One thing many classic cocktails share in common is simplicity — less than four or five ingredients, little fuss, and lots of flavor. Case and point: The Mint Julep — Sugar, Bourbon and Mint. Simple, yet very flavorful.
As with many recipes, ingredient substitutions can lead to exciting new twists on classic cocktails. For my beeralicious twist on the Mint Julep, I opted to use honey syrup instead of sugar and basil instead of mint. The final touch was a shot of fizz and flavor from Bison Brewing’s Honey Basil Ale — a virtually hopless organic beer with a beautiful golden amber hue.
Tasting Notes: Sweet honey and herbaceous basil meld together with soft vanilla and toasted oak Bourbon flavors in this refreshingly carbonated beer-inspired twist on the classic Mint Julep. Continue Reading
Spring is upon us with a plethora of sunshine and warmth, demanding a new focus on more refreshing and bright beer cocktails. One of my favorite warm weather sippers has always been the gin fizz — bright, citrusy and effervescent. My rule of thumb with beer cocktails is: any drink that calls for soda water, tonic or juice can easily be substituted with beer. Case and point: The Gin Fizz.
This cocktail is loosely based on the Silver Gin Fizz, which calls for gin, citrus, sugar, egg whites and soda water. Inspired by Bison Brewing’s Honey Basil Ale, I chose to shake “spanked” basil with honey, fresh lemon juice, lime juice, egg whites and one of my all time favorite gins — St. George Spirit’s Botanivore — and top the concoction with beer.
The result is a tart, fizzy cocktail with hints of caramel sweetness, notes of clover honey, and a whisper of basil. Absolutely perfect for this time of year!
Although some might argue otherwise, the term shandy typically refers to a drink consisting of beer mixed with citrus-flavored soda, carbonated lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale, or cider. The proportions normally half-and-half, but can vary depending on the ingredients.
The most popular shandy is cider blended with beer, equal parts each, also known as a Snakebite.
But considering the entire spectrum of beer and all the new flavors of ciders being produced, it would be silly to call all beer and cider blends snakebites. This particular shandy is not actually my own handiwork, but the brainchild of Bison Brewing and Ace Cider, who partnered up for a beer & cider event recently. This particular blend was my favorite…
Photo Credit: Mike Condie
During San Francisco Beer Week, I partnered with the awesome people over at St. George Spirits on two beer cocktail events. On of the events was “The Unbirthday Beer Cocktail Party” — which featured three different cocktails using Bison Organic Beer and St. George Spirits.
Also known as the Vodka Vixen, Andie Ferman, the tasting room manager at St. George, whipped up a flip-style cocktail using Bison’s Chocolate Stout and Qi Black Tea Liqueur, a seductive spirit craft-distilled from rare fruits, exotic spices, wildflower honey, and cedar-smoked tea. The end result is a sweet and creamy beverage with hint of cocoa, spice, and smoke. It will most definitely leave you wanting s’more. Continue Reading
Three breweries, three states, three beer cocktails. On February 25th, BREWPUBLIC is bringing together a trifecta of tristate craft breweries to perform the ultimate beer mixology hat-trick at The Guild Pub in Portland, OR.
Saturday evening, starting at 6pm, The Guild Pub will experience an invasion of brewers and a three-way tap and cocktail menu takeover. Representing the home team is Commons Brewery, a small craft brewery located in Southeast Portland, Oregon. Joining the threesome from the North is Mt. Tabor Brewing, the newest craft brewery to open in Vancouver, Washington. And completing the love triangle, from the state to the South, is Bison Brewing, a 100% certified organic craft brewery from Berkeley, California.
Photo Credit: Mike Condie
One thing that truly differentiates beer and spirits from wine, apart from the obvious, is that both allow for the addition of non-traditional ingredients. Although there are style guidelines and “rules” for both beer and spirits, innovators in both industries tend to bend them, if not completely break them.
As with most artisan creations, cocktail recipes are often inspired by one specific ingredient, whether it be a particular brand of spirit of a specific beer. A Sazerac would not be a Sazerac without, yep you guessed it, Sazerac.
The Mad Botanist was inspired by Bison Brewing’s “Saison de Wench” — a Belgian-farmhouse style ale brewed with botanicals (rose, hibiscus, lemongrass & pink peppercorn), and St. George’s “Botanivore Gin” — an artisan spirit distilled with 19 different botanicals.
You’re Invited! The Unbirthday Beer Cocktail Party
An SF Beer Week invitation even the Queen of Hearts can’t resist
On February 12th, you are invited to enter a world where time is backwards, nothing is what it seems, and everything is what it isn’t. As a part of the SF Beer Week festivities, Bison Brewing & St. George Spirits are transforming local farm-to-table restaurant, Revival Bar & Kitchen, into a Wonderland of nonsense to throw a Mad Hatter-themed party of epic proportions.