I Tried Miller High Life and Tipsy Scoop’s New Ice Cream Dive Bar Collab and Got Way More than I Bargained For
Despite knowing a few brewers and people who educate drinkers about beer, I’m really one of those people who only reaches for a beer under very specific circumstances. That could be at a cookout, maybe while watching a game, or when ordering a “Shawty” — a shot of tequila and a Coronita to chase — at El Bar, my now-shuttered favorite dive bar in Atlanta.
One thing I do love, however, is ice cream, and I have a particular penchant for daring, creative flavor profiles. So when I heard that Miller High Life was partnering with Tipsy Scoop to create an ice cream bar that captures the essence of dive bars, I was immediately intrigued.
Serving as a celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the ice cream bar, the Ice Cream Dive Bar aims to combine Miller-infused ice cream with “dive bar mix-ins.” What exactly does that consist of, you ask? Flavor profiles include a salty peanut swirl, to capture the ubiquitous bar-top snack; a hint of tobacco smoke, to capture the aroma of most dive bars in places where indoor smoking is still allowed; caramel, to evoke the sticky floors most of us try not to explore too closely; and carbonated candy, to represent the fizziness of the “Champagne of Beers” — all encased in a dark chocolate coating meant to complete the experience by giving you dark wood and dim light vibes.
So what does a dive bar taste like? Honestly, I’m still not sure I know. But that didn’t stop me from loving these frozen treats. Even though the beer and smoke were the two ingredients I was most skeptical about (I was expecting them to overpower the other flavors), I instead got a very well-balanced, salted caramel ice cream bar. It was very reminiscent of a Snickers bar — that may or may not have given me a little bit of a buzz. Don’t judge me too hard, though; I had two of them back to back, on an empty stomach … and I’m pretty sure I felt something.
The Ice Cream Dive Bars are available to purchase both individually or in a six-pack option and what I did notice is that the various flavor elements are not equally distributed across each bar: I didn’t see caramel or peanut swirls, even though the taste was there. I got a little bit of the crunch and fizziness of them in one of the bars I ate, but not the other. So, if you’re looking for consistency across each bar, you may be disappointed. On the other hand, I did love the size of the product; it was just enough to satisfy a craving or a sweet tooth.
Overall, if these Miller High Life Ice Cream Dive Bars were not a limited-edition product, they would definitely be added to my ice cream rotation. Unfortunately, these are only available while supplies last online.
If you’re interested in picking these up and trying them for yourself, the Ice Cream Dive Bar six-pack retails at $36, while the individual bars are $6 each with each bar featuring 5 percent ABV. Both options are available for delivery nationwide via TipsyScoop.com (at press time, they’re sold out on Goldbelly.com). If you live in New York City, though, you can grab these in person at one of the three area Tipsy Scoop Barlours in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Beach.