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The phrase “beer cocktail” can be a bit misleading. If you’ve ever ordered one, you know that it typically comes heavy on the cocktail and light on actual beer. Some bartenders think that if they float some beer on top of a mixed drink, they can call it a beer cocktail. And while a tiny beer float might be enough for someone who doesn’t care much for the world’s best beverage (okay, granted, we’re a little biased), that ain’t cutting it in our book.

So we asked some of our favorite bartenders and brewers from around the country to share with us their favorite beer cocktail recipes...for people who love beer. Most of these recipes are so easy, you can make them at home with minimal effort. We've also included one or two that are for experts only (i.e. anyone who’s ever made a cocktail while wearing a vest). Bottoms up!

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Lucy’s Limeade

Who should drink it: Anyone who loves limeade and beer, and doesn’t want to have to choose
Recipe by: Torched Hop Brewing Co.

2oz cherry + watermelon infused vodka (infusing vodka is super easy)
.5oz fresh lime juice .5oz triple sec 6oz Torched Hop Brewing Co. Raspberry Lucy Berliner Weisse

  1. Shake all ingredients (excluding beer) and strain.
  2. Pour in 6oz Raspberry Lucy.

Hot Stuff

Who should drink it: Anyone who likes a little heat
Recipe by: Owl’s Brew

1 part Owl’s Brew Wicked Green, chilled (Green tea, habanero, lime)
1 part Pacifico or Mexican beer

  1. Combine ingredients in a pint glass and gently swirl to combine.
  2. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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Ronnie Buders

Who should drink it: Anyone who loves sour beer... or sour candy
Recipe by: Trick Dog

2 oz Michter's Sour Mash Whiskey
1/2 oz Cherry Gastrique*
10 dashes sourdough tincture**

  1. Stir and strain over fresh ice in an old fashioned glass.
  2. Garnish with Sour Patch Kids.

*Cherry Gastrique
1 Cup Cherry Concentrate
1 Pint Sour Beer
1 Pint Water
2lb Turbinado Sugar
1tsp Salt

  1. Caramelize sugar, salt and cherry concentrate, add beer slowly to prevent too much overflow.
  2. Add water, cool and strain.

**Sourdough Tincture
500g Sourdough sliced
1500ml Everclear
500ml Vodka

  1. Toast sourdough, combine with liquid, and let stand two weeks.
  2. Strain carefully.

Mango Tajin-tail

Who should drink it: Anyone who enjoys fruity, refreshing beers
Recipe by: Golden Road Brewing

1 can Golden Road Tart Mango Cart
1 lime
1 tsp Tajin

  1. Rim a cold pint glass with lime juice & Tajin.
  2. Pour in one can Golden Road Tart Mango Cart.
  3. Add juice from one whole lime.

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Who should drink it: Anyone who wishes tequila had a hop bite
Recipe by: Zachary Blair (Kanu Lounge at Lake Placid’s Whiteface Lodge)

5 parts IPA
2 parts tequila
1 part pineapple juice
.5 part lime juice .5 part simple syrup

  1. Shake all the ingredients (except for beer) in a cocktail shaker with ice, and strain into a wine glass.
  2. Top with IPA, and garnish with an orange twist.

Bouwerij Road

Who should drink it: Anyone jonesing for a taste of Fall while it’s hot outside
Recipe by: Bowery Beer Garden

1 ½ oz. apple cider
½ oz. maple syrup 1 dropper of apple cider vinegar
Hefeweizen beer (enough to fill ½ pint glass)
Splash of club soda

  1. Mix all of the ingredients (aside from the beer and club soda) together in your desired beer glass.
  2. Top with Hefeweizen beer and a splash of club soda to serve.

Beer Punch

Who should drink it: Anyone who isn’t happy until all of his or her friends at the party are drinking the exact same beer
Recipe by: Adelbert’s Brewery

12oz lemon-lime soda
2 cups pineapple juice
6 cans of Adelbert's Brewery Whimsical Mango Wit

  1. Mix ingredients in a pitcher.
  2. Serve with slices of fresh fruit on the rim.

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Who should drink it: Anyone who thinks Champagne’s got nothing on wheat beer
Recipe by: The American Craft Beer Cookbook, © by John Holl, and used with permission from Storey Publishing

5oz orange juice or grapefruit juice
3oz wheat beer
½oz triple sec (optional) Fresh strawberries

  1. Combine the juice, beer, and triple sec (if using) in a champagne flute.
  2. Stir gently.
  3. Garnish with a strawberry and serve immediately.

Gin Radler

Who should drink it: Anyone who says they don’t drink beer (does that even exist?)
Recipe by: Burnt City Brewing

50ml CH London Dry Gin
1 can Burnt City Brewing Retrofit Radler
Optional sugar rim

  1. Fill glass ⅔ full with ice.
  2. Pour gin and radler over ice, stir.
  3. Garnish with lemon or lime.

Note: Golden Road Brewing is a member of The High End, owned by Anheuser-Busch.