17 Surprising Cocktails That Start with Beer
Beer cocktails, or "beertails," can be riffs on classic cocktails or brand-new creations. With over a hundred different styles of beer, the options are endless!
—Ian Cliffe, Milwaukee, WI
Pumpkin Beertail with Tequila and Spiced Rum
Autumn is here. Look for crunchy leaves, hayrides and…pumpkin beer. Lots of folks don’t love these festive ales, but there are people who don’t like kittens either, so let’s not worry about them. This awesome spiced Pumpkin Beertail from the Floating Kitchen blog is the perfect way to celebrate a beautiful time of year.
Fizzy Watermelon Cocktail
This Fizzy Watermelon Cocktail from April Golightly combines one of my favorite summer fruits—watermelon—with one of my favorite things period—beer. I think the slightly tart and salty flavors of a German Gose would complement this drink perfectly.
Life’s a Peach
Michelada meets Bellini in Life’s a Peach, a hybrid beer cocktail from blogger Elle Talk. Bright citrus and stone fruit flavors get spiced up with hot sauce and chili salt in this bright beertail, which is perfect for brunch. A lot of beers might work for to accent these flavors, and Elle lists Kolsch and IPA as options.
Passport to Paradise
Alison Deyette teamed up with Mexican beer brand Corona Light to create Passport to Paradise. This south of the border refresher is super simple to make and combines bright, juicy orange flavors with the crisp refreshment of a light Mexican lager.
Oatmeal Ryesin Punch
Jacob Grier, author of beertail tome Cocktails on Tap, created Oatmeal Ryesin Punch, a rich, delightful cocktail with a beer made just for him by Back Pedal Brewing. If you don’t have access to Back Pedal’s Oatmeal Ryesin Cookie ale, look for a darker, maltier farmhouse ale like a French Biere de Garde.
Two Hoppy Blondes
The ladies of Two Hoppy Blondes suggest several tempting beer cocktails. But the simplicity of their Black Velvet beertail, with only two ingredients, is particularly intriguing, as is the rare use of a dark style like Porter in a drink like this. Try it once, and you might have a new drink for toasting on New Year’s Eve.
Espresso Beer Martini
On the subject of using dark beers in cocktails, Beautiful Booze offers this Espresso Beer Martini made with Stout. The roasty flavors of the Stout will dance perfectly with the coffee liqueur, and this could make a great drink for either brunch or a late night pick-me-up.
Steele House Kitchen
Raspberry Witbier Cocktail
Witbier is one of the most versatile food pairing beers, so it makes sense that it would be a versatile mixing beer as well. In this sunny Raspberry Witbier Cocktail from Steele House Kitchen, witbier lends its subtle yeast character, spice and fluffy texture to a late summer refresher.
Gose is a German wheat ale that uses a partial sour fermentation to create tart flavors that are complemented by a careful addition of salt. It’s practically a cocktail by itself, but added to margarita fixings in this Gose Margarita from Craft Beering, it becomes something really special.