8 Beer Cocktails in Metro Phoenix
Beer cocktails are nothing new. Remember the Boilermaker -- a shot glass of whisky dumped in a beer? It was a blue collar, let's-get-down-to-business kind of drink, a little déclassé compared to the la-ti-da beer cocktails made today. But then, why wouldn't beer cocktails become more artisanal and interesting, given that both beer and cocktails have become more artisanal and interesting?
Courtesy of Andrew Fritz, Citizen Public House Hops + Dreams, R&D at Citizen
With so much emphasis, these days, on quality, it just makes sense that craft brews, which have flavor profiles similar to liquor -- giving off herbal, caramel or fruity notes of their own -- would become an integral part of an interesting drink. Beer adds flavor, depth and sometimes fizz to a cocktail, although it isn't necessarily a primary ingredient.
If you love beer or cocktails or both, here are eight beer cocktails you won't want to miss.
Handlebar & Grill
Buchanan Handlebar's signature Handlebar Shandy
Mill Avenue mini-mogul Julian Wright (who also owns La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Canteen Modern Tequila Bar) opened this bike-friendly, pooch-friendly Tempe hangout -- replete with 60-foot indoor-outdoor bar and cozy, landscaped beer garden -- nearly two months ago, offering 20+ craft beers on tap and six (SIX!) beer cocktails. Okay, one of them (The Paper Route: a can of PBR, a shot of Jameson and a Marlboro Red) is probably more suited to Stanley Kowalski than your average ASU hipster, but it's fun just the same. The Handlebar Shandy, on the other hand, is light, fizzy and refreshing, combining Stiegl Goldbrau lager with San Pelligino Limonata, agave nectar and simple syrup ($6). The rosemary garnish adds a hint of pine.
Kazimierz World Wine Bar
Buchanan The Framboizotti at Kazimierz
Peter Kasperski is famous (and infamous) for being a grape geek, but he and his crew at the Kazbar are equally well-versed in the cocktail world (Richie Moe, after all, is an alum). So it's no surprise that they turn out a beautiful beer cocktail. Served in a tall glass with a lemon garnish, the Framboizzotti blends Lindemans Framboise -- a lush purple Belgian fruit lambic that bursts with ripe raspberry and the tart-sweet, true flavor of raspberries -- with Ramazzotti, a lovely, syrupy Italian amaro with sweet, citrusy and faintly bitter notes. Together they make a gorgeously girlie drink that's sweet but not too sweet ($10). Watch out. They go down pretty easy.