Simple Beer Cocktails, to Amp Up Your Favorite Ales

A beer cocktail can be one of two things; a cocktail where you replace the spirit with beer or a cocktail with both spirit and beer. Either option is guaranteed to delight.

Beer is perfect on its own, but as a cocktail novice, I wanted to expand my taste horizons within my comfort zone. The idea of creating a beer cocktail was certainly intimidating. But with a little research, help from my Colorado family, Ali and Rich Rende, along with the fact that I was experimenting with booze on a Saturday evening, I managed to get through it.

Rich is a brewer at New Belgium Brewing with a few years of bartending experience and my go-to dirty martini maker; how does he always know how much olive juice to put in it?! And Ali, who I would like to humble brag about is graduating from nursing school this month, has an abundance of confidence in the kitchen, which I needed. Did I mention that they also have all the fun mixology tools?! Hello, muddler!

Chambucha

Champagne & New Image Dyad, Sour Kombucha Ale

A funky champagne cocktail, with pineapple sweetness and the dry finish you expect from a mimosa.

  • 4oz extra dry champagne
  • 2oz Dyad
  • Flute glass

Pour beer into glass

Slowly top with champagne to maximize bubbles

I recommend drinking this during brunch with your babes while avoiding laundry.

Toms Juicy Bits

Tom Collins & Weldwerks Brewing Juicy Bits, New England Style IPA

Surprisingly my favorite, considering my aversion to bitter beer. The evergreen notes from the gin and the familiar lemon sweetness melded together beautifully.

  • 2oz gin
  • 1oz simple syrup
  • Juice from half a lemon & lemon wedge for garnish
  • 3oz Juicy Bits
  • Ice
  • Shaker
  • Glass of your choice *a chilled glass is recommended for this cocktail, but it is delicious regardless
  • Reusable or biodegradable straw, optional

Combine gin, simple syrup and lemon juice in the shaker with about a cup of ice

Shake for about 10 seconds

Pour into glass (your glass should be about half full)

Slowly fill up the rest of your glass with Juicy Bits

Garnish with lemon and straw

I recommend drinking this by the fire while knitting your dog a sweater.

El Goserita

Margarita & Avery Brewing El Gose, German-Style Sour with Lime and Sea Salt

This beer was made for mixing up margaritas; so I did.

  • 2oz tequila
  • 2oz simple syrup
  • Juice from half a lime & lime wedge for garnish
  • 6oz El Gose
  • Salt, margarita salt or sea salt
  • Ice
  • Shaker
  • Mason jar
  • Reusable or biodegradable straw, optional

Salt your rim by running your sliced lime along the lip of your glass, then dip into a plate of salt *the beer is already salty, so I would be sparse with the salt

Combine tequila, simple syrup, lime juice in the shaker with about a cup of ice

Shake for about 10 seconds

Pour into salt-rimmed glass

Slowly fill up the rest of your glass with El Gose

Garnish with lime and straw

I recommend drinking this while not culturally appropriating Mexican culture.

Murjito

Mojito & New Belgium Brewing Mural, Agua Fresca Cerveza

You will barely notice a difference with this cocktail because of the agave and lime already in the beer. There is a subtle sweetness of the watermelon, with the floral hibiscus that compliments the mint.

  • 2oz white rum
  • 1oz simple syrup
  • Juice from half a lime & lime wedge for garnish
  • Leaves from a full stem of mint (not the stem, just the leaves)
  • 6oz Mural
  • Ice
  • Shaker
  • Muddler (the opposite end of a wooden spoon with do the job as well)
  • Glass of your choice
  • Reusable or biodegradable straw, optional

Combine rum, simple syrup, lime juice and mint in the shaker

Muddle the ingredients together to express the mint oils

Add about a cup of ice to shaker

Shake for about 10 seconds

Pour into cup

Slowly fill up the rest of your glass with Mural

*For photo sake, I did not mix the concoction because the difference in colors is insta-worthy, but for taste, use a spoon to gently mix the ingredients together

I recommend drinking this at the neighborhood pool while trying not to laugh at the kids belly flopping competition.

Remember to always add the beer LAST, gently on top, never shake your concoction with beer in it…its carbonated and will make a wonderfully smelling, sticky mess.

Share with me how your beer cocktails turned! Tag me on Instagram @savannah_sips, cheers!

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