Two hundred years ago, it was common to walk into a bar and order a 1, 3, 4 or a 2, 4, 7—a blend of beers from the barrels stored beneath the bar. Back then, beers were mixed to extend their shelf life—it was the birth of the cocktail era.
Fast-forward to 2014 and the rise of local, custom craft beers plus renewed interest in the art of DIY mixology and it’s no wonder we’ve entered the second golden age of mixed drinks—and beer is a key ingredient.
“Between the herbs and spices brewers use when making their beers, and flavors ranging from pumpkin to chocolate, beers are an ideal base for mixed drinks,” says Marc Stroobandt, master beer sommelier for NYC’s Belgian Beer Café NoMad. Just don’t call them beer-tinis.