According to a host of print and online sources, the beer cocktail trend is here to stay. Frank Bruni in The New York Times reports that beer cocktails are the number-one sellers in many top establishments, and that their subtle qualities and intriguing flavors have convinced him to rethink his own former aversion to beer-drinking.
Despite the popularity of the trend, Howard and Ashley Stelzer’s Beer Cocktails is the first book devoted to the subject. The Stelzers include among their fifty recipes some classic beer cocktails, such as the Radler from Bavaria, a “warm ale flip” from Colonial America, and the most famous of all, the Black & Tan. The emphasis, however, is on newer concoctions, both their own--they are the creators of the respected blog Beyond the Shadow of a Stout (ShadowOfAStout.com)--and those inspired by cutting-edge bartenders from coast to coast. The four recipe chapters cover pale and American-style beers, Belgian-style ales, stouts and porters, and black and brown ales.