Last weekend, Mark and I got invited to a beer-themed party. A cohort of our friends hosts beverage-theme parties from time to time; past events have focused on Champagne, rum, and even “warm drinks” just in time for Winter. This time around, we were encouraged to bring unique, local or craft beers, or to concoct a mixed drink that featured beer. I chose the latter.
putting it together
It was just our luck that Kappy’s in Medford was hosting a “drink local” beer tasting event the Saturday of our party. And, to prove it’s a small world, a new craft brewery started by friends of one of my coworkers was featured at the beer tasting. So naturally we knew where we would be getting our party offerings. We just didn’t know we’d find so many local, new beers that we loved.
If you don’t live in Boston, you’re probably out of luck when it comes to buying these, but I can’t say enough about Slumbrew and Night Shift Brewing. Both are just getting started, and both are worth getting to know better. Check them out.
Trifecta, a refreshing pale ale from Night Shift Brewing. This is the beer I used for my Raspberry Beer Cocktail — it was so refreshing.
Slumbrew’s “My Better Half,” a super-smooth Imperial Cream Ale. We drank this as-is.
Slumbrew’s “Porter Square Porter,” a tasty selection brewed with cocoa powder and cacao nibs. Delicious drinking.
- 3/4 cup frozen raspberries
- 3 1/2 bottles beer (12 oz. size), chilled
- 1 container frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate (12 oz.), thawed
- 1/2 cup vodka
Blend all the ingredients together in a large bowl; chill and serve as-is or over ice. Optional: garnish with lemons and/or limes. You can use fresh raspberries, but I actually liked frozen better. I also halved this recipe since you could only buy these beers in 750 ml containers, but I should have doubled it because this drink went fast at the party. I can’t wait to try this out at our first cookout in the new backyard.