Beer Cocktails Make a Spirited Combination

Tickle the Tastebuds - Beers & Breweries

Who says you have to choose? A beer cocktail combines the essences of both namesakes. Just as American craft beer has creatively improved upon basic beer styles, spirits can complement ale and lagers.

The idea of combining ale and liquor isn’t new, including references to absinthe-and-ale purl in Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor” and the gin-and-ale Dog’s Nose in Dickens’ “The Pickwick Papers.”

Contemporary beer cocktails include the dramatics of the Irish Car Bomb (a shot of Irish whiskey and Irish cream dropped into a pint of Irish stout) and the simplicity of a boilermaker shot and a beer, but trending craft cocktails have raised the drink to a new level.

Read more in the Richmond Times-Dispatch First Drafts.

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