Beer’s broad range presents unlimited
possibilities for ice cream and dessert pairings. The crisp bitterness
of a light-bodied lager pairs well with tart summer fruits, whereas
the rich malted character of a creamy stout works well with a
dark chocolate cake. Chef Bertoia serves his cherry Kriek beer
ice cream with roasted bing cherries and almond nougatine, while
Chef Zamarra pairs his stout ice cream with a chocolate glazed
flan sprinkled with Jordan almonds.
With the recent explosion of microbreweries
throughout the country which produce subtly flavored beers that
incorporate layers of dessert-oriented flavors like honey, pumpkin,
raspberry, and lemon, these specialty beers are practically begging
to be spun in an ice cream machine. You can serve it straight up,
or you can steer this trend in another direction entirely and pair
beer ice cream with a savory item on your menu.