Craft beer has been a trendy staple in bars across the United States for some time now, so it’s no surprise that innovative bartenders are using this to their advantage and mixing up creative cocktails using this their favorite brews. Thus, beer cocktails are appearing sporadically on restaurant and bar menus across the country. Craft beer has taken on a new dimension and there are now so many options with diverse flavors and seasonal ingredients being used to sculpt a marvelous product. Bartenders are using locally crafted beers and their flavors to create beautiful and flavorful beer cocktails. From syrups to seasonal flavors inspirational beer cocktails are diversifying the typical cocktail menu.
Let's take a look at these concoctions in two major cities-
In Seattle seasonal ingredients reign supreme especially within the beer cocktail culture.
Bathtub Gin and Co.:
Bathtub Gin and Co. is a speakeasy bar located in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle. It is a hidden bar with inventive cocktails, so it is no surprise that they have a beer cocktail named after the neighborhood that houses them. The Belltown Rose contains dark rum, Lillet Rosè, Ramazotti, Amaro, lime juice, Aztec chocolate bitters, and a stout float. The stout float adds a rich but delicate flavor to the cocktail without over powering the other ingredients.
Tavern Law in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood has created a skillfully crafted cocktail menu with comfort food to match. Their cocktail menu features a cocktail entitled Eyes Like Diamonds which incorporates Gin, Cocchi Rosa, Apricot Liqueur, Orange, Cardamom Bitters, Hops Tincture, and Session IPA. The Hops Tincture and Session IPA add the beer flavors to this seasonal gin cocktail.
In Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood you will find Spur, which offers elevated modern food with cocktails to match. They make a conscious effort to ensure that their cocktails pair perfectly with their food offerings. The SideBurn State beer cocktail has American apple brandy, orgeat, lemon, and pale ale. The flavor combination of the apple brandy and pale ale provide a fall combination that can be enjoyed seasonally or all year round.
The mecca of everything beer offers a slew of trendy beer cocktails in upscale bars to casual joints.
Euclid Hall Bar and Kitchen:
Euclid Hall currently offers three beer cocktails on their extensive beer and cocktail list. They take local to a whole new level by using beer from Colorado and Oregon Breweries.
- Duende’s Punch is made with Vida organic mezcal, watermelon juice, agave nectar, lemon juice, and Elevation Kolsch. Elevation Kolsch is made at Elevation Beer Company in Poncha Springs, Colorado it is known for being very diverse and is enjoyed in establishments varying from cowboy bars to fine craft beer establishments.
- Amendment 64 has Bulleit bourbon, ginger simple syrup, lemon juice, and Avery IPA. Avery IPA is made at Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado it is known as Colorado’s hoppiest pale ale and has citrusy, floral bouquets, and a malty finish. This pale ale marries well with the lemon juice and spiciness of the bourbon.
- Aloysius' Armdillo contains Broker's gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA. Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA is made at Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon and is brewed with wheat and pilsner malt. It has noticeable citrus flavors which bring out the flavor of the gin and elderflower liqueur.
Acorn Denver is a contemporary American grill located in the River North District of Denver. Their cocktail menu is primarily ingredient driven and boasts many local spirits and beer. They feature a high booze Central Slope Sour which has Breckenridge bourbon, Leopolds Three Pins Liqueur, Colorado honey, Fees Brothers Aromatic bitters, lemon, and Avery IPA.
The Terminal Bar:
The Terminal Bar is located in the historic Great Hall of the Denver Union Station. They offer two simplistic beer cocktail options for their patrons that include the Harvey Weissbanger which features Prost Weissbier, orange juice, and Galliano alongside The Cruier which features Steamworks Colorado Kolsch and Pellegrino Limonata Soda.
Where else have you seen these beer cocktails show up on bar programs? And are you seeing more of a consumer demand for not only craft beer, but craft beer cocktails?