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Breakfast of Champions: more beer cocktails

By Jasmine · May 18th, 2009 · No Comments

After a rousingly successful Session about beer cocktails, we just can’t stop thinking about them here at Beer at Joe’s. A few weeks ago, Joe made contact with Tim, one of the mad geniuses over at Cocktail Lab. He agreed to whip up some beer cocktails for us and we set a date to come in to B Bar in SOMA where he works. When we arrived, it turned out Tim couldn’t make it and it would be Devan (another Cocktail Lab mad genius) who was creating our drinks but no matter. Everything was great and we got a creation from each of them–and then some.

Up first is my own personal favorite, the Dogbite. This one was Devan’s recipe and it consists of Ponzu, A1, hot sauce, lime juice, hefeweizen beer (he used Pyramid) and a spice mix that looked suspiciously like Old Bay. Dogbite

It was life changing. Light and tart, with just the right amount of spice. I could have this, and this alone, for breakfast every day. Maybe someday I will be that much of a rock star. Although it slightly resembles a Bloody Mary in appearance and spice, it doesn’t have any tomato juice and has a completely different taste and texture. I’m not at all a Bloody Mary fan, so I truly hope this drink starts showing up on brunch menus everywhere. This to me was the ultimate in beer cocktails–it’s not that you’re making mediocre beer better. You are taking ingredients that add up to more than the sum of their parts once blended, just like any cocktail, to create an entirely different experience. Even the slice of kiwi wasn’t just for show–I ate it right along with the drink and it added just a hint of sweet along with more tartness.

Up next: Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.

Tags: Tastings