Blending Beers: Share Your Experiments

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by ThisWangsChung, May 3, 2012.

  1. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    120 and wws
    Pelican5 likes this.
  2. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    2 parts pumking and 1 part creme brulee is pretty good too.
    whiskey likes this.
  3. dvmin98

    dvmin98 Poo-Bah (1,776) Nov 1, 2010 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    I have back in black an big eye ipa on tap at home. I do 2 parts BIB and 1 part BE to get some hoppiness in the BIB
  4. Sludgeman

    Sludgeman Meyvn (1,434) Aug 17, 2012 District of Columbia
    Beer Trader

    Read this in a thread a few months ago. Not a big fan of WWS, but would like to try this.
  5. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    It's very good. Wws is a little hot fresh, but the 120 makes it really interesting. 1 and I'm done. 18+ %. Cheers!
  6. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    I've done a bunch, I enjoy a shot of bourbon into a pint of Old Chub.
    Lethal04 likes this.
  7. Wolfhead

    Wolfhead Initiate (165) Sep 1, 2009 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    That's a boilermaker that sounds very tasty, Knob Creek?
    I mix all the time, tried Hopslam and Founders IS, not very good 50/50 as the FIS totally took over. Rasputin and Torpedo is pretty good as well, one of my favorites is Grand Teton Black Cauldron and Founders Double Trouble
  8. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

  9. regularjohn

    regularjohn Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 New Jersey

    try a black eye!

    i just bought the bomber of the black marlin for $5 by me, happened to have a 6pack of the big eye so i mixed them and it taste pretty fucking awesome definitely recommend trying that. taste just like a great black ipa, not extremely robust either its a great mix. really smooth IMO

    also i remember mixing this a while ago i had an angry orchard hard cider with a belgian white ale, that taste great too i don't recall exactly which ale it was but im sure you can make do with if you use a good beer. side note about the cider this taste amazing(its not beer but still awesome) this bar by me makes fire cider, its just angry orchard with a mix of whiskey in it (splash or shot), i'm not sure which whiskey they use exactly but it has a hint of cinnamon in it. i can find out if you're interested in that too
  10. bluejacket74

    bluejacket74 Poo-Bah (4,180) Jul 4, 2005 Ohio
    Supporter Subscriber

    I keep meaning to do that one soon!

    Recently I mixed some Hopslam and Blackout Stout, it turned out to be pretty good.
  11. mmikey8

    mmikey8 Aspirant (297) Aug 2, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    Kasteel Rouge and belhaven stout... mmmmm...
  12. MammaGoose

    MammaGoose Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Wyoming

    I'm of the line of thought that good beers should be enjoyed as their own creation, not trying to smush them together to make something else. I might experiment with with some very readily available and not-too expensive beers. If it tasted like crud, then no serious harm done.

    That said, I had a blueberry wheat and a brown mixed at Durango Brewing Co. It was referred to as the Black and Blue. I thought it was reasonably delicious, and I might have ordered another pint of it in appreciation of the novelty. The Black and Blue was also substantially better than the blueberry wheat on its own.

    My boyfriend is more excited about mixing beers, but (besides telling me about the Black and Blue) he has yet to come up with a mix of beers that's better as the two individual beers on their own. We visited The Independent Ale House in Rapid City, SD, and one of the bartenders was into suggesting beer combos, and I think my boyfriend tried every one that was suggested. A few fruity lambics with chocolate stouts/porters, various takes on the traditional Black and Tan, and a few other things.

    I'd rather just have a good beer on its own.
  13. SadMachine

    SadMachine Meyvn (1,287) Mar 14, 2011 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    Weyerbacher's Old Heathen + Imperial Pumpkin Ale = Awesome!
  14. bcook582

    bcook582 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 California

    I find it hard to risk mixing when I am starting off with 2 really good beers, but could end up with nastyness
  15. MadDogMD

    MadDogMD Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2013 Arizona

    Been wanting to try Bell's Java Stout & O'dell's Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout. Mocha?? Haven't done it yet, though.
  16. hopstetrician

    hopstetrician Initiate (0) Mar 22, 2012 New York

    Being from the Midwest and working frequently on the west coast, my first exposure to beer mixing was a Newport, OR beer hall owners suggestion and I'll never forget it. Why buy a shitty black IPA/cascadian dark when you can blend a delicious one.

    2/3 Boneyard Hop Venom 1/3 Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin
  17. ESeab

    ESeab Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 New Jersey

    Definitely try Terrapin WnB and Moo-Hoo for a 'Wake n Moo' which I think is the better than either by themselves and better than FBS.

    I was going to try founders breakfast stout and imperial stout combo last week but I just wasn't in a stout mood. I'm really intrigued by the WWS 120 combo people mentioned on here. Also, recently I passed out on half my Dragons milk and the next morning it was flat. I poured a wake n bake on top of it and voila, the beer came back to life and made for a delicious combo of bourbon, oatmeal, and coffee.

