Beer and ice cream. Sounds weird, I know, but bear with me here.
There is precedent for this. Years ago, I worked at a restaurant/brewery with some really badass brewmasters, and a mad scientist of a manager. Pretty much all of my best industry stories, most of which I cannot repeat in so public or…civil…a forum, come from this place.
I also learned quite a bit about beer there. I learned that certain beers, the dark ones, deep roaste their malt. The way in which the malt is roasted is very similar to the way coffee is roasted. This level of roasty goodness brings out certain flavor compounds, which pair well with certain other flavors.
Case in point – beer floats. Thanks to Tim, his Taylor Hicks-looking self and his nipple ring, always clearly visible through his weirdly thin button-down short-sleeved shirts, in a fit of boredom and probably other substances one night, this beverage was born.
Think of it this way: what flavors go well together? Coffee and ice cream? Check. Rootbeer and ice cream, what with the bubbles and all? Check. So why not a coffee stout, with bubble and coffee flavors, with ice cream? Triple check.
It is super summery deliciousness, but this is a drink-while-still-cold kind of thing, as Papa Bear found out, so hop to, you hear?
What’s your favorite weird concoction?