They say that beer is "liquid bread," but at Orwasher's Bakery, bread is baked beer.
Last year, owner Keith Cohen introduced a line of wine breads to the 94-year-old UES bakery's offerings. His successful experiments with a grape-based starter soon got other ideas brewing: This month, Cohen premiered his beer bread--a chewy, dark-hued creation with a nutty, robust flavor that comes from the Otis Stout from Sixpoint Craft Ales that's mixed into the dough.
Beer's natural complexity lends itself to a hearty, nuanced loaf, explains Cohen. Fired in a brick oven, the finished product has a thick crust that helps keep its toasty, faintly malty flavor fresh for days. Although it's not quite like drinking a glass of beer, biting into the bread replicates the rich, soothing pleasures found in a pint.
Cohen suggests pairing the bread with charcuterie and cheese, but we think it also serves as a mean base for a roast beef sandwich.
Orwasher's beer bread is available at the bakery ($5 a loaf) as well as at Zabar's, Gourmet Garage, Citarella and through the Basis Good Food To You program. The bread will also be served--alongside Sixpoint beers--at Edible's Good Beer Bash on July 28 (click here to buy tickets).
Orwasher's Bakery, 308 E. 78th St. (between First and Second aves.); 212-288-6569 or orwasherbakery.com