July 2, 2012

A Second Cheer for Beer Cocktails

In case you might have missed it (and I’m sorry for you if you did), I recently wrote up a little post for Seattle Magazine on the healing powers of beer cocktails and the awesome new book by Howard and Ashley Stelzer, Beer Cocktails: 50 Superbly Crafted Cocktails That Liven Up Your Lagers and Ales. If you did miss said post, go read it now (it has four recipes from the book and one from around this here Seattle). If you read it, and still haven’t ordered the beer cocktails book, then let me tell you a bit more about it, in bulleted fashion. It has:

•  A great starter section called Beer Basics

•  Four swell chapters full of recipes: Lager Than Life, Abbey Road, Beyond the Shadow of a Stout, The Dark at the End of the Tunnel

•  A jolly personality that leads to lines like: “But don’t lose your head—it just takes practice,” in their Sleepy Hollow recipe (which is a bit different from the Good Spirits one, but just as tasty. Or, almost)

•  Drinks titled with wit and creativity, such as: Joe Pêche, KnickerTwister, The Bishop’s Wife, Phil Collins

•  A bubbly ton of beer information, which’ll be handy for newbies and hardened beer-o-philes alike

•  Quotes! Such as: “It is a fair wind that blew men to the ale”—Washington Irving

Now, that’s a book, friends, that will make your summer tastier, your weekends more weekendy, and your life fuller.

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