Where’d you get that, dark and handsome?

Hi-de-ho, doll, and happy Beer Lover’s Day. To celebrate we’re revisiting five of our favorite beer-based cocktails – also known as aletails. Use the brews suggested or try your hand at crafting your own beer by using this comprehensive home brewing kit to make a Rye India Pale Ale or Amber Ale or this one if you want to whip up a stout.

The Beer’s Knees

1-1/2 ounces gin
1 ounce freshly pressed lemon juice
1 ounce honey syrup (1:1 honey and water)
3 ounces hefeweizen-style beer (a German style of wheat beer)  like Widmer Hefeweizen
1 lemon wedge for garnish

Combine gin, juice and honey syrup in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a collins glass with or without ice. Top with beer and garnish with lemon.

The Cure

1 ounce Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
5 ounces light lager such as Sankaty Light by Cisco Brewers or Sam Adams light
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
5 one-inch pieces peeled fresh ginger cut into thin matchsticks

Fill 12-ounce cooler or highball glass with ice cubes. Add ginger liqueur, beer, and lemon juice and stir until combined. Garnish with ginger sticks.

Sriracha-Lada (by Bon Appetit)

1 ounce fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons Sriracha
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Kosher salt
Mexican lager such as Pacifico

Combine lime juice, Sriracha, and Worcestershire sauce in a salt-rimmed pint glass filled with ice. Top off with lager. Garnish with lime wheel.

The Stout and Stormy (by Goat Town, New York City)

8 ounces of Southern Tier 2X Milk Stout
1 ounce ginger syrup
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

Shake the ginger syrup and lime juice with ice to create the ginger beer base. Strain the mixture into a pint glass full of ice. Float the stout on top of  the mixture and garnish with a lime wedge. Stir gently with a straw to combine the ingredients before drinking. Add extra lime juice, if desired.


The Irish Russian

1 ounce vodka
1 ounce Kahlúa
1 dash Coca-Cola
6 ounces of good stout

Add the ingredients in the order listed above. Add the stout with care to prevent an excess of foam.

And when it’s time to make your toast…

You foam within our glasses, you lusty golden brew,
Whoever imbibes takes fire from you.
The young and the old sing your praises,
Here’s to beer,
Here’s to cheer,
Here’s to beer!

– From The Bartered Bride, a comic opera composed in the 1860s

Introductory photo: Myrna Loy
Introductory quote: She Done Him Wrong, 1933

Photos: Goat Town, Bon Appetit, Epicurious, Foodviva,  Aviation Gin

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