Depending on whom you talk to, making ice cream floats with
beer is either a genius idea, or a horrible mistake. In fact, I remember
hearing one food writer describe a local beer float tasting as “fizzy insults,”
which is a clever phrase, but not necessarily true, if the pairing is done
The key is to choose a beer that’s on the toasty, malty,
sweeter side, and stay away from beers that are too hoppy, dry, and bitter. But
fair warning, even using a sweet, mellow brew, this is quite a different
experience, which is why I suggested having some regular root beer around, just
As far as the ice cream goes, there are as many flavors as
there are choices of beers, but the safest, and probably most effective option
would be plain, old vanilla, especially if using a fruit-infused brew. The
exception to that would be if you were pouring a dark beer that features
chocolate and coffee notes. In that case, a chocolate or coffee ice cream might
be just the thing.
But no matter what beer you decide to pair with which ice
cream, I’d make a small test glass first, to make sure it works for you and
your palette. And if it doesn’t, don’t feel bad, since you’re still going to be
eating ice cream and drinking beer, just not together. Either way, I really do
hope you give these beer floats a try soon. Enjoy!
Ingredients for an Ice Cream Beer Float:
1 cup of appropriate beer (something sweet and/or fruity, but
not too bitter, dry, or sour)
1/3 cup vanilla ice cream
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