Ice Cream and Beer, what could be better?

I’ve heard of a root beer float, but never just a beer float; however, an article I read this morning has me itching to try one.

The fall is filled with craft beers brewed with cloves, nutmeg, brown sugar and other traditional flavors of the season. Combine one of these tasty brews with two or three scoops of premium vanilla ice cream – or better yet, one of the quality pumpkin ice creams that you can find in the freezer section of the grocery store this time of year – and you’ve got a beer float reminiscent of a pumpkin pie.

I think I want to try a pumpkin ale with a scoop of pumpkin ice cream.  There is a homemade ice cream shop about 30 minutes from my house ( that makes a really great pumpkin ice cream this time of year.  That with some Dogfish Head Punkin could be the perfect marriage of flavor.

What flavors would you try, or better yet, have you already tried this experiment?


There are 6 comments left

  1. Andres /

    Try it with Young’s Double Chocolate Stout or Oskar Blues’ Ten Fiddy

  2. D /

    My fraternity back in college always made beer shakes for St. Patty’s Day. One simply combined vanilla ice cream, a pint of Killians or Guinness, and green food coloring, and blended until smooth.

    I love the idea of trying this with a christmas ale though!

  3. Glenn /

    I have tried vanilla with pumpkin spice and it’s great. One of our (Victoria, BC) local breweries makes an awesome chocolate porter. This is also amazing with vanilla ice cream.

    Bon appetit!

    1. Chris
      Chris /

      I like this idea both you and Andres mention. A chocolate stout or porter sundae sounds delicious.

  4. Tyler /

    On a slow night at my buddy’s bar last winter he made me a beer float flight. We did one scoop of vanilla in a rocks glass of Guinness, Old Rasputin and Bourbon County. The Bourbon County was obviously the best, but they were all great. It’s quite a tasty treat.

  5. Scott
    Scott / Post Author

    Wow, thanks for the comments!!! At lunch we ran out and picked up:
    -Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
    -Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
    -Oskar Blues Ten Fiddy Imperial Stout

    We plan on doing a Real Beer Float review tomorrow night, with the results being posted on Friday. Here’s a picture of the beers until then:

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