If you are anything like me, by the time Wednesday rolls around, you probably feel a little bit like this:
Work has drained your every last energy reserve and the weekend is a fast fading light in the distance–and yet, there is hope: Every Wednesday, I will be bringing you one step closer to the end of the tunnel by offering up beer and spirits reviews.
Grab a pint glass, a bottle opener, your favorite guilty pleasure film and let’s taste some adult beverages… for science!’
Beverage: Not Your Father’s Root Beer
Crafted by: Small Town Brewery – La Crosse, WI
Season: All year ’round!
Being the adventurous type, I could not begin this feature with a simple review. Summer is fast approaching in my neck of the woods, and the evenings call for something a little more refreshing.
Small Town Brewery offers up a perfect star ingredient for an ice cream float in the form of Not Your Father’s Root Beer. While this spiced ale is heavy on the nostalgia and light on the taste of alcohol, it does have an almost overpowering sarsaparilla finish. I knew I wanted something to balance this out, so instead of a traditional vanilla I grabbed butter pecan ice cream. The salt in the pecans smooths out the aftertaste unbelievably well.
Visually, this float is more appealing than a dessert cocktail has any right to be.
The rich, chocolate color of the beer offset by the ice cream makes me giddy. One, good sized scoop is all you need to enjoy this Hump Day beauty. And for those of you wondering, the high fat content of the ice cream is the little miracle preventing curdling–this is why talented bartenders always opt for full fat cream when mixing cocktails which call for it.
Not Your Father’s Root Beer Float
- Chilled pint glass
- One bottle of Not Your Father’s Root Beer
- One scoop (or more!) of your preferred brand and flavor ice cream – I recommend butter pecan
- Straw, spoon, or just your face
- Scoop desired amount of ice cream into chilled pint glass.
- Slowly pour ale into glass – will froth heavily, so maintain patience.
Guys. Ice cream and beer are the best of friends. Truly, is there anything better?
See you next Wednesday.