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Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Since beer has been on planet Earth for thousands of years, it comes as a weird surprise there isn’t much in the way of cocktails actually made with beer – like it’s some sort of anomaly (yeah, like wine coolers were a good idea). Until now. Howard and Ashley Stelzer’s new book, Beer Cocktails, gets you on the creative path to changing up your drinking routines. There are 50 recipes here, many happy color photos, from the times of old, classics and tried-and-true concoctions. And there are new creations that the Stelzer’s have crafted (you can also check out their blog called Beyond the Shadow of a Stout). The cool thing about this book is that it doesn’t shy away from telling you which brand of beer works best with which cocktail. For example they strongly suggest a Pabst Blue Ribbon with one, and not Heineken for another. The book is organized from lighter beers into cocktails made with porters and stouts. Many of the recipes use bourbon and whiskey elements and I like that, and they suggest Belgian brews like Kwak, and Delirium Tremens. Plus, with this as a guide you won’t be able to help yourself as you dash to your kitchen to create your own beer-tail. But that’s half the fun and frankly, this book has been a long time coming. Now, drink up.
$12.95/Harvard Common Press (hardback).
Harvard Common Press
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