Appetizers

The ‘beer float’ comes of age with Hoppy Hour ice cream

Mix one part Hoppy Hour ice cream with three parts cherry-flavored Belgian ale for a “beer float.”
Mix one part Hoppy Hour ice cream with three parts cherry-flavored Belgian ale for a “beer float.” apierleoni@sacbee.com

Root beer floats are for kids, right? So forget them and move on to a “real beer float.”

Among a batch of new ice-cream flavors from the creative team at Clover dairy in Petaluma is Hoppy Hour ($10 a quart). The carton explains: “The good folks at Bear Republic have been winning awards all over the world for their distinctive Racer 5 IPA. Could it ever be an ice cream? The answer is in your hand. We blended their artisan ale with our own fresh organic cream and milk to churn a buttery creation with just a hint of hops. Welcome to happier hour.”

We scooped it into a parfait glass and added cherry-flavored Kasteel Rouge, a Belgian ale blended with cherries and cherry juice. Of course, any beer will do, depending on your tastes. The result was a concoction that was both sweet and carbonated, with wonderful aromas. Get the fixin’s at Corti Bros. Market, 5810 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 736-3800.

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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