IPA Cherry Tart



 To be honest, I haven’t always loved IPA’s. It took me a while, although not as long as resolving my mint aversion, and now I can pretty firmly place myself in that Hop Heads category I used to shy away from. I discover that a dry hopped IPA gives me the delicate flavors of the hops that love, that are lost without the dry hopping process. I also found myself lurking on the Home Brew Talk website in a creepy way that usually lands someone in a face to face interview with Chris Hansen.

If I was going to homebrew, jump feet first into the mash tun world, I’m not sure if an IPA would be first on my list. My love of stouts would probably pull me in that direction first. But once I made it around to an IPA, it would most definitely involve dry hopping. And possibly Sriracha.

It’s probably a good thing I don’t homebrew, sounds like I’d waste a lot of money on crazy ideas.



IPA Cherry Tart


  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 3 cups sweet dark cherries, pitted (I used Bing Cherries)
  • 2 tbs corn starch
  • 1/2 cup IPA
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a tart pan with a removable bottom, press into shape, remove excess. If you don't have a tart pan, cover a baking sheet with parchment paper, place puff pastry in the middle, fold about 1 inch of the sides inward to form edges. Place puff pastry in the fridge until ready.
  3. In a pot over medium high heat, add the cherries, cornstarch, IPA and sugar. Allow to boil until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove pastry from the fridge, prick all over with a fork, make sure the holes are small. Brush with lightly beaten egg.
  5. Pour the cherries into the tart.
  6. Bake until the pastry has turned golden brown, about 20 minutes.




17 thoughts on “IPA Cherry Tart

  1. That tart looks beautiful. Cherry is one of my favorite flavors, and I totally hear you on the dry hopping.

    Dr. Man and I are home-brewers, and it is so so much fun! I know it sounds weird, but I really love smelling all the ingredients individually as we add them to the wort, then watching as they gradually turn into something completely different. Fermentation is truly magical.

  2. It took me a while to warm up to IPAs as well. I remember on our first date, my boyfriend bought me a Blonde beer…now, we share IPAs 🙂

  3. My DH is a homebrewer, and will love this. Just a question: Were the cherries fresh, frozen or canned? It is not really cherry season now, and I am wondering how to make this at this time of year.

    Best regards

  4. Looks like exactly what a dessert should be: small-portioned, intensely-flavored, good with beer (or coffee) to cleanse the palate. Love it!

    Kid-friendly, do you think? Or do the hops come through pretty strongly?


    1. Thanks Ryan! Hops are present but balance pretty well with the cherry, so not bitter. The alcohol cooks off completely so it’s kid friendly. If you want it less beery, use a wheat beer or a low hop pale.

  5. My husband and I have a chinook cherry ipa fermenting right now! I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves hops and cherries together. I’ll have to make this tart when we have our first pour from the batch!

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