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These Beer Cocktails are Perfect for Fall (and Winter, too)

Fall, it’s a #mood. And you need a drink to match. We’ve waxed poetic about the beer cocktail’s ability to make beer even more fun, as if that even seemed possible. Especially as temperatures drop and we spend more time at home, it’s clutch to have multiple ways on hand to enjoy our favorite brews. Sometimes you just want to crack a can, and sometimes you want your drink to be a mini-hobby, where you can get a little fancy and have fun with different flavors. 

For that reason, we present beer cocktails, part deux. This mix runs the gamut to appeal to fans of beverages that are warm, spiced, spicy, sweet, or all of the above. Let’s take our craft beers and get, well, crafty, 

 

Dublin Iced Coffee

Of course, fall and winter cocktails don’t have to be warm. It’s all about flavors: anything spicy, roasty, chocolatey, nutty, smoky, herbal, or any combination of those, works. The main objective is finding that sweet spot of what’s comforting, then elevating it with fresh, exciting twists. Case in point, this Dublin Iced Coffee recipe from Bon Appetit. What’s more comforting than that daily java fix? Then you take that and raise the bar with a perfectly roasty stout--we opted for the EBBS Stout No. 1--and lush cream, and well, you’ve got yourself an instant forever favorite. Thanks to the EBBS stout, this easy-going party-in-a-glass is chocolatey with notes of lightly roasted coffee, and hints of citrus and dryness to keep things from getting too rich.

  • 2 oz. EBBS Stout No. 1
  • 2 oz. strong cold brew coffee
  • 1 ½ oz. Irish whiskey
  • ¾ oz. simple syrup
  • ½ oz. heavy cream
  • Freshly grated cinnamon stick for garnish

Step 1: Mix the stout, whiskey, coffee, and simple syrup in a highball glass.

Step 2: Add ice to fill.

Step 3: Add the cream.

Step 4: Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

 

Gluhbier

If you close your eyes and take a deep breath over a steaming hot cup of gluhbier, you’ll find yourself, at least momentarily, transported to a German Christmas market. A cobblestone square lined by old churches and shops, dotted with wooden booths hawking homemade wares, everything twinkling in lights, and the warming aroma of spiced gluhwein and gluhbier wafting over it all. Essentially, this drink is pretty powerful stuff when it comes to feeling festive.

Gluhbier is mulled beer, and it’s so easy to make yet such a special treat to pull out for the holidays or just turn any old winter Tuesday evening into a celebration with. GQ published this straightforward recipe, and we found it works incredibly well with Champion Brewing Company Missile IPA. Its bitter hoppiness will temper any sweetness while its citrusy notes harmonize with all these spices.

  • 22 oz. Champion Missile IPA
  • 6 tbsp. honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 50 grams fresh ginger
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 lemon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Orange peel or extra cinnamon sticks for garnish

Step 1: Put all of your ingredients together in a pan.

Step 2: Bring to a boil. Don’t heat for too long, as the flavors will start to turn and the alcohol will burn off.

Step 3: Let the mixture cool for a few minutes, then pass it through a sieve.

Step 4: Serve, or keep until you’re ready to serve and just warm it up in a pan. Garnish with an orange peel or cinnamon stick.

 

Honey Cider Beer Cocktail

A quintessential fall cocktail feels like drinking a stroll through apple orchards on a sunny, cool day with a 360-degree view of flame-hued foliage. This is that quintessential cocktail. Crisp apple, sweet honey, tart lemon--they all come together to represent all the flavors of autumn in each sip. As the base of this magically warming yet refreshing delight, built to share, we used the Jackalope Brewing Company Thunder Ann Pale Ale. Notes of citrus, apricot, and mango play off its honey malt backbone for a bright-meets-sweet combo that’s perfectly in step with this overall recipe.

  • 2 cans/24 oz. Jackalope Thunder Ann Pale Ale
  • 1 ½ cups apple cider
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 cups seltzer water
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 sliced Gala apple

Step 1: Combine cider and honey in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a simmer. 

Step 2: Cook until reduced to 1 cup, stirring occasionally.

Step 3: Remove pan from heat; cool to room temperature. 

Step 4: Cover and chill for 4 hours or overnight.

Step 5: Pour ½ cup of the cider mixture into a large pitcher. 

