Rob Hill: Hi everyone! I am Rob Hill Certified Cicerone with Total Wine & More, here to talk about beer cocktails. No doubt you have heard of beer and you have heard of cocktails, but have you heard of beer cocktails. Simply put a beer cocktail can be a combination of beer as the primary ingredient along with non-alcoholic mixers or combined with another beer with distilled spirits or hard cider and even champagne.
Depending on the recipe, a beer cocktail is served either in a beer glass or a classic cocktail glass. We are living in a time of rising interest in vintage cocktails from bygone eras, as well as modern interpretations of classics and many entirely new creations. Combine this with peoples desire for more flavorful beers and its no wonder todays mixologists are crafting some delicious libations. Here is a beer cocktail called Rhythm & Brews made popular by our friends at Rock Brothers Brewing in Florida. Combine 1 ounce of grapefruit juice, 1 ounce simple syrup, ice and 1 and a half ounces gin in a cocktail shaker. A nice mixing gin is the way to go, shake until the shaker is frosted. Strain it into a glass over fresh ice and top with an American Pale Ale, such as Rock Brothers High Road Ale, optionally garnish with a ruby red grapefruit slice. There are hundreds of beer cocktails spanning the color and flavor spectrum from bitter to sweet and chocolate to fruity, using beers from the Pale Ale Sluggers to the darkest stouts. When out on the town ask your bartender for recommendations or gather some recipes from a book or online and mix some for yourself at home, you are going to discover beer in a whole new way. Cheers!