Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Whatever floats your beer.

 My oven is on vacation this week.  Summer is a sad time for it because, while us human-types can seek refuge in a pool or in an A/C'ed room, there's no escaping the heat for the big guy.

This week's posts are 100% bake-free while the appliance is away on holiday.  Who knows, maybe he'll meet a nice young convection oven to take to the sock hop at the Old Firehouse.

Often times, when I'm about to start a blog post, it's difficult to decide if I want to focus on beer or sweets.

Today, I don't have to.  Not when I have this DELICIOUS beer float in my hand.

Beer float.  Sounds "interesting", huh?  It's okay, you can say it...it sounds weird. Wretched, even.

The trick is pairing the ice cream with a complementary beer.  Obviously, a Miller High Life poured over Rocky Road is going to suck but a rich, coffee stout over vanilla or, better yet, dulce de leche ice cream?  Hoo boy.

Still not sold?  Try going with a lambic for your first venture.  I'll cover the style in more depth at a later time but there's ice cream melting as we speak and I don't like to keep it waiting. 

I went with Lindemans Framboise (raspberry) and classic vanilla bean ice cream.  I've had a lambic float using sherbet but wanted to give it some extra creaminess this time around.

Put a few scoops of vanilla ice cream into a glass.  It's even better if the ice cream has softened a little bit.

Slowly pour in the lambic.

You can stop with a little.

 Or just keep on pouring.

Before you even take your first sip, from a strictly visual aspect:  doesn't this look so darn festive?

 Give it a little stir to release all of the rich vanilla ice cream that is hiding in that fuschia-colored raspberry froth.


(I'm not trying to be dramatic for blog's sake.  I'm genuinely hyped about this!)

If you're curious about this unsuspecting combo, I wholeheartedly recommend a fruit lambic over vanilla ice cream.  Lindemans makes apple, peach and cherry lambics, as well.  You can find them at your local specialty Beer & Wine store and some grocery stores (Wegmans, Harris Teeter.)   

If you want a more adventurous (but at the same time, more traditional) float, try using Young's Double Chocolate Stout or any other creamy, not-too-roasty stout.

This one tastes like a fresh raspberry dreamsicle.  Tart, creamy, a tiny bit of effervescence on the back of the tongue.  SO. GOOD.

The buzz is just a bonus.


  1. J'adore Lambic. When we visited the Flying Saucer in Nashville, that was what I kept going back to time after time. Sadly, they didn't offer it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

  2. I *LOVE* Lindemans Framboise! Will have to track some down and try this out!

  3. If I didn't have hockey last night this float would have been a horrible movie starring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie.

    Some other beers that have been GREAT for floats were North Coast Brewing Co. - Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout and Southern Tier Brewing Co. - Choklat Imperial Stout. My "set in her ways" Aunt from NC thought a beer float sounded like the grossest thing in the world...she was quickly converted.

  4. Wendi - Wait until you try it avec la glace. Oh oui.

    Amy - vanilla would go well with peche, too. Peaches 'n cream...nom.

    Mike - Ha! 30 seconds even. Great suggestions, dooder. I was going to suggest Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout, too (even though it's seasonal.)

  5. NICE. I remember the first time we tried this over at your place, several summers ago. So good.

  6. Liam, you absolutely have to try the lambic/vanilla ice cream combo. The lamberts (sherbics?) were good...but these are even bettererer.

  7. Great idea, my husband the beer lover would love this. Do you have any wine inspired desserts?

  8. Ok, I definitely have to try this. Our favorite local restaurant/ice cream shop has a Guinness float and Guinness ice cream, and I've been too chicken to try it. The raspberry looks DELISH.

  9. This sounds and looks awesome! I am so trying this! Thanks!

  10. Jennifurla - this one goes over well with the husbands :) I wonder if this would work with dessert wine...

    Pammy Dawn - Guinness ice cream?! That sounds like a really cool place. Give it a try next time and let me know how it is, seriously!

    Marisa - thanks for stopping by :D

  11. Tonight Jeopardy had a "beer by country" category, and I thought of your beer series!

  12. Aww man! We watch Jeopardy at home just about every night and missed last night. It would've been cool to keep score on that one...

  13. I had a really horrible break-up two years ago and decided the only thing that would take the edge of was a trip to Belgium. So, as you can imagine, I had quite a few makeout sessions with Lindemann's.

  14. Hi ICP. I'm tempted to pick a fight with my husband so that I can justify a plane ticket to Belgium.

    That lambic guy gets around.

  15. I'm sorry, WHAT?! Did you just post that? Did we just become best friends? (yup!)

    Thank you! I will be trying this this weekend!


  16. Hey new BFF! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did :D