Putting Hops in Your Step

October is an important month for your establishment, especially if you’re looking to satisfy beer drinkers thirsting for a couple cold ones while watching all those football games, or hop-heads eager to sample Oktoberfest and other fall brews that are likely on tap. However, don’t just cater to those beer drinkers who know their hops from their malts. Instead, turn any brew into a classic cocktail creation by adding sweet and savory flavors to the mix. Give these beer cocktails a try — we threw in hard cider and ginger beer concoctions just for fun — and cater to everyone at your establishment.

Yakuza beer cocktailYakuza
On the menu at Upstairs at The Kimberly Hotel in New York City.

2 pinches Chinese ground ginger
1 ½ ounces red cranberry juice
1 ounce Svedka Cherry Vodka
¼ ounce agave nectar
2-3 ounces of a light beer on top

Shake and strain into a glass half filled with ice. Pour into a Highball glass half filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel or spiral.

 

L’Orange Blue
Courtesy of Combier.

1 bottle Blue Moon
1 shot of Combier Liqueur d’Orange

Pour Combier into a glass of Blue Moon (or other wheat beer) or serve a bottle of Blue Moon with a shot of Combier on the side.

Humming Past the Graveyard
Courtesy of M. Quinn Sweeney of LibationLab.com.

2 ounces Hum Botanical Spirit a

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