Today I have a non-recipe recipe to share that is so simple to make and refreshing to drink on a hot end of Summer August night. We drove home from our vacation in Central Oregon to a hot muggy buggy sweltering Bay Area heat wave and thank goodness my husband brought what was left of a six pack of 10 barrel India Style Session Ale. Not being a beer drinker and I never thought I would say this but with a cold bottle of beer in hand and the Tillamook Vanilla Bean Ice Cream that I had stashed in my freezer – a thirst quenching Oregon style after dinner adult beverage was born.
I tried making my beer floats by first starting with a scoop of ice cream in the glass and then pouring in the cold beer but found that method to make more of a milk shake looking drink. My next attempt was to first pour in the beer and then add a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream, I think this way makes a much better looking drink with a distinctive layer of golden colored beer beneath the ice cream layer.
If you have the chance to visit Beertown USA: Bend, Oregon try touring few of the dozen craft breweries, many with pubs that will keep you contented long into the evening. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast and the beautiful Deschutes River captures your imagination you may find yourself browsing the real estate section of the local paper.
10 Barrel Brewing Co created the light to medium bodied, crisp with just enough hoppy-ness ISA that I used in my beer float. Now that I’ve discovered this refreshing combination of ice cream and beer, I’m inspired to try different flavors of ice cream floating in the beer my husband brings home -like a bottle of 10 Barrel Brew Co’s Seasonal Swill, a delicious Summer drinking beer, which could to be transformed into a refreshing adult beverage with Tillamook Oregon Strawberry or Tillamook Black Cherry ice cream.
The recipe for a beer float is easy: Cold Beer and Ice Cream in that order placed in a cold glass and passed with straws and spoons, enjoy!
Wow!! Here’s a look at the generous box of assorted flavors of Ice Cream I received this Summer from Tillamook on the Oregon Coast. One of these days we have to get over for a visit to the Oregon Coast, my husband wants to play golf at Bandon Dunes and I would love to take in the breathtaking views of the Pacific while visiting several of the small towns along the way.