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Fun with floats

By Jasmine · January 3rd, 2012 · 4 Comments

I love things that take two great things and combine them into something bigger and better. Cheeseburgers. Rum cake. Slankets. Beer floats. (Not chocolate cheese though. I’ve never had chocolate cheese that was worth the cheese it was made out of.)
Last year on my birthday we made beer floats out of chocolate ice cream and Firestone Walker’s Velvet Merkin. It was tasty, but not perfect. Stouts seem like the best idea, but they have to be really rich and not at all bitter.
I wrote about Burger Bar’s beer floats two years ago, and I loved those.
A few days ago I tried a new combination and it was pretty fantastic: Three Twins vanilla chocolate chip ice cream with Northcoast Brewery’s Grand Cru. A friend recommended the Grand Cru because of the caramel taste it has, and it worked awesomely. It started to get a tad on the sweet side as the ice cream melted, but honestly no worse than your average root beer float. The caramel and the vanilla were super, the Grand Cru’s heavy hitting alcohol was toned down by the ice cream, and the mini chocolate chips make for a nice little surprise at the end.
I think I should do more tests. Three Twins has a lemon cookie flavor that everyone goes crazy over. Suggestions for a pairing to pour?

Tags: Beer & Food

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Matt // Jan 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Haven’t tried any floats with Lemon Cookie, but a quick survey here in the office brought suggestions of hefeweizen or lambic varieties…

  • 2 Joe Ruvel // Jan 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks for the comment Matt! I like the suggestions and I bet Jasmine would too. I think a sour with cherry flavors with lemon cookie would be insanely good. Thanks for making killer ice cream.

  • 3 Belle // Jan 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Where can I get this…

  • 4 Joe Ruvel // Jan 30, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Hey Belle – the one in the picture should still be available at Burger Bar in San Francisco. The other ones you will have to make on your own. Experimentation is always fun!