Crafty Cocktails: Super Boozy Drinks for Craft Beer Lovers

Why should you have to choose between your booze and your beer? You don’t! Mixing hard liquor with beer has turned into a staple, and is steadily on menus from restaurants to brewpubs. Beer cocktails most importantly, are taking over the beer world.

What makes the crafty cocktail so appealing?

First of all, you don’t have to choose! You can have the best of both worlds, having wonderful tastes all combined together in one glass, while still getting your beer fix. The real beer snob in all of us wants our beers alone, like they should be. The possibility of mixers has always been a thing, but one we will never admit to thinking about. There are a few popular options, but the most noteworthy are ones that really started the fad.

Irish Car Bomb

Dropping a shot of whiskey and Irish cream into a stout. Most commonly found in Guiness.


Orange juice and a wheat beer, most commonly Blue Moon. Different variations have evolved from adding champagne, to adding orange liqueur.

Bartending can be an art form. Mixologists can make the most amazing drinks, and you can have any flavor profile. To most bartenders, unless they work at a brewery, beers can be boring. You don’t get to make it your own,and sadly it’s just a pour. A crafty cocktail is a great to show the skills, have some artistic freedom, and make a drink that everyone will enjoy.

Cocktails and beers together in one perfect harmony is about all we can ask for.

Going back years, beer cocktails have been a part of the beer snob experience. Eater got to sit down with a couple of dudes and really talked about the mixture.

“The funny thing is that one of the ancestors of the cocktail itself is a beer drink, called Purl, which was made with bitter herbs and beer,” said David Wondrich, the author of the recent PUNCH: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl (buy on Amazon). The hirsute historian of all things fermented (and drinks columnist for Esquire and Saveur) then added, “By the early 1700s sailors were drinking Flip, a mixture of beer, sugar, rum, and eggs served hot. Later in the 1700s Portaree, a porter with sugar and nutmeg became popular, was eventually served iced.”

It goes so far back in history, it has almost always been a thing.

Go out of your comfort zones and try a simple beer cocktail. You won’t regret it, and it will make you a well rounded beer drinker!

Until next time beer snobs!

Devon Kenney
Devon Kenney
A Washingtonian born and raised, trying to make my way in Indiana. A nerd from head to toe. In love with craft beer, horror, and Hall and Oates. Graduate from Academy of Art University with a degree in Screenwriting. Find me on Twitter and Instagram @Nightynight34