Mixing it Up: Beer Cocktails from Oregon Live

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We've heard of micheladas and even summer shandies, but Cascadian Revolution? Or the Flemish 75? The bartenders out in Portland, Oregon are taking advantage of their excellent craft beer scene to mix up some tempting and tasty beer concoctions!

As described in the recent article “Preconceptions Shaken and Stirred,” the key to a good beer cocktail is to identify the biggest flavors in the beer and highlight them with other ingredients. The citrus in a hoppy beer can be further accentuated by a liquor like Grand Marnier, as evidenced in the Cascadian Revolution. A spicy and fruity Belgian ale can hold up the aromatics in a nice gin or a fruit-based eau de vie.

We really want to try one of the recipes given in the article: the Ursus Rodeo. This cocktail combines the intense roasted and caramelized flavors of an imperial stout with whiskey, Drambuie, Grand Marnier, and orange bitters. Talk about a winter warmer!

Have you ever tried a beer cocktail or experimented with making one yourself?

Read the Article + Two Beer Cocktail Recipes: Preconceptions Shaken and Stirred by John Foyston from MIX/Oregon Live

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