I remember fondly the first time I used beer as a mixer.
Okay, that’s a lie, but I do believe it was three or four years ago and it involved vodka, Milwaukee’s Best, and a desire to be classy enough for cocktails, but not classy enough for anything that remotely resembled a cocktail (Though I’m sure there was a whole lot of fondness going on).
Philistine as my attempts have been — from “vodkabeer” to sake bombs and all the way to my love affair with a little thing called WhiskaliburrÃ‚Â – beer cocktails need not always conjure thoughts of binge drinking, poor choices, and puke.
On the contrary, they can be artisanal, technical, and — most surprisingly — enjoyable! In fact, on January 3rd, with the very mission of spreading this message, http://beermixology.com/, went live. A collaboration between a number of mixologists and beer academics, the website aims to share recipes, spread beer cocktail awareness, and push my drink ideas to deeper and deeper levels of relative gross.
The collection even has things for drunk schlubs seeking just a smidge of culture (beermosa, bloody beery), conveniently grouped into a section title “Beer Mixology 101″ (BONUS: 101 also has a few articles with tips on making your own and the history of mixin’ beer).
If you’re looking for something a bit more complex, Beermixology definitely has that too. Ã‚Â I’m planning on trying the yummy-as hell Serranodipaty, a drink that incorporates mezcal, serrano chiles, and a Double IPA. Ã‚Â Of course, I’m looking in my fridge right now and all I have is vodka… and I assume I can sub a Beast for a DIPA, right? Right. And the other ingredients- well, they can’t be that important…
PHOTO CREDIT PROPS: Doug Brumley,Ã‚Â http://www.fledglingbrewer.com/