Blending Beer

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by 57md, May 18, 2019.

  1. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (2,984) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    How do people feel about blending beers?

    Sometimes, I'll just randomly blend two beers together from my fridge because they seem like they would be interesting together.

    For example, I'm currently drinking a DFH Liquid Truth Serum blended with an SNPA and I am really enjoying it. After having a few Truth Serums, I thought "this needs to be tilted a bit more towards the malty side." So, I took my last can and blended it with an SNPA (I almost always have some of that around).

    I was just wondering if other people do this or if I am kind of an outlier on this issue.
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  2. Beer_Stan

    Beer_Stan Initiate (160) Mar 15, 2014 California

    It's your beer sir, do what you please. If people didn't we wouldn't have ever had the Black and Tan hybrids of former fame. I personally like to mix the Well's Banana Bread Ale with Rogue's Double Chocolate Stout and make a chocolate covered banana beer, cuz...hedonism.
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  3. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (7,219) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    One of my favourites was PBR and Tooths Sheaf Stout. The latter is not available to me anymore so I am sol.
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  4. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,416) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Blending beer is tons of fun. It's one of the most obvious uses of the 'one of everything' type flights that some places offer. So many interesting flavors you can find. Mad River Brewing in northern CA has a whole menu of blends that is always evolving of their beers. Usually amounts to finding your own perfect balance of malt and hop
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  5. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,428) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Half and half’s are great, doesn’t have to be a classic Guinness over Harp.
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  6. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,742) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    I don't blend with the intent to reach a certain taste combo. However, when my wife and I are on a pub crawl we usually drink from a sampler flight to experience the brewery's beers. Knowing we have multiple breweries yet to visit that day, and to keep the alcohol low in out bodies, we frequently won't finish all of the beers in the flight but will mix the remaining beers into one glass to see what we get. We've been doing this for around 15 years, but have yet to discover the 'beer of the year' so we usually have a small sip for the teste experience and leave the rest behind.
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  7. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (2,974) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    I recently blended together a Schlenkerla Fastenbier and Märzen 50/50 and honestly thought the result was better than both of those on their own, a perfect combination of the sweet, malty richness of the Fastenbier and the more pronounced smokiness and grassy and herbal hop notes of the Märzen.
  8. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,428) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I love when the lighter bottom beer breaks thru the layer of stout.
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  9. Beer_Stan

    Beer_Stan Initiate (160) Mar 15, 2014 California

    Take a bottle of Lindeman's Framboise to any house party to liven up any macros laying around if you're trying to drink on the cheap :rofl::rofl::rofl: You'll essentially be drinking Abita Purple Haze all night.
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  10. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,523) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I once blended SingleSpeed Coconut Migration (IIPA, 7.4% ABV, 75 IBU) with Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin (IPA, 7.0% ABV, 70 IBU). Result? The perfect Piña Colada IPA!

    Another time, I used half a bottle of GL Edmund Fitzgerald and half a bottle of Ghost Face Killah in a batch of beer bread. I then blended the leftover beer to drink. Result? Back to the drawing board.
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  11. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (8,474) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Did this a couple of years ago; mixed an Avery Nuttiest Professor Peanut Stout and an Atwater Decadent Dark Chocolate Brown Ale. I figured this would taste like a peanut butter cup. The nose is there, and the taste is pretty good too. Both beers have nutty taste. Not bad. If I could review this, I would give the nose a 4.50 and the taste a 4.25.
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  12. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,742) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    Short's Brewing here in MIchigan makes a PB&J Stout by blending a peanut butter stout with a fruit rye ale. Although it's been years since I had it I recall that it was a good representation of a sandwich.
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  13. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,416) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Shorts is a very fun place to blend beers due to the sheer volume of different flavors they put out. My other favorite blending site is against the grain in Louisville
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  14. jzlyo

    jzlyo Poo-Bah (2,315) Mar 4, 2012 Iowa

    I do it most often with mixing sours with other styles, one example is if a sour has a strong passion fruit flavor I’ll mix it with a straight forward IPA to balance it.
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  15. not2quick

    not2quick Zealot (516) Dec 1, 2015 Missouri
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    I just did a KBS/frambois blend the other night. Not bad.
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  16. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (1,881) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    My favorite is Breakfast Stout and Rubeaus. But the other day I tried KBS with Blushing Monk. Both are amazing. If you ever find a place with both beers and at least one is on nitro, make the mix and thank me later.
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  17. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (566) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina

    No beer /beer other than the B&T or H&H of old.

    Now I will add a little bourbon to a BBA stout. I always enjoy the first half of the bottle in the manner the brewer made it but sometimes like top 'freshen up" last part.
  18. EmperorBatman

    EmperorBatman Initiate (121) Mar 16, 2018 District of Columbia

    My friends and I once blended an Old Stock Ale with a Hennepin Saison and a Six-Point Resin, as we didn’t like all three on their own and that’s what we had on hand. It turned to be really balanced and drinkable, balancing all aspects of those beers.
  19. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,416) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    I've found that a healthy splash of a porter or lighter stout can work really well with your pre-joose ipas. There's just a wild world of possibilities out there
  20. Roadkizzle

    Roadkizzle Aspirant (226) Nov 6, 2007 Texas

    I do it all the time now.

    One of my local breweries just discontinued their Schwarzbier. So I started blending their very flavorful light lager (4.2%) with their stout (6.6%) and it's quite a decent approximation of a 5.4% Schwarzbier.
    The lager brings a lightness and light herbal hop aroma and the stout brings enough roastiness.

    I also have liked mixing IPAs and stouts.
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  21. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,430) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Sure, if the Session IPA tastes like hop water toss in some High Gravity Malt Liquor.
  22. kdb150

    kdb150 Devotee (452) Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania

    When I was in college, I found out that a shot of Citron added to a Miller Lite is a refreshing way to get drunk quickly.
  23. beer_beer

    beer_beer Disciple (315) Feb 13, 2018 Finland

    At this point blending beers wouldn't feel right for me. Didn't get into mixing whiskies when having it as a hobby neither. What can it be, overly respect?