I Tried It: Beer Cocktails Part 1, Baby Steps

I am curious about all the ways beer can be enjoyed outside of drinking it from a glass, from cooking to cocktails. However, my experience in mixing beer with anything is nonexistent. I'm working my way up from drinking my beer "straight" to being able to order a craft beer cocktail at some hip place and having at least an idea of what to expect. That being said, the first installment of my experiments with craft beer cocktails this week starts out relatively tame, with three beer cocktails mixed with cider, other beer (still counts), and espresso.

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I Tried It - 2015 Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout & Barleywine

A word of warning: I don’t hate Goose Island and I don’t drop breweries when they sell to bigger guys or sell controlling stakes. I’ve encountered a lot of Goose Island hate since moving back to North Carolina that I didn’t really encounter in Chicago. What changes most people’s minds about what it means for a brewery to “sell out” is having a beloved local or regional brewery go from being independently owned to being part of another company or to no longer have a controlling interest in its operations. 

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I Tried It - NoDa's White Elephant Bottle Party

If you’ve never been to a White Elephant Bottle Party at NoDa, I highly recommend going. Don’t feel intimidated about bringing the “right” beer and don’t worry about whether your beer is “special” enough because it’s very likely that whatever you bring is going to be new and exciting to someone there. To find out about the next White Elephant Bottle Party at NoDa, like their page on Facebook and keep an eye on their Events page. 

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