Beer Floats

Banana bread beer floats are a refreshing treat for summer.  And dessert too.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comDo this.  For real.  Beer floats are kind of amazing.  And this one, with banana bread beer(!) is super yummy.  I was thinking these would be fantastic for Father’s Day celebrating.  Or a man’s birthday.  Or Saturday.

Banana bread beer floats!! YUM!  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMy local supermarket has been carrying craft beers for the last year or so, so I didn’t even have to go track this down any where fancy.  They also have a chocolate stout version (which I used here) that is GOOD.  There is no recipe for a beer float.  Add scoops of ice cream, pour beer on top.  Drink. 

Make a beer float this summer!  This banana bread beer is perfect.  Or try a stout with chocolately flavors!  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comIt’s dessert and adult beverage in one.  I don’t see why you wouldn’t have one of these on a balmy summer night.  Have you ever tried a beer float before? 

Beer floats are perfect for summer.  And Father's Day.  And any other manly holiday. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comJust like a regular float, the beer foams up when you top the ice cream.  But please drink responsibly, and by that I mean make sure the kids know this is not a root beer float.  And don’t drink and drive.  And don’t drunk text.



Beer Chocolate and Chile Ice Cream

beer chocolate chile ice creamYup, I made beer chocolate and chile ice cream.  Well, it totally had chocolate and chile in it too.  And it was good.  And it is another great recipe for game day.  People seem to get excited about game day.  But I get excited about ice cream.

Beer Chocolate and Chile Ice Cream


  • 1 large pasilla negro chile, stemmed, seeded, deveined (I found this is the International Foods Aisle at my grocery store. It was not called exactly as it is written above, but look for key words…)
  • 1 1/3 cups half-and-half
  • 2 ounces Mexican chocolate, chopped in to small pieces (I could not find Mexican chocolate so instead I used a bittersweet chocolate and added a touch of cinnamon to the recipe)
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into 1/4″ pieces
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla, preferably Mexican
  • 1/4 cup Bohemia beer


  1. In a small skillet heated over medium, toast the chile, pressing it flat against the skillet with a metal spatula until it is very aromatic—about 10 seconds per side. Place in a small saucepan and add the half-and-half, Mexican chocolate and the semi-sweet chocolate; heat over medium until steaming (but not boiling). Remove from heat. Cover and let steep for 10 minutes, then pour into a blender jar and process until the chile is completely pureed.
  2. Set up a 4-quart saucepan, filled halfway with water, into which you can nestle a 3-quart stainless steel bowl. Bring the pot of water to a boil over high heat while you’re preparing the custard base. Reduce the temperature under the pot of boiling water to maintain a gentle simmer.
  3. In the 3-quart stainless steel bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until thoroughly combined, then whisk in the chile-infused chocolate mixture. Set the bowl of custard base over the simmering water and whisk frequently, scraping down the sides of the bowl regularly with a rubber spatula, until the mixture thickens noticeably, about 5 minutes. The custard is sufficiently cooked when it reaches 180 degrees on an instant-read thermometer. (You can also test it by dipping a wooden spoon into the custard, then running your finger through the custard: if the line holds clearly, the custard has thickened sufficiently.) For the finest texture, strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a clean bowl.
  4. Fill a large bowl halfway with ice. Nestle the bowl of strained custard in the ice bath. Whisk the mixture until it is completely cool. Refrigerate if not using immediately.
  5. Stir the heavy cream, vanilla and Bohemia into the base. Freeze in an ice cream freezer according to the manufacturer’s directions. Scrape into a freezer container and freeze for several hours to firm.
  6. Recipe courtesy of Bohemia Beer


Beer Brownies with Stout Whipped Cream for Game Day

Beer brownies for Game DayI’m sure that most of you have never had beer in your brownies.  And even more of you have probably never had beer in your whipped cream!  Head over to Savvy Sassy Moms to see this man friendly, but lady approved game day dessert.  Go team!