    Oh and I've done the Youngs double chocolate stout with wells banana beer, all I tasted was chocolate. So then I replaced it with Brooklyn Black Chocolate stout and it came out great. I could taste banana and chocolate and it's higher abv too, making for a very tasty brew.
  18. bluemooncanyon

    bluemooncanyon Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2010 Maryland
    Beer Trader

    Half Pumking half Choklat
    SadMachine likes this.
  19. TNGabe

    TNGabe Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2012 Tennessee

    You're analogy doesn't work for me. Mixing beer would be analogous to throwing a slice of sausage pie on top of your bbq chicken slice. Lots of great beers are blended at the brewery, no reason not to do it yourself.
  20. MammaGoose

    MammaGoose Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Wyoming

    I appreciate the points of both analogies, but I lean towards the tortellini on pizza version. If a beer, as its own entity, is considered great...why mix it with another beer? Either one beer will be lesser-than the other, thus weakening the better one or they'll be equally good and should theoretically stand on their own. If I feel like I have to mix an inferior beer with a better beer to improve it, I'd rather just drink the better beer to begin with. Or, if I have two good beers, I'd want to just drink them and appreciate them for what they are.

    I suppose I can appreciate the creativity of it. So again, I could see myself mixing very easily available and reasonably cheap beers just for giggles.
  21. TNGabe

    TNGabe Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2012 Tennessee

    Thankfully lambic blenders don't think this way.
  22. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    Bluntly, I don't have the guts.
  23. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (255) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    Thanks for all the replies, I'll have to try some of these out : )
  24. buzze40

    buzze40 Aspirant (234) Mar 9, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Even mix of BCBS and FW DDBA-- sublime.
    Pelican5 likes this.
  25. bluejacket74

    bluejacket74 Poo-Bah (4,180) Jul 4, 2005 Ohio
    Supporter Subscriber

    For me, if it's 2 beers that were hard to get I wouldn't mix them. But with brews that are relatively easy to get in my area, or beers that I have a decent stock of, it's worth trying to mix them here and there. But the way I look at it is, it's your beer, and you can do what you want with it. :-)
  26. buzze40

    buzze40 Aspirant (234) Mar 9, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Beers like Firestone Anniversary are a blend of beers and we love 'em. two (or three) great tastes that taste great together...

    Hey, you got your bourbon county in my DDBA...!
  27. Kraftastic

    Kraftastic Disciple (381) Jan 27, 2009 Massachusetts
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    one of my fondest blending memories was at EBF a few years back when somebody decided to Mix CBS and's about as dangerous as it sounds.
  28. Kraftastic

    Kraftastic Disciple (381) Jan 27, 2009 Massachusetts
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Oh! Batam's Cherry Cider with Slumbrew's Attic and Eves..... unbelievable!
    Also a Pretty things black and tan....Baba Yaga and Field mouse.....really good. Tried it with Jack D'or too...not as good.
  29. GardenWaters

    GardenWaters Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Illinois

    Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout and Victory Hop Wallop.......... Inspired by this thread, I just created my own black and tan with these two beers. The hops balance out the bourbon flavor quite well, though it's bitter as hell!
  30. KansasBeerLover

    KansasBeerLover Disciple (338) Feb 16, 2009 Kansas

    I'm a traditionalist. A Black and Tan, please. Guinness over Bass or Harp.
  31. Premo88

    Premo88 Meyvn (1,421) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    Black and tans are all I've ever tried ... and honestly, for me the stout overpowers the pale ale to the point that I'd rather just drink a stout.

    My bigger concern is learning in what order to drink beers. When I get that down, I might start mixing things.
  32. Fattmatt73

    Fattmatt73 Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2013 Georgia

    Geuze boon and St. Louis framboise 33% framboise 66% geuze.
    Shroud0fdoom likes this.
  33. Shagator

    Shagator Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2012 Kentucky

    Would love to try Hopslam with Expedition Stout. Or Ruination with RIS. Check out the local pizza place and their mixes. They always have a great beer selection and pint night every Wednesday. Sorry, they dont have their full beer menu on line, but they have around 20 mixes.
  34. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    I read it somewhere that mixing equal parts SN Torpedo w/ SN Kellerweiss produces a banana flavored beer that horrifies even the most dedicated of Hefe-hopheads.
  35. EddieGold

    EddieGold Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2012 North Carolina

    New Belgium, La Terroir 2010
    Founders, Harvest Ale 2012 a week old
    fuck yes
  36. Lethal04

    Lethal04 Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2009 Missouri

    I have never mixed beers before but just tried a shot of Maker's in my Old Chub and it made it more enjoyable for me. Not a huge fan of Old Chub and have a couple cans left so I will keep experimenting with other whiskey I have around the house.
  37. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Zealot (567) Apr 16, 2012 Wisconsin
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    So I recall seeing some one who mixing Expedition with Hopslam. Of course although this combo is new, the idea isn't . . . half and half, black and tan, so on. So what are you're off the walk successes and failures?
  38. jtdolla911

    jtdolla911 Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2011 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    to be honest, i've never tried anything outside of bass and guiness. i enjoy each individual beer and haven't ventured into mixing yet. other than yin and yang by evil twin, which was forgettable
    denver10 and InVinoVeritas like this.
  39. HoppyKilaMonster

    HoppyKilaMonster Initiate (164) Feb 7, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Heaven and Hell- Dogfish 120 and WWS
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.