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To Mix or Not to Mix?

I used to be a huge beer snob (some would say I still am), and I used to completely, utterly agree with the four rules that a neighborhood bar called Mr Dunderbak’s enforces:

  1. No Frozen Mugs
  2. No Fruit in Beer
  3. No Mixing Beers
  4. No Bud on Tap

I still completely support most of these rules, for various reasons (which, actually, I might cover in other blog posts), but the one I wanted to focus on today is rule number 3: No mixing beers.

A Black and Tan (Guinness and Smithwicks, typically) can be tasty, but Guinness is great on its own, as is Smithwicks. To mix the two, as was once my opinion, is a blasphemous action against the brewer who put all his time and effort into making a great tasting beer.

Bars like World of Beer offer a wide variety of “mixed draughts” that go beyond the standards, offering such options as Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and Framboise (raspberry-filled chocolate anyone?). Rauchbier with a Belgian, perhaps? Smokey and tangy can always go well together…

While mixing beers is not a new trend, it has seen something of a rebound and has been gaining traction. And it’s not even just mixing two beers together; one of the latest trends has been to mix beer with liquor.

Wait, what?

You may have already seen the Coronarita, a margarita with an upside-down bottle of Corona in it. I’ve tried it, and I really wasn’t a big fan, but it’s becoming quite popular. I’ve seen it available at a lot of different restaurants.

On top of that, ABC News recently posted an article sharing a couple other recipes: Gin, Lime Juice, and Framboise; Godiva, Kahlua, and a Dark Stout. With craft beer having such a diverse variety of taste and flavors available to us now, there are plenty of different recipes already out there.

I also recently found a Buzzfeed article in which they had tons of beertail recipes – and I may actually try a few. One that sounds the most interesting (and a little dangerous) to me is this Steamroller, a beer and whiskey concoction.

So, what to take from this…

In the end, it’s your own personal preference. Mixing beers with other beer or even liquor introduces new flavors, and the permutations are endless. This trend shows no signs of slowing, and I’m certainly curious what’s coming up next. And I hope you are too.