Blending beer

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by not2quick, Nov 7, 2019.

  1. not2quick

    not2quick Devotee (417) Dec 1, 2015 Missouri
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    I'm sure it's been discussed but was curious if there are any other "popular" beer blends? I heard about the Blueberry Pancakes by Great Notion (half blueberry muffin, half double stack). I tried it and it was great! I recently did half BCBS Midnight Orange and BCBS vanilla 18. I called it BCBS Dreamsicle.

    Any other blends that are well known? I know Black and Tans are popular, but seeing if there were any other combos that are popular.
  2. JayORear

    JayORear Meyvn (1,112) Feb 22, 2012 New York
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    So you’re talking about DIY blends? The Firestone Anniversary beers are all pretty amazing blends.

    I know a few beer nerds who experiment with French pressing all kinds of things into beers (mostly stouts).
  3. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,868) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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  4. not2quick

    not2quick Devotee (417) Dec 1, 2015 Missouri
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    Oh nice. I'll check that out later, but I bet it's filled with random blends of the drinkers choice. Like "hey I poured half a can of budweiser in my bourbon county and it wasn't that bad" I'm more curious about blends that have caught on, like GN Blueberry Pancakes. Any other well known blends that have a cult following.
  5. not2quick

    not2quick Devotee (417) Dec 1, 2015 Missouri
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    Yes DIY blends that are well known. Not looking for french press stuff.
  6. JayORear

    JayORear Meyvn (1,112) Feb 22, 2012 New York
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    Back when Alpine was still a good brewery, people ordered a DuHop: Duet + Pure Hoppiness. Good stuff.
  7. Sound_Explorer

    Sound_Explorer Poo-Bah (1,726) Dec 29, 2013 Washington

    It's interesting to me how when I've DIY blended with a friend, when the beers are on their own you get certain hops or flavors, but the combined blend you get something completely different somehow. It's fun to try and enjoy.
  8. JediMasterLenin

    JediMasterLenin Initiate (189) Dec 25, 2018 District of Columbia

    Not sure if this is exactly in the spirit of this thread, but the Original Dogfish Head 75 Minute was a straight 50/50 blend of 60 Minute and 90 Minute. If you ever wanted to see what it was like before they added the maple.
    And sometime maybe... two years ago? New Belgium had a variety pack out called "Blend Like a Brewer" that had (I think?) 6 different beers in it with a page of premade blend recipes. No idea if they plan on making that again though.
  9. Beer_Stan

    Beer_Stan Initiate (125) Mar 15, 2014 California

    Sam Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout black and tanned with Well's (Now Eagle) Banana Bread Beer. Timeless and delicious, hack, take a bottle of Lindeman's Framboise to a party, and add some to any AAL found therein and BOOM instant Abita Purple Haze on the cheap.
  10. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,185) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I discussed a beer blend in the last New Beer Sunday thread:

    Belated Happy Halloween everybody!

    My wife is a BIG fan of a beer blend of a Pumpkin Beer and chocolaty Stout which she calls a Chocolate Pumpkin. This is an annual treat for drinking at Halloween time.

    The choices of Pumpkin Beers this year has been quite limited and as of a couple of weeks ago not too many brands at my local beer retailers. For folks who are not fans of Pumpkin Beers this may be viewed as being a good thing. I was lucky to find a 4-pack of a Pumpkin Beer from Manayunk Brewing branded as Yunkin’ Pumpkin which I have never had before. On the can it listed: “Pumpkin Ale with Spices”. What you want for this blend is a Pumpkin Beer with prominent spice levels since this aspect will get diluted via the blending process.

    Below are some details about Yunkin’ Pumpkin from the brewery’s website:

    “Brewed with real pumpkin, this seasonal favorite is the one true indication that fall has arrived. The aroma of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and clove jump out of the glass creating an experience much like eating a slice of pumpkin pie on a brisk autumn afternoon.

    ABV: 5.5% IBUs: 17

    AVAILABILITY: 12 oz Can, Draft

    MALT: 2-Row, C-30, C-40

    HOPS: Summit

    SRM: 7 | OG: 14 Plato”

    The ‘standard’ choice for the chocolaty Stout is Young’s Double Chocolate Stout which luckily my local Retail Beer Distributor had in stock. On the bottle it lists: “Dark beer brewed with real chocolate and natural chocolate flavor added”. Other Stouts that have a notable chocolate flavor to them can be used for the blend but IMO Young’s Double Chocolate Stout is the optimum choice here.

    The process to make a Chocolate Pumpkin:

    Step 1 is to pour the Pumpkin Beer in the glass(es) first:


    Step 2 is to then pour the Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. I prefer to perform a vigorous pour to encourage mixing. I suppose you could use the back of the spoon method if you prefer to ‘float’ the Young’s Double Chocolate Stout on top of the Pumpkin Beer?


    So, how well did the Yunkin’ Pumpkin ‘work’ for this year’s blend? I am very happy to report that it worked very well. This blended beer had a very enjoyable combination of chocolate and pumpkin pie spice flavors.

    Cheers to Chocolate Pumpkin blended beers!
  11. tobelerone

    tobelerone Poo-Bah (2,689) Dec 1, 2010 New York
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    I’m blanking in which very chocolaty stout I mixed with founders rubaeus but that is a nice combo for the chocolate and raspberry fans out there! It may just have been the sam smith organic chocolate iirc.
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  12. alert

    alert Initiate (28) Aug 20, 2019 Georgia

    This was my favorite blend of 2019. Strawberry sour + DDH IPA and it was way better than I expected
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