Step 6: Add seltzer, lemon juice, and beer to pitcher, stirring to combine.

Step 7: Stir in half of the apple slices.

Step 8: Serve over ice; garnish with remaining apple slices.

 

Pumpkin Pie Moscow Mule 

The simple genius of a Moscow mule, just vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer, makes this classic a refreshing go-to in warmer weather. Considering its effortless deliciousness, we figured you’d be happy to know that this tipple can tip right into fall and winter with some decadent flavor swaps. 

The Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mule from Delish takes this time of year’s most beloved treat and applies those sweet and spiced flavors to an invigorating cocktail. You don’t even have to be good at math to know that’s a winning equation. For ginger beer, we used Nicole’s Extra from Halyard Brewing Company. True to its name, this choice definitely brought something extra with a bouquet of fruity aromas and a punch of ginger heat.

  • 1 can/12 oz. Halyard Nicole’s Extra Ginger Beer
  • ½ cup pumpkin pie vodka
  • ¼ cup apple cider
  • Pumpkin spice and cinnamon sticks for garnish

Step 1: Fill two copper mugs (or, you know, whatever you have) with ice.

Step 2: Divide the vodka and the apple cider between the two mugs.

Step 3: Divide the ginger beer between the two mugs.

Step 4: Garnish with a sprinkle of pumpkin spice and a cinnamon stick.

 

Michelada 

Refreshing in summer and warming in fall and winter, the fiery Michelada is always a welcome burst of spice. That’s why having a go-to recipe for a killer Michelada is a game-changer for your mixology portfolio--if you remember no other recipe, keep this one in mind. It can take your at-home brunch game into restaurant-worthy territory, and seriously spice up any afternoon.

We used the Original Copy Mexican Lager from 18th Ward Brewing. A masterfully brewed take on the tried-and-true, versatile style, this lager is clean, crisp, and lightly bready--in other words, an ideal anchor for the Michelada’s bold flavors.

  • 1 can 18th Ward Original Copy Mexican Lager
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Hot sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Clamato
  • Tajin

Step 1: Rim an iced glass with Tajin.

Step 2: Add dashes of hot sauce, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce at the bottom of the glass. Amounts here are left open because you can dash and splash according to your liking--how hot do you want this Michelada? More hot sauce packs more heat, of course, while more soy sauce makes things saltier.

Step 3: Fill half the glass with Clamato.

Step 4: Top the rest of the glass with the lager.

Step 5: Finish with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and stir drink before enjoying.

 

Stormy IPA 

With the sun setting earlier and snow already creeping into the picture in some parts of New York, what better refuge to take than your comfiest chair with your favorite TV binge and a very cool update on the Dark and Stormy? This drink is known for its heavenly balance of sweetness and spice, bursting with flavors that will chase away any bad-weather blues. And our spin goes out to all the craft beer fans out there.

We’ve turned the Dark and Stormy into the Stormy IPA. We used the Mayflower Brewing Company IPA becaused this beaut is a shining example of everyone’s favorite beer style. It’s malty, piney, and fruity, a mix that works exceptionally well with the heat of ginger and the sweetness of rum.

  • 6 oz. Mayflower IPA, very cold
  • 6 oz. ginger beer, very cold
  • 1 ½ oz. dark rum
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Lime slices for garnish

Step 1: Fill half of an iced glass with ginger beer.

Step 2: Top the rest of the glass with the IPA.

Step 3: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the rum and lime juice and shake.

Step 4: Strain/pour over the glass and stir well.

Step 5: Garnish with lime.

 

Cranberry Ginger Punch 

Holiday parties may look different this year, but we're determined to mix up a classic holiday party punch nonetheless. Created with seasonal favorite, cranberry, along with spicy ginger and lemon zest, this punch has all the makings of a perfect spirited cocktail. EBBS Lager No. 1 acts as a great companion, adding clean and floral notes to the punch that will quickly put you in a festive mood. 

  • 2 12 oz. EBBS Lager No. 1⁠
  • 2 cups cranberry juice⁠
  • 1 cup ginger ale⁠
  • Fresh cranberries and lemon wedges for serving⁠

Step 1: Combine the cranberry juice, ginger ale and beer in a large pitcher. 

Step 2: Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices and fresh cranberries.

 

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