Somehow, flavored beers like pumpkin ale or raspberry beer seem more appropriate for the transitional seasons. With warm weather coming sooner than any of us anticipated, we've got a head start on rhubarb, as well as an early debut to one of my favorite warm weather activities, outdoor drinking. Sometimes there's no better way to relax than sitting at a table, soaking up the sun with a beer in hand.
'beer cocktails' on Serious Eats
With the Super Bowl approaching, we at Serious Eats thought it was time to talk beer cocktails. Sure, you can crack open a cold one and sip straight from the bottle or can; that's always easy and it's always delicious. But this is a cocktail column, and sipping 'Gansett from a can may be fun...but it ain't a cocktail. These mixed drinks offer a little more than straight beer can give you. Beer cocktails have gained quite a bit of popularity over the past year or two; beer provides more complex flavor and body than your average mixer without adding a ton of alcohol.
Lately we've noticed a lot of beer-based cocktails on bar menus all around the country. Whether it's a chocolaty imperial stout, a tart Flanders red, or a dash of bitter pale ale, beer adds complex flavor and refreshing effervescence to a mixed drink. Check out the slideshow for our favorites.