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Wednesday Beer Log – Sweet Mixes

Hey Beer Lovers,

I had some recent experiences with mixing beer that I wanted to share with you, as I think you’ll enjoy them.

Even if just to poke fun at me for doing these! 😉

First up, the standard Black & Tan. The epic duo of Guinness and Harp’s, or Guinness and Smithwick’s, always pleases the palatte. These are staples in that they cut the heaviness of the stout with a light-or-medium ale that actually enhances both beer’s flavors (I think)!

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The trick to these beauties is to pour a half glass full of the lighter ale (either Smithy’s or Harp’s), then take a tablespoon upside down and pour the Guinness into the glass by way of the spoon!

Observe!

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Pour a Black & Tan!

So basically, you can do a Black & Tan with any combination of stout plus lighter beer (ale or lager styles). I really like them with Sam Adams Boston Lager or Bass or Red Oak Ales! Mmmm!

Next up, we have the Guinness Chocolate Shake. Recipe to come better, but basically you take ice cream, chocolate and Guinness and make a delicious shake. I first heard of this awesomeness at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX!

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Guinness. Shake. Yum.

Next up is the Young’s Double Chocolate Stout selection of tastiness. First up, the Young’s DCS alone is worth drinking. It. Is. Delicious.

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However, this is definitely a stout beer. So if you want the yumminess but not the heaviness, I recommemd one of these concoctions. Plus, they share really well at bars! 😉

Mix half & half with a hard cider, like Crispin Hard Cider. It makes it taste similar to a chocolate soda – a little zip and a lot of cool, refreshing apple to the classic chocolate taste.

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Now, if you want a little more zip, you could try a Pear Hard Cider and bring out some of that tartness for a more refreshing treat. Either way, they are delicious.

Finally, we have our chocolate-covered fruits. Recently, I was introduced to the womder that is Sam Smith’s Organic Strawberry Ale. Holy fruit buckets, batman, this tastes like a field of fresh-picked strawberries just waiting to be devoured. Hpwever when I tried this it was a little sweeter than I wantes. So I decided to tame it with the Double Chocolate Stout. Voilà – a chocolate covered strawberry to drink!

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Now, basically, any fruit flavored beer, Lambic, Cider or other, will go deliciously well with the Chocolate Stouts. I fully intend to try the Seadog Blueberry with it next, myself! Oh and the Sam Smith Banana Bread Beer as well. Can we say sinful-sans-calories?!?!? Okay, fine, beer has calories, but way less than these scrumptious flavors would if turned into food desserts!

Point. Set. Matc—DRINK!

So what combinations have you tried? Any suggestions for me? Anything to avoid? Hope you all enjoyed this, and enjoy these drinks sometime soon!

Craft You Later,
Beth

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