Project 12 Beers from Budweiser #BrewForYou #Sponsored #MC

*I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Budweiser.  I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.
beer tasting and pokerLast year I got my husband an at-home beer brewing kit for his birthday.  It was really fun to see him creating the beer from scratch and then get to try it once it was ready.  The process is rather long and oh, did I mention he chose my living room to set his beer barrel in?  Not ideal.  The final product turned out pretty great and he is gearing up to make another batch (Yeah! She said sarcastically…).  When he isn’t brewing his own beer (its a rather new hobby) he is a total Budweiser man.  I’m sure he likes the taste, but I know he is also into the business side of things, like the longevity, the original family run business and the marketing.  There is always Budweiser at our house.  So when I got the email about these Project 12 beers from Budweiser I just knew I had to get them for us to try.

beer and poker partySo what the heck is Project 12?  I think it is kind of awesome.  The brewmasters at Budweiser created these three beers starting with the signature yeast used by Adolphus Busch in 1876.  This keeps the clean, crisp taste of the original but then chose ingredients found around the United States to create 3 unique flavor profiles.  North Pacific Lager (Batch 94534, Fairfield, CA) is brewed with a blend of hops found in the Pacific Northwest.  This lager has a deep gold color that is quite pretty.  Am I allowed to call beer pretty?  The Vanilla Bourbon Cask (Batch 23185, Williamsburg, VA) is aged on a bed of wood from bourbon barrel and vanilla beans.  You KNOW this is the one I went after first!  And the Beechwood Boch (Batch 43229, Columbus, Ohio) is brewed with chocolate and caramel malts…Oh yeah!  These limited-edition sampler packs will be available nationwide through the end of the year.  So go find them!

poker-night-with-beer-tastingI had set up a poker night in honor of my husband’s birthday before I even knew I would be getting to try the beers.  I invited a few of his closest friends and family over and while I was going to go hide in the bedroom and let them have their guy time, I was certainly going to try out the beers too.

poker-night-with-budweiser-12-tastingI’m totally in love with the packaging.  It looks totally different from the original and is very graphic yet simple.  My husband went straight for the North Pacific Lager.  Hearty, hoppy and aromatic is how my husband described it to me.  I don’t know enough about beer to be that descriptive.  I did find it tasty though.

beer-and-pokerMy father in law was the first to arrive for poker.  He went right to the Vanilla Bourbon Cask.  This one had a smooth flavor and rich aromas.  It was his favorite of all of them for sure.  I am hoping to find some more of this for him.  I will totally win daughter-in-law points for that for sure.  This was my favorite too.  It had a touch of sweetness that was really nice.

mini-beer-tasting-glassesAlong with the beer, Budweiser sent these little beer tasting glasses.  They were perfect.  I wanted to make sure the boys had enough beer, but of course I needed to try them all too.  These will also come in handy for the next time my husband brews his own.  We’ll have to hold a tasting for that as well.  But I am guessing there will be no vanilla or chocolate notes in his.  Boo.

project-12-beer-tasting-and-pokerThe batches are named after the zip codes where the beers were brewed.  And while the beers taste amazing on their own, they also lend themselves quite well to recipes.  The Beechwood Bock works perfectly in a Spiced Pecan Cheese Ball.  And how amazing do Pumpkin Bites with Vanilla Bourbon Cask Cream sound?!  Prepare puff pastry cups and let cool.  Add prepared pumpkin pie filling to each.  To create the cream, mix 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 oz. Vanilla Bourbon Cask with a mixer until light and fluffy.  Spoon over the pumpkin and eat the heck out of them.

vanilla-bourbon-cask-budweiser-project-12The big winner of the night was the Vanilla Bourbon Cask.  Overall, everyone at the poker party really enjoyed this one.  Keep your eyes out for it.  You will not be disappointed!

beer-and-poker-snacksOf course I provided food for the guys.  I didn’t try to pair it with the beers but kept it very poker-y, you know basically snacks and meats.  But it worked out perfectly.  The North Pacific Lager goes really well with cheddar, found on chips and popcorn I served and the Vanilla Bourbon Cask goes great with the bacon from the dip I served.  But don’t take my word for it.  You should hold your own Project 12 tasting.  Keep your eyes out for these beers.  In fact, if you see them, leave me a comment and let me know where!