Beer mustard is easy to make and requires only a few simple ingredients. And a tiny bit of patience.
In this post Chris shows you the steps to make a simple beer mustard and we discuss suitable beer styles as well as flavor twists to the basic recipe.
You Will Need
To make basic beer mustard you will need the following ingredients:
- black and yellow mustard seeds
- a flavorful craft beer
- vinegar (Chris prefers apple cider)
- brown sugar
You can purchase the mustard seeds in the spice section of your grocery store or in bulk at specialty spice stores or stores with an expanded spices and seeds section such as Sprouts.
By way of equipment you will need a jar with an air-tight lid or similar glass containers (must be non-reactive due to the vinegar) and a food processor.
What Beer Should You Choose?
Generally you want to choose a beer that will impart pleasant malty flavors balanced by hops aromas and subtle to non-detectable bitterness. Chris’ favorite beer to use at work where he makes large batches of this exact beer mustard recipe is Odell Brewing Company 90 Shilling Ale.
For this post we used a brown ale by the same brewery called Settle Down Brown which has very subtle hoppy bite, more of a hoppy kiss really and a deep malty presence with caramel notes.
IPAs can easily overpower the mustard seeds flavor and if you go for a really bitter representative the end result could be quite unpleasant for most palates. That being said, if hoppy bite is what you are after, choose the IPA you love.
We recommend juicy IPAs for citrus/tropical fruit flavors infusion or English style IPAs. Read about English IPA vs American IPA.
You can also consider
- dark lagers such as bock, doppelbock, dunkel
- American amber ales and brown ales
- Stouts and porters (avoid Irish stouts as they are generally too hoppy)
- Belgian wits or Belgian blondes
- Belgian doubles or Belgian browns
Steps to Making Beer Mustard
To really taste the beer in your mustard start with soaking the mustard seeds in the beer only. Many recipes will instruct you to add the vinegar at the same time, but in the presence of the acetic acid the seeds will not be infused with the same intensity of beer flavors.
As Chris demonstrates in the image grid below, the first steps are to combine the brown and yellow mustard seeds in a jar, measure out the beer and add it, stir well together, close the lid and refrigerate for at least 12 hours.
If you allow 24 hours you will have better results. During this soaking time the seeds will absorb all the beer and become infused with its flavors.
After 24 hours take out the jar with the mustard seeds and set aside. In a separate non-reactive container add the vinegar and dissolve the salt and the sugar in it. Add the resulting solution to the beer soaked seeds and stir well to combine.
Finally, transfer the mixture to a food processor, process until it reaches the desired consistency (longer if you want the mustard to be pasty and smooth instead of grainier as shown) then transfer to serving container(s) and refrigerate. The mustard will keep well refrigerated for up to three months.
An easy to follow recipe for basic beer mustard. Choices of craft beer discussed as well as adding additional flavors - spice, heat or sweetness.
- 1/2 cup brown mustard seeds*
- 1/2 cup yellow mustard seeds
- 4 oz malty ale or lager (see recommended beer styles)
- 8 oz apple cider vinegar (or malt vinegar)
- 2 tsp salt
- 6 tsp brown sugar
In a jar or glass container with an air-tight lid add the brown and yellow mustard seeds and the beer. Mix well, close the lid and refrigerate. Let seeds soak in the beer for a minimum of 12 hours, 24 recommended.
Take the soaked mustard seeds out of the refrigerator and set aside. In a non-reactive container mix the vinegar, salt and sugar and stir until all solids are dissolved.
Add the vinegar solution to the beer soaked mustard seeds. Mix well.
Transfer the mixture to a food processor and process until you reach the desired consistency. For whole grain, coarse mustard texture about 30 sec to 1 minute. For pasty, smoother consistency continue to process until satisfied.
Transfer the beer mustard to jars or glass containers with air tight lids and refrigerate. Flavors will continue to develop over time but you can consume the mustard as soon as a day after processing it.
The mustard will keep well refrigerated for up to three months.
*Brown mustard seeds are quite a bit spicier than yellow ones. If you are not a fan of hot mustard (even though it is a relative thing) consider using only yellow seeds.
When planning to use this recipe budget for the needed resting time to allow the flavors to develop.
For best results allow for 12 hours of soaking time for the first stage where the seeds absorb the moisture and flavors of the beer.
For tips, flavor twists and use ideas please consult the section of this post underneath the recipe card.
If you end up with mustard that is too spicy for your liking you can tune the heat down by keeping it in a sealed glass container at room temperature for a few days (once satisfied refrigerate) or you could transfer it to a saucepan, warm it up over LOW heat (do not let it simmer) for 30-40 minutes and then transfer it back to a glass container and let it cool off before you refrigerate it.
Tips for Making Beer Mustard
Do you prefer smoother and pasty or coarser texture? It is up to you to decide on how fine the beer mustard should be in consistency.
If you, like us, like whole grain mustard you may choose to process it for just a little bit and leave plenty of whole seeds. Barring a few particular exceptions, we like our beer mustard with a coarser texture as seen below.
If you would rather have a smoother mustard continue to process until you are satisfied with the texture. You can also split the main batch of mustard into two parts and create a smooth version and a coarse version.
When transferring the processed beer mustard out of the food processor use clean, sterilized jars or other glass containers with air tight lids to refrigerate it in.
We used this exact batch of beer mustard to accompany our mini Frikadellen spread. It is delicious with fried meat patties.
Twists on this Basic Homemade Beer Mustard
The recipe is for and we showcased how to make a basic beer mustard. If you are interested you can also layer on additional flavors as per your liking. Here are a few ideas.
- Vary the beer and compare the resulting flavors of beer mustard. To do so split the ingredients in two (from the beginning when you soak seeds in beer) and make two separate batches.
- Vary the heat level – yellow mustard seeds are more mellow, brown are spicier. If you’d rather not make a spicy mustard, use only yellow seeds.
- If you want really spicy mustard you can add heat by way of cayenne or red pepper flakes at the time you add the vinegar, salt and sugar. Start with just a pinch since the mustard seeds are already very spicy.
- Add garlic (finely minced or garlic powder) or herbs (very finely minced if fresh) at the time you add the vinegar, salt and sugar. Use your judgement on how much garlic or herbs to add so as to not overpower the beer flavor, rather add to it. A teaspoon is a good starting point.
- Add more sweetness by way of honey or maple syrup as you add the vinegar.
- Add roasted veggies flavors – for example roasted red beet or poblano pepper.
- Add spices – anything from ground cumin to Chinese five spice can work, however be careful not to overpower the flavor of the beer. Once again about a teaspoon is good to start with.
Uses for Beer Mustard
- Use a beer mustard just as you would a traditional mustard and enjoy the added flavor and depth from the ale or lager of your choice. Slather it on sandwiches, serve it next to bratwurst or other sausages, use it as a dip. You know what to do.
- Use it to crust meats such as pork tenderloin or lamb right before roasting them (maybe add honey or bread crumbs for better results).
- Use the beer mustard as the main ingredient to pan sauces such as our Creamy Beer Mustard Sauce.
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