Slideshow: Drinking Nationally: Beer Cocktails

The Haymaker at Cicchetti in Seattle
The Haymaker at Cicchetti in Seattle
The Haymaker served at Cicchetti in Seattle's Eastlake neighborhood is a light and fruity cocktail made with Batavia Arrack, brandy, apricot liqueur, lemon juice, and Manny's Pale Ale from local Georgetown Brewing Company. Refreshing from the first sip, it's a bit sour and bit sweet. The apricot flavor powers the drink while the fizzy and hoppy pale ale adds a bit of punch.

Cicchetti
121 E Boston Street, Seattle, WA 98102 (map) 206-859-4155; serafinaseattle.com/cicchetti

Contributed by Paul Gibson

Foxy Brown at Spints Alehouse in Portland, OR
Foxy Brown at Spints Alehouse in Portland, OR
Foxy Brown features Bulleit bourbon, Laurelwood Tree Hugger porter, chocolate bitters, maple syrup, and a brandied cherry. ($8) It's a rich, complex sipper that will please fans of porter and bourbon alike. A sweet, woody nose leads to a earthy spice and vanilla flavor, with a tinge of roasted malt bitterness and tang in the finish.

Spints Alehouse
401 NE 28th Avenue, Portland OR 97232 (map) 503-847-2534; spintspdx.com

Contributed by Jim Bonomo

Bier Cocktails at Vandaag, NY
Bier Cocktails at Vandaag, NY
An entire section of the cocktail menu at Vandaag is devoted to beer-based drinks, and every drink's a winner. From left to right: the Bitter Linzer ($13) brings together calvados, Batavia Arrack, sweet vermouth, lemon, eggwhite, spiced syrup, and Timmermans framboise. It's delicately sweet and beautifully smooth. The Radler ($10) is tart and spicy, balancing pineapple-infused aquavit, ginger syrup, and lime with Blanche de Bruxelles witbier. The CB3 Sour ($12) is like a stepped-up whiskey soda, with Rodenbach instead of soda, plus housemade grenadine, fresh lemon, and orange juice. It's oaky and complex, but refreshing, with a lovely berry flavor. We could drink these all day.

Vandaag
103 2nd Avenue, New York, NY (map) 212-253-0470; vandaagnyc.com

Contributed by Maggie Hoffman

Nautilus Flip at 15 Romolo, San Francisco
Nautilus Flip at 15 Romolo, San Francisco
While touting it as "a sea monster of a drink" on the menu might lead to a momentary disappointment at the arrival of something looking more like a cold frappucino, the Nautilus Flip is everything a good grog should be: plenty rummy and easy on the throat. Nutmeg-speckled egg froth gives off the scent of warm pumpkin pie and the liquid that follows tastes at first like a wintery mix of cold eggnog and cappucino, but the addition of Bonal Quina, cacao tincture and Port Brewing's Santa's Little Helper Imperial Stout give it a deeper flavor, rather like an ice-cold Mexican hot chocolate. A healthy dose of Kraken spiced rum and a bit of honey syrup round things out, making this a winner for seamen and landlubbers alike.

15 Romolo
15 Romolo Place, San Francisco, CA (map) 415-398-1359; 15romolo.com

Contributed by Mariah Gardner

Perfect Storm at The Gage, Chicago
Perfect Storm at The Gage, Chicago
Gosling's Black Seal, Domaine de Canton, Ginger, and Harp ($12). This brand new spring cocktail is a refreshing riff on a Dark and Stormy. The Harp adds a touch of bitterness, which contrasts nicely with the spicy ginger and keeps you sipping.

The Gage
24 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL (map) 312-372-4243; thegagechicago.com

Contributed by Anthony Todd

Beer Flip at The Dandelion Pub, Philadelphia
Beer Flip at The Dandelion Pub, Philadelphia
A shaken blend of Young's Double Chocolate Stout, white rum, a whole egg, and marmalade, strained into a squat half pint glass and finished with a sprinkling of nutmeg. This cocktail is smooth, frothy, and creamy, with hints of bitter coffee, cocoa, and orange—it's a drink that will please milkshake fans.

The Dandelion Pub
18th and Sansom Streets, Philadelphia PA 19103 (map) 215-558-2500; thedandelionpub.com

Contributed by Caroline Russock

Beer Float at The Golden State, Los Angeles
Beer Float at The Golden State, Los Angeles
Ok, it's not quite a cocktail, but The Golden State’s beer float ($8) is too delicious to leave out. It starts with Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, but gets richer with a generous dollop of brown bread gelato from Scoops. The potent roasted stout holds its own against the sweet nuttiness of the ice cream.

The Golden State
426 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (map) 323-782-8331; thegoldenstatecafe.com/

Contributed by Katie Robbins

Summer Shandy at Terzo Piano
Summer Shandy at Terzo Piano
Two Brothers Ebel's Weiss, Hum Botanical Spirit, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, lemon/lime soda ($8). Due to officially join on the menu on April 1, this spin on a shandy is perfect for outdoor sipping on Terzo's perfect terrace overlooking the skyline. The Ebel Weiss replaces typical strong citrus flavors with notes of clove and banana, which match well with the strong botanical flavors of Hum.

Terzo Piano
159 E Monroe Street, Chicago, IL (map) 312-443-8650; terzopianochicago.com

Contributed by Anthony Todd

Vice Grip at The Alembic Bar
Vice Grip at The Alembic Bar
At first look, you could be forgiven for thinking the waiter has delivered not a cocktail but a short pour of dark beer. The coffee flavor of the Vice Grip does hint at some porters, but this cocktail is rich and sweet with a base of Araku Coffee Rum Liqueur and Brachetto d'Acqui, an Italian red wine. A bit of porter froth tops it all off.

Alembic
1725 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA (map) 415-666-0822; alembicbar.com

Contributed by David Kover

Margaveza at Barrio in Bellevue, WA
Margaveza at Barrio in Bellevue, WA
This cocktail mixes Barrio's house margarita (El Charro reposado tequila, Quady Essensia orange Muscat white wine, lime, and agave syrup) with Tecate. The beer comes through strong and bitter, offsetting the sweetness of the agave.

Barrio
10650 NE 4th Street, Bellevue, WA 98004 (map) 425-502-5021; barriorestaurant.com

Contributed by Adam Lindsley

Cascading Hop Head at the Library Bar, Los Angeles
Cascading Hop Head at the Library Bar, Los Angeles
It took the Library Bar’s ace mixologist Matthew Biancaniello a full month of experimentation to concoct his first beer cocktail—a frothy blend of cascade hops-infused Tanqueray gin, IPA, honey, and fresh grapefruit and lemon juices. But it was well worth the effort—when shaken together and served over ice, the cocktail is refreshingly effervescent, tangy and a little sweet to begin, with a decidedly bold, hoppy finish.

Library Bar
7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (map) 323-782-8331; website

Contributed by Katie Robbins