Beer Floats 101

Beer floats are the grown-up answer to childhood dessert deliciousness! Check out the pairing possibilities, and find your new favorite summertime treat today!

Making a beer float is just as easy as making a root beer float, only this is just for adults! Many sites will suggest pouring the ice cream and then the beer, while others will tell you to do the opposite. In our experience, both work just fine. The only difference is that pouring beer first lets you calculate exactly how much beer you want in your glass. When you pour beer last, you have to pour around the ice cream, which may leave less room for beer and cause more foam. However, you can just wait for the foam to die down, top off the float and drink up!


Pick a beer with a sweet finish: A bitter beer with an overly sweet ice cream is not a great balance.
Place hefty scoops of ice cream in a glass: Two to three scoops works well with eight to twelve ounces of liquid.
Pour your beer: The best way to pour beer is by tilting the glass. Once it’s filling up, you can start straightening it until the glass is full. This will keep the beer from foaming too much.
Add toppings: For those looking for extra sweetness, you may want to top with chocolate chips, sprinkles or even whipped cream.


Try some of our favorite pairings:

Espresso Stout + Coffee Ice Cream + Caramel Syrup

Chocolate Milk Stout + PB Ice Cream + Peanut Butter Cups

Porter + Espresso Ice Cream + Chocolate Shavings

Hefeweizen + Strawberry Ice Cream + Strawberry Slice

Belgian White + Orange Sorbet + Orange Wedge


Impress your guests at any backyard barbecue or potluck, and enjoy your new favorite Summer dessert today! Plus, looking for how to throw the perfect backyard barbecue? It’s easy with Oliver’s – check out our complete guide HERE, and stop into any of our stores this week for perfectly cooked deals on your favorite grilling must-haves!

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