Ice cream, the nectar of the Gods. And I think we can all agree that it’s especially lip-smacking on a hot summer day. When temperatures rise, we love a scoop or three of cookies and cream, cookie dough, or peanut butter cup — all covered in fudge, caramel, and sprinkles and piled atop a waffle cone. We don’t even mind when it melts and drips all over our fingers and down our hands. That’s just part of the magic.
As if we needed another reason to grab a pint of our favorite ice cream and hunker down with some friends and a spoon, July 21st is National Ice Cream Day. To celebrate, we wanted to find a way to pair ice cream with beer. Sweet and savory. Dessert with a drink. Makes sense, right? But we needed to come correct. Ice cream is serious business — no half-stepping allowed.
To be sure that we offered up legit flavor combos, we asked some of our favorite brewers to tell us what beers they like to pair with their favorite ice cream flavors. As usual, their answers did not disappoint.
Brian Morris, innovation brewer at Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Ice cream and beer are definitely made for each other. You just need to right combination. Wasatch’s Doppelbock, Devastator, is an incredible pairing with a few scoops of butter pecan ice cream.
Casey Brewing and Blending Casey Family Preserves
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Casey Family Preserves – Peach 🍑 . We made a small blend of an old favorite with all the organic Red Haven peaches from 2018. This 2 barrel blend got these juice bombs at a rate of over 4 pounds per gallon and has been conditioning ever since the end of September 2018. Gigantic stone fruit presence and restrained acidity from the Saison barrels chosen. We're not planning on blending this straight up in 2019, so this will be the last chance to get this beer! Available July 3rd – 5th & 7th. Ticket link in bio. 🍻 #caseybrewing #consciouslyblended #caseyfamilypreserves
Tim Matthews, head of brewing operations at Oskar Blues Brewery
It’s all about mixed fermentation or saisons –since the bitterness of other styles doesn’t jive so well for me with ice cream. Casey Brewing and Blending Peach Fruit Stand or Apricot Casey Family Preserves are special options here.
Not Your Father’s Root Beer
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Ellis Dee, QA Lab Chemist at Blue Point Brewing Company
I’m going to go as classic as possible with this and choose one that technically might not be a beer in the classic sense. Not Your Father’s Root Beer. Let’s not get too crazy here. It’s an adult root beer float.