1/4 C Conway's Irish Ale, room temp.

Cheesecake: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, blend cream cheese, sugar, salt, and extract until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time. Add sour cream and mix on low until blended. Pour heavy cream and Irish cream together, and slowly add to the cream cheese mixture while mixing on low. If desired, divide batter into three bowls and add different amounts of green food coloring to two before pouring all three into the prepared crust. Swirl gently with a knife to create a marbling effect. Wrap the springform pan in heavy duty foil, leaving the top open. Place in a large baking dish and add water until it reaches halfway up the pan. Bake on the middle rack until top is set, about one hour. Turn oven off and leave cheesecake in another 45 minutes. Chill overnight before slicing. Caramel

Sauce: In a large pot, melt sugar over medium heat. Cook the liquefied sugar to a dark copper color. Add all butter at once and combine before turning off stove. Slowly whisk in heavy cream and ale until sauce is smooth. Use it right away or keep refrigerated for up to two weeks.

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