Ice cream and beer are both summer essentials and soon you'll be able to experience both from one glass -- without even using a spoon.
Ben and Jerry's is teaming up with Colorado's New Belgium Brewing Co. for a second year to create an ice cream-inspired beer that promises to be as delicious as it is intoxicating. The recipe will a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale, described as a "golden brown ale." The beer is currently in production and expected to hit shelves nationwide this fall.
In 2015, the companies worked together to create their inaugural ice cream-flavored beer, Salted Caramel Brownie, a well-balanced brown ale that I an attest was pretty damn tasty. And since both Ben and Jerry's and New Belgium are certified B Corps, they'll be donating $50,000 in proceeds to Protect Our Winters, a non-profit dedicated to climate change awareness.
"The beer in development tastes amazing and we look forward to talking about climate change and climate action," said Jenn Vervier, New Belgium's director of sustainability, in a statement. "With the upcoming election and a new administration, year two is even more important than the first round."
An ice cream beer may sound novel, but sugar and booze have long been compatriots. For two years, the State Fair of Texas has served a Funnel Cake Ale, and you can find other dessert flavored brews on shelves too, like creme brulee and birthday cake. Crafty drinkers have also invented ways to make beer-infused desserts. (Chocolate stout float, anyone?)
There are even a couple local events that pair sweet bites with craft beer flights.
Check them out:
- June 25: Doughnuts and pints at Four Bullets Brewery
- July 3: Donut and beer pairing at LUCK in Trinity Groves
- July 17: Mini pies and beer pairing at LUCK in Trinity Groves