Wednesday, March 10

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a Beer Ice Cream Float

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St. Patrick's Day. It's all about meat, 'taters, cabbage, and leprechauns. No wonder this Italian girl from New England has never gotten excited about it. Fortunately, it's also about beer, and that does get me excited.

I'm a late-comer to beer, but I love it; since I live in San Diego, that's a good thing. With a whopping 33 breweries producing craft beer, San Diego was recently crowned the top beer city in the country by Men’s Journal.

I just discovered an amazing seasonal beer called Pipeline Porter. It's brewed by Kona Brewing Company in Hawaii but distributed to only a handful of markets including San Diego. It may just be the perfect beer for a Beer Ice Cream Float.

Made with rich, freshly roasted 100% Hawaiin Kona coffee, Pipeline Porter is a smooth, dark, complex beer with a distinctive espresso flavor. It's delicious on its own, but it's downright decadent when paired with premium coffee ice cream for an authentic Beer Ice Cream Float. If you can't get Pipeline Porter, then substitute another porter or stout with chocolate or espresso notes. Then celebrate St. Patrick's Day, with or without the leprechauns.

Beer Ice Cream Float
Makes 1
Print recipe only here.

2-3 scoops premium coffee ice cream
1 bottle Pipeline Porter (for San Diegans) or other rich, dark, coffee flavored porter or stout

1. Fill a tall chilled glass with ice cream, and slowly pour beer over it. Enjoy!

You might also enjoy these recipes featuring beer from Food Blogga:
Dill and Beer Quick Bread
Chocolate Stout Pudding (for adults only!)
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Maple Smoked Bacon and Beer (made with San Diego Arrogant Bastard Ale)


You might also enjoy these beer cocktails:
5 Beer Cocktails for St. Patrick's Day at YumSugar
Michelada (a beer cocktail) recipe at Serious Eats
Beer Margarita recipe from The Kitchn

28 comments:

Jessica said...

This would be an undeniable hit here in Pittsburgh, but the beer would be dyed green. ;)

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

You're insane. And, I love it.

Kathleen said...

As crazy as a beer float seems. I think I would like this. Rootbeer floats have always been too sweet for me so this version might be the ticket.

Bellini Valli said...

Now there's a new way to enjoy Chocolate Beer that I love.

Jean said...

Your favored brew is unavailable to us here in South Mississippi, but we DO have something that fits perfectly into your recipe: Lazy Magnolia Brewery's Southern Pecan brown ale. Makes a fantastic float, not unlike your fave, I'll wager.

Unplanned Cooking said...

That is a great idea! My husband is obsessed with root beer floats. I bet this would be right up his ally, too.

Kara said...

Now THIS is a part of St. Patty's Day I can get behind... dark (coffee-y, chocolate-y) beer and coffee ice cream? I'll take two. (such a great idea, Susan!)

Sari said...

Wow, that's really interesting! I still can't decide if I like it or not :) I might rather indulge beer and ice cream separately. But I must confess that it looks very intriguing! ;)

We Are Not Martha said...

This is SO simple but such an awesome idea!

Sues

Sage Trifle said...

I want one!

przepisy said...

and i cannot drink so i'd like to coke float;)

lisaiscooking said...

I've heard of Kona Brewing Company, but haven't tried the Pipeline Porter yet. Sounds fantastic with the coffee ice cream!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

That's only a short step away from beer milkshakes. Is that really a path we want to go down?

The Teacher Cooks said...

This is quite interesting.

Patty said...

I'm so excited for St. Patrick's Day and a beer ice cream float sounds like the perfect way to celebrate!

Rambling Tart said...

Ohhh, I can't wait to track some of this down! YUM! :-)

The Food Hunter said...

Now that's an interesting idea.

tamilyn said...

Not an ice cream fan, but it looks interesting. Not sure who I can try this out on.....

Susan from Food Blogga said...

jessica-Hah!

tw-Crazy is good. ;)

kathleen-These beer floats are seriously good. I swear.

cal-Hell, yeah!

jean-Oh, I had a pecan ale when I was in RI and absolutely loved it. Sounds perfect for a float!

unplannedcooking-Then he'll really love these!

kara-That 'a girl! ;)

sari-You may be surprised at how much you like it!

sues-Thanks SO much! :)

przepisy-Coke floats are good too!

sagetrifle-Coming right up!

lisaiscooking-If you even find it, I highly recommend trying it.

theteachercooks-Thanks.

patty-It makes you feel festive. That's for sure!

lynn-Perhaps, yes. ;)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

ramblingtart-I hope you find it!

foodhunter-It's great!

tamilyn-It shouldn't be too hard to find a guinea pig!

Anonymous said...

Check out these guys and their float recipe WWW.guinnessicecream.com

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Love..........this float. Hmmm

Kelsey B. said...

This looks fabulous. In fact, now that the kid's asleep...

Maria said...

Great way to celebrate!

Anonymous said...

My husband and I made a drink like this from a recipe found in the seat back magazine on Southwest Airline. It made a milk shake with guiness and vanilla ice cream. It tasted great. The beer taste cut the sweetness of the ice cream.

Cindy said...

Beer Ice Cream Float-oh my, haven't heard of the like. I am going to try it.

Moon Cat said...

Love love love, Brooklyn brewing black chocolate stout over vanilla ice cream!

James said...

A few weeks ago, we’d picked up a bottle of Black Boss Porter, which had since been languishing in my fridge. A big, dark, roasty beer that coats the tongue with a wash of coffee, caramel, malt, molasses, and maple syrup, it’s delicious—but not exactly a prime dinner companion. So it waited, and I wondered. And then I got thirsty, as I’ve been known to do—for dessert. Running with a vague recollection of something strange I’d once read in a restaurant review, I took down a drinking glass and my trusty spring-loaded ice cream scoop. I stacked three golf-ball-size scoops of vanilla bean ice cream in the glass, popped open the porter, and poured.

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