Beer Floats

January 28, 2015

As you probably know, I’m a San Francisco 49ers fan. It’s a little embarrassing for me to say, given all the drama surrounding the team this past year. Especially with the Seahawks close to winning it all . . . again. Ugh! Needless to say, I’ll be focusing a bit more on the food and drink this Super Bowl Sunday. Usually we head over to my parent’s house to watch the big game, but this year with the new baby we decided it would be fun to host. And since it’s the Super Bowl, and the beer will be flowing, I thought it would appropriate to serve these luscious beer floats. If you’ve never had a beer float before, you simply aren’t utilizing ice cream or beer to their full potentials. The most common beer float combo is dark beer, usually a stout, poured over vanilla ice cream. However, if you’re feeling adventurous there are many other combinations you can try (let me know if you have any other recommendations). The possibilities are endless. Here I chose to keep it classic and use a couple imperial stouts. Imperial stouts have a high alcohol content and stand up well to the sweetness and the creaminess of the ice cream. I paired one of my favorite beers, North Coast Brewing Co’s Old Rasputin with Straus Vanilla Bean ice cream. Next, I paired Evil Twin Brewing’s I Love You With My Stout, with Three Twins Bittersweet Chocolate ice cream. Don’t worry if you aren’t able to find these exact brands in your area. The important thing to keep in mind is that you want the ice cream and the beer to complement each other. For example, the I Love You With My Stout has a chocolate cake thing going on, which works perfect with the bittersweet chocolate ice cream. A beer with strong coffee notes will be perfect for that coffee ice cream. You get the idea. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some football to pretend to watch . . .

Beer Floats | HonestlyYUM

Beer Floats | HonestlyYUM

Beer Floats | HonestlyYUM

Beer Floats | HonestlyYUM

Beer Floats | HonestlyYUM

Beer Floats | HonestlyYUM

Beer Floats | HonestlyYUM

Beer Floats | HonestlyYUM



  • North Coast Brewing Co Old Rasputin (imperial stout)
  • Evil Twins I Love You With My Stout (imperial stout)
  • Straus Vanilla Bean ice cream
  • Three Twins Bittersweet Chocolate ice cream


  • Fill a tall glass with ice cream.
  • Slowly top with beer until full.

(images by HonestlyYUM)


They were just talking about beer floats on a podcast I was listening to today! (Totally Beverages and Sometimes Hot Sauce) I think I would love a beer float … I live near Troeg’s brewery, and they do a float with their Java Head Stout, which I’ve been meaning to try. I’ll definitely have to get it the next time I’m there!

You know, normally I’m not a huge fan of the Superbowl… but if it includes bacon cheddar pretlzle buns and beer floats you can COUNT ME IN.

Love this.

These look absolutely delicious! And are those stainless steel straws? I have them too and LOVE them!

Fun!! Definitely a great treat for date night 🙂

One of our local pubs just started doing this and I had never heard of it before but really liked the sound of it. I’m not usually a stout fan but a coffee flavoured one would taste awesome with this.

I’m in love with stouts…Alesmith Speedway Stout would be tasty in this float too!

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