The Celebration of Beer and Ice Cream

Jennifer_Beer_IceCreamSummer is finally here in Boston. To help celebrate sunshine and warmer weather, the team at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream stopped by yesterday’s Open House at the brewery to sample some great beer and ice cream combinations we came up with together.

Beer and ice cream are right up there as two of my absolute favorite things. So, what could be better than a combination of the two? And, whether for a pint of beer or for a pint of ice cream, we are both passionate about using the best ingredients to create a classic combination or a new innovative style, so we had to create a perfect pairing!

At our Open House, beer lovers and ice cream fans alike were excited and intrigued by the idea of pairing ice cream and beer, but, in actuality, they’re a pretty natural couple. The carbonation of beer lightens up the creaminess of ice cream and the with the combination of flavors, between the dozens of beers our Samuel Adams brewers created this year and the ice cream flavors dreamed up by Ben & Jerry’s ice cream gurus , the possibilities for amazing your taste-buds are endless!

If you’d like to try this experiment for yourself this summer, below are our favorite pairings, including a couple of “beer floats.” Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Guru Eric Fredette and I researched these pairings for hours on end. It was tough work, sipping and eating our way through pint after grueling pint, but we think we’ve come up with some great pairings and floats for you to try.


Beer and Ice Cream Pairings:

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL and Pineapple Passionfruit Greek Frozen Yogurt

The floral and citrus notes of the hops in Double Agent IPL compliment the bright fruit character in the Pineapple Passionfruit , making it a great pairing. The smooth finish of the beer is a nice contrast to the creaminess of the yogurt.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager and Chocolate Therapy Ice Cream

Can we offer you some Boston Lager Chocolate Therapy?

Can we offer you some Boston Lager Chocolate Therapy?

Boston Lager and chocolate is a perfect pairing. Chocolate Therapy, a rich, bold ice cream is surprisingly balanced by the complex hop and malt flavors in Boston Lager. The brew’s notes of caramel and toffee compliment the ice cream’s sweetness while the piney, citrus notes from the noble hops in the beer help lift the flavors off your palate.

Beer Floats:

Samuel Adams Summer Ale and Liz Lemon Greek Frozen Yogurt

This float really allows the lemon in the frozen yogurt to shine. The overall citrus flavors are bold yet balanced by the peppery heat from the grains of paradise in the beer and the delicate floral notes from the lavender and fruity blueberry swirl in the ice cream.

Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager and Vanilla Ice Cream

This pairing is all about blueberries! In this beer, the slightly sweet flavors of the blueberries are balanced by the lemon citrus character of the brew’s noble hops. Rich and creamy, the vanilla ice cream brings a nice sweetness to the pairing but doesn’t overpower the fruit flavor in a perfect complement to each other.

Try these pairings at home with the Samuel Adams Beers of Summer Variety Pack:

Samuel Adams Beers of Summer Variety Pack Pairings

Samuel Adams Boston Lager and Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

This was a surprising combination. The citrus and spicy flavors from the beer’s noble hops cut through the richness of the ice cream, and the pairing finishes with a lingering and bright fruity note from the strawberries in the ice cream.

Samuel Adams Summer Ale and Peach Cobbler Ice Cream

This pairing captures the essence of summer. Intense lemon and peach flavors are contrasted by the spice from the Grains of Paradise in the beer and the heat from the cinnamon in the ice cream. The shortbread cookie crumble adds a layer of richness and the crisp finish of the beer makes this a refreshing combination.

Samuel Adams Porch Rocker and Pineapple Passionfruit Greek Frozen Yogurt

The tropical fruit flavor from the passion fruit, the sweetness from the pineapple, and the creaminess of the Greek yogurt combine with the subtle malt character and the bright lemon flavor in the beer to create a very refreshing and fruity pairing.

Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager and Vanilla Ice Cream

Blueberry Hill Lager is perfect with classic vanilla ice cream. This pairing emphasizes the wonderful flavors of blueberries of the beer and the vanilla adds a touch of sweetness.

Samuel Adams Little White Rye and Raspberry Fudge Chunk Greek Frozen Yogurt

This ice cream blends bright raspberry flavor with rich dark chocolate making it a great pairing for this beer. Little White Rye blends slight spiciness from the rye with orange peel and citrusy notes from the Tettnang hops, creating an overall complex flavor profile on your palate. The roasted character in the ice cream’s chocolate lingers along with the sweetness and a crispness from the malt in the beer.

Samuel Adams Belgian Session and Coffee Caramel Buzz Ice Cream

There is a ton of great flavor in this pairing. The spicy clove notes in the beer contrast with the sweet caramel notes in the ice cream and the roasted coffee flavor brings out some subtle sweetness from the brew’s honey malt and slight biscuit flavor.

  • Jeannine Malinky

    I have a Summer Variety 24pk (Thanks Sams Club) and just might have to try many of these this weekend :)