Jackie Dodd / TheBeeroness.com

If you love beer and desserts, but have minimal cooking skills (or minimal interest in spending time in the kitchen doing anything beyond eating), boy, have we got the recipe for you. Below, dear friends, is the magical beer recipe you need to keep in your back pocket for the holidays...and beyond.

Here are four insanely decadent beer milkshakes that'll finally put your KitchenAid to good use.


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Ingredients
1 pint of ice cream
12 ounces of beer

Directions
1. Add all ingredients to a blender, blend until smooth.
2. Serve immediately.

Chocolate Ice Cream + Barrel-Aged Stout

The roasty, malty flavors of a stout have paired well with chocolate since the dawn of time. But combine the beautiful bourbon notes of a barrel-aged stout and the creamy, sweet flavors of a rich chocolate ice cream...and you may not be able to enjoy chocolate ice cream without a stout again.
Alternative ice cream flavor: mocha almond fudge
Beer recommendations: New Holland Brewing Dragon’s Milk, North Coast Brewing Co. Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Goose Island Beer Co. Bourbon County Brand Stout

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Salted Caramel Ice Cream + Scotch Ale

Here's a flavor combination that’ll surprise you: The deep, sweet, malty notes of Scotch ale are perfectly balanced with the rich, buttery flavors of a salted caramel ice cream. You may need to make a double batch; anyone who sees you making this will inevitably snake it for themselves.
Alternative ice cream flavor: butter pecan
Beer recommendations: Oskar Blues Brewery Old Chub, Monday Night Brewing Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale, Bellevue Brewing Co. Scotch Ale

Raspberry Sorbet + Gose

These bold flavors need one another to produce an epic drinkable dessert. The beautiful salty-sour flavors of a gose are able to stand up to the sweet-tart flavors of a raspberry sorbet. Make sure to use a true sorbet, though, as the lack of dairy will give you the necessary tang.
Alternative ice cream flavor: lime sorbet
Beer recommendations: Westbrook Brewing Co. Gose, Reuben's Brews Gose, Uinta Brewing Ready Set Gose

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Strawberry Ice Cream + IPA

The hop character that most IPAs offer up need some mellowing for dessert, so our advice is to throw them something really sweet: a rich, creamy, strawberry ice cream will do the trick. Plus, the herbal flavors of the hops will pair nicely with the flavors of strawberries. Unlike the gose and sorbet pairing, this beast needs dairy, so be sure to steer clear of sorbets.
Alternative ice cream flavor: lemon
Beer recommendations: Surly Brewing Co. Todd the Axe Man, pFriem Family Brewers IPA, Ninkasi Brewing Co. Total Domination










Note: Goose Island Beer Co. is a member of The High End, owned by Anheuser-Busch.